Nicole Marino
Melbourne
Australia

Nicole Marino

Investments
Associate
Melbourne
Australia

About Me

What do you do at Blackbird?

I'm in Melbourne's investment team and looking for Australia's most ambitious founders — especially those working at the frontier of technology and science.

What did you do before Blackbird?

Hustled as a 19 year old selling houses. Studied economics, worked in a credit hedge fund, and had a brief stint doing some macro investing at AustralianSuper.

What do you believe that others do not?

Top down learning is more effective than bottom up. As the body of human knowledge grows, we need to consider starting from the hard stuff and working backwards more.

What ideas are you excited by right now?

Our knowledge of biology and the tools we have to engineer it have exploded over the past 20 years. I'm fascinated by what this means for personalised medicine.

Another recent brain worm is around rethinking education — and not just throwing AI at it. Why is the default mode of a tutor corrective?

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