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 »

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VC survey finds nearly every startup founder thinks the current funding climate is having an impact on their plans

- November 24, 2022 2 MIN READ

Australian startup founders remain upbeat about the future, despite challenging conditions, according to a new survey from law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), but an overwhelming 97% say the current fundraising environment is impacting their business strategy. Despite startup failures, withdrawals from the Australian market by some global companies and down rounds in capital raises,… Read more »


Who Gives a Crap boss Simon Griffiths is among a group of founders backing a ‘next generation’ VC fund

- August 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Who Gives a Crap CEO Simon Griffiths is among a group of startup founders backing a $10 million for a new “community-powered” venture capital fund that has scooped up the cash together in just four months.  AfterWork Ventures will invest in Australian and New Zealand technology startups at the pre-seed and seed stage and is… Read more »

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Australian founders are backing a local chapter of US angel VC The Fund as it launches locally

- June 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

  US-based angel VC The Fund is launching in Australia + NZ Local founders are joining forces to invest in next gen ANZ startups Investors come from Canva, CultureAmp, Adore Beauty, Linktree, Safety Culture + more The Fund aims to back 50% female founders Founders and others from Australia’s most successful startups, including Canva, Culture… Read more »


How VCs make sense of the hype in technology startups

- December 8, 2020 4 MIN READ

Nothing excites investors and markets more than an emerging technology predicted to transform the way we live and work. Cloud accounting, NFC payments, mobile phones and social networking have all been this transformational force. Others have been hailed as the next big thing, to then plateau abruptly, or even fade into obscurity. Amazon’s Kindle is… Read more »


Telstra’s investment boss is worried startup funding valuations are the top of the market as VC competition pushes them too high

- July 29, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Record amounts of capital are flowing into the Australian startup sector, but competition between venture capital (VC) firms keen to back a winner are pushing valuations beyond potential returns at an exit, the boss of Telstra Ventures believes. Matthew Koertge, co-managing director of the $735 million fund, told the AFR Telstra Ventures had walked away… Read more »