Energising the Blockchain – Dr Jemma Green speaks with Techboard about the future of Power and Power Ledger’s historic Initial Coin Offering

In August this year, Power Ledger grasped everyone’s attention by raising $17 million in its the pre-sale of its Token Generation Event (TGE) or Initial Coin Offering (ICO) ahead of raising a total of $34million in its ICO which closed in October. For most of us, this raised a lot of questions… “What is an ICO? Why would someone want raise money using an ICO? And what’s a POWR token?” Fortunately, our Contributor Matthew Parker from MitchelLake was able to sit down with Dr Jemma Green, co-founder and Chair of Power Ledger to help us answer these questions. Power Ledger first came to prominence in Techboard’s Rankings back in August 2016 where it topped the ranking for 2 fortnights. This year PowerLedger topped the Techboard Ranking in August and has remained in the top five in September and October.

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Investing in People and Products: Opportunities in pre-IPO investment in Australia. Techboard speaks with Alium Capital’s Rajeev Gupta

Rajeev Gupta is a technology-driven investor who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years. In 2016, he co-founded Alium Capital – a cross-over investment fund focused on technology and innovation, with his 2 partners Jason Rich and Michael Considine.  Alium has secured almost $100 million in capital commitments since its founding – seeking to capitalise on the growth of the Australian tech-industry, while helping to propel these same companies into their next stage of development. Alium’s portfolio includes names such as Healthengine, Unlockd and Titomic (who have either topped or placed in the top 5 in a Techboard Ranking) as well as Nitro, StockSpot, Hit100, Credible and Bitcoin.com.au. MichelLake’s Robin Block sat down with Rajeev to discuss investment strategies and understand what sets Alium apart.

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Democratising Equity Investment: Equitise’s Chris Gilbert on the changing landscape of investment in Australia.

Chris Gilbert is building a business to change the way average Australians invest. Co-founder of Equitise, Chris and his partner Jonny Wilkinson created an equity crowdfunding platform so novel that they couldn’t initially launch it under Australian lending regulations.  In his latest interview for Techboard Robin Block from MitchelLake sat down with Chris to understand the inspiration for Equitise and gain insight into how digital platforms are changing the relationship between investors and entrepreneurs. Read More

What Investors Seek – 8 Lessons from Entrepreneur Investor Rajeev Gupta

This guest post comes to you from our friend Rajeev Gupta, investor and entrepreneur. Rajeev is Partner and Founder of cross-over investment fund Alium Capital Management which has backed many great Australian Startups (including HealthEngine and Unlockd who have topped the Techboard Ranking). In this post Rajeev shares his wisdom and experience from sitting on both sides of the table. Rajeev has also recently joined Techboard's NSW Panel of Experts.

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Techboard Report reveals over $625M in funding

This is the third funding report we have published, and the first time we have covered the whole of Australia – an exciting milestone for Techboard! The report only includes funding events (including equity, debt, acquisition and grants) confirmed in the June 2017 quarter, involving startups and young tech companies which are eligible for a listing on Techboard. We put together our funding reports based on the data collected in the course of running the monthly Techboard Ranking, supplemented with intel from Techboard’s many investor contacts across the country. 

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Three core elements to include in your startup pitch

Our friend Cam Sinclair from Ammo Marketing and a couple of Startups, most recently Veri.vote/Mithryl has put together a great post with tips for pitching for investment.  This article is about fundamentals to convince your audience, not about building pitch decks (that’s for another post).  Cam was the first to respond to our call for guest bloggers or topics put out in a recent Techboard newsletter. Over the coming months Techboard will be bringing insights from a variety of different sorts of investors to its readers. If you have any suggestions as to issues you would like addressed OR if you would like to contribute a guest blog post please contact the Techboard Team.

Pitching your startup to investors can be a daunting experience. You have to convince a room full of decision makers that your little pet project is better than the thousands of other investment options out there. You must compress the highlights of months or years of blood sweat and hard work into a matter of minutes. All while remaining calm, confident and convincing. As a keen tech startup pitch nerd, I have taken part in many of these things (you can see my pitch for veri.vote here), and watched hundreds of others sweat bullets while trying to persuade a room full of onlookers that their idea is worth considering. Read More

Insights into Investing in High Growth Ventures

We attended the Perth Angels breakfast event Insights into Investing in High Growth Ventures on 21 June 2017.  At the event the Perth Angels presented a panel of industry experts across the investment spectrum to discuss the quintessential angel investor question, “how do you pick winners in high growth early stage ventures?”  We put out a call for free tickets to this event at the Techboard table and were overwhelmed with the level of interest, particularly from companies on Techboard wanting to know more about the investment ecosystem. Over the coming months Techboard will be bringing insights from a variety of different sorts of investors to its readers. If you have any suggestions as to issues you would like addressed OR if you would like to contribute a guest blog post please contact us.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Insights into Investing in High Growth Ventures

Our friends at Perth Angels are holding a breakfast event on Wednesday 21 June and Techboard has secured a table. We are giving away five tickets to attend this event... so if you want to join our table get in Quick.

The Perth Angels present a panel of industry experts across the investment spectrum to discuss the quintessential angel investor question, "how do you pick winners in high growth early stage ventures?"

This breakfast will be invaluable if you are an investor, or considering investing, in early stage ventures or just fascinated by the burgeoning startup world.

Western Australia is incredibly innovative and already competes on the world stage mining, medical and financial technologies and has scope for further expansion.

These investment insights will also guide entrepreneurs to prepare themselves and their projects to be "investment ready".

Come together to meet like minded people with Perth's only not for profit Angel investor organisation.

Date: 21 June 2017

Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Perth Arena, 700 Wellington Street Perth WA