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.