TechCrunch is headed to Australia to dig deep and in finding the disruptive early-stage startups of the next day to come. This is actually our first ever Startup Battlefield Australia and the nation’s burgeoning tech scene signifies that high-growth startups are proliferating throughout the nation, from the Snowy Mountains to the Great Plains and past..
We’re excited to welcome some nice names from the Australian tech scene to our stage:
Wesley Chan, Felicis Ventures
Wes was once the lead investor on the Series A of Cultureamp (Melbourne primarily based) and on the board and additionally at Canva (Series A lead, Sydney primarily based). Wes’ hyperlinks to Australia’s tech industy are frequently lined by means of the Australian press. Chan is a Managing Director at Felicis Ventures. He has led funding rounds and holds board or observer seats in Canva, CultureAmp and Dialpad. He was once in the past a General Partner at Google Ventures, the place he led funding rounds and held board or observer seats in Angelist, Crittericism, iPerian (exited to Bristol Myers-Squibb), Cool Planet Energy Systems, and Switch Communications. Wesley additionally led investments in Optimizely, Vungle, DataPad (exited to Cloudera), Freshplum (exited to TellApart), Namo Media (exited to Twitter), and Parse (exited to Facebook).
Kavita Gupta, Consensys Ventures
Kavita heads up ConsenSys, an organization that develops apps and gear in accordance with Ethereum, which has introduced a $50 million undertaking capital fund that may supply pre-seed and seed capital to blockchain generation startups. Gupta is a recipient of a UN social finance innovator award in 2015 for being an integral a part of the founding inexperienced bond and Carbon Swap group in 2008 at The World Bank. She has been running on Impact pushed non-public fairness and debt investments throughout East Africa, Middle East, South Asia and not too long ago in the US for previous 12 years thru World Bank, IFC, McKinsey, Amplifier Strategies (managing Nick Pritzker’s affect investments) and The Schmidt Family workplace (lately). She based and headed World Bank’s adolescence innovation fund ($50M) in 2010.
Both will function judges and audio system on panels, certainly one of which shall be a panel on blockchain and ICOs. We’ll even have a 1:1 with Spencer Rascoff CEO at Zillow.
Spencer Rascoff CEO, Zillow
As leader govt officer of Zillow Group, Spencer oversees the corporate’s portfolio of actual property and home-related manufacturers, together with shopper manufacturers Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Spencer helped get started Zillow in 2005, and served more than a few roles together with leader working officer, till his appointment to CEO in 2010. Since changing into CEO, Spencer has led Zillow thru its 2011 IPO and 14 acquisitions. In 2015, Spencer co-wrote and revealed his first guide, the New York Times’ Best Seller “Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate.” Spencer may be the host of “Office Hours,” a per month podcast that includes candid conversations between outstanding executives on management and control subjects.
TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield has been bringing world-class founders into the highlight since 2007, and in the previous decade nearly 700 contestants have long gone on to boost just about $7 billion in investment and rack up just about 100 exits.
Our neighborhood of Battlefield Alumni come with corporations like Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, TripIt, Getaround and Cloudflare. We are excited to show off a various workforce for Australia’s first ever TC Battlefield.
The winner of TechCrunch Battlefield Australia shall be the recipient of a $25,000 equity-free money prize and an all-expense-paid travel (for 2) to showcase at TechCrunch’s flagship world pageant, Disrupt Battlefield SF 2018. The complete tournament shall be live-streamed (and later to be had on call for) and carried on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
To deliver Battlefield to Australia, TechCrunch is partnering with the ELEVACAO Foundation, whose venture to empower ladies tech marketers aligns globally with TechCrunch’s Include program to inspire extra range in tech.