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The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem
The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem
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What will the new economy look like? As startups become the new way of life, Australia must become more open and less... more

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Megan Sebben believes there is still work to be done in improving access for underrepresented groups

Dr Megan Sebben is the Program Manager at CSIRO’s Kick-Start Program, an initiative designed to help innovative Australian startups and... more

27 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
Alex Scandurra discusses the Australian startup ecosystem's exceptional growth

Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone and Chalk, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Australian startups, scaleups,... more

25 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
Phil Ireland discusses how he sees mission-driven companies as fitting into Australia’s startup ecosystem

Phil Ireland is Co-Founder and CEO of Hone Carbon, a mission-driven business with the objective of unlocking the potential for... more

20 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
Dharmica Mistry discusses the distinction between deep tech startups and other startups

Dr Dharmica Mistry is Director of Diagnostics and Industry Engagement at MTP Connect, a not-for-profit organisation focused on growing the... more

18 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
Wayne Gerard says attracting talent into the startup ecosystem is “mission critical”

Wayne Gerard is co-founder of RedEye, a tech company which manages engineering information for large, complex asset owners such as... more

13 Sep 2022 · 38 minutes
Don Wright believes the various startup ecosystems within Australia should work cooperatively

Don Wright is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Western Sydney University, as well as co-founder of Western Sydney... more

11 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Trevor Folsom discusses the challenge of securing talent for Australian startups

Trevor Folsom is Co-Founder and Chairman at Investible, an early-stage investment group that aims to connect ground-breaking companies with the... more

06 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Allan O'Connor discusses the viability of startup careers

Allan O’Connor is Co-Executive Director for the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies at the University of South Australia,... more

04 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
Sam Jockel shares her story and why it is so important to trust yourself

Sam Jockel is the founder of ParentTV, which offers hundreds of on-demand videos and courses to support the parenting and... more

30 Aug 2022 · 24 minutes
Alex Carpenter sees Australia's startup ecosystem as radically more collaborative than corporate settings

Alex Carpenter is the founder (or as he puts it, the “Initial Nudger, Steward and Groundskeeper”) of The Guild of... more

28 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
James Fielding shares his belief that Australia's talent pool is world class

Dr James Fielding is the Founder and Managing Director of Audeara, a hearing health technology company that produces headphones designed... more

23 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
Hayden Williams discusses the future of cryptocurrency across many industries

Hayden Williams is Senior Product Manager for Existing Customers at MYOB, a cloud-based business management platform fit for Enterprise, SME... more

21 Aug 2022 · 43 minutes
Samantha Finnegan shares the various software tools and platforms she utilizes

Samantha Finnegan is the founder of Madebox, a company which provides customers with gift boxes of curated goods from small... more

16 Aug 2022 · 38 minutes
Emma Fawcett discusses the trap of "tech spaghetti"

Emma Fawcett is General Manager, SME at MYOB, a cloud-based business management platform fit for Enterprise, SME and startup businesses.... more

14 Aug 2022 · 37 minutes
Vicki Engsall shares the benefits of growing your digital presence

Vicki Engsall is the co-founder of The Jojoba Company, an Australian skincare company which produces a range of products which... more

09 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
Evan Thornley discusses the evolution of the startup ecosystem

Evan Thornley is a serial entrepreneur with decades of experience founding and leading tech startups, including Australia’s first to be... more

07 Aug 2022 · 57 minutes
Andrew Nunn believes Australian states and territories should work cooperatively rather than competitively

Andrew Nunn is the co-founder, Chairman and Executive Director of JBSandG, one of Australia’s largest privately owned environmental consulting companies.... more

02 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
Lana Weal highlights the mental health challenges faced by founders

Lana Weal is the founder of Market Mindfully, a marketing consultancy company that aims to support impact-driven startups in Australia... more

31 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Arthur Sinodinos discusses the positive attributes Australia could learn from the US

Arthur Sinodinos is an Australian diplomat and former Liberal Party politician who has served as Ambassador to the United States... more

26 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
Petr Adámek sees the benefits of greater cohesion of the national startup ecosystem

Petr Adámek is the CEO of the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN), a not for profit with the mission of empowering... more

24 Jul 2022 · 34 minutes
Ashley Baxter discusses how UQ Ventures was invaluable for her startup

Ashley Baxter is the founder of Monty Compost Co, a clean-tech startup building hardware and software technology for monitoring and... more

19 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Peter Devine discusses his move to research commercialisation

Peter Devine is CEO of Uniseed, Australia’s longest running venture fund which works with researchers, businesses and industry to provide... more

17 Jul 2022 · 32 minutes
Tim Fung explains why Australia is a great market to test startup ideas

Tim Fung is founder of Airtasker, a local services marketplace connecting people and businesses who need work done with people... more

12 Jul 2022 · 42 minutes
Simon Thomsen saw technology alter the news and publishing landscape

Simon Thomsen is editor of Startup Daily and host of the Startup Daily show which airs on the business streaming... more

10 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
Rohit Bhargava discusses the benefits of reshaping wholesale investor requirements

Rohit Bhargava runs the podcast The Startup Playbook Podcast, where each week he interviews successful entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts.... more

05 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
Louise Nobes: Australian startup ecosystem needs to be brave enough to “think untraditionally”

Louise Nobes is the founder and CEO of KIK Innovation, an organisation that aims to end youth unemployment through enterprise.... more

03 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Darren Winterford believes Australian Entrepreneurs would benefit from more networking

Darren Winterford is the founder and CEO of EdApp, a mobile focused LMS (learning management system) which allows its users... more

28 Jun 2022 · 35 minutes
Craig Swann fears complacency may slow innovation

Craig Swann is the Event Director for SouthStart, Australia’s first innovation impact festival which brings together entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives, and... more

26 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
Serina Bird discusses her inspiration from Taiwan's startup ecosystem

Serina Bird is the author of The Joyful Frugalista, a personal finance guide, and runs online courses on money and... more

21 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
Moira Were discusses what metrics companies can use to measure "good"

Moira Were has been involved in many endeavors in the Australian startup ecosystem throughout her long career, with a focus... more

19 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
Tim Boyle sees a bias towards digital technologies in the ecosystem

Tim Boyle is Director of Innovation and Commercialisation at ANSTO, Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Tim is also the... more

14 Jun 2022 · 33 minutes
Bill Tai highlights the key similarities and differences between Silicon Valley and Australia

Bill Tai is a global venture capitalist who is based in Silicon Valley and spends part of the year in... more

12 Jun 2022 · 51 minutes
Rohan McDougall highlights the current risks to Western Australia's economy

Rohan McDougall is the director of commercialisation at Curtin University, where his team work to identify business opportunities for new... more

07 Jun 2022 · 35 minutes
Kate Jones explains why the Tech Council of Australia was founded

Kate Jones is the former Minister for Innovation in the Queensland government, and has spent the last 20 years of... more

05 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
Kylie Frazer discusses some common causes co-founders separate

Kylie Frazer is co-founder and partner of Flying Fox Ventures, an Australian investment firm with a focus on early stage... more

02 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
James Tynan shares his unpopular views on startup accelerators

James Tynan is Principal at Square Peg, which is currently Australia’s largest independent Venture Capital firm with $1.6 billion under... more

31 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Pete Horsley explains why diversity is so important in the ecosystem

Pete Horsley is the founder of Remarkable, a tech accelerator for early stage startups in the disability tech space. Starting... more

29 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Mick Liubinskas: Australia's startup ecosystem would be stronger with a single city leading it

Mick Liubinskas is the founder of Climate Salad, an organisation that aims to boost climate tech companies in Australia and... more

26 May 2022 · 45 minutes
Pete Lead: "You have permission to be awesome and complete freedom to fail"

Pete Lead is former Head of Programs at tech startup accelerator BlueChilli, the author of the The Startup Guide, a... more

24 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Alan Noble discusses the contrast between Silicon Valley and Australia in the 2000's

Alan Noble is the founder of AusOcean, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission of helping the world’s oceans through technology.... more

22 May 2022 · 39 minutes
Terry Hilsberg discusses the earliest days of the startup ecosystem

Terry Hilsberg is a co-owner and partner in Fork Ventures, an investment firm that primarily focuses its investments in crypto... more

19 May 2022 · 40 minutes
Matt Bullock discusses the challenges for startups in 1998 and the evolution since

Matt Bullock is the CEO and founder of Spinify, a gamification platform that aims to help motivate staff of an... more

17 May 2022 · 30 minutes
Emily Rich explains why taking "smart money" is often a better path

Emily Rich is a co-founder and partner at M8 Ventures, a venture fund that focuses on investing in tech startups... more

15 May 2022 · 57 minutes
Peter Bradd discusses the expectation-shattering progress the ecosystem has made

Peter Bradd was the founding director and initial CEO of Fishburners, one of Australia’s first coworking spaces which has been... more

12 May 2022 · 41 minutes
Leslie Delaforce highlights the unique challenges facing Indigenous founders

Leslie is the Indigenous Entrepreneurship Director at Minderoo Foundation, an Australian not-for-profit organisation seeking effective, scalable solutions to persistent problems.... more

10 May 2022 · 37 minutes
Anthony Ferrier offers his advice to startup founders

Anthony Ferrier is an innovation and commercialisation specialist, primarily working within the intersection between startups and corporations. Anthony is the... more

08 May 2022 · 25 minutes
Colette Grgic explains why diversity is crucial

Colette Grgic is Head of Startup Ecosystem in Australia and New Zealand at AWS (Amazon Web Service), a role which... more

05 May 2022 · 43 minutes
Zoe Piper wants to see more non-traditional career approaches

Zoe Piper has been working at the intersection of industry, research and government for two decades, with a diverse and... more

03 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Phil Hayes-St Clair: "Take care of yourself"

Phil Hayes-St Clair is co-founder and CEO of Drop Bio, a digital health company with a mission of accelerating the... more

01 May 2022 · 28 minutes
Zrinka Tokic on the emergence of modern cloud tools

Zrinka Tokic is the director of ThincLab, the University of Adelaide’s business incubator that has its headquarters in Adelaide but... more

28 Apr 2022 · 29 minutes
David Burt explains why startups are essential to our standard of living

David Burt is the Director of Entrepreneurship at UNSW, where his team helps students, academics, staff and alumni turn their... more

26 Apr 2022 · 33 minutes
Rachael Neumann explores the effects of the pandemic on startups

Rachael Neumann is one of the founding partners of Flying Fox Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm backing startups... more

24 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Pete Cooper discusses Universities' role in the ecosystem

Pete Cooper is a serial founder and mentor who has worked in a wide variety of roles in the technology... more

21 Apr 2022 · 28 minutes
Anna Wright: why "fail fast" is the greatest advice

Anna Wright is the CEO and co-founder of BindiMaps, a smartphone app that helps anybody find their way around complicated... more

19 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Chad Renando talks definitions of a strong ecosystem

Chad Renando is director of Startup Status, a not-for-profit which aims to help organisations that support entrepreneurs by mapping and... more

17 Apr 2022 · 42 minutes
Annie Parker finds inspiration working with startup founders

Annie Parker is a startup investor and advisor with 20+ years experience in the digital startup, technology and consulting sectors.... more

13 Apr 2022 · 35 minutes
Brendan Hill examines the war on talent in Australia

Brendan Hill is an angel investor and startup mentor and advisor. He is Syndicate Lead at Logan and Wayne, a... more

12 Apr 2022 · 22 minutes
Lucinda Hartley discusses the barriers she overcame when starting out

Lucinda Hartley is an urban strategist and serial entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Neighbourlytics, a social analytics platform for... more

10 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Baden U'Ren on the importance of teaching our youth entrepreneurship

Baden U’Ren is an entrepreneurship educator and innovation professional who has worked in a variety of roles within the Australian... more

07 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Daniel Flynn explains why leaders are learners

Daniel Flynn is co-founder of Thankyou, a social enterprise that was founded in 2008 and sells consumer products to help... more

05 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
Aaron Birkby discusses the gaps in the Australian startup ecosystem

Aaron Birkby is the co-founder of The Unconventional Group, and has over two decades experience working as a founder, advisor,... more

03 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Mark Pesce discusses the organic growth of our ecosystem

Mark Pesce is the host of This Week In Startups Australia (TWISTA), a podcast which has charted the growth and... more

31 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
Malcolm Turnbull discusses innovation in the political sphere

Malcolm Turnbull was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia between 2015 - 2018, in which time he launched the National... more

29 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
Jodie Fox highlights the contrasts between the Australian and US Ecosystems

Jodie Fox co-founded Shoes of Prey, an innovative shoe retail company which at its peak was a global business, with... more

27 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
James Alexander shares his thoughts on Governments' roles in startups

James Alexander is the co-founder of Galileo Ventures, which focuses on investing in young, first time startup founders. Prior to... more

24 Mar 2022 · 31 minutes
Susan Oliver discusses what investors look for in a founder

An Angel Investor and co-founder of multiple startup ventures, Susan Oliver has also served as a board member on over... more

22 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Phil Morle explains the struggles that incubators often face

Phil Morle is a Partner at Main Sequence Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by the CSIRO which invests in... more

20 Mar 2022 · 47 minutes
Silvia Pfeiffer discusses her first startup and the lessons it taught her

Dr Silvia Pfeiffer is CEO of Coviu, a video telehealth company which provides software to healthcare providers. Originally from Germany,... more

17 Mar 2022 · 22 minutes
Murray Hurps discusses the barriers to growth in the startup ecosystem

Murray Hurps is the Director of Entrepeneurship at UTS, tasked with growing the number of student-founded startups coming out of... more

15 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
Rachel Yang explores diversity and social issues

With a background in management consulting and corporate finance, Rachel Yang is a partner at Giant Leap, Australia’s first venture... more

13 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Ian Gardiner discusses his passion for nurturing startup communities

Ian Gardiner is an Investment Partner at Jelix Ventures, a firm which invests in early stage tech startups in Australia... more

10 Mar 2022 · 33 minutes
Nicole O'Brien: The startup ecosystem is overwhelmingly positive

Nicole O’Brien is CEO of Fishburners, a not-for-profit co-working space and community hub for tech startup founders with a rich... more

08 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
Dean McEvoy on egos and startups

Dean McEvoy is a seasoned startup founder and angel investor, having founded three startups including Spreets.com, Australia’s first group buying... more

06 Mar 2022 · 35 minutes
Georgie Turner discusses the next steps for Australia's ecosystem

Georgie Turner is Principal at Tidal Ventures, a seed-stage focused venture capital investment firm which is based in Australia and... more

03 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Colin Kinner discusses the key missteps first time founders often make

Colin Kinner is founder and CEO of Startup Onramp, a training and mentoring program for first time startup founders. With... more

01 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
Alan Jones: Can we talk about smartphones?

With experience founding and co-founding tech startups since 1995, Alan Jones is a veteran of Australia’s startup ecosystem. An angel... more

27 Feb 2022 · 56 minutes
Paul Bassat examines the evolution of the ecosystem

After practicing as a lawyer for six years, Paul Bassat co-founded Seek with his brother Andrew in 1997, which in... more

24 Feb 2022 · 45 minutes
Melissa Widner discusses the huge progress of startups

Melissa Widner is the CEO of Lighter Capital, an investment firm that is based in the US and launched in... more

22 Feb 2022 · 30 minutes
Hamish Hawthorn discusses the evolution of the ecosystem

Hamish Hawthorn has been deeply involved in the development of the Australian startup ecosystem. A qualified mechanical engineer with postgraduate... more

20 Feb 2022 · 36 minutes
Peta Ellis on the importance of innovation

Peta Ellis is the founder of http://everydayentrepreneur365.com.au/ (EverydayEntrepreneur365.com.au), and an entrepreneur who’d founded 4 companies before 30, and has gone... more

17 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Alfred Lo compares startup ecosystems in different nations

Alfred Lo is co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Harvest B, a tech startup developing a plant-based meat ingredient system.... more

15 Feb 2022 · 40 minutes
Sarah Pearson on the importance of cooperation and competition

Dr Sarah Pearson has a wealth of experience from a wide variety of roles within the science, technology and startup... more

13 Feb 2022 · 38 minutes
Michael Batko discusses the four prevalent business models of accelerators

Michael Batko is the CEO of Startmate, an accelerator that has invested in 170+ startups across Australia and New Zealand... more

10 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Julie Trell discusses the importance of diversity

Julie Trell is an American woman who moved to Australia in 2017 to pursue two opportunities in the Australian startup... more

08 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
Peter Davison: All it takes is guts and a vision

With no experience but a lot of guts and vision, Peter Davison moved to Silicon Valley and started a Venture... more

06 Feb 2022 · 53 minutes
Maxine Sherrin discusses the importance of building a community of innovators

Maxine Sherrin is the Program Director of Spark Festival, a not-for-profit festival that aims to grow entrepreneurship in Australia by... more

03 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
Cameron Adams on the importance of community and connection

Cameron Adams is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Canva, an online design platform with over 20 million users.... more

01 Feb 2022 · 45 minutes
Lauren Capelin and the importance of nurturing diversity

Lauren Capelin is a community strategist and disruptive innovation specialist passionate about the development and application of new business models,... more

30 Jan 2022 · 32 minutes
Bruce Tulloch on some of the key challenges the Australian startup ecosystem faces

Bruce Tulloch is the co-founder and managing director of BitScope Designs, which creates IOT (Internet of Things) and cloud computing... more

27 Jan 2022 · 33 minutes
Steve Baxter on what the Australian Government could be doing to help the startup ecosystem

In 1994, before the terms "startup" or "bootstrapping" were in common use, Steve Baxter started a successful internet service provider,... more

25 Jan 2022 · 43 minutes
Andrea Gardiner says disruptive, scalable tech startups are critical

Andrea Gardiner is the founder of Jelix, an investment firm which focuses on early stage technology startups in Australia and... more

23 Jan 2022 · 38 minutes
Matt Barrie on the evolution of the startup ecosystem from a unique vantage point

As CEO of Freelance Limited, Matt Barrie overseas the management of both http://freelancer.com/ (freelancer.com), a service through which 54 million... more

23 Jan 2022 · 55 minutes
Kate Cornick on ways to support Australians to begin their startup journey

Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s initiative to accelerate startups and create new jobs in Victoria.... more

23 Jan 2022 · 36 minutes
Niki Scevak is optimistic about Australia's future

Niki Scevak has a long and diverse background in the Australian startup ecosystem. From his entrepreneurial beginnings co-founding two software... more

23 Jan 2022 · 45 minutes
Cheryl Mack on building communities and her passion for supporting founders

Cheryl Mack is passionate about supporting founders and has done so in a variety of roles over the years: as... more

23 Jan 2022 · 30 minutes
The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem

3 interviews will be released each week starting in January. The audio documentary that will tell the story of the... more

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Niki Scevak has a long and diverse background in the Australian startup ecosystem. From his entrepreneurial beginnings co-founding two software companies, Niki... more