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Spotlight #17 - Startups & Operators
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Feature #17 bringing you an Angel, talent, and jobs - what’s not to love?!
😇 Angel Spotlight
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💸 Startup Spotlight
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🛠 Operator Spotlight
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What’s in this Edition?
Get Investment - Angels keen to connect
Invest - Startups keen to connect
Hire - Operators ready for a startup job
Apply - Latest startup jobs
1) Get Investment - Angel Spotlight
Samuel Sentongo - Startmate First Believer
Industry: B2B Saas, Agritech, realestate/propertytech, edtech, healthcare
Stage: Early stage
Check Size: $10k
Investments to date: Bulooka App
Investing in historically under-represented founders in the startup eco-system, definition of under-represented is first nations, women, black, minorities. If you think your idea doesn't make sense to everyone, is wildly ambitious, or even mundane boring am open to listening.
Mandate: Guidance but don't expect a hands-on operational approach from me.
2) Invest - Startups Keen to Connect
Nobody this time.
3) Hire - Operators ready for a startup job
Batko Side Note: Tanman and I worked together at Expert360 and can I highly recommend him as Marketing guru 🚀
Past Roles: Co-Founder @ Elenta, Head of Growth @ FlexCareers, Head of Marketing @ Expert360
I approach Growth like a founder, not just a marketer.
I have unique approach to Growth and Marketing having co-founded Elenta.io and joining Expert360 as employee number 5. Unlike a pure marketer, I look at growth challenges holistically, through the eyes of a Founder. I can solve most growth problems by working out what the levers are, then figuring out how to apply leverage.
That might mean driving acquisition through performance media, working on product led marketing, building a sales team or optimising operations. I've also designed training programs for managers, built a customer success team, raised investment and built a team.
Reach out if you're interested in B2B Growth, Acquisition, SaaS, Product led marketing, Sales or Operations.
Ideal Next Industry: Happy to chat!
Ideal Next Role: VP / Head of Growth or Marketing
Carel Greyling - Startmate Student Fellow
Past Roles: Board Director @ Arc, Residential Mentor @ Warrane College, Casual Academic @ UNSW
I grew up in South Africa, have summited Mount Kilimanjaro, and build race cars in my free time.
Ideal Next Industry: Mechatronics/Robotics
Ideal Next Role: Software Development Intern
Lewis Jan - Startmate Student Fellow
Past Roles: Operations and Strategy @ LGT Digital, Marketing Intern @ Impressive Digital, Co-Founder & Project Manager @ Viper Digital
I have a background in marketing, having started my own Facebook ads agency back in 2018 when I was 15. I then continued to learn more about marketing through internships at other marketing agencies such as Impressive Digital. It is only recently that I found an interest in strategy and ops, but am eager to learn as much as I can about the role!
Ideal Next Industry: Marketplace
Ideal Next Role: Operations Intern/Manager
Finn Blake - Startmate Student Fellow
Past Roles: Founder @ Project Next, Investment Management Intern @ Linden Global Strategies, Account Executive @ NWR Communications
A unique opportunity to travel to New York for a wealth management internship disrupted my pathway to a career in the media. Now, to truly understand what I want to do with my career, I've launched my own podcast, Project Next. These interviews have given me a taste of a range of roles across a range of industries. This has given me the knowledge to understand that I'm energised and curious about working in a fast-paced startup business.
Ideal Next Industry: VC / Fintech
Ideal Next Role: Associate Product Manager
Joseph Wang - Startmate Student Fellow
Location: Doncaster, Victoria
Past Roles: Graphic Designer @ CHASE , Product Design Intern @ Trivers Automation
Ideal Next Industry: Product Design
Ideal Next Role: Product Designer or UI/UX designer
Monique GMH Leung - Startmate Student Fellow
Past Roles: Intern (operations) @ Beyorg (Hong Kong), CSR @ ATO, Sales Rep @ NobleOak
Have lived in Hong Kong, Geelong, Merrijig, Melbourne and Sydney, and so I can speak Mandarin and English well. Looking to improve my Canto drastically so that when COVID restrictions ease I can surprise my dad!
Ideal Next Industry: Any industry focused on increasing environmental sustainability!
Ideal Next Role: Operations Intern
Felicia Suwignjo - Startmate Student Fellow
Past Roles: Research Partner @ Lucida, Marketing Intern @ Elevate, Volunteer Consultant @ Tranquil Consultancy
I am a mental health advocate that loves connecting with people and finding out what sets them apart from other individuals. My identity as a third culture individual makes me passionate about making a difference in the communities I am part of by making sure that everyone feels welcomed, and eager to learn about everyone's perspective - mainly from their life stories. I have held marketing, research, and communication roles with a Fortune 500 company (IBM) as well as Indonesian-based and Australian-based startups.
Ideal Next Industry: Mental health, Fintech, Sustainability, Technology (but open to anything)
Ideal Next Role: Content Designer (or any role in marketing, people & culture, and operations)
Rakshith Ramprakash - Startmate Student Fellow
Past Roles: No experience
I am keen learner. I try to learn a new thing each day.
Ideal Next Industry: AI, Health-tech, Sport-tech
Ideal Next Role: Junior Product Manager/Product Management intern
Caroline Auwines - Startmate Student Fellow
Past Roles: Venture Capital Intern @ Kolibra Capital, Business Analyst Intern @ Navanti Holdings
I love discounts and can always find a better deal. My parents were born in very poor families and have looked for ways to save money. This mindset was passed on to me as I believe that there are always better deals than what we are given.
For example, when I interned in Kolibra Capital I noticed that no one was in charge of organising their annual investors meeting. Therefore, I started to independently organise the annual investors meeting. This involved settling transactions for food, location, venue decoration, and gifts. Although the budget of $922 made it difficult to accommodate 50 guests, I was able to negotiate with vendors and received discounts of up to 50%. After presenting these options to the managing director, he chose the options that best suited their requirements.
Ideal Next Industry: Food Tech (But I'm also open to working in another VC or consulting firm!)
Ideal Next Role: Operations graduate
Snehal Parab - Startmate Student Fellow
Past Roles: Sales@QTork India, Operational Excellence@Emerson India
I know 4 languages - English, Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit. I also know a bit of German. I have studied Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management as well as know Video editing. (Quite an unusual combo, haha) . I am a full time uni student working on a side hustle (my startup idea). I like to don many hats and learn and adapt to things quickly. ( A true Campaigner mentality)
Ideal Next Industry: SaaS
Ideal Next Role: Operations/Growth Associate
4) Apply - Latest startup jobs
These are new roles that were posted in the last couple of weeks.
COO @ Matchstiq (AKL)
ANZ GM @ Zoomo (SYD)
VP of Product @ Culture Amp (MEL)
Head of Growth @ Eugene
Product Researcher @ Brighte (SYD)
Customer Success Manager @ Advoc8 (SYD)
Business Development Partnerships @ Shopify (Remote)
Community Lead @ Blackbird (AKL)
Program Coordinator - Regional & AgTech @ LaunchVic (MEL)