Kia ora! I grew up in Ngāmotu (New Plymouth), New Zealand. I studied Law and Spanish at the University of Otago before spreading my wings and starting my career as a consultant at Bain & Company, first in Melbourne and then in London. Working with companies like Westpac, Coca Cola and LEGO taught me the basics of business strategy, plus a lot about how people and organisations tick. On the side, I became interested in the idea of combining investment in technology with objectives like improving health outcomes or reducing carbon emissions. This led me to join Generation, a sustainability-focused growth equity fund founded & chaired by Al Gore. After three years in the investment team there, working between London and San Francisco with companies like Asana, Toast, Gusto, M-Kopa, Nature’s Fynd and Remitly I landed my dream job back home in Blackbird’s Aotearoa team. Based in Tāmaki Makarau (Auckland) I invest in the most ambitious Kiwi founders - like Sam from Excellent, Elliot from ThroughLine and Jamie & David from Carepatron - right from the very beginning.
Based in New Zealand, I invest in unreasonably ambitious Kiwi founders who want to build world-changing companies. I'm interested in make-stuff-better ideas across everything from fintech to healthcare, future food to cleantech.
I was an investor at Generation, working across London and San Francisco, investing in the likes of Nature's Fynd, Convoy, Remitly, Guideline and Elation Health.
The "how" often matters a lot more than the "what". A beautiful solution in the abstract means little without customer obsession, product mind-set, and a thriving team
Phoebe shares more about her investing process and why you shouldn't be disheartened if a VC decides not to invest in your startup.
Blackbird Aotearoa has led the seed round for Tracksuit, a Kiwi-founded startup delivering beautiful, affordable, always-on brand-tracking.
Let me tell you about the best job going in Aotearoa this year.
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.
We’ve led the pre-seed round for Excellent, a startup building the one-stop-shop for learning Employee Experience design
We've invested in the pre-seed round for Carepatron, a Kiwi-founded startup building the world's most beautiful digital workspace for health