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If geography is destiny, there must be something special about 37 degrees latitude. 

At 37˚S, you’ll find Melbourne, Australia; at 37˚N, you’ll find Silicon Valley (and Area 51, too 🛸).  

In this podcast, U.S. Consul General Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets and success in the United States. 

Michael is a career Foreign Service Officer currently serving as U.S. Consul General in Melbourne. 

As a failed founder (remember Mike’s Mugs?) turned diplomat, Michael has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S.-Australia relationship.

A big thanks to Courtney Carthy of Mushroom Group for producing the series; U.S. Mission Australia staff Nicola Taylor, Gabrielle Connellan, Jacob Goldschlager for editorial producing; and Tim Dolstra for artwork.

Melbourne’s own Jack Bourke of City Calm Down for creating the original soundtrack.

 

 

37 Degrees Latitude US Consulate Melbourne

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If geography is destiny, there must be something special about 37 degrees latitude. 

At 37˚S, you’ll find Melbourne, Australia; at 37˚N, you’ll find Silicon Valley (and Area 51, too 🛸).  

In this podcast, U.S. Consul General Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets and success in the United States. 

Michael is a career Foreign Service Officer currently serving as U.S. Consul General in Melbourne. 

As a failed founder (remember Mike’s Mugs?) turned diplomat, Michael has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S.-Australia relationship.

A big thanks to Courtney Carthy of Mushroom Group for producing the series; U.S. Mission Australia staff Nicola Taylor, Gabrielle Connellan, Jacob Goldschlager for editorial producing; and Tim Dolstra for artwork.

Melbourne’s own Jack Bourke of City Calm Down for creating the original soundtrack.

 

 

    Meggie Palmer, PepTalkHer

    Meggie Palmer, PepTalkHer

    Season 2 Episode 6: Meggie Palmer – PepTalkHer  

    For the final episode of 37 Degrees Latitude Season 2, Meggie Palmer is on a mission: fixing the gender pay gap by empowering women with the technology they need to fight for the pay they deserve. A journalist by background, Meggie came upon the idea for PepTalkHer when she experienced her own inequality at work. 

    Meggie realized women aren’t taught the skills to negotiate and position for a promotion. Living by the wise words, “leap and the net will appear,” Meggie moved to the United States and started working on her idea: a platform to help women track their success and understand the value they bring to their company.  

    U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine hosts Meggie to discuss her U.S. success story, the importance of getting comfortable having uncomfortable conversations about money, and moving the needle on a global issue. 

    More information about Meggie and PepTalkHer

    Meggie on LinkedIn

    MeggiePalmer.com

    PepTalkHer.com

     

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    About

    In this podcast, U.S. Consul General to Melbourne Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets, and success in the United States. 

    Mike Kleine is a career diplomat for the U.S. Department of State Officer who is currently the U.S. Consul General to Melbourne. As a former founder turned diplomat, he has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S-Australia relationship.
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    • 32 min
    Anthony Goldbloom, Kaggle

    Anthony Goldbloom, Kaggle

    Season 2 Episode 5: Anthony Goldbloom – Kaggle

    Anthony Goldbloom is bringing together the world’s best data scientists to solve incredibly challenging problems with data and AI.  For Anthony, being an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley was never on the radar, but an uninspiring job with the government, some free hours each evening, and a love of programming was all he needed to start a big idea: Kaggle.  Launched in 2010, Google acquired Kaggle in 2017 and Anthony stayed on as CEO – building the company and going from strength to strength.

    Kaggle is like a virtual colosseum for data scientists, where the best compete to build problem-solving algorithms for prizes.  Over the years, scientists on Kaggle have tackled mapping dark matter, aggregating COVID research, predicting earthquakes, and teaching AI to chat like characters on Star Trek. 

    U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine hosts Anthony to reflect on the importance of a move to the U.S. with the E3 visa, the traps of self-deprecation in Silicon Valley, and how to build a vibrant and healthy online community.

    More information about Anthony and Kaggle

    Kaggle.com

    Anthony on LinkedIn

    Anthony on Kaggle

    Anthony on Twitter

     

    Stay in touch 

    Follow the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne

    Twitter @usconsulatemelb

    Instagram at @usconsulatemelb  

    Facebook melbourne.usconsulate/ 

     

    About

    In this podcast, U.S. Consul General to Melbourne Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets, and success in the United States. 

    Mike Kleine is a career diplomat for the U.S. Department of State Officer who is currently the U.S. Consul General to Melbourne. As a former founder turned diplomat, he has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S-Australia relationship.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min
    Vanessa Wilson, StorReduce

    Vanessa Wilson, StorReduce

    Season 2 Episode 4: Vanessa Wilson – StorReduce 

    Vanessa Wilson walked the path so many entrepreneurs aspire to – an innovative idea, a gap in the market, expansion, and acquisition.  That innovative idea, born from the loss of family photos after losing a laptop, was StorReduce – backups in the cloud.  StorReduce, founded in 2014, developed world-leading technology to reduce the cost and time associated with moving, storing, backing up and analyzing large amount of data through its unique de-duplication capabilities. 

    Now living in Aspen, Colorado, Vanessa started out as an Australian based lawyer with a talent for communication and hustle. Together with her co-founder, Hugh Emberson, Vanessa knew the power of their product, choosing to scale and sell it to the U.S. enterprise market. Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE Australia) and Heads Over Heels helped StorReduce find their partners in the United States and the E3 visa helped Vanessa to move and establish an all-important local presence. 

    After partnerships with Amazon, Google and other major names, Pure Storage acquired StorReduce in 2018.  Vanessa’s advice for entrepreneurs? Do it! But know that you need to track your unique product, work out your market and partners, and figure out your financial journey.  

     

    More information about Vanessa and StorReduce

    Vanessa on LinkedIn

    Jelix.vc - investor announcement of acquisition

     

    Stay in touch 

    Follow the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne

    Twitter @usconsulatemelb

    Instagram at @usconsulatemelb  

    Facebook melbourne.usconsulate/ 

     

    About

    In this podcast, U.S. Consul General to Melbourne Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets, and success in the United States. 

    Mike Kleine is a career diplomat for the U.S. Department of State Officer who is currently the U.S. Consul General to Melbourne. As a former founder turned diplomat, he has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S-Australia relationship.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min
    Flavia Tata Nardini, Fleet Space Technologies

    Flavia Tata Nardini, Fleet Space Technologies

    Season 2 Episode 3: Flavia Tata Nardini – Fleet Space Technologies

    Flavia Tata Nardini is connecting the world – one nanosatellite at a time, before moving onto her next project: connecting the Moon and Mars. A rocket scientist from Italy, now living in Adelaide, Flavia’s company Fleet Space Technologies is now attracting attention – and capital - from both Australia and the United States.  Investors all believe in Flavia’s vision of the future: an interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) reliant on billions or trillions of sensors.

    Founded in 2015, Fleet Space is deploying nanosatellites the size of a shoebox to democratize access to data. Through these technologies, the world is moving beyond the historic norm of billion-dollar satellites atop billion-dollar rockets, representing a step-change like the move from room-sized computers to smartphones.

    Flavia is an inspiration for a generation of female founders but believes it’s her dtrive to be the best that built her success. And her advice for other founders? Don’t do it… it’s hard work! But if you’re passionate enough, she knows you’ll ignore that advice.

     

    More information about Flavia and Fleet Space

    Flavia on LinkedIn

    Fleet Space website

     

    Stay in touch 

    Follow the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne

    Twitter @usconsulatemelb

    Instagram at @usconsulatemelb  

    Facebook melbourne.usconsulate/ 

     

    About

    In this podcast, U.S. Consul General to Melbourne Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets, and success in the United States. 

    Mike Kleine is a career diplomat for the U.S. Department of State Officer who is currently the U.S. Consul General to Melbourne. As a former founder turned diplomat, he has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S-Australia relationship.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    Nick Stone, Bluestone Lane

    Nick Stone, Bluestone Lane

    Season 2 Episode 2: Nick Stone – Bluestone Lane

    Nick Stone knows the power of the underdog, where sometimes the bottom team can beat the top team, simply because they have nothing to lose. Now on his third career, Nick Stone is using his AFL and banking skills to create a sensation: bringing Melbourne coffee to the U.S. through his incredibly popular Bluestone Lane. 

    Starting his career in the AFL, and working his way around the world in finance, Nick joins Consul General Mike Kleine on 37 Degrees Latitude to talk about commitment, customer-centricity, and coffee culture.  

    Bluestone Lane grew from a single basement café on Park Avenue in 2013, to a network of over 40 cafes spanning the United States. COVID-19 has hit Bluestone Lane, but Nick explains the importance of making the tough decisions early, how valuable the U.S. market can be, and how a strong value proposition that will take a business to the next level.  

    More information about Nick and Bluestone Lane

    Nick on LinkedIn

    Bluestone Lane

     

    Stay in touch 

    Follow the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne

    Twitter @usconsulatemelb

    Instagram at @usconsulatemelb  

    Facebook melbourne.usconsulate/ 

     

    About

    In this podcast, U.S. Consul General to Melbourne Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets, and success in the United States. 

    Mike Kleine is a career diplomat for the U.S. Department of State Officer who is currently the U.S. Consul General to Melbourne. As a former founder turned diplomat, he has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S-Australia relationship.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    Maria Sipka, Linqia

    Maria Sipka, Linqia

    Season 2 Episode 1: Maria Sipka, Linqia

    Maria Sipka found her purpose bringing consciousness and personality to advertising – creating a conduit between brands and people. After years of globetrotting, Maria has lived by the entrepreneur’s mantra: “the joy is in the journey.”

    Maria Sipka, Chief Evangelist and co-founder of Linqia, a company at the forefront of influencer marketing kicks off season two of 37 Degrees Latitude, talking about her incredible global journey from Australia to San Francisco via Switzerland, Germany, and Spain.

    U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine hosts Maria to reflect on the importance of passion, having a great co-founder, and knowing how a carefully timed move to the U.S. market can turn a startup’s fortunes around.  A founding member of the “attention economy,” Maria started Linqia when influencer marketing barely existed – an industry now worth billions.

    Mentions

    Linqia

    Xing

    Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

    SXSW

    Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action TED Talk

    Stay in touch 

    Follow the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne

    Twitter @usconsulatemelb

    Instagram at @usconsulatemelb  

    Facebook melbourne.usconsulate/ 

     

    About

    In this podcast, U.S. Consul General to Melbourne Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets, and success in the United States. 

    Mike Kleine is a career diplomat for the U.S. Department of State Officer who is currently the U.S. Consul General to Melbourne. As a former founder turned diplomat, he has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S.-Australia relationship.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min

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