Seed to Harvest

Blackbird Co-founder Niki Scevak on investing in successful Aussie startups | Seed To Harvest Ep58

April 10, 2023 Paige Finn Doherty Episode 58
Blackbird Co-founder Niki Scevak on investing in successful Aussie startups | Seed To Harvest Ep58
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Blackbird Co-founder Niki Scevak on investing in successful Aussie startups | Seed To Harvest Ep58
Apr 10, 2023 Episode 58
Paige Finn Doherty

Today, I'm joined by Niki Scevak, Co-founder of Blackbird, a $2.5 billion Australia based venture firm, investing across Australia and New Zealand at the early stage and beyond. Blackbird backs generational ambition with generational ownership by raising funds, investing in the best startup companies all the way through their journey from idea to beyond IPO. Their portfolio is worth over $7B and includes some of the most successful Aussie and Kiwi startups including Canva, Zoox, SafetyCulture and Culture Amp. Blackbird’s companies are united only by their ambition to tackle the world’s greatest problems, led by founders who are doing their life’s work.

Seed to Harvest is a podcast focused on stories & tactics from a diverse array of investors, founders, and creators, hosted by Paige Finn Doherty, a founding partner at Behind Genius Ventures and author of Seed to Harvest, an illustrated children's book for adults.

Connect with Paige 🌱💜

Behind Genius Ventures blog | https://www.behindgeniusventures.com/

Personal Blog | https://paigefinndoherty.com/

Twitter | https://twitter.com/paigefinnn

00:00 Welcome to Seed To Harvest: Niki Scevak
04:35 Blackbird like a paradox
10:07 Parallels of Blackbird and Australia
15:13 Investment decision process
15:34 Women are an asset class
20:19 Confirmatory versus due diligence

Show notes:
Niki Scevak | https://twitter.com/nikiscevak?lang=en

Blackbird | https://www.blackbird.vc/

Sunrise | https://www.blackbird.vc/sunrise-festival/sunrise-aotearoa

Lockheed Martin | https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/capabilities/aircraft.html

Skunk Works | https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/business-areas/aeronautics/skunkworks.html

Atlassian | https://www.atlassian.com/

Campaign Monitor | https://www.campaignmonitor.com/

RetailMeNot | https://www.retailmenot.com/

Aconex | https://www.oracle.com/industries/construction-engineering/aconex/

Canva | https://www.canva.com/

Melanie Perkins | https://twitter.com/melaniecanva?lang=en

Cliff Obrecht | https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliff-obrecht-79ba9920/?originalSubdomain=au

Cameron Adams | https://www.linkedin.com/in/themaninblue/?originalSubdomain=au

Show Notes

Today, I'm joined by Niki Scevak, Co-founder of Blackbird, a $2.5 billion Australia based venture firm, investing across Australia and New Zealand at the early stage and beyond. Blackbird backs generational ambition with generational ownership by raising funds, investing in the best startup companies all the way through their journey from idea to beyond IPO. Their portfolio is worth over $7B and includes some of the most successful Aussie and Kiwi startups including Canva, Zoox, SafetyCulture and Culture Amp. Blackbird’s companies are united only by their ambition to tackle the world’s greatest problems, led by founders who are doing their life’s work.

Seed to Harvest is a podcast focused on stories & tactics from a diverse array of investors, founders, and creators, hosted by Paige Finn Doherty, a founding partner at Behind Genius Ventures and author of Seed to Harvest, an illustrated children's book for adults.

Connect with Paige 🌱💜

Behind Genius Ventures blog | https://www.behindgeniusventures.com/

Personal Blog | https://paigefinndoherty.com/

Twitter | https://twitter.com/paigefinnn

00:00 Welcome to Seed To Harvest: Niki Scevak
04:35 Blackbird like a paradox
10:07 Parallels of Blackbird and Australia
15:13 Investment decision process
15:34 Women are an asset class
20:19 Confirmatory versus due diligence

Show notes:
Niki Scevak | https://twitter.com/nikiscevak?lang=en

Blackbird | https://www.blackbird.vc/

Sunrise | https://www.blackbird.vc/sunrise-festival/sunrise-aotearoa

Lockheed Martin | https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/capabilities/aircraft.html

Skunk Works | https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/business-areas/aeronautics/skunkworks.html

Atlassian | https://www.atlassian.com/

Campaign Monitor | https://www.campaignmonitor.com/

RetailMeNot | https://www.retailmenot.com/

Aconex | https://www.oracle.com/industries/construction-engineering/aconex/

Canva | https://www.canva.com/

Melanie Perkins | https://twitter.com/melaniecanva?lang=en

Cliff Obrecht | https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliff-obrecht-79ba9920/?originalSubdomain=au

Cameron Adams | https://www.linkedin.com/in/themaninblue/?originalSubdomain=au