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In 'The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem' podcast, join host Adam Spencer as they delve into the fascinating history of the Australian startup ecosystem. From the earliest tech companies to the success stories of today, this series covers it all.

Each episode will feature interviews with industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, and experts, as well as a deep dive into the events and cultural shifts that have shaped the Australian startup scene. From the dot-com boom to the rise of fintech, this podcast will provide a unique and informative look at the past, present, and future of the Australian startup ecosystem.

Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out in the world of startups, this podcast is sure to provide valuable insights and inspiration. Tune in to 'The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem' to learn more about the trailblazers who have paved the way for today's innovators.

Want to go deeper? Listen to one of the 100+ interviews published in their entirety at dayone.fm/guests

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In 'The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem' podcast, join host Adam Spencer as they delve into the fascinating history of the Australian startup ecosystem. From the earliest tech companies to the success stories of today, this series covers it all.

Each episode will feature interviews with industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, and experts, as well as a deep dive into the events and cultural shifts that have shaped the Australian startup scene. From the dot-com boom to the rise of fintech, this podcast will provide a unique and informative look at the past, present, and future of the Australian startup ecosystem.

Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out in the world of startups, this podcast is sure to provide valuable insights and inspiration. Tune in to 'The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem' to learn more about the trailblazers who have paved the way for today's innovators.

Want to go deeper? Listen to one of the 100+ interviews published in their entirety at dayone.fm/guests

Sign up for the newsletter at https://dayone.fm/newsletter and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

    Tis the season to be reflective - 2023 in review on First Cheque - First Cheque

    Tis the season to be reflective - 2023 in review on First Cheque - First Cheque

    SummaryCheryl Mack and Maxine Minter reflect on the year 2023 and discuss the challenges and trends in the startup ecosystem. They talk about the tough environment for founders and investors, with many companies struggling to raise funds and facing down rounds. However, they also highlight the resilience and determination of founders who were able to survive and even thrive in the face of adversity.
    The hosts discuss the increase in funding for female founders, although there is still a long way to go in achieving gender parity in the industry. They also touch on the growth of climate tech and AI as key areas of investment, with these sectors propping up the funding ecosystem.
    Cheryl and Maxine express cautious optimism for the year 2024, noting the need for continued creativity and resilience in the face of challenges. They also highlight the importance of addressing issues of behaviour and inclusivity in the startup ecosystem.
    Key TakeawaysChallenges in the Startup Ecosystem (2023): The year was marked by difficulties for many companies in raising funds, with instances of down rounds reflecting a challenging environment for the startup ecosystem.Resilience of Founders: Success in these tough times was often attributed to the resilience and determination of founders, who demonstrated the ability to navigate through the demanding market conditions effectively.Funding for Female Founders: While there was a notable increase in funding for female founders, reaching a historical high, the conversation acknowledges that more efforts are necessary to achieve gender parity in funding.Growth of Climate Tech and AI: Both climate tech and AI emerged as standout sectors, drawing significant investments and spearheading innovation despite the broader economic challenges.Outlook for 2024: The year ahead is approached with cautious optimism. The emphasis is on the necessity for ongoing creativity and resilience to address and overcome upcoming challenges.
    Quotes- "I think ingenuity was a real theme. I'm excited to dive in today, obviously. Tis the season to be reflecting." - Cheryl Mack
    - "The founders that survive this are the ones that we are so excited to back as investors." - Maxine Minter
    - "I think optimism and holding on to a sense of optimism won this year. Pairing it with creativity, also really effective." - Maxine Minter
    - "I think 2024 is looking cautiously optimistic. Cautiously optimistic." - Maxine Minter
    Chapters00:05 - Introduction to the podcast
    00:25 - Reflecting on the year and the challenges faced
    02:02 - Difficulty of raising funds and the resilience of founders
    04:32 - Founders' determination to survive and adapt
    05:08 - Employment Hero becoming a unicorn
    06:31 - Tentative re-entry of international investors into the Australian ecosystem
    07:38 - Gap between top founders and average deals narrowing
    08:49 - Overpaying in the early stages of funding
    09:05 - Australian tech facing criticism from the media
    10:46 - Turning point in sentiment with SVB collapse and Milk Run
    11:18 - Discussion about the impact of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried's sentencing
    12:13 - AI and climate tech propping up the funding industry in 2023
    13:56 - AI adoption curve and its impact on the legal tech industry
    15:01 - Tight capital environment in Q1 and Q2 of 2023
    15:32 - Increase in interest and funding for climate tech
    17:10 - Rise of climate tech-focused funds in Australia
    18:19 - Lack of AI-focused funds in Australia
    20:06 - Creativity in funding and rise of professionalized fund management
    21:30 - Optimism about more fund raising in 2024
    21:52 - Increase in funding for female founders, but still low overall
    22:33 - Matching population demographics
    22:48 - Lack of data on women-led...

    • 28 min
    BONUS: TSP - The VC slaughterhouse - Don't let investors kill your dreams

    BONUS: TSP - The VC slaughterhouse - Don't let investors kill your dreams

    🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ episode. Yaniv and Chris are fired up about bad VC investors, and they can't hold it in any longer!
    Good Venture Capitalists help founders make the impossible, possible. They are the fuel that allows rocketships to defy gravity.
    But bad VC investors will take a founder's dream and grind it into dust.
    In this episode, Chris and Yaniv share the ways in which bad investors often undermine a founder's ability to pursue their vision. They then share tips how as a founder to look out for and defend against this type of "dumb money" investor, and how to show traction that is beyond just revenue.
    The PactHonour The Startup Podcast Pact! If you have listened to TSP and gotten value from it, please:
    Follow, rate, and review us in your listening app
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    Give us a public shout-out on LinkedIn or anywhere you have a social media following
    Key linksThe Startup Podcast is sponsored by UntilNow, a next-generation agency and venture studio https://www.untilnow.com.au/
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    Get your question in for our next Q&A episode: https://forms.gle/NZzgNWVLiFmwvFA2A
    The Startup Podcast website: https://tsp.show
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    This episode is sponsored by NTP
    This episode is sponsored by NTP

    NTP is the technology recruitment company that values community and who are invested in seeing the growth of Australia's local tech community.


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    • 38 min
    Launch Event Bonus Episode - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

    Launch Event Bonus Episode - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

    This special bonus episode was recorded live at Fishburners as part of the Spark Festival in October 2022, to celebrate the launch of The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem documentary. The event included a panel of eight guests, each representing a different corner of the startup ecosystem:
     - Malcolm Turnbull, former Prime Minister
     - Michelle Deaker, Founding Partner of OneVentures 
     - Larry Marshall, CEO of CSIRO 
     - Marina Wu, Co-founder of Earlywork 
     - Niki Scevak, Co-founder of Blackbird
     - Cheryl Mack, CEO of Aussie Angels 
     - Preethi Mohan, Founder of Niceto 
     - Alan Jones, General Partner at M8 Ventures
     - Panel host: Simon Thomsen, editor of Startup Daily
    The episode also includes a short panel with members of the Day One.FM team, Adam Spencer, Andy Jones and William Tjo, in which they discuss the creation of the documentary. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NTP Technology Recruitment Company
    NTP is the technology recruitment company that values community and who are invested in seeing the growth of Australia's local tech community.


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Documentary: Part 6 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

    The Documentary: Part 6 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

    What does the future hold for the Australian startup ecosystem? After five episodes focused on the past, this episode will finally be tackling that question and look towards the future. What are our unique strengths and weaknesses as a country? What are the key challenges and opportunities we face?
    From investors, to academics, to government, to corporates and finally, to entrepreneurs - we highlight a variety of perspectives, looking at the individual roles each of us can play. Regardless of what seat we occupy on the bus, there is a place for people of all backgrounds in Australia’s startup community.
    This series was made possible by our sponsors and partners.
    Thanks to MYOB, AWS Startups, Investment NSW & CSIRO. 
    We would like to acknowledge our earliest sponsors who decided to get involved with this story when it was just an idea on a piece of paper. 
    Special thanks to UTS Startups & Murray Hurps for being our first sponsor, Western Sydney University’s LaunchPad and the Guild of Entrepreneurs.
    ANSTO, Canberra Innovation Network, Curtin University, University of South Australia, LaunchVic, The South Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, The University of Adelaide’s ThincLab, The University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network, Flinders University’s New Venture Institute, UNSW Founders, UQ Ventures & James Cook University.
    And to our promotional partners who have helped get this series in front of the startup community.
    Startup Daily, Fishburners, Spark Festival, River City Labs, Stone & Chalk and Spacecubed.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NTP Technology Recruitment Company
    NTP is the technology recruitment company that values community and who are invested in seeing the growth of Australia's local tech community.


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    • 1 hr
    The Documentary: Part 5 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

    The Documentary: Part 5 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

    Episode 5 begins during the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic which disrupted every facet of life as we knew it. As lockdowns and other measures were enacted throughout the country, different markets and industries were affected in different, and sometimes unexpected ways.
    We explore the good, the bad and the ugly, looking at the unprecedented ways in which the Australian startup ecosystem grapples with the global pandemic. From frozen immigration and talent, to remote working and digitisation, to impacts on diversity and much more, finally bringing our story to the present day. We briefly look at the identity of our startup ecosystem and current, ongoing events.
    This series was made possible by our sponsors and partners.
    Thanks to MYOB, AWS Startups, Investment NSW & CSIRO. 
    We would like to acknowledge our earliest sponsors who decided to get involved with this story when it was just an idea on a piece of paper. 
    Special thanks to UTS Startups & Murray Hurps for being our first sponsor, Western Sydney University’s LaunchPad and the Guild of Entrepreneurs.
    ANSTO, Canberra Innovation Network, Curtin University, University of South Australia, LaunchVic, The South Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, The University of Adelaide’s ThincLab, The University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network, Flinders University’s New Venture Institute, UNSW Founders, UQ Ventures & James Cook University.
    And to our promotional partners who have helped get this series in front of the startup community.
    Startup Daily, Fishburners, Spark Festival, River City Labs, Stone & Chalk and Spacecubed.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NTP Technology Recruitment Company
    NTP is the technology recruitment company that values community and who are invested in seeing the growth of Australia's local tech community.


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    • 49 min
    The Documentary: Part 4 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

    The Documentary: Part 4 - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem: Documentary

    This episode kicks off in September 2015, when Malcolm Turnbull was elected as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia. Unveiling the National Innovation and Science Agenda as the cornerstone of his "Ideas Boom", we unpack the contents of this policy and explore the myriad of ways it impacted the startup ecosystem.
    The Australian startup ecosystem continued to enjoy significant growth in the second half of the 2010’s. We look at the increasing visibility of startups during this time, the establishment of prominent diversity and impact-focused organisations, startup conferences and many more.
    This series was made possible by our sponsors and partners.
    Thanks to MYOB, AWS Startups, Investment NSW & CSIRO. 
    We would like to acknowledge our earliest sponsors who decided to get involved with this story when it was just an idea on a piece of paper. 
    Special thanks to UTS Startups & Murray Hurps for being our first sponsor, Western Sydney University’s LaunchPad and the Guild of Entrepreneurs.
    ANSTO, Canberra Innovation Network, Curtin University, University of South Australia, LaunchVic, The South Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, The University of Adelaide’s ThincLab, The University of Newcastle’s Integrated Innovation Network, Flinders University’s New Venture Institute, UNSW Founders, UQ Ventures & James Cook University.
    And to our promotional partners who have helped get this series in front of the startup community.
    Startup Daily, Fishburners, Spark Festival, River City Labs, Stone & Chalk and Spacecubed.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NTP Technology Recruitment Company
    NTP is the technology recruitment company that values community and who are invested in seeing the growth of Australia's local tech community.


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
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    • 45 min

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