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There is a lot of activity in the Australian startup ecosystem. Ideas, talent, and money are all flowing into this sector at an unprecedented rate.

This weekly podcast brings in-depth interviews with the best people making the biggest difference.

It's brought to you by Ian Gardiner and Phaedon Stough, technology entrepreneurs helping to grow the startup sector in Australia and New Zealand. Ian and Phaedon co-founded Innovation Bay with a clear mission to help technology entrepreneurs succeed.

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There is a lot of activity in the Australian startup ecosystem. Ideas, talent, and money are all flowing into this sector at an unprecedented rate.

This weekly podcast brings in-depth interviews with the best people making the biggest difference.

It's brought to you by Ian Gardiner and Phaedon Stough, technology entrepreneurs helping to grow the startup sector in Australia and New Zealand. Ian and Phaedon co-founded Innovation Bay with a clear mission to help technology entrepreneurs succeed.

    OTPBD News Special - 30 April 2021

    OTPBD News Special - 30 April 2021

    Welcome to another edition of the OTPBD News Special, our fortnightly series analysing the news that matters for Australian and Kiwi startups.

    Meet this week's panel...

    •Mike Zimmerman, Partner at Main Sequence Ventures
    •Andrew Horsley, Co-founder & CEO at Quantum Brilliance
    •Sarah Nolet, Partner at Tenacious Ventures

    Topics we discuss:
    Our panel discusses Main Sequence Ventures' new $250m deep tech fund, the huge $221m raise by Brisbane-based Octopus Deploy, a $34m raise by seaweed livestock feed supplement maker Sea Forest and the Ingenuity helicopter flight on Mars.

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    If you are a prospective angel investor based in Adelaide interested in joining Horizon Six Degrees, Innovation Bay's new community for angels, email membership@innovationbay.com to discuss your potential candidacy as a founding member. More info here.

    • 43 min
    E113 - Peter Dunne, Herbert Smith Freehills

    E113 - Peter Dunne, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Peter Dunne is one of Australia's leading venture capital and private equity lawyers, specialising in private capital raisings and M&A. Peter has advised on multibillion-dollar transactions, including acquisitions, buy-outs, disposals, joint ventures and recapitalisations, involving some of Australia's largest public and private organisations; his clients include Atlassian, Canva, Deputy, Culture Amp, Linktree, BigCommerce, Campaign Monitor, Expert 360, SafteyCulture, Tyro, Zoox...the list goes on.

    In this conversation with Ian, Peter talks about...

    •Why he became a lawyer and how early experiences shaped his career
    •Why he's more interested in people than the size of deals
    •Key differences between private equity and venture capital
    •How he got involved in Atlassian's first capital raise
    •His approach to building a tech practice and choosing clients
    •His advice for startup founders who are fundraising
    •What "legal debt" is and how to avoid it

    Quickfire recommendations

    •Books: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez & To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    •Podcast: This American Life
    •News source: The Economist or The Guardian
    •Tech founder: Luke Anear of SafetyCulture
    •Productivity tool: Atomic Habits
    •TV show: Dr. Who
    •Ted Talk topic: How we can inspire and help each other

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    If you are a prospective angel investor based in Adelaide interested in joining Horizon Six Degrees, Innovation Bay's new community for angels, email membership@innovationbay.com to discuss your potential candidacy as a founding member. More info here.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    OTPBD News Special - 19th April 2021

    OTPBD News Special - 19th April 2021

    Welcome to another edition of the OTPBD News Special, our fortnightly series analysing the news that matters for Australian and Kiwi startups.

    Meet this week's panel...

    •Dean Dorrell, Partner at Carthona Capital
    •Robyn Foyster, Director of Foyster Consulting
    •Gautam Mishra, Founder of Inkl

    Topics we discuss:
    Canva's massive valuation, Coinbase IPO and the future of media are all hot topics in the latest edition of the OTPBD News Special.

    Our panel discusses Canva's position as one of the fastest-growing private technology companies in history off of the heels of their latest round of funding and the impact of Coinbase's IPO, both in the local VC market and on the future of cryptocurrency. We also talk about the shifting role of media, including Twitter's potential acquisition of Clubhouse, Substack's new focus on local news, and the rise of newsletters and paywalls. Some other topics include superannuation software and Peloton's arrival in Australia.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    E112 - Nick Carter, Macquarie Group

    E112 - Nick Carter, Macquarie Group

    Nick Carter is the is one of Australia's leading energy experts; he is currently Senior Vice President of Energy Tech and Solutions at Macquarie in Australia where works across a range of areas from energy storage to renewable energy. He is an engineer by trade and has worked around the world for companies like Toyota, General Motors and Tesla. Nick has a real passion for electric vehicles (EVs) and this episode heavily focuses on the future of electronic vehicles in Australia.

    Some topics Nick covers in this conversation with Phaedon include:

    •Big changes in the EV space from the past year
    •How autonomous vehicles relate to electric vehicles
    •Electrification of the transport system and the opportunities it presents
    •How the grid will be impacted by an increase in EV uptake
    •Trends, challenges and opportunities in the EV space

    Quickfire recommendations:

    •Book: What Is to Be Done: Political Engagement and Saving the Planet by Barry Jones
    •Podcast: The Driven podcast by the
    •News source: ABC News
    •Holiday location: Forrest, Victoria
    •Favorite founder or CEO: JB Straubel, Founder of Redwood Materials (Former CTO of Tesla)
    •Productivity tool: Trello
    •Ted talk topic: How to electrify the whole fleet

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    Join Innovation Bay at our upcoming Breakfast panel "Fighting climate change with big data". Four climate change experts will discuss how big data can be used to predict and prevent climate change. Register for your free virtual ticket here.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    OTPBD News Special - 6th April 2021

    OTPBD News Special - 6th April 2021

    Welcome to another edition of the OTPBD News Special, our fortnightly series analysing the news that matters for Australian and Kiwi startups.

    Meet this week's panel...

    •Evan Hinchliffe, Technology Industry Lead for Macquarie Business Banking
    •Paul Smith, Technology Editor at AFR
    •Cate Hull, Founder and CEO of Freight Exchange

    Topics we discuss:
    SPACs, ASX listings, cyber-attacks, tech ministry appointments and secondary funds are all up for discussion in this edition of OTPBD News Special.

    Our panel goes deep on the upcoming WeWork SPAC deal that will take the company public, as well as why Airwallex turned down a SPAC offer of their own. In the wake of a major cyberattack on Channel 9, panellists discuss the state of cybersecurity in Australia. The panel also discusses the tech industry's reaction to Christian Porter's appointment Industry, Science and Technology portfolio, as well as what the arrival of Second Quarter Ventures, Australia's first secondary fund means for the startup ecosystem.

    Evan Hinchliffe, Technology Industry Lead for Macquarie Business Banking also dives deep into the insights uncovered in the new Technology Pulse Check 2021 from Macquarie.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    E111 - David Warren, Altium

    E111 - David Warren, Altium

    David Warren is a co-founder and non-executive director of ASX200 software company Altium. David grew up in the suburbs of Launceston, Tasmania and attended the University of Tasmania (UTAS) where he studied physics and astronomy as an undergraduate, honours and postgraduate student in the late 1970s and early 80s. David recently gifted $2.6 million to UTAS to set up an endowed chair in the field of astrophysics.

    David co-founded Altium in Hobart in 1987, developing software to design circuit boards. He spent a year developing the business in Silicon Valley before Altium floated on the ASX in 1999. Altium's market cap currently sits around $4B. David also has a passion for flying, batteries and renewables. He has been a pilot since he was 17, helped build and fly the first electronic aircraft in the Southern Hemisphere and is an investor in Electro.Aero, an electric aviation company.

    In this chat with Phaedon, David discusses:

    •What it was like growing up and studying in Tasmania
    •His passion for electric aviation
    •How he and his co-founders started Altium
    •What he learned about building a sales engine
    •His experiences in Silicon Valley
    •What he looks for when he invests in businesses
    •Shifting roles of executives throughout Alitum's journey

    Quickfire recommendations

    •Book: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
    •Podcast: The Science Show
    •News source: ABC
    •Founder/CEO: Elon Musk & Bill Gates
    •Productivity tool: Excel_____________________________________

    Horizon, Innovation Bay's community for experienced angel investors, is accepting applications from AI and health tech startups for two pitch events this May. Applications close Friday the 2nd of April. Apply here: https://bit.ly/PitchHorizonMay

    • 49 min

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43 Ratings

43 Ratings

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Great podcast
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It works, insightful and patient two way discussion

This podcast works, insightful and patient two way discussion about start ups in Australia and elsewhere, start ups on their own and at risk of being oxymoronic, start ups in larger corporate entities

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Extremely useful resource for founders. I find each guest offers something very valuable to the table.

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