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We invest in Australians with big ideas who want to be the best in the world. We provide equity capital for all stages from Seed, Series A and later stage.


We're committed to the development of our community and the strengthening of the Australian startup ecosystem. Find out more.


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Blackbird Ventures

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Blackbird Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in Australians wanting to be the best in the world not the best in Australia. We provide equity capital for all stages from Seed, Series A and later stage.


We’re also pasionate about building and strengthening the Australian startup ecosystem. See our programs & initiatives.

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Australia’s most

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ABOUT BLACKBIRD

Blackbird Ventures 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.

Rick is a co-founder of Blackbird Ventures. Prior to Blackbird, Rick ran MLC’s venture capital program. Before that he co-founded two software companies: Right Party Connect, which produces notification systems for financial institutions and sold to Adeptra; and IDC Global which develops software for real estate agents.

RICK BAKER

Bill is a venture partner at Blackbird Ventures. Prior to Blackbird Bill co-founded Southern Cross Venture Partners after helping to build early stage investing at Macquarie Bank. Bill was also the CEO of Mantara, a company that makes high performance, content-based message routing systems.

BILL BARTEE

Niki is a co-founder of Blackbird Ventures. Prior to Blackbird Ventures, he founded Startmate, one of Australia’s leading accelerators. Before that he founded Homethinking, a US-based online real estate site which helps home owners choose a selling real estate agent by ranking agents on their sales history and customer reviews.

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WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Are you looking for investment? Here you will find everything you need to know about our investment philosophy, what we look for in founders, products, teams and markets.

Global Ambition

Global Ambition

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.

World Class Teams

Grace Hopper, computer scientist, United States Navy Rear Admiral and inventor of the first compiler for a computer language. 

World class Founding 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.

Early Stage Metrics

Early Stage Metrics

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.

Products That Scale

Grace Hopper, computer scientist, United States Navy Rear Admiral and inventor of the first compiler for a computer language. 

Products that Scale. Big Markets

We have a particular focus on consumer and social internet, software as a service, mobile, e-commerce and software tools and services. We like businesses that are taking advantage of digital marketing and sales, where the sales cycle is short and/or revenue is recurring. We’re not very keen on businesses which rely on direct sales, and which need to set up sales teams in each market they pursue. And unless you have something truly exceptional, please don’t come to us saying that you’re going to make it big selling banner ads on your site.

PORTFOLIO

We look far and wide for the best, most ambitious Founders. We're incredibly proud of our portfolio and we're only just getting started!

Elevio
Lifx
Propeller
Coinjar
Edrolo
Shoes of Prey
Culture Amp
Autopilot
Red Bubble
Red Bubble
Canva

We’re passionate about the Australian startup ecosystem and helping the next generation of great founders.

BLACKBIRD COMMUNITY

WorkEx

In 2015 we took on a high school student as an intern. We were able to introduce our intern to some of our startups, experts in the area he was interested in (space!) and after the program was complete he said he felt inspired energised and with a new found direction in his life. We were shocked to find that most high school students end up doing work experience at the local fish and chip shop, or with dad's friend the accountant. So we created WorkEx: a work experience program that is designed to inspire students at a crucial time in their lives.

FIRST Robotics

For any of these other programs to work, Australia needs a generation of young people who are passionate about science and technology. FIRST Robotics is the best program we've come across that encourages an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in students from an early age. We work with FIRST Australia to help spread awareness of the program and we help them raise money to send students to the US for the international competition.

Before The Sunrise

Before you begin building your startup, you need to get your docs in order. It shouldn't be complex and expensive but it can be. It's with this in mind we've developed Before The Sunrise - a web app that helps you set up standard docs including a Shareholders Agreeement, IP Assignment Agreements and Employee Agreements. Annotations are crowd sourced and we've set these up in an attempt to create a set of affordable, transparent standards for startups.

Startmate

Startmate is Blackbird's mentor driven accelerator. We find founders at the very beginning of their journey, give them an initial investment and connect them to a network of founders, entrepreneurs and investors both in Australia and Silicon Valley.

Grace Hopper, computer scientist, United States Navy Rear Admiral and inventor of the first compiler for a computer language. 

The Sunrise

The Sunrise is our tribute to The Founder. It's where we tell stories, uncover truths and celebrate all that it is to be a Founder. You'll find videos, AMAs and more.

Before The Sunrise

Before you begin building your startup, you need to get your docs in order. It shouldn't be complex and expensive but it can be. It's with this in mind we've developed Before The Sunrise - a web app that helps you set up standard docs including a Shareholders Agreeement, IP Assignment Agreements and Employee Agreements. Annotations are crowd sourced and we've set these up in an attempt to create a set of affordable, transparent standards for startups.

Startmate

Startmate is Blackbird's mentor driven accelerator. We find founders at the very beginning of their journey, give them an initial investment and connect them to a network of founders, entrepreneurs and investors both in Australia and Silicon Valley.

Grace Hopper, computer scientist, United States Navy Rear Admiral and inventor of the first compiler for a computer language. 

The Sunrise

The Sunrise is our tribute to The Founder. It's where we tell stories, uncover truths and celebrate all that it is to be a Founder. You'll find videos, AMAs and more.

WorkEx

In 2015 we took on a high school student as an intern. We were able to introduce our intern to some of our startups, experts in the area he was interested in (space!) and after the program was complete he said he felt inspired energised and with a new found direction in his life. We were shocked to find that most high school students end up doing work experience at the local fish and chip shop, or with dad's friend the accountant. So we created WorkEx: a work experience program that is designed to inspire students at a crucial time in their lives.

Grace Hopper, computer scientist, United States Navy Rear Admiral and inventor of the first compiler for a computer language. 

FIRST Robotics

For any of these other programs to work, Australia needs a generation of young people who are passionate about science and technology. FIRST Robotics is the best program we've come across that encourages an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in students from an early age. We work with FIRST Australia to help spread awareness of the program and we help them raise money to send students to the US for the international competition.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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2 Febuary | 6:30pm | Canva  

UPCOMING EVENTS

Currently a Managing Director at Felicis Ventures. Prior to that Wes was a GP at Google Ventures. As an early employee at Google he founded and launched Google Analytics and Google Voice. He also helped write and launch Google Adwords and Adsense.


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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, leave your details with us and we will send you more information on Blackbird and our approach to investment.

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