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Blackbird Ventures
Helping to build global Internet startups from Australia

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Blackbird Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in inherently global Internet businesses formed by Australians. We back world-class founders who are setting out to make a difference in the world.

Blackbird Ventures itself is a collection of Australia’s most successful startup founders and Silicon Valley’s top investors who want to help you succeed on a global stage.

We provide equity capital for all stages from seed, Series A and later stage.

The Blackbird Ventures Team

Blackbird Ventures brings together a group of founders and Silicon Valley investors whose passion is to help the next wave of Australian startups succeed.

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak

Managing Director
Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Managing Director
Bill Bartee

Bill Bartee

Managing Director
John Scull

John Scull

Investment Committee

Read about Blackbird Ventures’ Australian founders and Silicon Valley networks

What we're looking for

Team, Product, Market, Stage

At Blackbird Ventures, we’re looking to partner with a narrow set of Internet companies so that we can use our experience and networks, as well as our capital, to help.

Teams:  We’re looking for world-class founders and teams.  To back you, we have to believe that you’re better placed than anyone else in the world to succeed in your chosen area. Why do you care about the problem and customer more than anyone else? What authentic connection do you have with your chosen market? Most of all we’re looking for the classic entrepreneurial DNA, those with an uncanny knack of getting things done with very few resources under chaotic conditions.  We also believe that great developers can become great CEOs and our role is to assist with that personal growth. Read more about what we’re looking for in a startup team.

Products and Markets:  We’re looking for businesses who are attacking large global markets from day one.  Your customers should not know or care that you’re Australian. Customers buy because they love your product after a 30 day trial not because you hire expensive sales people that play golf and have steak dinners with senior executives. Your chosen market should be BIG, big enough for your business to generate the magical number of $100m p.a. in revenue.  We have a particular focus on consumer and social internet, software as a service, mobile, e-commerce and software tools and services.  Read more about the types of businesses were looking for.

Stage:  Our bread and butter is Seed and Series A investing.  If you’re not familiar with these terms or the structure of the VC market, read some more about it here.  Even at the seed stages we rarely back a business plan. We’re looking for businesses with real-life metrics and paying customers.

How to get in front of us

We naturally take far more notice of founders introduced to us by people we trust, whether they be founders we have invested in, angel investors we have co-invested with or people we have worked with. So please, try to network to find a warm introduction, alternatively, you can email us at contact@blackbird.vc (before you ignore this advice and do it anyway, please read this).

Blackbird Ventures Portfolio

Our Investments to Date

Canva

Canva



The way design should be - online, social and remarkably simple
Coinjar

Coinjar



CoinJar is a Melbourne-based startup bridging the divide between digital currency and the dollars in your wallet.
Elto

Elto



Helping online businesses grow one tweak at a time
Ninja Blocks

Ninja Blocks



Making it easy to connect sensors and actuators to your favourite web services.
Safety Culture

Safety Culture



Complete Safety Management
Sessions

Sessions



Sessions is the simplest way to get active and stay active. With Sessions, you work with a coach who knows and understands you and makes regular exercise an enjoyable, sustainable habit.
Shoes of Prey

Shoes of Prey



Handmade custom women's shoes shipped anywhere in the world
Startmate

Startmate



Startmate is a mentor driven seed fund and was the MVP of Blackbird

Contact

 

  • Office Address: Level 5, 80 Mount Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
  • Tel:  +61 (0)2 8314 7400
  • Email:  contact@blackbird.vc
  • Twitter:  @blackbirdvc