Niki Scevak

What did you do before Blackbird?

Before Blackbird, I founded Startmate upon moving back to Sydney in 2010. Before investing, I also started two software companies and lived in New York.

What do you believe that others do not?

I believe in the hungry not the proven. That the people who bring about change are outsiders not insiders. That more ambitious ideas are more likely to happen than unambitious ideas.

What ideas are you excited by right now?

I’m most excited about things I haven’t seen before. By the time there is a category, the best seed investments will have likely been made. I love to see a company right when it is started, not when it has a product or revenue. Having said that, I am diving deep into use cases in biology outside or healthcare. I love autonomous vehicles and robots of all kinds. Most of all I love strange and unique ideas and the wild heart founders that make them happen.
Investment Notes: Instant
Investment

We’re excited to share our pre-seed investment in Instant. Instant is building the world’s simplest checkout experience, for every buyer and vendor online. 

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Generational companies
From Blackbird

The first $10B

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Blackbird is hiring a Portfolio FP&A Manager
From Blackbird

Blackbird is looking for a Portfolio FP&A Manager to chart the progress of Australia’s and New Zealand’s greatest technology companies.

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Temporarily Unpopular: Investing Lessons
Investment

Invest in unqualified founders, where you know nothing, who are unpopular and where you will be wrong most of the time.

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Investment Notes: See-Mode
Investment

Blackbird is pleased to build our ownership in See-Mode as part of their US$7M Series A round.

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Investment Notes: SunDrive
Investment

Blackbird is pleased to further our investment in SunDrive, leading the company’s $5M Series A round.

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Investment Notes: HIVERY
Investment

We've led the Series A investment round into HIVERY, a Sydney-based AI startup.

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Blackbird Raises $500M Fund
Investment

Today, we are pleased to announce our fourth fund of $500M.

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Investment Notes: Raine
Investment

We’re thrilled to have joined the seed round for Raine, a Melbourne-based startup that makes the world’s smartest, safest and most exhilarating scooter. 

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Investment Notes: Cortical Labs
Investment

Blackbird has invested in the Melbourne-based startup Cortical Labs, which is building computer chips using mouse and human neurons. 

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Blackbird Response to COVID-19
From Blackbird

At Blackbird, the safety and wellbeing of our team and community is our highest priority.

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Reflections on Ambition
Leadership

Ambition is arrived to after a journey, writes Blackbird Partner Niki Scevak.

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Investment Notes: Zoox
Investment

We're investing $500K in Aussie-founded autonomous vehicle company Zoox.

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Code of Conduct for Blackbird and Startmate
From Blackbird

This is the code of conduct for Blackbird.

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The Blackbird Master Plan
From Blackbird

Blackbird's master plan for the future has four key steps. 

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FIRST Robotics and Australia’s National Identity
People & Culture

Once upon a time the Olympics were held here. Today we’re at the First Robotics Regional Finals.

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From Accounting to Acting
People & Culture

Andre Eikmeier, founder of Vinomofo, shares how his career has spanned accounting to acting on The Sunrise. 

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Investing in the Misunderstood
From Blackbird

Where did all the SaaS companies go?

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Great Teams in Great Markets
Investment

Partner Niki Scevak on what he's learnt over the past seven years at Blackbird and Startmate.

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Founders are Inquisitive and Resilient
People & Culture

The best founders are inquisitive and resilient.

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Helping (Robotic) Hands
Investment

We want to fund ambitious Aussies using robots to solve problems. 

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The Achilles Heel of Advice
People & Culture

Blackbird Partner Niki Scevak advises against advice.

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Box: A Capital Raising Journey
Investment

Box, the online storage company, filed to go public.

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The ABCDEFs of SPACs
Investment

Blackbird co-founder and Partner Niki Scevak shares his thoughts on SPACs

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Investment Notes: Forte
Investment

Blackbird is excited to be part of the seed investment round into Forte Global, an education finance system transiting the unemployed into modern world jobs.

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Robyn Denholm joins Blackbird as Operating Partner
Leadership

We’re excited to announce that Robyn Denholm has joined Blackbird as an Operating Partner.

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