Breaking Bad, money pile

VC partner Alan Jones on sophisticated investor changes: ‘I won’t be the only one wondering if I’m a downturn away from being excluded from investing in the fund I run’

- January 17, 2024 5 MIN READ

My venture partners and I are raising money for new venture funds at the moment and there’s an awkward moment every time I have an initial conversation with anyone who’s considering investing in VC for the first time: the moment when I have to raise the question of holding a sophisticated investor certificate. When I… Read more »

Breaking Bad, money pile
Business strategy

Bot’s up Doc? How an AI-generated tweet made me think deeply about how the worst VC could be the best one for you

- November 9, 2022 6 MIN READ

This is gold, I would read this blog post — Jarrad (Moose) Lawrence (@JarradLawrence) November 3, 2022 I was playing around with a new AI that attempts to tweet like the author (you can try it out here) and Moose Lawrence posted this example, meant to be something that I’d be likely to tweet.… Read more »


How to build a great startup team

- September 28, 2022 4 MIN READ

You can’t build a great team if you can’t recruit a team. Think about what you have to offer a potential cofounder or team member, and what that must look like to them vs not working in a startup. No wonder persuading people to join a startup is hard:   Working for a startup Working… Read more »

Business strategy

The 5 whys of customer research

- August 31, 2022 3 MIN READ

The goal of customer research at the earliest stages of a startup journey is to help us validate/ invalidate the assumptions we have made when believing we that we know what customers want. Chances are, in the first few years, your tech startup is more based on a hypothesis than the satisfied paying customers you’re… Read more »

Niki Scevak - Blackbird co-founder

How to make yourself an industry leader

- August 17, 2022 2 MIN READ

Want to create a perception that you’re a leader in the customer community your startup serves, or in the professional startup field you work in? It’s not rocket surgery: become the person who creates a regular meetup and community about it. Say you’re a [professional] in [startup category], like [product manager] in [aged care SAAS].… Read more »