Covers: Intro to raising early-stage funding from angel investors and seed funds. Discusses Startmate and Blackbird’s ethos and what they look for in founders and companies.
Host: Samantha Wong is a partner at Blackbird Ventures and Startmate accelerator. Prior to joining Blackbird, she co-founded CapacityHQ, a professional services marketplace that sold to LegalVision. She also led product and strategy teams at SurfStitch.com after career-pivoting out of corporate law.
Covers: Launch press for your startup.
Host: Kathryn Van Kuyk joined BENCH PR in 2012 and has over twenty years of PR experience. She specialises in B2B campaigns for fast-growth technology companies. Kathryn was instrumental in BENCH PR winning the ‘Best PR campaign on a small budget’ category for their work with Code Like A Girl at the CommsCon awards 2018.
Covers: How to optimize your application to Y Combinator.
Host: Nikki Durkin started her first successful online business at 15. At 18 she started 99dresses – an online fashion trading platform for women. During her journey she was accepted into Y Combinator, raised money from prominent Silicon Valley investors, moved to New York City from Australia, and experienced a myriad of startup ups and downs. After 99dresses failed, Nikki moved back to Australia to found CodeMakers – a startup teaching teens how to code in a fun & engaging way.
Covers: Outsourcing, building remote teams, lean teams, and also building tech without a tech cofounder.
Host: Holly founded Pixc to help ecommerce stores optimise their product content, increase their online sales and automate the repetitive tasks within their business. Holly has a background in building ecommerce stores, marketplaces, online marketing, outsourcing and graphics.
Covers: Growth tips for founders, SEO/SEM, social, content marketing, email marketing, analytics, setting goals/growth tests, the best tools, etc.
Host: Duane is the founder of and head of strategy at Take Some Risk Inc.. He helps ecommerce, SaaS and technology brands create, manage and scale profitable PPC campaigns across North America, Europe, and Australia.
Covers: How to plan out your MVP and lean product management.
Host: Jenn Vargas has spent that last 10 years building user-focused products at tiny startups and some larger companies you know and love (Flickr, Etsy, Birchbox). She is currently a Group Product Manager at Zendesk in San Francisco, CA.
Covers: How to build an audience before launching your product.
Host: Siân Simpson is the director of community at Kiwi Landing Pad. She is also a BNZ Ambassador and video production lead for SaaStr. She created the popular Sales & Marketing Jam event series, and is instrumental in growing New Zealand's tech community.
Covers: Picking a pricing model and unit economics that scale.
Host: Jon Williams is an investor, advisor, and founder. He cofounded Culture Amp and is currently working on something new. He is advisor to Paperflip, Gobbill , and more.
Covers: Incorporation, accounting set-up, basic legal and more.
Host: Stuart Reynolds is a partner at Fullstack, an award-winning accounting firm delivering financial solutions to some of Australia’s most innovative ventures.
He enjoys working with founders with the drive to scale their businesses and create real breakthroughs.