The fifth annual Startup Muster survey of the Australian startup ecosystem contains a wealth of sobering statistics about where we’re going backward. Monica Wulff and Murray Hurps go through the good, the bad, and the data.
To read the report for yourself, go here.
Alan Jones has a growing reputation as THE MENTOR for Australian startups. TWISTA finds out what makes a great mentor tick. Then TWISTA catches up with GoFar – who have gone far since they first appeared on the show back in 2014.
Production note: My own recording mistake deleted the first half of a great interview with Alan Jones. The second half is fantastic too — my apologies to you listeners and to Alan.
Asking for investment is never easy – but it’s surprisingly easy to get wrong. We’ll look at what investors really want to see, then we’ll dive into the TWISTA archives to hear from Switch Automation CEO Deb Noller about her own fundraising process – some of the best advice given to listeners of this show!
Back in 2014 our first episode of TWISTA featured AirTasker co-founder and CEO Tim Fung. We caught up with Tim again last week to explore his journey as an entrepreneur, and what he learned growing AirTasker to become one of Australia’s most successful startups.
First you’ll hear Tim’s original 2014 interview in its entirety – listen carefully to his predictions and promises for AirTasker’s business and growth, then we return to the present moment. Tim sounds wiser, speaking with the authority of hard-earned experience. His observations about how to experiment the right way to grow the business are worth their weight in gold!
Infrastructure. It’s something we all need to do pretty much of anything, and without it nothing gets done. Sydney has benefited from great human capital resources for startups, but only recently – with the opening of the Sydney Startup Hub on York Street – have we seen the infrastructure following suit.
TWISTA talks to TechSydney CEO Bede Moore about their big plans for a major hub – for tech companies big and small – at Sydney’s Central Station, and how that must be paired with the right policy settings.
Then we interview quantum computing researcher and Q-CTRL founder Mike Biercuk at the Sydney University Nanoscience Lab and discuss about what it takes to make these weird and unreliable machines more trustworthy.
TWISTA talks to Rachael Lonergan, who turned the lessons learned from a breast cancer diagnosis into startup CanDoApp – but can her idea for good also be profitable?
Then we speak with Jelix VC CEO Andrea Gardiner about shifting the model of how a VC fund works – by opening the doors to a new range of investors who gain a bit of guidance as they take their first steps into angel investing.
We’ve got a great startup ecosystem in Australia – but can we take it from great to good?
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