Melia Rayner

Melia Rayner

Community + Communications Manager
What do you do at Blackbird?
"Create programming, content, communications strategies and events to supercharge the Australian and New Zealand startup communities."
What did you do before Blackbird?
"Started out in film before taking a turn into communications and never looking back. Most recently I edited a design magazine and helped founders tell their story through PR."
What do you believe that others do not?
"Being interested is more important than being interesting."

Announcing the next evolution of Giants
From Blackbird

If you’ve been following along with us at Blackbird in 2020, you’ve probably seen our Giants talks series

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Announcing the Blackbird Ventures Fund
From Blackbird

Announcing the Blackbird Ventures Fund

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What Products and Markets Do We Want?
Investment

We have a fairly narrow investment focus which is defined by our ability to add value to a company

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The Physics of Startup Financing
Investment

There is a fundamental paradox in the startup world: A lot more founders try to raise money than successfully do

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Blackbird Founders and Silicon Valley Advisors
From Blackbird

Blackbird Founders and Silicon Valley Advisors

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Spotlight On: Holly Cardew, Carted
Founder Stories

Blackbird’s monthly chat with talented leaders and rising stars in our community, this month with Holly Cardew of Carted.

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Spotlight On: Nathan Taylor, Partly
Founder Stories

Blackbird’s monthly chat with talented leaders and rising stars in our community, this month with Nathan Taylor of Partly.

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Supercharging Consumer Subscriptions with Alex Mather
Marketing & Sales

Founder and CEO of The Athletic Alex Mather shares his strategies for building successful subscription-based startups with Giants Weekly.

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Customer Thinking with Kirsty Traill
Marketing & Sales

Startups advisor and customer experience expert Kirsty Traill shares her advice for understanding customers in the latest edition of Giants Weekly.

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Building GTM Capability with Michael Ilczynski
Marketing & Sales

Startup investor and Clarke Street Advisory CEO Michael Ilczynski shares his expertise on GTM capabilities for Giants Weekly.

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Growth Marketing 101 with Nicole Liu
Marketing & Sales

Kin Fertility founder Nicole Liu gives a masterclass on growth marketing for Giants Weekly.

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Sales as a Science with Nikki Brown
Marketing & Sales

Ignition Lane partner, Nikki Brown teaches us the science of sales.

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User Interviews As A Superpower with Ned Dwyer
Product

Entrepreneur turned product manager Ned Dwyer shares his advice for better understanding your customers and reducing bias in research for Giants Weekly.

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Scaling Hardware with Vignesh Kumar
Product

Tech investor, GD1 venture partner and former Apple Engineering Manager Vignesh Kumar explores what it means to scale and why it's important.

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COVID-19 Toolkit for Founders
Leadership

Resources and advice collected by our team at Blackbird to help founders navigate COVID-19.

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Webinar Debrief: Beating Burnout
Leadership

Takeaways from our panel event with SafetyCulture on identifying the warning signs of professional burnout and strategies to beat it.

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Insight Development with Dean McEvoy
Leadership

Startup founder, mentor and investor Dean McEvoy shares his framework for insight development and how startups can get to product-market fit faster.

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Investor Relationships with Sam Wong
Leadership

Blackbird Partner, Sam Wong provides insight into building investor relationships and how to tell if investors have fallen in love with your business (or not).

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Startup Insights with Rick Baker
Leadership

Blackbird Co-founder and Partner Rick Baker sits down with us to reflect on the startup ecosystem in 2020 and look ahead to 2021.

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Systems for Success with Merryn Clancy
Leadership

Merryn Clancy, the COO of Car Next Door, takes us through systems for better time management.

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How to build a best-in-class Board of Directors
People & Culture

Advice for early stage founders from fellow founders and Blackbird Operating Partner Robyn Denholm.

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Spotlight On: Ben Sze, Edrolo
Founder Stories

Blackbird’s monthly chat with talented leaders and rising stars in our community, this month with Ben Sze, co-founder of Edrolo.

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Spotlight On: Beenu Arora and Manish Chachada, Cyble
Founder Stories

Blackbird’s monthly chat with talented leaders and rising stars in our community, this month with Beenu Arora and Manish Chachada of Cyble.

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Spotlight On: Ajay Prakash, EntryLevel
Founder Stories

Blackbird’s monthly chat with talented leaders and rising stars in our community, this month with Ajay Prakash, founder of EntryLevel.

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Spotlight On: Lucy Lloyd, Mentorloop
Founder Stories

Blackbird’s monthly chat with talented leaders and rising stars in our community, this month with Lucy Lloyd, co-founder of Mentorloop.

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Building a Thriving Team with Adam Schwab
People & Culture

Founder, investor and contrarian Adam Schwab shares his insights on building a superstar team of investors, founders and employees.

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Employer Branding with Isobel Clarkson
People & Culture

Head of People at Propeller, teaches us how to put the magic into hiring.

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Starting your startup: is your idea worth pursuing?
Product

In this three part series, we’ll share how aspiring founders can find ideas, interrogate their thinking and take their first steps towards building a startup.

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Starting your startup: building your minimum viable product (MVP)
Product

Part Three in our series for aspiring founders starting a startup, with advice for building your minimum viable product (MVP) from Blackbirds and friends.

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Starting your startup: how to validate a problem (and find a solution)
Product

Part Two in our series for aspiring founders starting a startup. Learn how to validate your startup idea with advice from Blackbirds and our friends.

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What Blackbird Looks for in Founders Today
Leadership

We invest in wild hearts with the wildest of ideas, right at the beginning! But what makes a wild heart? Read on to find out.

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