Fireside chat and open Q&A with leading Silicon Valley VC Jonathan Teo

Hey all,

The October meetup is now scheduled, and it is shaping up to be a cracker.  Our guest will be Jonathan Teo from General Catalyst Partners, a leading VC firm in Silicon Valley.

Jonathan has personally led early-stage investments in 3 of the hottest companies of recent years including:

- Twitter, which has an estimated current valuation of $11 billion

- Instagram, which sold to Facebook for $1 billion 2 years after it launched

- SnapChat, which has a current valuation of $800 million in less than 2 years, based on the most recent fundraising round.

The format of the evening will be a short interview with Jonathan at the start of the night, then we will throw it open to the crowd to ask him anything you wish.  As usual, we will provide free beer, free pizza and a fantastic networking opportunity.

This event would not have been made possible without the generous support of Investors' Organisation and PricewaterhouseCoopers who are responsible for bringing Jonathan Teo down to Australia.

Investors' Organisation is a network of experienced technology investors and business leaders who are looking to support the next generation of Australian startup entrepreneurs through collaboration and idea exchange.

SPONSORS

This event would also not have been possible without the support of NAB.  Thanks should go to them for supporting Melbourne startups!

National Australia Bank

When you are your business, your personal and business finances can become one. At NAB, our Business Bankers can look after both your personal and business banking. 

NAB Business Bankers know what it takes to make a business grow. We work with thousands of small businesses, helping to bring their ideas to life and make their business GROW

You might be in business for yourself but that doesn’t mean you need to be by yourself. At NAB, our Business Bankers see the benefit in working together, not just banking together.

See www.nab.com.au/business for more information. 


BLUECHILLI

Bluechilli are a fantastic Sydney company who are keen to partner with startup founders on the technology build.

So if you have a great idea but no tech founder, hit em up! You can check them out online: Bluechilli 


KUSSOWSKI BROTHERS

Filming the event is Lucas from Kussowski Brothers – sharing your business with the world – see him at the end for a great deal – exclusive to Lean Startup Melbourne!

A standard promotional package with a single video, photos and social media setup – usually costs $1500 but for LSM members it’s only $500 plus a free coffee consultation.  This isn’t madness, this is Startup! www.kussowskibrothers.com


INSPIRE9

Thanks as always to Inspire9 for providing the venue - Melbourne's best co-working space for startup founders and entrepreneurs!

Thanks, and see you all there!

Startup Victoria.


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  • Vijai

    Here is the video of the event - Fireside Chat and Q&A - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    1 · November 16

  • Sam Sabey

    I missed the event on Monday, a big day for me combined with the knowledge i9 has no fireplace.

    I spent the day working with Braintree and their NAB, and I can say Braintree are King Awesome to work with.

    Sam,
    @samotage

    disclaimer, NAB are still any bank when it comes to business lending, they want financials and business plans la de da. Just say no and go bootstrapping.

    2 · October 30

  • Vijai

    What do you guys think of this https://phonebloks.com..is­ this is future of the mobile phones..apparently Motorola which was recently acquired by Google is work on it..really interesting..what u guys think??

    1 · November 1

    • Vijai

      Here is another video on next steps of phonebloks http://youtu.be/BaPf4...­

      2 · November 6

    • Steve

      Absolutely. And if it opens up the interface for innovation then we might get a whole new hardware startup boost.

      1 · November 7

  • Ken

    Hi everyone, Great to meet a few of you at the Johnathan Teo function last week, and fascinating to hear of Jonathan's career path!

    I am working on a web based platform venture that requires a CTO/technical specialist who can assist with early stage UI/wireframing.

    If anyone out there in Lean Startup land has good skills in this area please get in touch with me on [masked] for an initial chat.

    Cheers!

    1 · November 6

  • Lindsay

    Missed it sadly so am looking forward to the video

    1 · November 1

  • Content in Context

    If anyone missed the Q&A with Jonathan Teo, I've just published my blog on the event: http://wp.me/p2YdIi-or­

    1 · November 5

  • Lucas Kussowski

    I'm looking for a tech partner to assist in the development of a mobile franchise network for a client of mine that allows franchisees to submit stock, job and customer requests using a tablet's or smartphone's QR scanner or alternate account login system or both - please advise on possibilities or existing systems for licensed use - YEAH!!! :)

    1 · October 31

    • Sharon

      Hi Lucas, Im following up how you went in finding a tech partner to assist in the development of the mobile franchise???

      1 · November 4

    • Lucas Kussowski

      The response has been great with something like 5 interested parties including yourself in the project - just have to arrange the meeting(s) to discuss - YEAH!!! :)

      November 4

  • Gary Trenerry

    Great to see nab as a sponsor ..lets hope they make it easier to get a merchant account

    7 · October 28

    • A former member
      A former member

      Scott - of course, as an organiser u will side with sponsors & kiss their ring. And No Im not going to take it easy on NAB or any Bank for that matter. They stand as unnecessary hurdles in the way of spirited entrepreneurs, who need every bit of help in those delicate, pivotal early phases. Why’s NAB hiding behind PIN, Braintree & the likes? Why don't they just overhaul their own Merchant Services & change credit-line policies? Also please don't patronise me by saying u can empathise. Save it bcos ur response is typical of a guy looking out 4 his clique. Ive seen it happen time & again where any individual who dares challenge a clique, gets marginalised by majority followers.

      Atleast I have courage to voice what I feel. U can disagree but don't tell me in a backhanded way what I should/ shouldn’t say. Its not NAB that needs standing behind -- poor NAB with overflowing coffers. Sorry Im not crying a river for them. It should be about NAB standing behind individual startups first!

      October 30

    • Sam Sabey

      Hey Kate, it's important to remember NAB is a bank, it doesn't matter how much in their coffers... When they lend they want their money back + extra money. They are not an innovation company - even though it seems they have the resources - they don't have the shazam to do the things like some of the organisations Scott has listed. Bankers need frontmen, so they can get on with being bankers. It sucks, but it's important to realise that. Sam.

      1 · October 31

  • Ben J. Bickford

    Jonathan Teo of General Catalyst Partners, star VC from Silicon Valley reveals some of his key metrics he uses for monitoring the health and performance of his consumer app clients like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. in Melbourne at @Inspire9 thanks to a range of sponsors including @NAB & @InvestorsOrg

    5 · October 28

    • Ben J. Bickford

      Check out the photo button for some pics I also uploaded from the night ...

      October 30

  • Content in Context

    Very interesting - obviously, Jonathan can't reveal all the secrets to his success, but the candour (and even humility) of his answers was surprisingly refreshing. Not sure I totally agree with all the pearls of wisdom ("disposable hardware" - how about recyclable hardware?) but some useful insights. One minor point - can the interviewer and interviewee have their own microphones?

    2 · October 29

    • Ben J. Bickford

      Yes, I thought Michelle the MC was very engaging & interesting and liked her interview style exploring areas not covered in the recent Forbes article on Jon Teo.

      1 · October 30

    • Ben J. Bickford

      The whole team did a fantastic job! Kudos ;)

      1 · October 30

  • Claire

    Alternatively, I would love to get the contacts name from NAB please to make contact.....thank you

    October 30

    • Scott Handsaker

      Claire did you get the NAB contact? If not, email me at scott AT eventarc dot com and I can supply.

      October 30

  • Brentis Cooper

    Brilliant night. Were there any freelance iOS designers/developers attending the event? :)

    1 · October 30

  • Andrew Finlay

    This was a great event, really informative as Jonathan's comments seemed to look quite plainly at the realities of the startup space.

    2 · October 30

  • Content in Context

    There was clearly a distinction made between consumer and enterprise products - but we also have offerings aimed at prosumers. Would have been great to explore that topic with Jonathan Teo - for what it's worth, here's a few observations of my own: http://wp.me/p2YdIi-oe­

    1 · October 29

  • Mark Smithers

    That was excellent. Jonathan Teo was very very good. All the technology worked great and the interviewer (I missed her name, sorry) facilitated a really good discussion. Well done everyone.

    8 · October 29

  • ANA MARIA BURCA

    Great evening! Thanks to the organisers & Jonathan for sharing his experiences! Looking forward for the next one!!

    2 · October 29

  • Callum

    First time exp was excellent. Name tags with a choice of 3 basic titles would be good. 'Shopping' 'selling' 'just looking'?

    3 · October 29

  • Dea

    Was fabulous! Thanks to all those involved :)

    2 · October 29

  • John Smythe

    Looking forward to the next one :) it was great!

    2 · October 29

  • Lucas Kussowski

    AWESOME!!! :)

    3 · October 29

  • Luke Chable

    Fantastic meetup guys, already looking forward to the next! ;)

    5 · October 28

  • Neil

    Is there a LinkedIn group for lean startup Melbourne?

    1 · October 28

  • Callum

    Very educational.

    3 · October 28

  • Leigh Sherman

    An incredible group of people drive this meetup. Unquestionably the best tech event in Melbourne on a monthly basis.

    3 · October 28

  • Angus Ng

    Very informative. Nice Q&A format.

    2 · October 28

  • Brentis Cooper

    Exciting to have so many bright minds in one room. Very excited to meet and greet everybody!

    2 · October 28

  • Gary Trenerry

    Looking forward to another great night .expecting to leave smarter than when I arrived

    2 · October 28

  • Scott Brown

    Really looking forward to my first Lean Startup event tonight. Will be great to meet so many startups and hear views on innovation. Please feel free to come up and say Hi!

    Cheers, Scott
    Founder, SBR

    2 · October 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    350 member is new record. I recon spending half hour to find a parking spot on August meetup.I will go by train this time :-)

    1 · October 28

  • Ben J. Bickford

    Excited to mingle with Melbourne's Startup Community tonight where together we will get to hear from successful Silicon Valley VC Jonathan Teo and his perspectives on Innovation and the Lean Startup approach embraced by Entrepreneurs, Designers and Developers which is being used to solve niche problems in all industries, unlocking huge investment returns and re-inventing the world!
    See you all tonight for our intimate "Fire-Side Chat" :)

    Cheers ... Ben

    Ben J. Bickford
    Chairman + CEO
    BIONIC Corporation

    1 · October 28

  • Nick

    Very keen to come along to this!!

    October 28

  • Christopher Pang

    Hi there, I updated my RSVP to add a +1 and it booted me off the Attending list to the waiting list. I've since taken off the +1 but am still on the waiting list. Can anything be done?

    October 27

    • Scott Handsaker

      Can you email me off list? scott at eventarc dot com

      October 28

  • Lingy Oh

    Have to see the physio tomorrow. I'm bummed!

    1 · October 27

  • Content in Context

    Congratulations to the team at SwatchMate for picking up a gong at the Melbourne Design Awards tonight

    2 · October 23

  • Dmitriy Ivanov

    Wow! Great ! ... looking forward to get some more interesting information and meet new people...

    Regards,

    D.Ivanov
    CEO Lifedeal.com.au

    1 · October 23

  • Ben J. Bickford

    Excellent! ... looking forward to seeing and hearing the wisdom and insights of Jonathan's experience in VC and his refined process for measuring, managing and picking a consistently high number of "hit it out of the park" investment winners.
    Cheers ... Ben
    Ben J. Bickford
    Chairman + CEO
    BIONIC Corporation

    2 · October 22

  • Marat Tolgambayev

    Looking forward to hearing something interesting...

    1 · October 22

  • Gary Trenerry

    cant wait

    1 · October 22

  • Ashley Pettit

    Thanks again Inspire 9 for hosting the venue!

    3 · October 22

  • Brentis Cooper

    Look forward to meeting with some switched on minds! :)

    2 · October 22

  • Trent Clews-de Castella

    Ready to learn how things are done.

    1 · October 22

  • Paul

    Looking forward!

    1 · October 20

  • Celso

    Leslie is a great contributor to the Startup community in so many aspects that it is hard to list it.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1 · October 19

    • Paul Stef

      Yeah, but what has he done for us lately? Oh right, he gave us a discounted coupon. :) I stand corrected. ;)

      October 20

  • Val

    Look forward!!!

    1 · October 18

  • Leslie Barry

    @Jon - As one of the founding members of Lean Startup Melbourne and co-founder of the (free) getViable.com, you'll find that I am motivated to pay it forward to ensure that startups get access to the best tools possible to accelerate their success. Nudging the over 350 people that benefit from this meetup every month in the direction of a relevant offer that is focused on the purpose of the group is a very long way from spam.

    5 · October 18

  • Sam Sabey

    IMHO most, if not all conferences are spam.

    2 · October 18

  • Luke Grange

    Hi Jon .... I think thats a little hard on Leslie given the content and line up of Lean experts at the conference, he is not only making us aware of but offering a discount on. Your right that conferences do punt wares but they also give us an opportunity to learn a lot especially given the international line up I see they have. Can we refer to is as bacon instead of spam maybe ;-)

    2 · October 18

  • Jon Clifton

    Of course you are spamming people. I did not ask to be sold to throught this group. All of these gigs are sales pitches and are only out to get your money. It is not cool to use public forums like this to push anything other than something related to this group.

    2 · October 18

  • Leslie Barry

    Hi, Not spamming as I'm a regular here ;-) but got a great offer from the San Francisco based Products Are Hard 2013 conference coming to Melbourne on 30/10. Grab your ticket before Friday with code ClareSentMe for 25% off. http://bit.ly/1gN1A0o­

    4 · October 17

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