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Episode Fourteen: Emily Tuteur

Emily Tuteur is director of product design at New York-based edutech startup littleBits.

Founded in 2011, littleBits created the electronic building block, full of magnetic ‘bits’ that snap together to turn ideas into inventions. Born with inclusivity in mind, littleBits has grown its community through a focus on STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths – and gender neutral product design. It’s paid off: around 40 percent of kids using littleBits kids are girls, which is four times the industry average.

Gina sat down for a chat to Emily about the growth of littleBits, and how she incorporates STEAM and gender-neutral design principles into her work.

Episode Thirteen: Cherie Diaz

Now managing director for OpenLearning in Australia, Cherie Diaz has had an interesting career trajectory: after starting out as a classroom teacher, she made the move to the corporate world with Ernst & Young, before progressing through a series of roles and then taking on the OpenLearning gig this past July.

It’s an interesting one: OpenLearning raised an $8.5 million Series A round led by two Malaysian companies earlier this year to help fund its further expansion across Australia and into Southeast Asia.

The startup now has more than 1.3 million students on board learning through the massive open online courses created by its university and vocational education partners. Along with Australian clients including UNSW, the University of Melbourne, and the Federal Government, the startup also has Malaysia’s 20 public universities and 34 public polytechnics on board.

Gina sat down for a chat with Cherie about her career path, the evolution of OpenLearning’s approach to education, and the growth of the company moving forward.

Episode Twelve: Nicola Farrell

Now program manager for the muru-D accelerator in Sydney, Nicola Farrell has been working with startups for almost a decade.

Originally from Ireland, she led startup and accelerator engagement for the Web Summit conference before moving to Sydney and starting at early stage startup incubator Pollenizer. She then found her way to AGL Energy before taking on the role at muru-D.

Gina sat down for a chat with Nicola about her experience with Pollenizer, how the Australian startup ecosystem has developed over her time down under, and her role with muru-D.

Episode Eleven: Maria Halasz

Maria Halasz is the managing director and CEO of the ASX-listed life sciences & biotech company, Cellmid Limited.

She has a fascinating background: she originally started in the science, working in executive positions in biotechnology firms, before moving to corporate finance and managing investment funds.

Maria joined Cellmid in 2007 – and since her appointment, she has led a capital restructure, attracted a new international board of directors, and built a diverse portfolio of assets.

Gina sat down for a chat with Maria about her career, what it’s like running a biotechnology company, and how attitudes to women in the corporate world have changed over her time in business.

Episode Ten: Ann Moffatt

A veteran of the tech industry, Ann Moffatt has long been ahead of her time, starting her career in IT in 1959 as a programmer for Kodak in the UK. After moving to Australia in 1974 Ann worked as an IT executive at AMP Society, and later as National Development Manager for the ASX, where she worked in a team of three to develop the National Strategic Plan for ICT, to take the ASX into the 21st Century.

She retired to Hervey Bay in 2001 but didn’t actually stay retired for long – she’s been working to provide tech education to her community through a number of initiatives, including the Silicon Coast Extracurricular Code School for students.

Gina sat down for a chat with Ann to talk about her career in tech and why she’s still passionate about getting others into it.

Episode Nine: Emily Rich

Emily Rich is the managing director of startups for Microsoft in Australia and partner at M8 Ventures. After starting her career in Adelaide with the Australian Tax Office, Emily then went on to study software engineering and in 2013 cofound Jemsoft, an artificial intelligence startup that was acquired by ASX-listed Xped last year.

Emily is now working to help other founders in a variety of ways: she’s been an angel investor, is a partner with the Startmate accelerator, is working to raise a venture capital fund through M8 Ventures, and earlier this year took on the role at Microsoft. Here she’s been tasked with leading Microsoft’s startup initiative within Australia – overseeing its startup and scaleup programs, and building partnerships within the wider startup ecosystem to help companies grow.

Gina sat down for a chat with Emily, talking about getting into tech, her journey as a founder, and why she’s stayed in startup land to help other founders.

Episode Eight: Ruth Hatherley

Ruth Hatherley is the founder and CEO of Moneycatcha, a regtech startup providing a real-time blockchain solution for regulatory and compliance reporting. After growing up on a farm, Ruth spent her career at Commonwealth Bank and Mortgage Choice in Western Australia before coming up with Moneycatcha and deciding to go all in on the startup, leaving all the corporate benefits and investing her life savings to make it happen.

With the business now working with the likes of HSBC Australia, Gina sat down for a chat with Ruth about her career in finance, the current financial services landscape and the understanding of blockchain within it, and the process of growing the startup.

Episode Seven: Oksana Goncharova

Oksana Goncharova is the Managing Director of the Material Information Platform at Australian startup Ansarada. Originally from Russia, Oksana moved from Berlin to Australia in 2012 as part of the startup team created by Rocket Internet that launched The Iconic. Oksana and her team grew the business from zero a multi-million dollar company and more than 300 employees in less than four years.

Gina had a chat with Oksana about joining Rocket Internet, her move to Australia, the experience of launching The Iconic, and the work she is now doing at Ansarada.

Episode Six: Kate Morris

Kate Morris is the founder and CEO of Adore Beauty, an online cosmetics retailer. The business was founded in 1999, when Morris was working on the cosmetics counter part-time while attending university. While she loved this work, she realised that for many women, the experience of buying makeup at a department store wasn’t exactly enjoyable. Rather, she realised that they felt intimidated rather than empowered approaching the makeup counters.

Gina had a chat with Kate before the Christmas break to chat about the birth and growth of Adore Beauty, the sale of a stake of the business to Woolworths and buying it back, and supporting women in the Australian startup space.

Episode Five: Monica Wulff

Monica Wulff is the cofounder and CEO of Startup Muster, the largest annual survey of the Australian startup ecosystem, conducted to showcase the opportunities, progress and challenges. Mat and Gina sat down to chat with Monica after the release of the 2017 survey report, looking at the story behind stats such as the percentage of foreign-born founders, female founders, and where the Australian startup ecosystem is headed in 2018.

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.



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