Mason Yates

What do you do at Blackbird?

My mission is to analyse and share the knowledge in Blackbird’s portfolio with our founders and partners.

What did you do before Blackbird?

I fell in love with startups after failing to build my own while studying Finance and IT. Hungry to learn more, I've since worked at two more in Stockspot and Zip Co. as a product and data analyst.

What do you believe that others do not?

Energy management is more important than time management.

The Epicentre for Startup Ambition with Startmate
Leadership

Startmate has built an ecosystem for startups and become the epicentre for ambition in Australia. 

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Making User Researchers Feel like Superheroes with Dovetail
From Blackbird

Benjamin Humphrey & Brad Ayers from Dovetail talk about how they are changing the way people research from Harvard to Google. 

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Fulfilling Solar’s Destiny with SunDrive
Investment

Every hour, the sun provides enough energy to power the world for a year. Yet despite this promise of eternal sustainability, solar only provides 3% of the world’s electricity.

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Future-Proof Workspaces with XY Sense
From Blackbird

It’s often said that the human brain only uses 10% of it’s capacity. While that’s false, the sentiment applies when it comes to office space. 

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AI is Saving Lives with See-Mode
Investment

See-Mode joins us to talk about the future of medicine on the Wild Hearts podcast. 

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How to Hire the Best with Applied
Investment

Kate Glazebrook & Khyati Sundaram talk about how they are eliminating bias from the hiring process. 

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Earn the Right to Exist with Eucalyptus
From Blackbird

In a world where feedback is so real, fast and clear, sitting around psychoanalysing your customers and thinking about what the best piece of creative for them is a complete waste of time.

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Changing the Food Game with Vow
Investment

"10 years from now, if you walk into the supermarket or a restaurant, no matter which country you're in, you're going to have an option of eating cultured meat."

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Above Water with FreightFish
Investment

Max Olsen from FreightFish joins us on the Wild Hearts podcast. 

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The View From the Top with Fleet Space
Founder Stories

Fleet’s mission is to connect everything on Earth via sending toaster sized satellites into low Earth orbit - and they’re taking on some big players. 

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Rediscovering Mission with Fable
From Blackbird

Michael shares how his journey into vegetarianism launched him onto the path of creating a plant-based meat company. 

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The Magnetic Effect of a Mission
From Blackbird

Introducing Blackbird's first podcast, Wild Hearts.

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Detecting Disease with Vexev
Founder Stories

John Carroll & Eamonn Colley from SunDrive talk about how they plan to stop vascular disease in its tracks.

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Finding the Magic in Banking with Up
Founder Stories

Dom Pym & Anson Parker from Up talk about their mission to become the number one bank for young Australians.

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Fenceless Farming with Craig Piggott & Peter Beck
Founder Stories

The founders of Halter and Rocketlab, Craig Piggott and Peter Beck, join us to talk about fencless farming, culture and NZ startups.

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Cultivating The Best with Culture Amp
Founder Stories

Didier Elzinga and Chloe Hamman from Culture Amp, alongside Blackbird partner Nick Crocker, discuss how to build an amazing corporate culture.

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