Startups' Roundtable
The “Startups' Roundtable” draws out perspectives, experiences, and lessons from startup founders and their teams. We will also hear from the broader startup ecosystem, including investors and mentors. It’s not every day that we get to hear people explain how they have taken an idea through to innovation, but it will be each week as I invite my guest to share their startup pathway. I hope you can join me.
Growth through focus - insights from lAMRUNBOX CEO & co-founder, Kirill Noskov
August 31, 2021 • 25 MIN
What a great experience speaking with Kirill Noskov, CEO and co-founder of IAMRUNBOX, which is a company that designs for today’s commuter – that is the active commuter. Kirill shared many facets of his story, and I especially liked his tips associated with understanding the consumer.
AI-Driven Data Innovation with UniQreate Co-Founder, Kiran Kumar
August 16, 2021 • 17 MIN
In this episode, I speak with UniQreate CTO and co-founder, Kiran Kumar. UniQreate is an AI company that automates Data Extraction from documents and the web using their Intelligent Workflows and Plugins, leading to continuously improved costs, efficiency and accountability for enterprise business users.
The Future of Data Ownership - Mine makes your online privacy rights simple & accessible
August 7, 2021 • 23 MIN
To take ownership of your personal data online. Think you have it covered, or does it feel like some fanciful dream? Gal Ringel is co-founder and CEO of Mine, and uses AI to help us discover our online footprint and wrestle back control, and in the process, Mine never reads, processes, or collects the content of our emails. Gal is an accomplished leader with a rare fusion of technology (Cybersecurity, six years in the 8200 elite intelligence corps), entrepreneurship and VC experience and in this conversation, you will quickly discover that he is a strategic thinker with unique business skills. Gal strongly believes that: "Success is a management of failures" and therefore, his motto: "Do not be afraid to take risks and experience failures. This is how we learn best!" I was fortunate to have him share risks, failures and learnings on this episode.
Empowering clinicians through innovation - Amy Yu & Ventora
August 5, 2021 • 16 MIN
My guest on this episode is Amy Yu, who is a co-founder and CTO at Ventora. Their team of biomedical engineers, healthcare, and business experts are committed to setting a new standard of neonatal care. They are a Melbourne-based medical device company with a vision to address respiratory distress in premature babies. This condition remains the most common cause of death within the first year of a newborn’s life and is widespread amongst the almost 15 million premature babies born each year and exists within nearly all babies born before 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Marpipe driving ad creative with data - Founder & CEO, Dan Pantelo explains
July 21, 2021 • 27 MIN
I entered this conversation with Marpipe Founder and CEO, Dan Pantelo interested and curious about the science of personalised online advertising and left excited and educated. What works, what doesn’t, learnings and mistakes – this was an engaging insight into a world that touches each of us every day.
How PencilPay helps businesses save time & get paid faster
July 6, 2021 • 20 MIN
My deeper understanding of the PencilPay story has given me a great appreciation of the care they take to understand their customer’s business challenges and their tangible value as they streamline payments for small businesses. Co-founder and CEO, Tim Demetriou joins me on this episode and shares how they turn those insights into greater customer value and by extension, customer loyalty.
Navigating a Fintech’s COVID-era Challenges – the ChintaMoney story
June 29, 2021 • 18 MIN
In this episode, I speak with ChintaMoney CEO and co-founder, Uday Wagh. ChintaMoney is a fintech startup creating innovative solutions to serve people across the globe who do not have access to basic financial literacy and best practices. They are building a unique cash management product through payments integration and partnering with major banks.
How Cynch Security Keeps Small Businesses Cyber Fit
June 24, 2021 • 20 MIN
Cynch Security is an innovative startup that specialises in cybersecurity, and especially helping small business owners and their teams to become and remain cyber safe through a tailored cyber fitness experience. Delivering everything a small business needs to securely operate from home, at the office and in the cloud.
How a startup has prioritised in a COVID Year
June 15, 2021 • 16 MIN
Deleep Murali is the Founder and CEO of Zscore and was a guest on this podcast in April 2020. Given all that has happened over the last year, I asked Deleep to give us a window into a startup that has navigated and re-prioritised to attack in 2021.
Co-lab Pantry – a platform connecting all areas of hospitality
April 29, 2021 • 20 MIN
Co-lab Pantry is Victoria’s first and largest digital restaurant retail partner and they have created an experiential platform that brings people from all areas of hospitality together in one space. In this episode, I am joined by Co-lab Pantry co-founder, Danni Lebon who is an entrepreneur with a passion for community, food and innovation. With a background in design and business, she has worked with over 300 brands across a vast range of industries both local and globally.
7Mind is changing the world, one mindfulness habit at a time
April 21, 2021 • 19 MIN
The world's population is growing fast, and with that growth, the time we spend at work is growing as well. This leads to a lot of stress and sleepless nights. But what if you could train yourself to be more mindful and be calmer while working? This is what 7Mind tries to achieve with their app, which contains guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. In this episode, Marta Fogel, 7Mind's Head of Performance Marketing, takes us inside the thinking, adjustments, execution and growth plans in this exciting startup.
Give A Grad A Go, connecting high-growth employers with grads
April 6, 2021 • 21 MIN
In this episode, I speak with Camilla Clarke, the Australian Country Manager of Give A Grad A Go, where their recruitment and early-career experts help graduates find exciting employment opportunities. Camilla has worked as graduate recruitment and early career specialist since 2013 and is passionate about helping startups, and SMEs scale their teams. She moved to Melbourne from London to expand the business globally and support recent graduates' career prospects by connecting them with exciting high growth businesses.
Travis makes millennial & Gen Z travel planning social, visual & collaborative
March 23, 2021 • 21 MIN
Today we are talking to Nicole Tj about Travis and their plan to modernise the travel planning experience. It's making travel planning visual, social, and collaborative - it's the future of travel planning.
Salesflare CEO Jeroen Corthout on growth & overcoming startup challenges
February 24, 2021 • 24 MIN
Jeroen Corthout is CEO and Founder of Salesflare, where they provide a sales productivity platform for salespeople that helps small and medium businesses close more deals with less effort. Besides being a CEO, Jeroen is also a former account manager and joined me at the Startups' Roundtable podcast to share his views about sales, the importance of sales tools, and the future of sales technology.
Syncio helps retailers scale - explained by CEO & Founder, Jimmy Zhong
February 17, 2021 • 17 MIN
Today I'm joined by Jimmy Zhong, the CEO and Founder at Syncio whose mission is to take commerce to its next stage - to Collaborative Commerce. This is Jimmy's third start-up, and he shares experiences and reflections from his Founder's journey. Also, he takes us inside Syncio to share on-the-ground realities, especially as we live through our life and work adjustments of this Covid era.
Pioneers & Visionaries - growth insights & practices with Dr Irène Kilubi
February 8, 2021 • 24 MIN
Today’s guest is Dr Irène Kilubi, founder and managing director of "brandPreneurs &brandFluencers" where she supports pioneers, visionaries and change-makers in the three subject areas of Community Building, Corporate Influencer Strategy and Connecting GenXYZ. Irene’s experiences and passion for growth is a perfect formula to get us started into 2021.
Empowering women to thrive in the workplace - WORK180 & Valeria Ignatieva
January 1, 2021 • 21 MIN
Valeria Ignatieva is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of WORK180 which was created with a mission “To empower every woman to choose a workplace where they can thrive.” WORK180 connects women with progressive employers by pre-screening companies on the amount of paid parental leave, pay equity, flexible working and much more. Transparency around these policies is driving incredible change; on average, once every three weeks a WORK180 Endorsed Employer improves a policy or benefit. Valeria’s relentless focus on diversity, inclusion, and social impact made this an interesting conversation.
Simplified data privacy compliance using AI & ML - the Harpocrates story
December 17, 2020 • 23 MIN
Harpocrates simplify data privacy compliance. Co-founders Jan Jensen and Martin Förster have a goal to make data privacy compliance easy for business people, developers and privacy professionals to jointly build the future. Their motivated team is working with the most cutting edge technology to help companies become and remain compliant with privacy laws on a global scale. They are changing the way privacy is both seen and managed globally while artificial intelligence and natural language processing are always improving their knowledge and keeping them in step with new trends.
Founders from Pencil & Marpipe - a rich & generous sharing of experiences
December 8, 2020 • 24 MIN
This conversation has its roots in 2 separate episodes of this podcast. On Episode 3, my guest was Tim Demetriou, who is a co-founder of Pencil, where they help small businesses control their trade credit. At the end of our recording, Tim and I discussed having a founder from another startup as a guest in a future episode to generate conversation from the perspective of different startups. On Episode 7, I was joined by Dan Pantello, the founder of Marpipe, where they use the power of data to improve the performance of ad creative for their customers. Tim and Dan bring passion, experience and generosity in equal portions, and it delighted me that they would agree to this 3-way conversation. It doesn’t take long to recognise the value of being able to eavesdrop on a conversation between founders in different markets, trying to solve similar problems.
Diversity, inclusion & innovation - NetApp's startup program for female founders
November 19, 2020 • 19 MIN
Today it was a great pleasure to speak with my friend and work colleague Madhurima Argawal. We both work at NetApp, where she is a Director of Engineering Programs and Leader of NetApp’s Excellerator, which is a startup accelerator about to start its seventh cohort. In this conversation we will explore the startup program and I am most excited to talk with Madhurima about NetApp’s new ExcellerateHER program which is a startup program for female founders.
FemCare & FemTech innovation - lessons shared by Linda Wonneberger
November 11, 2020 • 20 MIN
Today my guest is Linda Wonneberger, who is founder and CEO of Comfexy and the inventor of the Linda bra. Linda is challenging the status quo of the female health market. She has a strong desire to disrupt the FemCare/FemTech industry by offering innovative solutions and education around female health. Into her third startup, Linda has recently co-founded another FemTech company which will develop a medical connected device within the field of genital prolapse and incontinence.
Startup School for Seniors - brilliant lessons & insights from Suzanne Noble
October 29, 2020 • 22 MIN
Today’s guest is Suzanne Noble who is a serial entrepreneur currently working on a solution to help homeowners over 50 'age in place' and reduce social isolation by matching them with compatible long-term lodgers called Silver Sharers. Also, Suzanne has launched the Startup School for Seniors which is an 8-week eLearning course for unemployed Londoners, aged 50+, with the desire to start their own business. If you think we have plenty to cover in this conversation, you’re exactly right.
Female founders, financial equity & growth - Kelsey Morgan's decade of advising startups
October 21, 2020 • 19 MIN
Today’s guest is Kelsey Morgan, and she is a startup advisor for women leaders, and the founder of her growth advisory firm, K. Morgan & Co. As you will hear in this conversation, Kelsey is working towards financial equity for all, through the sustainable growth of impact-driven companies.
Salary Packaging startup - financial wellness & digital innovation with GO Salary
October 14, 2020 • 22 MIN
Speaking with GO Salary co-founders, Tony Vitacca and Ben Markovic at the Startups’ Roundtable gave me the opportunity to hear about their depth of experience in the salary packaging space and how they have applied that background to create their own business. Their experience and focus are specifically on the not-for-profit sector and “wellness” is their mission.  Bringing a holistic approach to salary packaging is discussed and lessons learnt are shared during this conversation.
AI delivering business value: innovation & market-making lessons from VAPAR
October 6, 2020 • 19 MIN
Today, we get to meet Amanda Siqueira, who is a co-founder and CEO of VAPAR, which is an AI tech startup, automating asset management for utilities and local councils. This conversation with Amanda takes us down the path of emerging tech in an early-stage startup that innovates to reduce the negative impact on neighbourhoods and city blocks when pipes unexpectedly break. When you least expect it! They have AI producing lead indicators to proactive delivery and continuity of utility services. If you have ever heard people challenge the quantifiable business value of AI, then this is the startup that will reset their thinking.
Insurtech startup massUp - lessons on focus and global growth
September 29, 2020 • 21 MIN
Today I am joined by Fabian Fisher, who is the founder and MD of massUp, which is an insurtech startup delivering a one-stop solution for online sales of specialty insurances. Fabian has over 20 years of experience in digital production, marketing and communication and especially in Automotive, Insurance. These experiences gave us a rich backdrop for our discussion.
Increased Wordpress security & speed - Strattic is a lesson in differentiation
September 24, 2020 • 24 MIN
Miriam Schwab is Co-Founder & CEO of Strattic, a serverless publishing solution for WordPress websites that makes them more secure, faster and scalable. In this episode, Miriam takes us through Strattic's technology and business model differentiation in the WordPress world. The lessons are many and include the importance of technical depth combining with business savvy, but never in isolation to a connected understanding of the customer.
WiFi security innovation - insights from Tracie Thompson, CEO of HackHunter
September 10, 2020 • 25 MIN
Tracie Thompson is a co-founder and CEO of HackHunter and they protect organisations from malicious WiFi networks. To hear this story is to understand how deep experience and insight can translate into a unique product. What you may find of great interest, is to hear Tracie explain how, where and why they pivoted from their original go-to-market and in doing so, found a niche that has scale. B2C shifting to B2B - it is a wonderful part of the HackHunter evolution.
Entrepreneurship masterclass through impact strategy - Laura Francois & The Spaceship Academy
September 3, 2020 • 21 MIN
Laura Francois is a Co-Founder of The Spaceship Academy which is an online entrepreneurship masterclass taught through impact strategy, to enable more entrepreneurs to solve for the Sustainable Development Goals by aligning the entrepreneurs' life purpose and the global challenges we face collectively. Laura is also a founding member of Open Door Policy, a not-for-profit focussed on upskilling marginalized communities that lack access to traditional employment, such as refugees and stateless people, for remote digital employment. With a focus on collaboratively designing systems for sustainable development while leveraging the startup ecosystem, philanthropy and the creative economies, we had a lot to explore in this conversation.
Helping premature babies breathe - innovation at Ventora Medical
August 18, 2020 • 21 MIN
When helping premature babies breathe is your purpose, and your pathway is to empower clinicians through innovation, there must be a number of cultural and process experiences to share at the Startups’ Roundtable, and that is exactly what Amy Yu, the CTO at Ventora Medical did for us on this episode. Amy is a biomedical engineer with a passion for problem solving, innovation and engineering and from her perspective as a co-founder of Ventora Medical, she talks about the founders journey and the bridging of health, technology and business.
Full Stack Cold Outreach Platform - & B2B pipeline growth
August 11, 2020 • 22 MIN
In this episode, I am joined by Sushant Shekhar, who is the founder and CEO of who takes me inside their full-stack cold sales outreach platform. Specifically, he explains the process, research and roadmap decision behind their solutions, including LinkedIn Automation, Email Leads, Automated Cold Email Sequences. As all sellers are working overtime to generate new pipeline, it was great to get this fresh perspective from Sushant.
Cyber fitness for small business - Cynch Security is meeting a pressing need
August 5, 2020 • 24 MIN
Cynch Security’s Co-Founder and CEO, Susie Jones, joins me at the Startups’ Roundtable to discuss how the Cynch team is finding ways to support small businesses protect their livelihood from cyber risks. These small businesses are some of the most at-risk and underserved parts of today’s economy, despite being the backbone of every society, which makes the Cynch Security story timely and of great interest.
Mental Health & Millennials - avoiding burnout with Journify
July 28, 2020 • 28 MIN
Lamia Pardo is the founder of Journify - the audio-first app designed for millennials.  The app allows users to record voice notes on the go, organize them with tags and comments, and track their burnout score. Already, 7 in 10 millennials are suffering from burnout, and the World’s Health Organization estimates this is costing companies a total of $550B in productivity losses. This is a problem needing to be solved, and Lamia takes us inside the Journify evolution and shares data that is shaping their go-to-market.
AI-powered insights on employee morale - the Teamworki mission
July 22, 2020 • 27 MIN
Teamworki is built to help companies solve pain points and empowering teams and on this episode of the start-ups roundtable it was my pleasure to speak with Diego von Söhsten who is a co-founder and the CEO. At Teamworki, Diego’s on a mission to help teams build alignment and psychological safety by leveraging their product generated AI-based insights on team morale and potential blockers. Diego is in charge of product strategy and marketing/demand gen and he shared details around their design and feedback processes.
Building a world-class business on resilience, mission & passion - leadership lessons from Daniella Boutros
July 14, 2020 • 22 MIN
I experienced an incredible level of generosity in this conversation with Daniella Boutros, founder and CEO of Buttercreme Lane, which is famous for the most amazing cakes. Daniella provides real-life experiences and motivations that started as a 16-year old with dyslexia who left school to chart her own course. Daniella shares stories and experiences, including the origins of her journey, that leave no doubt as to her resiliency.  Her encouragement to embrace life’s challenges and make something from the experience is well beyond rhetoric. I know you will agree once you have had the change to meet this amazing leader.
BindiMaps enables the vision-impaired: learnings from a non-technical founder, Dr Anna Wright
July 8, 2020 • 19 MIN
BindiMaps is changing the lives of people with vision impairment by enabling them to navigate public spaces independently and safely, and it was a pleasure to speak with Dr Anna Wright who is the CEO and co-founder of BindiMaps on this episode of the Startups’ Roundtable. Anna developed the idea for BindiMaps after undergoing years of major surgery to save her eye-sight, and in this conversation, she shares valuable experiences and perspectives from ideation through to a completed funding round.
Connecting sponsors & communities in realtime - streamlined by SportsCube
July 1, 2020 • 23 MIN
SportsCube is a two-sided marketplace that streamlines the connection between rights holders and sponsors, and it was fantastic to speak with Jackson Dickfos, who is a co-founder of SportsCube on this episode. Leveraging technology to understand, access and bring value to an audience was always going to be part of our conversation, but Jackson also highlighted the people and community dimension of what SportsCube is creating.
Go-to-market & scaling - advice for startups with Inder Singh
June 24, 2020 • 22 MIN
Getting to the critical thrusts of go-to-market and scaling with Inder Singh took us down some surprising avenues.  Inder brings business development experience from within large corporates and has now blended that with his own startup experience to help other founders. He brought valuable insight and pragmatism to this conversation.
FlipTix is changing the face of experiencing events - CEO, Jaime Siegel explains
June 18, 2020 • 27 MIN
FlipTix has created its own brand of business value when it comes to selling tickets to fill vacated space at a wide range of events. I was pleased to have FlipTix CEO Jaime Siegel join me to discuss their innovative way of maximising the number of customers experiencing an event and by extension, venues maximising revenue.
Launching "The Interview Master Deck" to support post-COVID-19 job seekers
June 10, 2020 • 24 MIN
With coaching and mentoring being such crucial elements of a startups support structure, it was great to have Aggie Pulfer as my guest on this episode of the start of the round table. Aggie’s professional life is coaching and mentoring individuals and groups to enhance performance, improve processes and achieve successes in business, career and life.  In addition, Aggie has launched a Kickstarter program (The Interview Master Deck) which has her working both sides of the startup experience – helping startups and being one herself. Her interesting intersection of experiences set us up for a great discussion.
Gender equity and creating a culture of innovation and inclusion - a conversation with Kit Krugman
June 3, 2020 • 25 MIN
I spoke with Kit Krugman during the height of the COVID-19 Quarantine about gender equity and creating a culture of innovation and inclusion. Its importance has never been greater and I was delighted to welcome Kit Krugman as my guest on this episode of the Startups’ Roundtable where we covered these topics and much more. Kit is the Head of Organization & Culture Design at co:collective where she works with organizations to turn belief into behaviour to build more inclusive and innovative cultures and this extends to her role and personal mission as the Global Executive Director at Women in Innovation (WIN).
From Startup Health to Mental Health with Milan Steskal
May 11, 2020 • 26 MIN
Joining me on this episode is author, mental health advocate, entrepreneur and mentor, Milan Steskal who offers thoughtful advice for startups, including those commencing their journey.
Sales - from recruiting to scaling - "For Startups" shares lessons and insights
May 5, 2020 • 27 MIN
On this episode I speak with Ali Baker who is the founder of "For Startups" and she works with founders to help them scale, with a focus on building B2B sales teams, developing commercial strategies and recruiting.
Financial fitness with ChintaMoney - a co-founder's fintech journey
April 29, 2020 • 28 MIN
If ever there was an interesting time to speak with a fintech startup, it is now. Uday Wagh is a co-founder of ChintaMoney, which is a proactive budgeting tool merged with open banking & payments (UPI) and in this episode, he gives us a look inside his 3-year journey.
Getting small businesses paid on time - Pencil has a mission & insights
April 19, 2020 • 26 MIN
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Demetriou, who is a co-founder of Pencil, which is a new business in the FinTech sector. Pencil is a platform that helps suppliers and distributors manage their trade accounts, and Tim generously shared his startup experiences and insights.
Market-making insights - the Zscore experience
April 11, 2020 • 26 MIN
My guest on this episode is Deleep Murali, Founder and CEO of Zscore. Zscore is an AI-driven, next-generation data management company that helps their customers extract business value and competitive advantage from data by improving the quality of existing data and partnering with their customers to sustain the business benefit.
A founder's story behind Listle - a fresh listening experience
April 4, 2020 • 24 MIN
Listle is an exciting startup delivering fresh audio content and in this conversation, we get a glimpse behind this innovative company, including insights into the customer influence on their product strategy.
Startups' Roundtable - trailer
March 8, 2020 • < 1 MIN
An introduction to my new podcast - Startups' Roundtable - which is launching on 29 March 2020 when I will ask my guests to share their successes and bumps in the road, to help the rest of us make better decisions, innovate faster and do this with lower risk. I hope you can join us.