Techboard Interviews

Techboard is pleased to bring you Interviews of Startup Founders and other key players in Australia's Startup and Tech Ecosystem.

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.

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Anywhere, Any Product, Any Service, Anywhere in the World: Marketplacer’s Jason Wyatt speaks with Techboard about bringing online trading to every imaginable product

Jason Wyatt is building a marketplace of marketplaces. With his co-founder Sam Slater, Jason has taken the technology and experience they pioneered creating BikeExchange — an aggregate online marketplace for bikes — to build a template that can be used for any purpose. Marketplacer is bringing the disintermediated economy to markets in an accessible and readymade format. Robin Block from MitchelLake sat down with Jason to understand the method by which they intend to expand, how they built their marketplace community and what the future holds for Marketplacer.

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Keeping Your Start-up DNA: Prospa’s Beau Bertoli talks to Techboard about how to manage a high-growth scale-up

Beau Bertoli and Greg Moshal, co-founders and joint-CEOs of Prospa, are changing the way small businesses find loans by taking Australian SME lending online.  Prospa is using proprietary software to provide SMEs with capital at the speed with which they operate. In February, they were awarded the Lending Innovator of the Year Award in the inaugural FinTech Business Awards, and are still annually achieving triple-digit growth rates. Propsa has also topped the Techboard Ranking of Trending Australian Startups and Young Tech Companies twice in 2017 including in July 2017Robin Block from MitchelLake sat down with Beau to discuss how Prospa is set to change the way Australian b2b lending operates before expanding internationally and into other financial service markets.  

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Revolutionising the Consulting Profession: Techboard speaks with Bridget Loudon

Bridget Loudon is an entrepreneur turned management consultant turned entrepreneur, again. In 2013, she co-founded Expert360, a platform that allows companies to find and engage top vetted consulting talent for project work.  Expert360 has more than fifteen-thousand high-quality consultants, has raised more than $18 million in venture funding and is poised to expand internationally. Expert360 came 4th in the Techboard Ranking for JulyMitchelLake’s Robin Block sat down with Bridget to understand the roots of Expert360 and provide insight into how online marketplaces are set to change the world of consulting.

Bridget is speaking at B2BRocks Sydney on 28 September 2017.  Read more about or book tickets to B2BRocks. Techboard has partnered with B2BRocks and will be bringing you more interviews with some of the great presenters who will be presenting at the Conference. Sign up to make sure you don’t miss out on some more great interviews.


Investing in ‘Good Humans’ – Dr. Elaine Stead speaks with Techboard about the future of Venture Capital in Australia

In his latest interview for Techboard Robin Block from MitchelLake sat down with Dr. Elaine Stead to understand the role she sees Blue Sky and herself playing in the future of Australian business.  Elaine is a builder of businesses and Head of Venture Capital at Blue Sky — a venture fund that is at the forefront of Australian Capital Investment.  Last year, Blue Sky secured the management of a $50 million venture fund for the South Australian government. The firm manages over $3 billion in investment across a number of industries.   Elaine is one of many high profile presenters who will be speaking at the upcoming Startup Investing Conference series brought to you by our friends at Capital Pitch in Sydney on 12 September and in Melbourne on 12 October. Read more about the Conference below.

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Building a Digital Bridge to China: Techboard speaks with Nicolas Chu

Nicolas Chu is the CEO & founder of Sinorbis — a ‘cloud based marketing platform that enables western companies to do digital marketing in China.’ Sinorbis is seeking to both accelerate and capitalise on the rise of Asian consumer markets — working to create a bridge between the world and 751 million Chinese internet users that sit within a unique, highly regulated and difficult to crack online ecosystem.  Founded at the end of 2015, Sinorbis has raised $3.9 million in two rounds of funding and is entering a period of exponential growth. Robin Block from MitchelLake sat down with Nicolas to understand the opportunities and challenges in the Chinese market, and the solutions on offer at Sinorbis.  

Nicholas is speaking at B2BRocks Sydney on 28 September 2017.  Read more about or book tickets to B2BRocks. Techboard has partnered with B2BRocks and will be bringing you more interviews with some of the great presenters who will be presenting at the Conference. Sign up to make sure you don't miss out on some more great interviews

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Bringing Innovation to Venture Capital: Techboard speaks with Jeremy Liddle

In his latest interview for Techboard Robin Block from MitchelLake speaks with Jeremy Liddle. Jeremy is an entrepreneurial problem solver. He co-founded CapitalPitch in 2014 to bring capital access to people looking to change the world. Founded in Australia, CapitalPitch is now poised to create a global platform capable of reinventing venture capital.  In this interview Jeremy explains how CapitalPitch is using a digital platform to change the way startups approach investment.

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Disruptive Parcels: Sendle’s James Chin Moody on the importance of focus in an ever changing technological landscape.

In Techboard’s latest feature interview Robin Block speaks to James Chin Moody. James is the Founder & CEO of Sendle who were ranked fifth in the June Techboard Ranking. Sendle is a parcel delivery service that is changing the face of shipping in Australia by making door-to-door delivery affordable. Sendle has grown at near 20% per-month for the last two years and is the second high-growth technology startup James has founded since leaving his position on the executive team at CSIRO in 2012. Techboard Contributor Robin Block from MitchelLake sat down with James to gain his perspective on the disintermediated economy and understand the methods employed to accommodate Sendle’s rapid expansion. In this interview we gain insight into the importance of culture and bringing to bear both the intellectual and emotional brain to fully understand big decisions.  


Jetstar to ROKTstar – Techboard talks to Bruce Buchanan CEO of Sydney Startup ROKT

Our friend Robin Block spoke recently with Bruce Buchanan, CEO of Sydney born ROKT, a transaction marketing firm that provides e-commerce companies and performance marketers the capability to connect with customers just as they make an online purchase. ROKT has successfully established an international presence and grown annually at near 100 per cent since 2012. This expansion is slated to continue as the company secured AU$ 34.5 million in capital investment earlier this year for a number of initiative, particularly acquisitional expansion. Robin spoke to Bruce about high-growth businesses and taking Australian brands international. (ROKT was the second highest ranked company in the Techboard Ranking of trending Australian startups and young tech companies for June 2017.)