Dog, money, nurture

5 things Main Sequence’s Phil Morle learnt about venture capital from hanging out with 100 other investors

- August 29, 2023 4 MIN READ

Venture capital can be a solo, transactional game: meeting founders, building conviction, and making a case to an investment committee before allocating capital. Some firms learn how to exploit the aggregated super-power of their whole group to discover unique investments and unlock value. What we don’t talk about enough is how the firms themselves collaborate… Read more »

money tree
Venture Capital

New analysis reveals a key source of early stage startup funding, family offices, have boomed in the last decade

- August 23, 2023 3 MIN READ

The growing wealth of the top end of town has seen an explosion in the creation of family offices over the last decade, according to new analysis.  That boom is good news for anyone looking to work in the space, since it’s a lucrative role according to the KPMG Australian Family Office Compensation Benchmark Report… Read more »

Captech 2022

The CapTech conference returns to Sydney to help Australian startups go global

- August 7, 2023 2 MIN READ

The annual CapTech2023 conference will return to Sydney in October, bringing together innovators, investors, and industry leaders together over four days. Raman Bhalla, President of Sydney Investors, Professionals and Business Networking Group Incorporated (SIPBN), and founder of CapTech, said last year’s gathering resulted in four companies successfully raising major deals with more than $180 million… Read more »

Scale Investors co-CEOs Chelsea Newell and Samar Mcheileh
Venture Capital

Susan Oliver & Carol Schwartz hand over women-focused angel startup fund Scale Investors to the next generation

- May 12, 2023 2 MIN READ

There’s been a changing of the guard at Australia’s first angel investor network for women-led startups, Scale Investors, with the founding team selling the business to the current management team Scale was created a decade ago by Susan Oliver, Carol Schwartz, Annette Kimmitt and Laura McKenzie. Over that period the angel investors backed 47 women-led… Read more »

Jessy Wu VC

AfterWork’s Jessy Wu has put together a really cool advice list on how to break into venture capital

- April 18, 2023 2 MIN READ

Jessy Wu, investment principal at AfterWork Ventures, is an unlikely venture capitalist. She happily admits it was “the furtherest thing from my mind” when she emerged with a ANU with a philosophy degree, also majoring in English literature. Next thing she knew, she was working at NAB Ventures. Within 18 months, Wu became part of… Read more »

Steve Smith, Bamboo

Cricketer Steve Smith is the latest celebrity to get into the crypto touting business

- March 7, 2023 2 MIN READ

Concerns about the cryptocurrency, including pending Australian regulation, have not deterred cricketer Steve Smith from wading into sector, taking a minority equity stake in Perth crypto app Bamboo, and also becoming its brand ambassador. The move by Smith comes as US sports stars including NFL legend Tom Brady, NBA star Stephen Curry and tennis champion… Read more »

Mike Cannon-Brookes
Climate Tech

Mike Cannon-Brookes backs new battery investment fund through his family VC Grok

- February 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

Atlassian cofounder and renewables advocate Mike Cannon-Brookes has backed a new fund to finance grid-scale battery projects via his family fund, Grok Ventures. Canberra-based specialist fund manager Infradebt announced that Grok, JANA Diversified Infrastructure Trust and several existing family office clients had participated in the first close of its Infradebt Energy Transition Fund (ETF). The… Read more »

Investible, Rod Bristow, Charlie Ill

Investible names Charlie Ill as first chief investment officer to ramp up global focus

- February 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

Early-stage venture capital firm Investible has named Asia-Pacific investment expert Charlie Ill as the group’s first Chief Investment Officer as the fund ramps up its global presence. The Sydney-headquartered VC, which also has an office in Singapore, has also promoted Jayden Basha to principal and Ben Lindsay to investment manager. Ill has been charged with… Read more »


Sustainable investing platform Ethic Adviser looks to raise $1m Seed round

- November 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

Ethic Adviser, a sustainable investing solution for financial advisers, investment brokers and accountants, is looking to raise $1 million in Seed funding to expand the globally. The fintech was developed by Tom Culver last year, before launching in March, to give advisers a SAAS solution offering specialist sustainable investing tools and information. “With the acceleration… Read more »

Climate Tech

Why it’s a golden age for climate tech investors who get saving the planet as a bonus ROI

- November 7, 2022 4 MIN READ

A convergence of tailwinds and current market conditions make this an unparalleled time for climate technology.  Climate tailwinds are coming in the form of new government policy and public dollars to support climate solutions are being announced (and now deployed) at unprecedented levels.  Also, corporations now see decarbonisation as an imperative and being a leader… Read more »