Rick Baker

What do you do at Blackbird?
My primary role is to find and invest in great tech startups and then help them as much as I can.
What did you do before Blackbird?
Prior to Blackbird I ran the venture portfolio at MLC and invested over half a billion dollars into venture capital. Before this I co-founded two software companies, Right Party Connect (sold to Adeptra) and IDC Global. I grew up in Sydney and went to UNSW and Sydney University, before spending some time in the UK and Silicon Valley. I'm now very happy to be back in Australia at a time when the startup ecosystem is really gathering momentum.
What companies have you invested in?
Canva, Safety Culture, Baraja, Gilmour Space, Zova, Shoes of Prey, Movus, August Robotics, Whispli, dGraph, Proxy.
What ideas are you excited by right now?
I love new software platforms that truly change the ways people do things that they do every day. I love sales models that allow small teams to attack global markets right from the beginning, and I also love robotics, sensors and space.
Investment Notes: Lexer
Investment

We are excited to be leading the AU $33.5M Series B round in Lexer.

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Investment Notes: Fable
Investment

Blackbird is proud to have invested in Fable’s seed round, working with co-founders, Michael Fox, Jim Fuller and Chris McLoghlin. 

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Blackbird is Hiring: Financial Accountant
From Blackbird

Blackbird is looking for a high-performing, detail-oriented accountant with an eye for process improvement.

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Blackbird is Hiring: Chief of Staff, Portfolio Analyst, People Lead
From Blackbird

Blackbird is hiring a Chief of Staff, Portfolio Analyst and a People Lead.

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Investment Notes: Ovira
Investment

Blackbird has invested $1M into Ovira, a direct-to-consumer company addressing the discomfort and isolation of period pain.

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Blackbird is Hiring: Business Operations
From Blackbird

Blackbird is looking to hire a Business Operations generalist to ensure we provide a world-class investment experience to our portfolio companies and investors.

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Blackbird is Hiring: Portfolio Intelligence Analyst
From Blackbird

Blackbird is looking for a quantitative connoisseur of high business performance to help us make great investment decisions.

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Flip Ups: Not As Scary As You Think
Investment

We explore what flip ups are, why you would want to do one and what some of the mistakes founders make while doing them.

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Blackbird is Hiring: Head of Operations, Financial Controller
From Blackbird

As we grow our funds and portfolio at Blackbird, we’re building out our operations team.

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How Much is Enough?
Investment

Blackbird partner Rick Baker believes the Australian VC industry is undersized. 

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The Third Wave
Investment

Our third fund is $261M to fund ambitious Australian founders. 

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Company Missions: High Definition and Vivid Colour
Investment

The great founders we’ve worked with all have a version of the future mapped out in their heads in high definition and vivid colour.

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We’re Small Not Big
Investment

The Australian venture capital industry at the beginning of 2017 is undersized.

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Blackbird Mission and Values
From Blackbird

It’s four and a half years since we embarked on the Blackbird Ventures journey. We’re proud of what the Blackbird logo has come to stand for, and now being a team of six, we decided to sit down and layout our mission and values.

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Why We Rejected 1,983 Startups
Investment

The main reasons we won't invest in your startup.

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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 is hiring a Growth Investing Associate
From Blackbird

Blackbird is searching for an Associate to focus on growth investments in the Blackbird portfolio.

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Blackbird is hiring a Head of Investor Relations
From Blackbird

We’re hiring a Head of Investor Relations to build upon our treasured relationships with institutional and individual LPs.

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Four steps for diagnosing slow sales
Marketing & Sales

Blackbird co-founder and Partner Rick Baker shares how to diagnose slow sales in your startup, and solutions for overcoming sales challenges.

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What I’m now looking for in Australian and New Zealand SaaS
Product

With eight years of hindsight, our most successful SaaS companies share these key characteristics.

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