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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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    • 4.9, 38 Ratings

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.

    E91 - Tom Humphrey, Access Venture Partners

    E91 - Tom Humphrey, Access Venture Partners

    Tom Humphrey is an experienced Aussie entrepreneur and Partner at Access Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Denver, Colorado that invests in early stage technology companies. Before joining Access, Tom helped grow two successful startups, OurDeal and Kanopy. He was COO of OurDeal, a "group-buying" ecommerce website in Australia and helped scale the business to a successful exit to News Corp. Tom was also COO/Director of Sales of Kanopy, a B2B video streaming platform that he saw through an exit to L2 Capital in 2018, delivering a 14x return to investors.

    In Phaedon's conversation with Tom, the two cover:
    • The story of building Kanopy with his sister Olivia
    • How Tom managed rapid growth when OneDeal scaled from 8 employees to 80+ in a year
    • The segments and markets Tom is excited to invest in
    • Qualities Tom looks for in a founder
    • The value of partnering with a VC
    • Why he lives in Colorado instead of San Francisco

    • 1 hr 10 min
    E90 - Sarah Nolet, Agthentic & Tenacious Ventures

    E90 - Sarah Nolet, Agthentic & Tenacious Ventures

    Sarah Nolet is one of Australia's leading agriculture technology (agtech) experts. She's the founder and CEO of AgThentic, an agtech strategy and advisory firm, and the co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, Australia's first dedicated agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah also hosts the podcast "Agtech - So What" which tells the story of innovators at the intersection of agriculture and technology.

    In this episode, Sarah talks about her professional journey moving to Australia and growing the agtech ecosystem here, cofounding a new venture fund, and starting a podcast. She also shares the criteria her fund uses when evaluating food and agriculture startups, the first addition to the Tenacious Ventures portfolio, and some insights about sustainable farming.

    • 53 min
    OTPBD News Special - 28th July

    OTPBD News Special - 28th July

    Welcome to the OTPBD News Special, our fortnightly podcast analysing the news that matters for Australian and Kiwi startups.

    Meet the panel...
    Founder: Billy Tucker, OneFlare
    Investor: Melissa Widner, NAB Ventures
    Ecosystem Leader: Gavin Appel, Ignition Lane

    Topics we discuss:
    In this episode our panel covers both ANZ happenings and global headlines. Some local topics covered include local funding news, people moves, the best Aussie employers of 2020 and TikTok scrutiny from the Australian government. We also talk about world news like the international boycott Facebook movement, Bitcoin scammers, and COVID app woes around the globe.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    E89 - Stephen Thompson, Brandon Capital Partners

    E89 - Stephen Thompson, Brandon Capital Partners

    Stephen Thompson is a founding partner and managing director of Brandon Capital Partners, the largest life science healthcare fund in Australasia. Brandon Capital raised their first fund in 2007 with the mission of commercializing Australian medical research. Stephen and his co-founder noticed that Australia was home to loads of world-class medical research but didn't have the weight of local capital to bring projects through to market, so they stepped in in to provide the funding and expertise to get ideas out of the lab and into the global market.

    In this episode, Ian speaks with Stephen about...

    • Shifting from technical work in product development and immunology research to investing
    • The story of how Brandon Capital came to be
    • An overview of the Brandon Capital portfolio
    • The incubation model the firm uses to identify and commercialise research
    • The process of building a highly trained team

    • 59 min
    OTPBD News Special - 14th July

    OTPBD News Special - 14th July

    Hello and welcome to the 8th edition of the OTPBD News Special, our fortnightly podcast analysing the news that matters to Australian and Kiwi startups.

    Meet this week's panel:
    VC: Alan Jones, M8 Ventures
    Founder: Kath Hamilton, Loop+
    Ecosystem: Annie Parker, Microsoft

    Topics we discuss:
    This week we cover the latest funding news and discuss hot topics like the impact of the Victorian COVID-19 outbreak on the startup sector, India and potentially the US banning Tik Tok, venture reports on funding throughout the pandemic, and Tesla's surge in valuation. We also talk about Who Gives a Crap's $6M donation to charity in the wake of TP panic-buying, the government's investment in cybersecurity, toxic workplace culture, and the classification of Huawei and ZTE as "National security threats" by the US.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    E88 - Vuki Vujasinovic, Sling & Stone

    E88 - Vuki Vujasinovic, Sling & Stone

    We're joined this week by Vuki Vujasinovic, Founder & CEO of global PR and communications agency Sling & Stone. The agency has quite the rockstar client roster; some current clients in the US, AU and NZ include Twitter, Uber, Xero, Hubspot, CultureAmp, Slack, Stripe, CSIRO, Domain...the list goes on. The agency launched in 2010 and exclusively works with disrupters, challengers, and entrepreneurs, helping tell their story to the world with comms campaigns that blend tech and creativity.

    In this chat with Ian, Vuki talks about...

    • Launching the agency at the age of 23
    • The process of slowly growing the business over the past 10 years
    • Encouraging entrepreneurial instincts within his team
    • The process of growing with startup clients
    • How sometimes the job requires him to be like a VC when selecting early stage clients
    • Advice for companies on how to alter communications in a crisis like COVID-19

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

3johnnys ,

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

A.ndy72 ,

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Byrnsie999 ,

Entertaining and insightful.

Great podcast with valuable insights for founders in an entertaining delivery. Many great interviews and valuable lessons are revealed.

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