I'm Creative Director and I run our Brand and Comms team with Melia. I work on making Blackbird into a beautiful place full of creativity and rich in meaning. I've built our brand, helped to shape our culture, and tried hard to make Australia's startup ecosystem dynamic and inspiring. I'm also the head of the Blackbird Foundation - our mission is to unleash creativity in young people. Previously I was Head of Community and I worked to make Blackbird a community driven VC.
Before Blackbird I founded a talent management business. We managed bands including the Rubens, Cloud Control, Fishing and Urthboy. I also founded a craft beer festival called Sydney Craft Beer Week. I studied comms and theatre at Uni. I launched my career at KFC when I was 16.
Everything ladders up to culture. Creativity is more important than anything. Competition is for sheep.
Sunrise, Blackbird rebrand, design and fit-out of our Sydney office, building the Blackbird Foundation including our grant for passion projects, Protostars, helping setting our Vision, Mission and Values plus loads more.
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.
We've launched the Blackbird Foundation to supercharge creativity in young people.
We’ve finally found a product just for UX researchers in Dovetail.
We’ve invested $5m in an innovation which promises to make worksites safer.
We’re investing in this whose mission is to make NPS actionable for employees.
EARTH AI is a company helping mineral explorers identify promising areas.
Gilmour Space is developing a rocket to launch small satellites into space.
Fleet's mission is simple: to create a network of tiny nano-satellites that deliver a global backhaul service for the Internet of Things.
An AMA with Jodie Auster, former VP of People Ops at Thumbtack and ER doctor.
How naivety and arrogance can help build world-changing businesses
We’re pleased to announce the next chapter of Blackbird Ventures with a further $200 million of capital to invest in Australian startups.
Joel takes a look at how many Australian startups are started each year from 2010 to 2014.