Technology is rapidly advancing civilisation. A VC’s job is to find and support founders in their quest to build scalable products that solve critical problems faced by tonnes of people. VCs play a key role in backing founders who build products that puts the world on a positive trajectory. This requires insane curiosity, discipline and patience of the VC.

ANZ can be a global tech powerhouse. Our tech industry can be on par or bigger for our economy than mining, agriculture or services. The market for our tech startups is increasingly global (3 Bn+ people instead of our 30 Mn) due to the internet, smart devices, cloud computing and cryptocurrencies. These mean that we don’t always need to ship things abroad anymore. We’ve always carried more than our weight, and have awesome tech and product talent. Government must catalyse this powerhouse by providing startup incentives, funding tech related education, and making it easier for talent to stay and immigrate here. There’s a huge backlog of talent who’d come in a heartbeat.

People and culture are key. Great founders are visionary, can execute, and are customer-led. They create a culture of high performance, community, trust and energy, and hire A players that scale this culture. I’ve seen companies with highly capable teams that don’t succeed due to inconsistent culture and people. This applies to our personal lives. Surround yourself with people who lift you and those around you, and who inspire trust.

Growing up in Western Sydney meant that embracing diversity and community, and beating expectations have been core to my journey. Good VCs spend time understanding the experiences, motivations and values of others, and are clear on their own biases.

In my spare time I read, travel, invest, see family and friends, exercise, and watch Netflix and sport. I’m always up for a game of tennis, indoor soccer, volleyball, Catan, Avalon or anything really (I’m just not very good at any of them.)

Technology is rapidly advancing civilisation. A VC’s job is to find and support founders in their quest to build scalable products that solve critical problems faced by tonnes of people. VCs play a key role in backing founders who build products that puts the world on a positive trajectory. This requires insane curiosity, discipline and patience of the VC.

ANZ can be a global tech powerhouse. Our tech industry can be on par or bigger for our economy than mining, agriculture or services. The market for our tech startups is increasingly global (3 Bn+ people instead of our 30 Mn) due to the internet, smart devices, cloud computing and cryptocurrencies. These mean that we don’t always need to ship things abroad anymore. We’ve always carried more than our weight, and have awesome tech and product talent. Government must catalyse this powerhouse by providing startup incentives, funding tech related education, and making it easier for talent to stay and immigrate here. There’s a huge backlog of talent who’d come in a heartbeat.

People and culture are key. Great founders are visionary, can execute, and are customer-led. They create a culture of high performance, community, trust and energy, and hire A players that scale this culture. I’ve seen companies with highly capable teams that don’t succeed due to inconsistent culture and people. This applies to our personal lives. Surround yourself with people who lift you and those around you, and who inspire trust.

Growing up in Western Sydney meant that embracing diversity and community, and beating expectations have been core to my journey. Good VCs spend time understanding the experiences, motivations and values of others, and are clear on their own biases.

In my spare time I read, travel, invest, see family and friends, exercise, and watch Netflix and sport. I’m always up for a game of tennis, indoor soccer, volleyball, Catan, Avalon or anything really (I’m just not very good at any of them.)