Since COVID-19 hit, most businesses have trialled working from home. What have you learnt from managing a remote workforce, and working remotely yourself? And how will you take these lessons with you? Smart Company
“Throughout this crisis, team communication has become more of a priority, and we now ensure a regular cadence of team and pipeline meetings and occasional face-to-face, fun get-togethers.”
“Consistently behaving with integrity and strong ethics has engendered trust and built our reputation as investors who founders, our syndicate investors and co-investors can trust.”
- 1/10/2020 Saltire Capital Partners Insight Series
- 29/9/2020 Crisis management start-up Catalyst Technologies raises $1.8m AFR “
We saw in our consulting work that we were training and consulting a lot of board members and C-suite executives, and these people were expected to make pretty big decisions when things go wrong,” Mr Shields said. “So we saw the opportunity to use technology to bridge that gap.”
- 21/9/2020 ‘Tips for seeking investors with Andrea Gardiner’ The Female Founders Network Podcast
Andrea sat down with Nat and Sylvie to talk about her background and gave great tips to raising capital. It’s a must listen.
- 2/7/2020 A new normal for startups: How to handle a slowdown when your BAU is hypergrowth Smart Company
‘Andrea Gardiner said Clipboard has “outstanding traction in a growing global market worth almost $2 billion” globally. “They are taking time to listen to their customers, but are also continuing to innovate and build out their innovative products accordingly – their attendance tracking feature is a brilliant example of that innovation. We are confident Clipboard will be in a strong position to slingshot out of the gates when the economic fallout of the COVID19 crisis abates”
Stone & Chalk invited experts from leading Venture Capital funds (and Andrea amongst them) to answer the most frequently asked capital raising questions and discuss how startups can and should adapt their strategy in response to current economic conditions. Listen to Andrea addressing these timely issues with practical advice.
We first got to know the founders Sam Clarke and Ed Colyer a few years ago. We loved their progress, their attitude and their absolute thirst to learn and take guidance. We are thrilled to be part of their journey.
Here’s the link to the full press release: Jelix Ventures and Clipboard Press Release
- 7/4/2020 A new normal for startups: How to handle a slowdown when your BAU is hypergrowth Smart Company
‘For those startups that already have investors, Gardiner reiterates the importance of having runway of about two years at their disposal.
Gardiner reiterates the importance of having runway of about two years at their disposal.Here, like Bassat, she too advises against optimism
“I think it’s really important that they look very carefully at their revenue assumptions, and that they really stress-test them rigorously; that they assume they’re going to miss their targets; that they revise their projections downwards and then down again; and that they contingency plan for the worst-case scenario,” she says.
“Most companies need to have runway for two years, or possibly three. But we don’t really know how it’s going to pan out.’
- 6/4/2020 Flying High – Electric Flying Car Company Alauda And Its Racing Series Complete First Funding Round Auto Futures
‘Andrea Gardiner, Co-Founder, Jelix Ventures, adds: “Airspeeder’s founder, Matt Pearson has an inspired vision of the future of ‘clean air’ mobility We are impressed with the early success of his route to early commercialisation through the creation of a flying car racing league. There is a clear global market for Airspeeder and Alauda and the founder has an outstanding track record as a successful entrepreneur.”’
- 6/4/2020 Alauda’s Airspeeder Flying Electric Racer Wants To Speed Future Sustainable Transport Forbes
“Electric flying cars are a coming reality that will liberate our cities and answer the long-term mobility challenges we face,” offers Alauda founder Matt Pearson. “Nothing drives technology as fast as competition. The F1 racers of the early 20th century possessed a pioneering spirit we are harnessing today to rapidly accelerate progress.’
- 19/9/2019 Episode S07E17 News Special
Listen to Andrea on Mark Pesce’s podcast, discussing ESVCLP fails, global talent visas, what happens when the government declares your product a strategic asset, SPARK Festival – and Atlassian’s $50,000,000,000 valuation!
- 7/8/2019 Cloudflare cuts 8chan loose: When is a startup responsible for its customers’ actions? Smart Company
Read Andrea’s thoughts on this matter.
- 6/8/2019 Techboard Sydney Roundtable Techboard
Listen to Andrea’s insights on the current state of the Australian tech eco system.
Read Ian’s thoughts on this matter.
- 31/5/2019 ‘Coming of age’: Andrea Gardiner from Jelix Ventures on the growth of Australia’s tech scene Stockhead
‘Sequoia Capital, Accel Partner, Index Ventures — there’s a few and they’re starting to actively invest in Australia. Australia is a less hotly contested market, and I think they see where they can add value in terms of helping companies scale internationally.’
- 22/5/2019 Why legaltech Josef’s $1 million raise was more about securing experts than cash Smart Company
‘In Jelix Ventures, in particular, Dreyfus says the team found an investor “we felt we could trust from day one”. Andrea Gardiner, a former lawyer herself, was “super excited” about the startup, he says. “They were excited about the mission that drives us … making legal services accessible,” he adds. “[Gardiner] had a really strong view about what it was going to take to get our company from where it is now … to a company that really can transform the way lawyers work the world over.’
Read more about the Josef raise.
‘Jelix Ventures founder Andrea Gardiner said “I almost said red flag, but it’s more of a risk that you have to assess. Founders having a falling out is one of the big risks for an early-stage start-up.’
- 05/11/2018 Kiwi drone company raises $1m, explains its ‘shroud’ technology NZ Herald
‘Kiwi drone startup Dotterel Technologies has raised $1.06m from Sydney-based Jelix Ventures, which specialises in backing early-stage companies. Jelix now has an 11.45 per cent stake in Dotterel.’
- 12/10/2018 China marketing startup Sinorbis raises $4m in Jelix Ventures led fund Mumbrella
‘Digital marketing technology start-up Sinorbis’ bid to connect Australian businesses with Chinese consumer demand has received another vote of confidence in the form of $4m in Series A funding led by Jelix Ventures.
The Sinorbis software is designed to make it easier for Australian and international businesses to market their products to 800 million Chinese online consumers who make up more than a quarter of the world’s online population.’
- 8/10/2018 Jelix leads its first Series A raise in China marketing startup Sinorbis The AFR
‘Jelix has led a $4 million round in [a] marketing tech start-up … Sinorbis provides a digital marketing platform that makes it easy for western business to market their products to Chinese consumers, be it in consumer goods, education or tourism.
It was co-founded by former Expedia executive and global president of HotelClub and Ebookers, Nicolas Chu, alongside Allen Qu, who had launched China’s third largest digital agency Netconcepts.
… “The market is massive, it is close to representing 33 per cent of total ecommerce spend, but it’s also the most difficult market to crack,” he said.’
- 08/10/2018 Brandon Capital, Rampersand, Artesian lead local VC gender diversity push The AFR
‘Aussie venture capital funds are making significant strides in boosting the diversity of their portfolios, but women still make up only a tiny percentage of the investors in the sector. … Other notable female investors rising in prominence include Jelix Ventures’ Andrea Gardiner, Skip Capital’s Kim Jackson and new chief executive of Scale Investors Ariane Barker.’
- 05/10/2018 Australia’s VC power couple: Why Ian Gardiner walked away from Amazon to join his wife’s investment venture StartupSmart
‘Just last month Ian Gardiner — stalwart of the Australian startup scene — sent shockwaves across the ecosystem as he announced he was stepping down from his role as head of the Australia and New Zealand startup division at Amazon Web Services, to work full time at Jelix Ventures, the investment business headed up by his wife Andrea Gardiner. Andrea has been running Jelix for two years already, becoming the second female founding chief executive of a venture capital in Australia. Having already led 12 syndicated investments into nine startups, and made its first exit, Jelix is now upping the ante and raising its first VC fund.The people who have joined are excited by the vision, she adds. Although, when speaking to Andrea, it’s hard not to be, as her enthusiasm is infectious.
“It’s a new business model and it is exciting. I feel like I’ve hit my sweet spot in work — I’ve never loved doing what I do as much as I love doing what I’m doing now,” she says.’
- 24/09/2018 Local VC Jelix Ventures targets $30m raise after StorReduce exit The AFR
‘Australian venture-capital firm Jelix Ventures has its sights set on its first $30 million fund, after the seed-stage investors scored their first exit from the sale of StorReduce to $9 billion US company Pure Storage. Founded by husband and wife team Andrea and Ian Gardiner in 2014, the fund has flown largely under the radar to date and served as a personal investment vehicle for the Gardiners, along with some high net-worth investors. Having invested just $180,000 in StorReduce in 2014 when the business was still pre-revenue, Jelix investors have banked a 10-times return from the sale of the company, which de-duplicates, manages and migrates data.’
- 24/9/2018 Gardiner’s of Jelix to raise a $30m seed fund BSI
‘We hypothesised [when we started] that there was a lack of leadership and appetite to invest in these high-risk assets and there needs to be a leader for other investors to feel confident in their judgment. It was after that realisation that we started Jelix.’
- 09/08/2017 RefugeeTalent: Jelix’s Andrea Gardiner and Naseer Shafaq Stone & Chalk blog
‘Stone & Chalk resident and board member Andrea Gardiner, founder of Jelix Ventures, met Naseer Shafaq through an intern program. An accomplished Afghani refugee who lost his job when his employer became insolvent, Naseer had been unemployed for 18 months. Naseer had received no replies from over 700 job applications when Andrea hired him as an unpaid intern for her new business, Jelix . Today, Naseer works in the heart of Sydney’s CBD with the ATO as a Tax Practitioners Board Officer. “Andrea was also generous enough to pay me for all of my past work once her business took off,” he says.’
- 19/04/2017 Naseer Shafaq – a letter Karma
‘So here is a guy that applied for circa 720 jobs and the system overlooked him and yet Andrea Gardiner from Jelix Ventures found him at Tech Refugees (as he was trying to avoid going back to the conflict in Afghanistan), saw his talent, snapped him up and he’s now on his way hopefully.’