From September - December 2020
By AirTree Ventures
 

Making Open Source VC bigger and better: learn from the world's best tech founders, operators, investors and thinkers

Building a successful startup is really hard.


We want to make it as easy as possible for founders and startup teams.


With our Open Source VC resources, we aim to open up the black box that’s venture capital decision making by sharing useful documents like our seed-stage term sheet template, legal DD checklist and Australian investors list.


We’ll continue adding to our Open Source VC Resources but we want to open up our networks too.


At AirTree, we have the privilege of working alongside and learning from the world’s best tech founders, operators, investors and thinkers who are actively shaping the future.


Our Open Source VC meetups, running from September - December 2020, will feature them in candid conversations with us, and we want the whole community to join! 

 

Join our chats with:

Andy Weissman

Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Thursday 10 September, 8-9am AEST

Union Square Ventures based in NY is one of the most successful VC funds in the world having backed household names like Twitter, Stripe, Coinbase, Kickstarter, Skillshare, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, Meetup and more. 


The conversation with Andy will be moderated by AirTree's Cofounder & Partner Craig Blair. They'll discuss:

- Lessons Andy learnt from working with prominent founders throughout his career

- How USV and other US VC funds are approaching investment in the current economic and political climate
- Tips for Aussie and Kiwi startups looking to succeed in the US market and globally

Kat Cole

COO and President, Focus Brands

Thursday 24 September, 10-11am AEST

Kat Cole is the COO and President of Focus Brands, the owner, franchisor and operator of global limited-service food brands doing billions in product sales in over 50 countries and 6500 operations globally, including Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAlister’s, Carvel and Jamba. 

Kat was named one of Fortune’s 40 under 40 and her journey from restaurant hostess at 17, executive by 26, president by 31, and investor by 35 is often shared as an example of the American and entrepreneurial dream. Outside of the foodservice industry, Kat is an angel investor and advisor to early-stage consumer products and Direct-to-Consumer companies and an outspoken advocate for women’s issues and the broader role of business in democratising access to education and opportunity.

The conversation with Kat will be moderated by AirTree’s Principal Jackie Vullinghs. 

They’ll discuss topics including:

- Managing and motivating people: what can tech companies learn from franchise businesses?
- B2B2C businesses: how to manage the different stakeholders when you have two sets of customers
- Expanding your footprint in DTC: When should DTC e-commerce startups go omnichannel? What are the benefits of owned stores, franchising and wholesaling?
- What can new consumer brands learn from established consumer retail businesses?
- How women can scale their ambition in tech and entrepreneurship

Tobi Pearce

CEO, SWEAT

Wednesday 7 October, 12:30-1:30pm 

Tobi Pearce is the Founder and CEO of SWEAT, a global technology company in the health and fitness industry and home to the largest online female fitness community of more than 50 million women globally.

Tobi has leveraged his personal training background and his knowledge in business and technology to reach global markets, and ultimately provide a world first health and fitness app for women in more than 155 countries.

SWEAT is currently one of Apple's largest grossing apps in its Health and Fitness category.

 
The conversation with Tobi will be moderated by AirTree Partner John Henderson.

Jackie Lee-Joe

Former CMO, Netflix

Wednesday 14 October, 12:30-1:30pm

Jackie has over 20 years of marketing and digital experience across media, tech, telco and aviation.  She has enjoyed working for some truly impactful brands Netflix, BBC, Skype and Virgin.

At Netflix, she brought her experience in media and entertainment together with a deep understanding of the internet and tech - building reach and fan engagement for a growing international content slate across an expanding range of genres, deepening partnerships, leading popular culture by fostering conversations around the world, and developing Netflix’s brand.

At the BBC, Jackie had oversight of more than 300 brands globally, fostering franchise brands such as Doctor Who, the Planet Series and Top Gear, and for developing new brands.  Jackie was instrumental in helping to create new ways for communities to engage with BBC content globally.  


The conversation with Jackie will be moderated by AirTree Cofounder & Partner, Craig Blair 

Christoph Janz

Managing Partner, Point Nine Capital

Thursday 19 November 5-6pm AEST

Christoph co-founded Point Nine Capital, one of the most prominent VC funds in Europe, in 2011. Before that, he co-founded two Internet startups (DealPilot.com in 1997 and Pageflakes in 2005). In 2008 he became an angel investor and discovered Zendesk, Clio, FreeAgent – and his love for SaaS. Christoph has invested in more than 20 SaaS startups and lives and breathes SaaS, everything from “A as in AI-enhanced B2B software” to “Z as in Zendesk”. 

The conversation with Christoph will be moderated by AirTree Partner John Henderson. 

 

More sessions to be announced...

 
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