What do you do at Blackbird?
I'm in the Investments team in our Melbourne office. Everyday I get to meet founders whose ideas will make a dent in the world, and I have the honour of helping them succeed by investing time, money, advice, encouragement and most of all unshakeable belief in their potential.
What did you do before Blackbird?
I was a Partner at Athletic Ventures, a syndicate of Australian elite athletes investing in startups. I was (and still am!) a pro athlete - I've worn the green-and-gold for Australia in the sports of Trampolining, CrossFit and Beach Volleyball. I spent a decade in management consulting, am a keynote speaker on high performance psychology and also spent a year working in the circus.
What do you believe that others do not?
Passion follows skill.
Everything I've become passionate about in life has not been love at first sight. Instead, passion is created through the journey of becoming skillful, the building of a community of people around you with a shared interest, and the commitment of time to show you value that endeavour.
The advice 'follow your passion' can send people on a journey looking for it, when they should be hard at work creating their passion by building their skill.
What ideas are you excited by right now?
I'm obsessed with human performance - how can we make humans smarter, stronger, faster, sleep better and live longer? I love businesses that are tackling the system of healthcare through improving affordability, health outcomes and experiences. Climate businesses building products that help the environment and are economically cheaper than polluting alternatives - at the same time. Education businesses that change how we learn to match the current needs of the market. The future of how we work, live, eat and play. It's a long list and every day there is more I want to dive into.