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About Blackbird

Blackbird
is
based
in
Australia
and
New
Zealand.
We
Invest
In
Every
Type
Of
Technology
From
Software
to
space,
unified
by
the
biggest
of
ambitions.

We back generational ambition with generational ownership by raising funds, investing in the best startup companies all the way through their journey from idea to beyond IPO. Our portfolio is worth over $10B and includes some of the most successful Aussie and Kiwi startups including Canva, Zoox, SafetyCulture and Culture Amp.

Giant
Leaps
Forward
01

We are obsessed with the idea of encouraging tens of thousands of Australians and Kiwis to take the leap into the world of startups each year through programs like Giants, our mentoring product that’s made over 2000 mentoring matches and counting, or our love letter to founders, The Sunrise festival.

System-Wide Impact.
02

From helping with first hires through our hiring platform, the Lilypad, to helping founders with 1:1 advice, or surrounding them with a community of founders with our five-week onboarding program, the Founder Academy, community is the beating heart of Blackbird.

Community.
03

Beyond all else, we exist to give you courage. If we back you, we believe in you, and we believe you can reach your wildest ambition. This starts from day one and continues on day ten thousand; we invested in Mel, Cliff and Cam at Canva back when their vision for democrased design was just an idea, and have invested in every round since.

Belief.
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds
Companies not rounds

Portfolio

We believe that giant leaps forward are made by a passionate few, so we invest in founders, not sectors or stages. Our companies are united only by their ambition to tackle the world’s greatest problems, led by founders who are doing their life’s work.

100+
Startups
150+
Founders
6800+
Operators
Our Portfolio
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Baraja logoCulture Amp logoEucalyptus logoDovetail logoHarrison.ai logoSafety Culture logoCanva logoGilmour Space logoBaraja logoCulture Amp logoEucalyptus logoDovetail logoHarrison.ai logoSundrive logoCanva logoGilmour Space logo

Our Values

1.

We wear T-Shirts.

Blackbird is a startup and will always be run as a startup. Our style, our office, our events and our communications relate to the founders we back.

2.

We are true believers in founders.

Founders come first, they are our reason for being. We work for our founders, they don’t work for us.

3.

We believe in love at first sight.

We make high conviction decisions after careful research and debate, but also trust our instincts built up over years of pattern matching.

4.

We think in decades not days.

We invest for the long term. Building iconic businesses takes the best part of a decade  or longer. We don’t plan for exits.

5.

We are comfortable with the misunderstood.

We don’t need to know all the answers to make an investment decision. We’ll look to maximise the upside, rather than minimise the risks.

6.

We will make our kids proud.

Everything we do, we do with integrity, in a way that we’d be happy to tell our kids about.

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