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Cities worked in: Glasgow, Preston, Detroit, Frankfurt, Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris, Melbourne (all places I have lived in as well) Most exciting part of VC: Meeting people everyday who fly in the face of others who think “You shall not!” Biggest business challenge faced: Budget cuts, office closures, staff layoffs, pushback against change and improvement etc etc – all of these seemed like showstoppers until you work out how to come out the other end Amazed by: Mountains, it’s the experience of climbing or riding up them and finally making it to the top that blows me away. Seems like the start up’s journey that they all want to aim for Advice for founders: Spend more time listening than talking and remember getting your product into market is just the start of your journey

Cities worked in: Glasgow, Preston, Detroit, Frankfurt, Sydney, Tokyo, London, Paris, Melbourne (all places I have lived in as well)

Most exciting part of VC: Meeting people everyday who fly in the face of others who think “You shall not!”

Biggest business challenge faced: Budget cuts, office closures, staff layoffs, pushback against change and improvement etc etc – all of these seemed like showstoppers until you work out how to come out the other end

Amazed by: Mountains, it’s the experience of climbing or riding up them and finally making it to the top that blows me away. Seems like the start up’s journey that they all want to aim for

Advice for founders: Spend more time listening than talking and remember getting your product into market is just the start of your journey

Jim — Managing Partner

Achievement most proud of: Overcoming the GFC to achieve an outstanding exit for Jajah in Jan 2010. Also starting an early stage Venture Capital fund in Australia when VC was still a dirty word Career highlight: So far...realising the sheer depth of incredible talent and vision in this country Biggest business challenge faced: Telling my wife (and 6 month old baby) that instead of moving from London to Australia we were moving to California. In two weeks. And we didn't have a place to live Started life as: An account executive at a global advertising agency...didn't take me long to realise it was a glorified paper shuffling role Advice for founders: Dream big, listen to advice, choose carefully which advice to follow

Achievement most proud of: Overcoming the GFC to achieve an outstanding exit for Jajah in Jan 2010. Also starting an early stage Venture Capital fund in Australia when VC was still a dirty word

Career highlight: So far...realising the sheer depth of incredible talent and vision in this country

Biggest business challenge faced: Telling my wife (and 6 month old baby) that instead of moving from London to Australia we were moving to California. In two weeks. And we didn't have a place to live

Started life as: An account executive at a global advertising agency...didn't take me long to realise it was a glorified paper shuffling role

Advice for founders: Dream big, listen to advice, choose carefully which advice to follow

Paul — Managing Partner

Cities worked in: Melbourne, Jakarta, Sydney Biggest business challenge faced: Starting at a not-for-profit as CFO when it was going to run out of money in a month and then turning the business around to be self-sustaining and able to help tens of thousands of young people each year Career highlight: Switching from the corporate world to the more exciting world of Australian VC and being able to be a part of an ecosystem which is really starting to take off Started life as: An investment banker at Goldman Sachs Most exciting part of VC: Meeting people who are able to solve problems in a completely unique way and who are not afraid to question the status quo

Cities worked in: Melbourne, Jakarta, Sydney

Biggest business challenge faced: Starting at a not-for-profit as CFO when it was going to run out of money in a month and then turning the business around to be self-sustaining and able to help tens of thousands of young people each year

Career highlight: Switching from the corporate world to the more exciting world of Australian VC and being able to be a part of an ecosystem which is really starting to take off

Started life as: An investment banker at Goldman Sachs

Most exciting part of VC: Meeting people who are able to solve problems in a completely unique way and who are not afraid to question the status quo

Eloise — Investment Manager

Biggest business challenge faced: The stock market crash of 1987 and the high teens interest rates that put so many of the companies that I was associated with at risk. All survived! Achievement most proud of: Being intimately involved in the spectacular growth and success of the Pratt Group over 30 years Career highlight: Co-founding Hindal Corporate with David Beatty, growing it with him then selling it successfully to Credit Suisse Started life as: Corporate adviser at Hill Samuel, the predecessor of Macquarie Bank Advice for founders: Be flexible; be persistent; seek advice from every possible credible source

Biggest business challenge faced: The stock market crash of 1987 and the high teens interest rates that put so many of the companies that I was associated with at risk. All survived!

Achievement most proud of: Being intimately involved in the spectacular growth and success of the Pratt Group over 30 years

Career highlight: Co-founding Hindal Corporate with David Beatty, growing it with him then selling it successfully to Credit Suisse

Started life as: Corporate adviser at Hill Samuel, the predecessor of Macquarie Bank

Advice for founders: Be flexible; be persistent; seek advice from every possible credible source

Michael — Partner

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David — Partner

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Jacquline — Independent Director

 
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Martin — Partner