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Who Are We?
Blackbird was founded in 2012 on the belief that a wave of great technology companies would be born outside of Silicon Valley and that, in particular, there would be a wave of success stories that would emerge from Australia. That belief subsequently extended to include Aotearoa, New Zealand. Since inception, we have invested a total of AUD1.2bn into close to 100 companies. We invest in wild hearts with the wildest of ideas, right at the beginning. That involves backing teams from software to space, unified by the ambition to become truly generational.
Target Size of Funds
Niki is a co-founder of Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital firm with the mission to be a partner to the greatest business stories born from Australia. Prior to Blackbird Ventures, he founded Startmate, an accelerator that helps people with ideas become great CEOs and build global startups. Earlier, he founded Homethinking and worked at Jupiter Research in New York. Blackbird Ventures is an Australian venture capital firm that exists to supercharge its most ambitious founders. The company partners with founders at the very beginning and surrounds them with a community of other founders who have built successful technology companies before. The firm was founded in 2012.
Rick Baker is the Managing Director of Blackbird Ventures. Prior to Blackbird, Rick was responsible for MLC’s venture capital portfolio with investments and commitments of over half a billion dollars. At MLC, Rick built a portfolio of venture fund investments alongside a group of the most successful venture capital funds in Silicon Valley and globally. Rick has also invested directly into tech companies, both from Australia and the US. Prior to MLC, Rick co-founded two successful software companies. The first, IDC Global, is a leading provider of software for the real estate industry. The second, Right Party Connect, produces notification systems for financial institutions. Right Party Connect was sold to UK-based company Adeptra in 2007 and is now Adeptra Australia. Rick is a passionate supporter of Australian technology companies. He is on the board of Shoes of Prey; an advisor to Posse, Canva and Wooboard; an investor in Bugglegum Interactive and Pygg; and on the Advisory Council of Pollenizer. Rick was awarded a cooperative scholarship to study commerce at the University of New South Wales, graduating with merit. He then went on to study law at Sydney University, graduating with honours.
Stage : Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A
Sector : AI/ML, B2B, Biotech, Cleantech, E-commerce/ Consumer Internet, Enterprise Tech, Healthcare, Blockchain, Business Intelligence, FemTech, Fintech
Region : Oceania
Country : Australia, US