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The Twenty Minute VC takes you inside the world of Venture Capital, Startup Funding and The Pitch. Join our host, Harry Stebbings and discover how you can attain funding for your business by listening to what the most prominent investors are directly looking for in startups, providing easily actionable tips and tricks that can be put in place to increase your chances of getting funded. Although, you may not want to raise funding for a startup. The Twenty Minute VC also provides an instructio ...
 
40 Minute Mentor is a podcast on a mission to make business mentorship accessible to everyone. Whether you’re just beginning your career, are a Startup Founder or are just in need of some career inspiration, our show is designed to cover everything from the ground up in 40 minutes.
 
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Boston VC and marketing guru Mike Troiano answers your questions about brand building, marketing, startup management, VC and whatever else in a quick, 5 minute snack. Record your questions on Anchor, or just use the hashtag #AskTrap on Twitter.
 
The Breaking Into Startups Podcast is a platform where we feature stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds. Curious about how startups work, how to get a job without a degree or what technical and non-technical careers are out there? We have news for you - tech fields are booming and you don’t need the best technical degree in information technology to break in and get a six figure job in technology. Our podcast gives you an inside look at the most disruptive st ...
 
Going off the map in the startup & business world When you are looking for the insights on non-conventional questions, related to the world of entrepreneurship, startups & business Frederik Van Lierde will interview entrepreneurs, authors, artists, women in male-dominated environments, startups owners in the ghetto's, mafia, debunking startup myths and more. More info, articles, videos: https://Frederik.Today
 
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Ali Partovi is the CEO @ Neo, a mentorship community and communal VC fund that announced their new $150M fund last year on the back of early hits from Fund I including Vanta and Kalshi. As an angel, Ali has made personal investments in Dropbox, Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Convoy and many more. Prior to investing, Ali founded 2 companies, the first; Lin…
 
Uber has acquired Australian car-sharing service Car Next Door to expand the range of services it offers to customers. Coke is unveiling a new look for flavoured Coke products, as the company strives to stand out at the supermarket. Disney has created a new international content team to build up its pipeline of content in countries around the world…
 
Aussie freight and logistics companies are being forced to introduce Omicron surcharges in order to cover the costs of staff shortages. Gaming giant Activision Blizzard, the maker of World of Warcraft and Candy Crush, has agreed to be acquired by Microsoft for $96 billion. Shares in Goldman Sachs dropped 8% after it announced its expenses have been…
 
Rob Schutz is Chief Growth Officer and Co-founder at Ro, the healthcare technology company building a patient-centric healthcare system. To date, Ro has raised over $870M with a last reported valuation of $5BN and under Rob’s growth leadership, Ro has become one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. Prior to Ro, Rob was VP of Growth at B…
 
In this special ‘Where Are They Now’ feature mini episode, we catch up with one of our very first 40 Minute Mentors we welcomed onto the podcast, the brilliant Kresse Wesling CBE. We talk about her journey with Kresse & Elvis since 2019, why they’re building a one-of-a-king regenerative farm in Kent, and why now is the time for all of us to be envi…
 
Shares in Aussie on-demand wage service Beforepay fell 42% on their IPO day - the worst first-day performance in 2 years on the ASX. Redbubble expects revenue to drop, as the pandemic leads to increased customer acquisition costs and decreased shipping margins. Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s, is willing to pay big money for the company that m…
 
The AFLW has locked in the first major crypto sports sponsorship in Australia - a $25m deal with crypto.com. UberEats is using its sponsorship of the Aus Open to re-position itself as a way to get anything delivered, rather than just food takeaway. Beyond Meat has become the most ‘shorted’ stock on the Russell 1000 Index - with investors betting ag…
 
Frank Slootman currently serves as Chairman and CEO at Snowflake and has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the enterprise software industry. Prior to Snowflake, Frank served as CEO and President of ServiceNow taking the company from around $100M in revenue, through an IPO, to $1.4B. Before ServiceNow, Frank served as P…
 
Stan is raising the stakes against rival Foxtel with the launch of Stan Event, a pay-per-view service aimed to increasing Stan’s subscriber numbers. Aussie gaming giant Crown Resorts will recommend its shareholders accept a new takeover bid of at least $8.87 billion by private equity firm Blackstone. Shares in Virgin Galactic dropped more than 16% …
 
Devin Finzer is the Founder & CEO @ Opensea, the world's first and largest NFT marketplace allowing you to discover, collect, and sell extraordinary NFTs. To date, Devin has raised over $423M for the company with their last $300M round valuing Opensea at $13.3BN. Before changing the world of NFTs, Devin co-founded ClaimDog which was acquired by Cre…
 
Ralf Wenzel is the Founder & CEO @ JOKR, a global platform for instant retail delivery at a hyper-local scale serving both the US and LATAM. Ralf has raised over $260M for the company, most recently valuing it at $1.2BN. Prior to JOKR, Ralf spent 7 years as the Founder & CEO @ foodpanda, as well as, enjoying roles as Chief Strategy Officer @ Delive…
 
Mark Carney is Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and Head of Transition Investing. Prior to Brookfield, Mark served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to 2020, and prior to that as Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2008 until 2013. Mark was also Chairman of the Financial Stability Board from 2011 to 2018. Mark is a long-time…
 
Will Ahmed is the Founder and CEO @ Whoop, the company on a mission to unlock human performance with their wearable device that is your digital fitness and health coach. To date, Will has raised over $400M for the company with the last round valuing Whoop at $3.6BN and with a cap table including the likes of Softbank, Accomplice, Founder Collective…
 
Private health insurance premiums will increase next year by an average of 2.7% - the lowest increase in 20 years - thanks to the pandemic and its impact on health insurance profits. The former CEO of Disney says that Disney+ needs ‘more content for more people’ if it wants to hit its lofty 2022 goals. TikTok rival Triller will go public via a ‘rev…
 
Chemist Warehouse has been accused of cooking up inflated pricetags for Black Friday sales. Global meal kit company Marley Spoon has eaten up ready-to-heat meal company Chefgood for a delicious $21 million. Shareholders of Meta (fka Facebook) are questioning whether the company is able to oversee public safety on its platforms - and now want an ind…
 
NAB plans to approve mortgage applications in one hour, as banks fight it out for the fastest mortgage process. Plant-based food makers in Australia could be forced to remove words like ‘beef’ and ‘sausage’ from their packaging. Chinese AI giant SenseTime has excluded US investors from buying shares in its US$767m IPO. --- Sign up to the Flux app t…
 
Beauty retailer Mecca has created Australia’s first ‘pay-to-dispense’ street vending machines in order to drive gift sales in high traffic locations. Bruce Springsteen has sold the rights to all of his music to Sony for over US$500 million - in the largest music rights deal ever. Disney and YouTube have finally reached a new distribution deal after…
 
Rokt, the e-commerce tech unicorn has smashed the record for the largest single venture capital raising in Aussie history - $458m. Spotify has bought Aussie podcast-tech platform Whooshkaa with big plans to gain a foothold in the broadcast-to-podcast space. The US Federal Reserve has said it will increase interest rates next year as inflation conti…
 
Westpac’s shareholders have hit Westpac with a ‘protest vote’ over the new pay plans for its executives. Kraft, the brand behind Kraft Singles, is getting crafty with its marketing - due to a major cream cheese shortage. Sales at Zara and H&M are back to pre-pandemic levels (or in some cases are better) thanks to post-lockdown wardrobe updates. ---…
 
Bangaly Kaba is the Head of Platform Growth @ Popshop Live, a live streaming mobile marketplace that combines commerce, entertainment, and social. Prior to Popshop, Bangaly led the product growth and consumer product orgs at Instacart and before Instacart was Head of Growth @ Instagram, where he built and led the product team that helped grow Insta…
 
Aussie biotech giant CSL has bought Switzerland’s Vifor Pharma for $16.4b - giving CSL exposure to the fast growing market for kidney disease and iron deficiency treatments. Harley Davidson is planning to take its electric motorbike business public in order to attract millennials and Gen Z. Rotten Tomatoes is partnering with TikTok to allow users t…
 
Series 6 of 40 Minute Mentor might have come to a close earlier this month, but with another Series filled to the brim with advice and Scaleup insights, we thought we’d add a little something to your pre-Holiday playlist. In this special roundup episode, we focus on a topic we often get asked about here at JBM - VC and Fundraising. Whether you’re w…
 
Woolies has encouraged shoppers to hit the shops early this xmas, as COVID-related supply chain issues could mean some products might be in short supply. In a first for Australia, investment firm IFM is sinking $200m into CBA through a term deposit that will only be used to fund sustainability-linked loans. Nike bought virtual sneaker company RTFKT…
 
Booktopia is being taken to court after an ACCC investigation found it had misled consumers about their rights re faulty or damaged goods. A plot line from the Sex and the City reboot has sent shares in exercise company Peloton tumbling. Reddit has followed in Spotify’s footsteps by rolling out its own version of Spotify Wrapped - a personalised en…
 
John Doerr is an engineer, venture capitalist, the chairman of Kleiner Perkins, and the author of the #1 New York Times best-seller Measure What Matters. For over 40 years, John has helped build some of the most generational defining companies of our generation. He was an original investor and board member at Google and Amazon, helping to create mo…
 
Two of Australia’s largest breweries have warned that we could be facing a beer crunch due to the supply chain crisis. Coles wants its smaller Coles Local stores to make up around 10% of its total supermarket stores across the nation. Apple signed a gigantic US$275 billion deal with China back in 2016, and it could be why Apple has managed to remai…
 
Twitter is testing a feature that turns its explore page into a TikTok-style video feed (and it’s even got a ‘For You’ tab like TikTok). Payments company Visa is launching a new consulting service to help clients understand the wacky world of crypto. 'AdBlue', a crucial diesel fluid, could run out by around February - which would hurt Australia’s t…
 
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will legislate a new power that could force Apple to join the banks in investing in Australia’s $650 billion-a-day payments system. Delivering purchases within 10-15 minutes is the latest trend in grocery delivery, and as a result, DoorDash has debuted its own ultra-fast delivery service. NFT platform OpenSea is growing so…
 
Kyle Parrish is VP Sales @ Figma, the company that connects everyone in the design process so teams can deliver better products, faster. At Figma, Kyle built the sales engine from scratch to today, with over 100 incredible people in sales. Before Figma, Kyle spent over 5 years at Dropbox in numerous different roles including Head of Sales, where he…
 
Pet Circle, the Aussie online pet supplies and services marketplace, has just become Australia’s latest unicorn after a juicy $125m capital raise. BuzzFeed shares plunged 17% at their public debut - and it wasn’t an IPO that did the damage... but a ‘SPAC’. Aussie online marketplace developer Marketplacer has just banked $38m in investment, as retai…
 
Metcash, the owner of IGA supermarkets, Mitre 10 and Foodland, saw sales and profits grow big time this year, thanks to a shift towards local neighbourhood shopping. BHP has hinted that it might be open to boosting its dividend payout next year after selling off key petrol and coal assets. Didi, a Chinese version of Uber, is going to de-list from t…
 
Bill Gurley is a General Partner @ Benchmark, one of the most successful funds of the last decade with a portfolio including Uber, Twitter, Dropbox, Modern Treasury, Snapchat, StitchFix, and many more. As for Bill, widely recognized as one of the greats in venture having worked with GrubHub, NextDoor, Uber, OpenTable, Stitch Fix, and Zillow. Prior …
 
Commbank’s New York-based crypto exchange partner, Gemini, is planning to launch an ‘income product’ for everyday Aussie investors. Westpac is slashing jobs in its $45b superannuation arm BT, as it prepares to sell the business over the coming months. Luxury goods maker Hermés will list be added to the Euro Stoxx 50, where Europe’s top stocks are l…
 
Woolies has thrown a last-minute bid to acquire the owner of pharmacy chain Priceline - an offer that tops Wesfarmers’ offer from a month ago. Payments platform Square is changing its name to Block from December 10 - possibly after getting FOMO from Meta. Medical tech startup Harrison.ai has raised $129 million in one of the largest funding rounds …
 
Netflix will finally start paying tax on its $1 billion-plus Australian subscriber revenue, as it converts to a local entity structure. Aussie media giant Seven West Media has invested around $10 million into micro-investing platform Raiz. The UK’s antitrust watchdog has ordered Facebook (aka Meta) to sell Giphy. --- Sign up to the Flux app to be i…
 
In this final 40 Minute Mentor episode of Series 6, we’re joined by the Founder and former COO of Social Chain, and now a Founding Partner of Fearless Adventures, the brilliant Dominic McGregor. A lot of you will be familiar with the incredible journey Social Chain and their team have been on. At a very young age, both Dominic and his Co-Founder St…
 
The corporate regulator has launched 6 lawsuits against Westpac for allegedly charging dead customers financial advice fees. Mr Yum, the Aussie mobile ordering platform, has raised a whopping US$65 million - after the pandemic and social distancing increased its adoption. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has stepped down from his role as CE .and is p…
 
Channel 7 and Channel 9 have both claimed victory in the 2021 TV ratings battle... and they’re both right depending on which way you look at it. The new covid variant, Omicron, has caused major sell-offs in share markets - in Australia and around the world - as investors panic. The augmented reality platform that developed Pokemon Go, Niantic, is n…
 
Adam Foroughi is the Co-Founder and CEO @ AppLovin, the company that allows developers to market, monetize, analyze and publish their apps. Under Adam's leadership, he has taken the company public, grown the team to over 1,000 people around the world, and scaled revenue in 2020 to $1.5Bn. Prior to AppLovin, Adam founded two companies—Lifestreet Med…
 
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