Phoebe Pincus

Phoebe Pincus

Chief of Staff

About Me

When I'm not hanging out with my startmates I am usually running around somewhere or finding a body of water to swim in (not that fussy, have braved the brown snake in bris but am yet to try the yarra, nothing beats bronte baths in mid winter). I am extremely enthusiastic about books and am part of several bookclubs, and I am known for my unsolicited book recommendations. Unlike many of my colleagues I do not have a dog/cat but I DID have a worm farm once and that was pretty exciting! My special skill is predicting your Myers Briggs profile (sort of like a psychic).

"Win the morning win the day" (such a smug thing to say but IT IS SO TRUE)

What do you do at Blackbird?

My job is to amplify the impact of Startmate's team and community! This includes a focus on team engagement and infrastructure, streamlining systems and breaking down silos to build a cohesive internal community

What did you do before Blackbird?

I spent the first 5 years of my career as first a CSM, then a product manager, and finally general manager at an awesome company called Elevate Education. They run a bunch of engagement-focused products with high school students including study skills workshops, a game-changing PBL curriculum and most recently and AI essay writing platform

What do you believe that others do not?

I think this is becoming an increasingly common viewpoint but I don't believe in free will. Everyone is just a product of their genetics/epigenetics/experiences and their decisions and behaviour reflect that!

What ideas are you excited by right now?

(1) I think it's crazy that if you ask 50 people who work in education 'what is the purpose of high school' you will probably get 50 different answers - so any form of radical change in the education space is extremely exciting!

(2) The women's fellowship @ Startmate. I went through this and it was a game changer. Get 100 ambitious, incredibly talented and supportive women in a (zoom) room and who knows what will happen next...

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