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Episode 12 - Nicola Farrell/muru-d
Now program manager for the muru-D accelerator in Sydney, Nicola Farrell has been working with startups for almost a decade. Originally from Ireland, she led startup and accelerator engagement for the Web Summit conference before moving to Sydney and starting at early stage startup incubator Pollenizer. She then found her way to AGL Energy before taking on the role at muru-d. Gina sat down for a chat with Nicola about her experience with Pollenizer, how the Australian startup ecosystem...
Episode 11: Maria Halasz/Cellmid
Maria Halasz is the CEO of the ASX-listed life sciences & biotech company, Cellmid Limited. She has a fascinating background: she originally started in the science, working in executive positions in biotechnology firms, before moving to corporate finance and managing investment funds. Maria joined Cellmid in 2007 - and since her appointment, she has led a capital restructure, attracted a new international board of directors, and built a diverse portfolio of assets. Gina sat down for a...
Episode 10: Ann Moffatt
A veteran of the tech industry, Ann Moffatt has long been ahead of her time, starting her career in IT in 1959 as a programmer for Kodak in the UK. After moving to Australia in 1974 Ann worked as an IT executive at AMP Society, and later as National Development Manager for the ASX, where she worked in a team of three to develop the National Strategic Plan for ICT, to take the ASX into the 21st Century. She retired to Hervey Bay in 2001 but didn’t actually stay retired for long - she’s...
Episode 9: Emily Rich/Microsoft for Startups
Emily Rich is the managing director of Microsoft for Startups 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...
Episode 8: Ruth Hatherley/Moneycatcha
Ruth Hatherley is the founder and CEO of Moneycatcha, a regtech startup providing a real-time blockchain solution for regulatory and compliance reporting. After growing up on a farm, Ruth spent her career at Commonwealth Bank and Mortgage Choice in Western Australia before coming up with Moneycatcha and deciding to go all in on the startup, leaving all the corporate benefits and investing her life savings to make it happen. Gina had a chat with Ruth about her career in finance, the...
Episode 07 - Oksana Goncharova/Ansarada
Oksana Goncharova is the Managing Director of the Material Information Platform at Australian startup Ansarada. Originally from Russia, Oksana moved from Berlin to Australia in 2012 as part of the startup team created by Rocket Internet that launched The Iconic. Oksana and her team grew the business from zero a multi-million dollar company and more than 300 employees in less than four years. Gina had a chat with Oksana about joining Rocket Internet, her move to Australia, the experience...
Episode 06: Kate Morris/Adore Beauty
Kate Morris is the founder and CEO of Adore Beauty, an online cosmetics retailer. The business was founded in 1999, when Morris was working on the cosmetics counter part-time while attending university. While she loved this work, she realised that for many women, the experience of buying makeup at a department store wasn't exactly enjoyable. Rather, Morris saw that many felt intimidated instead of empowered as they approached the makeup counters. Gina had a chat with Kate before the...
Episode 05: Monica Wulff/Startup Muster
Monica Wulff is the cofounder and CEO of Startup Muster, the largest annual survey of the Australian startup ecosystem, conducted to showcase the opportunities, progress and challenges. Mat and Gina sat down to chat with Monica after the release of the 2017 survey report, looking at the story behind stats such as the percentage of foreign-born founders, female founders, and where the Australian startup ecosystem is headed in 2018.
Episode 04: Benjamin Chong/Right Click Capital
Benjamin Chong has been building and investing in online businesses for 15 years now, and currently, holds a whole host of jobs. Among them, he is the cofounder and partner at Right Click Capital, and also the director of the Founder Institute. Ben sits down with Gina in this episode to talk about breaking through the glass ceiling of the Australian tech ecosystem and recounts what it was like to start a business within the dial-up era as well as the relationship between investors and...
Episode 03: Cyan Ta'eed/Envato
Cyan Ta'eed is the cofounder of Envato one of Australia's most successful tech companies. The platform is a digital marketplace where people buy and sell creative digital goods like music, graphics, video, photos, website themes and other products you may need for a creative project. Envato has over 7 million members and is more profitable than the likes of Atlassian and Campaign Monitor. Cyan sits down with Gina in this episode to talk about breaking through the glass ceiling of the...
Episode 02: Julie Demsey/SBE Australia
In this episode James sits down and talks with Julie Demsey, General Manager of Springboard Enterprises in Australia. Making the move after almost two decades of working in Silicon Valley she now dedicates her days helping female-founded startups in Australia build successful startups. Julie talks about the importance of developing the right culture in a startup, leading high performing teams and why founders should aim to have a sustainable business.
Episode 01: Kara Frederick/Reinventure Group
In the premiere episode of Glass Ceiling Gina sits down with venture capitalist Kara Frederick, a Silicon Valley native who has spent her career at the intersection of innovation and technology. Among others, she has worked at goldman sachs and with Growthpoint Technology Partners, and joined investment firm Reinventure Group as its first General Partner back in March.