In this rapidly changing and uncertain time, we are all nervous about the health and economic impact of COVID-19. Many startups and their teams are right now changing the way they work and operate, and shifting their mindset from growth to survival.
But what should we do? What can we do? What opportunities will emerge from this crisis? How should we make sense of this & make informed decisions that maximise our chance of success?
To try and make sense of this crisis, we have assembled four of Australia's most experienced VCs, who all lived through (& survived to tell the tales) of the economic downturns of 2001 and 2008. On this special live stream, the panel will share some of their experience leading & helping companies through a crisis, observations of the wider economic impacts, and most importantly take your questions.
Dr Michelle Deaker, OneVentures
Michelle, managing partner of OneVentures, established in 2010, with $400 million in funds under management. They invest in companies with truly innovative products tackling multi-billion-dollar world problems, needle-free vaccinations, next-generation learning technologies or virtual communications.
Craig Blair, AirTree
Craig, cofounder & managing partner of AirTree Ventures which he established in 2013 with Daniel Petre. They invest in ambitious founders who're looking to transform industries with software. AirTree now has over half a billion dollars under management in three funds.
Paul Bassat, SquarePeg
Paul, co-founder of Square Peg a VC fund on a mission to enable extraordinary founders. The global team invests in startups across Australia, Israel and Southeast Asia from seed-stage and up. Square Peg is investing out of their $340m 2018 fund, and manage over AU$0.8B.
Rick Baker, Blackbird
Rick, co-founder at Blackbird Ventures which invests in every type of technology from software to space, unified by the biggest of ambitions. Blackbird has three funds with over $500m under management,