Episode Four : Benjamin Chong
Benjamin Chong has been building and investing in online businesses for 15 years now, and currently, holds a whole host of jobs. Among them, he is the cofounder and partner at Right Click Capital, and also the director of the Founder Institute. Ben sits down with Gina to talk about breaking through the glass ceiling of the Australian tech ecosystem and recounts what it was like to start a business within the dial-up era as well as the relationship between investors and founders.
Episode Three : Cyan Ta’eed
Cyan Ta’eed is the cofounder of Envato one of Australia’s most successful tech companies. Envato has over 7 million members and is more profitable than the likes of Atlassian and Campaign Monitor. Cyan sits down with Gina in this episode to talk about breaking through the glass ceiling of the Australian tech ecosystem and reflects on what it has taken to build one of the worlds most successful digital companies. They also look at Cyan’s new venture centred around artisanal chocolate.
Episode Two : Julie Demsey
In this episode James sits down and talks with Julie Demsey, General Manager of Springboard Enterprises in Australia. Making the move after almost two decades of working in Silicon Valley she now dedicates her days helping female-founded startups in Australia build successful startups. Julie talks about the importance of developing the right culture in a startup, leading high performing teams and why founders should aim to have a sustainable business.
Episode One : Kara Frederick
In the premiere episode of Glass Ceiling Gina sits down with venture capitalist Kara Frederick, a Silicon Valley native who has spent her career at the intersection of innovation and technology. Among others, she has worked at Goldman Sachs and with Growthpoint Technology Partners, and joined investment firm Reinventure Group as its first General Partner back in March.
Glass Ceiling is a new fortnightly podcast from the team at Startup Daily looking to tackle the issues around diversity in the startup ecosystem in a way that inspires and educates the leaders of tomorrow.
Hosts Gina and James explore everything from venture capital to gaming during their in-depth conversations with a range of high profile guests who despite their gender, race, disability, orientation have despite the many barriers against them, smashed through the proverbial glass ceiling paving the way for next to come.
Gina Baldassarre has a habit of abbreviating every word in the english dictionary. That last sentence was not an exaggeration – we are considering a TLC reality show style intervention. Gina is the Head of Content at Startup Daily.
James Ward has a cat called John the Baptist, whose name the team invokes when it needs divine assistance. James is a content creator at Startup Daily and is an enabler of Gina’s abbreviation habit.