How To Be An Investor at Blackbird
Wondering what makes a standout VC? CoS Alexandra Gifford breaks down Blackbird's investment team growth framework.
Spotlight On: Connor Archbold, co-founder of Tracksuit
Get to know Tracksuit co-founder Connor Archbold in our monthly founder profile.
Operator Spotlight: Tyler Brown, Partly
Meet Tyler Brown, Technical Solutions Engineer at Partly. With a foundation in space science, he bridges galaxies and automotive gears.
Indistinguishable from Magic: Mapping the Emerging AI Market
“You can't use an old map to explore a new world” – Albert Einstein
Sunrise Speaker Spotlight: Cameron Adams, Canva
This week, for our Sunrise sneak peak, we interview Cam Adams, the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Canva.
Investment Notes: Marqo
We're proud to have led the seed round into Marqo, the team enabling AI-Based search for developers.
Investment Notes: Kiki
We've led the seed round into Kiki (formerly EasyRent). A refreshing take on subletting- focused on people, not property.
Foundry Mentor: David Bell, Remedy Robotics
We dive into David Bell's career switch from research to entrepreneurship and the lessons learnt. Foundry applications are now open.
Investment Notes: Carepatron
We've co-led the seed round for Carepatron, an NZ-based company revolutionising how independent health practitioners work.
Operator Spotlight: Travis James
We sat down and chatted with Travis James, Growth Operations Manager at Blinq, about his journey from Apple, to Uber to Blinq.
Spotlight On: Joel Connolly, Sunrise Aotearoa Edition
At Sunrise, it's all about learning new things, finding inspiration, exploring your creativity and hearing stories from our most impressive.
Indistinguishable from Magic: A River of Inquiry into AI
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” - Arthur C. Clarke
Sunrise Speaker Spotlight: Brooke Roberts, Sharesies
This week for our Sunrise sneak peek, we interview Brooke Roberts, co-Founder, Director and co-CEO of Sharesies.
Exploring New Creative Frontiers: Into the Metaverse with Ivan Medrano
We talk all things metaverse, diversity in art, creativity and digital fashion with two-time Protostar alumni, Ivan Medrano
Operator Spotlight: Alex Crawshaw, Halter
We sat down to chat with Alex Crawshaw about leaving a big four to join one of NZ's fastest-growing start-ups, Halter.
Sunrise Speaker Spotlight: David Yu, VeVe
This weeks sneak peek behind the Sunrise curtains: David Yu serial entrepreneur and founder of VeVe.
The Next Giants Cohort? 60% women founded
Giants is back! Our free community for wild hearts, wherever they are. Get mentoring, resources, and connect with like-minded people.
Spotlight On: Flavia Tata Nardini, Fleet Space Technologies
For this months Founder profile, we chat with Flavia Tata Nardini Co-Founder & CEO of Fleet Space Technologies
Sunrise Speaker Spotlight: Tim Brown, Allbirds
This week for our Sunrise sneak peek, we interview Tim Brown, the creative vision behind and founder of Allbirds.
Investment Notes: Nomad Atomics
We've led the pre-series A round into ANU physicists-led company Nomad Atomics. Learn more about what the team is building.
Sunrise Speaker Spotlight: Jon Gelsey Xnor.ai & Auth0
This year we'll be giving you a peek behind the curtains before we #MeetAtSunrise and we're kicking it off with Jon Gelsey.
Investment notes: Aquila
We've led the seed round into Aquila, led by Will Jeremijenko and Nelson Smith and their vision to revolutionise renewable energy.
Spotlight On: Ross Chaldecott, Kinde
In our latest monthly Founder profile, we chat with Ross Chaldecott, co-founder and CEO of Kinde
Investment Notes: One Future Football
We are excited to have led the pre-seed round for One Future Football.
A different kind of legal career at Blackbird
Alissa Lucas shares her journey from corporate law, to legal analyst at Blackbird and beyond.
Who actually gets their dream job?
Embodying the idea of the hungry and not proven, learn about Becca's career journey from a completely different industry to Blackbird.
Spotlight On: Laura Bell Main, SafeStack
Meet Laura Bell Main, Founder and CEO of SafeStack, giving software dev teams the ability to build high-quality, secure software at speed.
Investment Notes: Cotiss
We've led the pre-seed round into Kiwi-founded startup Cotiss. Learn more about what the team is building.
Investing in More Women Founders
Today we’re publishing for the first time our data on how well we’re doing at investing in more women founders.
It's not you, it's me.
Phoebe shares more about her investing process and why you shouldn't be disheartened if a VC decides not to invest in your startup.
Spotlight On: Tim Doyle, Eucalyptus
In our latest monthly Founder profile, we chat to Tim Doyle, co-founder and CEO of Eucalyptus.
In contrast to the last few years, 2023 will feature more failures. What do they mean for the startup ecosystem?
Investment Notes: Halter’s Series C
Why we believe that Halter will be one of the great companies to emerge from New Zealand.
Spotlight On: Helena Ngo, MoreGoodDays
Get to know Helena Ngo, the co-founder of MoreGoodDays, in this month’s founder profile.
Investment Notes: Sumday
Sharing more about our investment into Sumday, a non-financial accounting startup to help accountants change the world.
Investment Notes: MoreGoodDays
We’re proud to have led the seed round into MoreGoodDays, a startup making chronic pain treatment accessible to the 1.6B people who need it.
Greatness from Within
Welcoming Michael Tolo, Tom Humphrey and Phoebe Harrop to the Blackbird Investing Partnership
Investment Notes: Tracksuit
Blackbird Aotearoa has led the seed round for Tracksuit, a Kiwi-founded startup delivering beautiful, affordable, always-on brand-tracking.
Blackbird Aotearoa is hiring a Principal
Let me tell you about the best job going in Aotearoa this year.
Understanding a great mentor relationship with our Giants in Residence
We asked some of our most active and in-demand mentors about the lessons learned, and how they show up for the next generation of founders.
Spotlight On: Matt Hinds, co-founder of Sauce
Get to know Sauce co-founder Matt Hinds in our monthly founder profile.
Investment Notes: Syenta
We recently led the seed round into Syenta, a printed electronics company founded in Canberra. Learn more in our investment notes.
Spotlight On: Jenny Busing, Excellent
Get to know Jenny Busing, the co-founder and co-CEO of Excellent in our latest founder profile.
Investment Notes: HYPR
We are excited to announce Blackbird has led an equity financing in HYPERLABS Inc., a stealth-mode San Francisco based robotics startup.
Spotlight On: Franki Chamaki, HIVERY
For our latest founder chat, we're speaking to HIVERY co-founder and VP Marketing Franki Chamaki.
Firing Up the Sales Engine
Digging into the tactical level of GTM: how to do better in sales, lift conversion rates and increase the velocity of customer acquisition.
Investment Notes: Soul Æther
We’ve led the pre-seed round for Soul Æther, a fictional world and a company in one. What does that mean? Read on to find out.
Investment Notes: Checkmate
We’ve recently co-led the Seed round in Checkmate, a platform unifying the e-commerce experience.
Spotlight On: Aleks Dahlberg
In our latest founder profile, we chat to Sahha founder Aleks Dahlberg.
The Importance of Passion Projects
Patagonia's founder and Blackbird Protostars have more in common than you think
Investment Notes: Sonder
We’ve led the Series B round in Sonder, a rapidly growing employee and student wellbeing company.
Investment Notes: Spice AI
Learn more about our investment in Spice AI, a web3-focused data and AI infrastructure platform.
Investment Notes: Excellent
We’ve led the pre-seed round for Excellent, a startup building the one-stop-shop for learning Employee Experience design
Spotlight On: Keaton Okkonen
A quick chat with Keaton Okkonen, co-founder and CEO of Melbourne-founded startup Black.ai
Blackbird invests early
When is the right time to engage with Blackbird? The right time is now. You're never too early.
Investment Notes: Sitemate
We are proud to have led a funding round into Sitemate, a startup we first met through the Startmate Accelerator back in 2017.
Our Seed Investment In Blinq
Sharing our investment thinking on Blinq, one of the fastest growing viral SaaS businesses in the world right now.
Spotlight On: Melissa Miller, The Mintable
Get to know Melissa Miller, the co-founder of The Mintable, a startup creating a place where managers belong backed by us here at Blackbird.
Investment Notes: Carepatron
We've invested in the pre-seed round for Carepatron, a Kiwi-founded startup building the world's most beautiful digital workspace for health
Welcome to the (new) world of Blackbird
We’ve got a new look - it’s raw, creative and full of energy, and it symbolises our ambition to progress Australian and New Zealand culture.
The cofounder question
Diving into one of the biggest questions we hear from idea stage founders: do I need a cofounder? and how do I find one?
Investment Notes: Edrolo
We're proud to lead the Series B round for Edrolo, a company we have been privileged to know for some time now.
Spotlight On: Dr. Julio Ribeiro, co-founder & CEO of Inventia Life Sciences
Meet Dr Julio Ribeiro, the co-founder and CEO of Inventia Life Sciences
Supercharging parental leave into the modern era
We are open-sourcing our Australian parental policy.
So you’ve got an idea, now what?
Mentoring in our Giants program, we get to hear lots of common questions from idea stage founders. Here's how we answer them.
Spotlight On: Max Olson, Seachange
Getting to know Max Olson, the founder and CEO of Seachange.
The Blackbird Sales Academy!
Learn from the best sales leaders in the world with our new Sales Academy
Spotlight On: Lucy Mort, Sunroom
Learning more about Lucy Mort, the co-founder and CEO of Sunroom.
From good intentions to concrete action - getting started on sustainability
So you want your startup to start taking action on climate change and sustainability, but don't know what that really looks like?
Blackbird is hiring a Head of People
We’re looking for a Head of People to unleash the Blackbird team’s potential.
Impact at Blackbird
How we're thinking about impact at Blackbird, and why we're making our Impact & ESG policy public
What makes a great founder investor relationship?
Advice from Blackbird founders and our team on what makes a strong investor to founder relationship, and how it evolves with time.
Investment Notes: Instant
Instant is building the world’s simplest checkout experience, for every buyer and vendor online.
Spotlight On: Aaron Ward, AskNicely
Our monthly chat with founders from the Blackbird portfolio. This month, it's Aaron Ward, co-founder of AskNicely.
Learnings from Blackbird’s First Impact Summit: DE&I
Our Head of Community Dani Pinkus and Impact Advisor Kate Glazebrook share insights from our first Blackbird Impact Summit.
Spotlight On: Dale Brett, FL0
Get to know FL0 co-founder and CEO Dale Brett in our latest founder profile
Investment Notes: Foundry Lab
We’re thrilled to have led the Series A round into Foundry Lab.
The Super Seven: Meet Blackbird’s Seven New Associates
We are thrilled to introduce you to the next generation of Blackbird’s investment team.
Investment Notes: Bardee
We’ve invested in Bardee to reshape the global food system with insects.
Supercharging startup talent with the Lilypad
Why we've built the Blackbird Lilypad, a product to get you in front of ANZs most ambitious startups.
Spotlight On: Ben Sze, Edrolo
Blackbird’s monthly chat with talented leaders and rising stars in our community, this month with Ben Sze, co-founder of Edrolo.
Blackbird is hiring a Compliance and Risk Manager
Blackbird is hiring a Compliance & Risk Manager
Starting your startup: is your idea worth pursuing?
Starting your startup: is your idea worth pursuing?
Spotlight On: Lucy Lloyd, Mentorloop
Blackbird’s monthly chat with talented leaders and rising stars in our community, this month with Lucy Lloyd, co-founder of Mentorloop.
Part 4: WTF is GTMF + PLG? Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
Welcome to Part 4 of our four part series on Go-To-Market (GTM) and Product-Led Growth (PLG)
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