Startup Grind Sydney welcomes David Rohrsheim, General Manager of Uber in Sydney, on Thursday 25th July at Fishburners.
Uber is a game-changing startup, providing quality, on-demand car requests (BMW, Mercedes, etc.) with the touch of a button. Uber is headquartered in San Francisco, and following the success in America and various international cities, Uber launched in Sydney in November last year and Melbourne in January.
David Rohrsheim is responsible for bringing the Uber experience to Australia, where he convinced Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about the potential of Uber succeeding in Sydney. David is General Manager of Uber operations in Sydney, and oversees everything from vehicle supply and demand, driver and customer relations, Uber partnerships, and growth. Previous to Uber, David worked at venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and graduated with a MBA from Stanford University and The University of Adelaide in Engineering.
Join us for the next Startup Grind Sydney edition where we hear from David about all things Uber, from growth and scaling to challenging the regulators.
In April, Startup Grind Washington DC had the privilege to speak with Dr. Magid Abraham, co-founder of comScore. This event marked Startup Grind DC’s first time hosting a speaker out of 1776, DC’s newest (and very promising) co-working space. The event was certainly an interesting and eventful occasion for all those involved: interesting due to Dr. Abraham’s remarks, and eventful due to an unexpected fire alarm that temporarily moved the event to the building’s lobby, stairwells, and sidewalk (not even kidding, on the street networking definitely happened). It was certainly a Startup Grind first, but in the end, we all came away with some insightful and powerful points provided by comScore’s legendary leader.
Personally the first Startup Grind event I ever attended, complete with Cash Money Records music, free pizza, and great networking. I was lucky enough to see one of the legendary VCs from Silicon Valley, Jeff Clavier. Throughout this interview he goes over a variety of topics any entrepreneur will still find valuable today such as how to get a meeting with SoftTech VC, how to perfect your pitch, and what NOT to do when trying to get a VCs attention.
[00:00:05.20] QUESTION: What about this thing right now, are you seeing, there’s been a lot of talk of, that just there’s all these companies that were funded at the angel level, they’re now coming in for a series A, not able to get that funding. Are you seeing that with your companies that you’re having, or not you specifically but companies in general, that is this a real trend that’s happening that companies raised angel round are now struggling to raise series A, maybe because they shouldn’t have deserved an angel round or some other reason?
One of the first big interviews Startup Grind ever hosted was with Jason Calacanis. Jason was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule during his meetings in Palo Alto to come and speak to small intimate group at the Startup grind offices. Watch and learn more about Jason’s early entrepreneurial ventures during Web 1.0, what catches his eye in an entrepreneur and how to perfect your pitch.
[00:02] DEREK: On that note, let me introduce Jason; he needs no introduction, he’s worldwide.
NOTE: Startup Grind Sydney’s May event featuring Tom Dawkins of StartSomeGood at Vodafone HQ has been cancelled and postponed to June. Those with tickets please note your tickets will be valid for the June ‘crowdfunding event’.
Startup Grind Sydney presents Australian crowdfunding pioneers Tom Dawkins, founder of StartSomeGood, and co-founder of Pozible, Alan Crabbe, on Thursday 20th June at our new home at Fishburners Sydney.
Crowdfunding is hardly a new phenomenon with the world’s largest funding platform Kickstarter based in New York City, largely responsible for the paradigm shift. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge money to “creative-entrepreneur types” looking to fulfil projects in the areas of fashion, publishing, film, the arts, as well as social causes.
Tom Dawkins founded the StartSomeGood crowdfunding platform to offer support and financial backing for social entrepreneurs looking to make a difference in the world. Tom is a social ‘serial’ entrepreneur, activist and dreamer whom previously founded Vibewire and set up Australia’s first co-working space.
Alan Crabbe is the co-Founder of Pozible, Australia’s largest crowdfunding platform for creatives looking for financial support from passionate strangers. Alan, 31, co-founded Pozible in 2010 alongside Rick Chen, 29, and has since handled over $5 million in pledges for projects and seen double-digit growth month over month in the last 18 months.
Join us for the next Startup Grind Sydney edition where we learn about all things crowdfunding in Australia and the men behind it – They’ll be sure to make us think twice!
In one of the earliest Startup Grind interviews, David Cowan from Bessemer Venture Partners joined us to discuss a variety of things going on in Silicon Valley. From what VCs are really looking for, seeing potential in the right entrepreneurs, and being on the board of one of the most successful app developer, Smule.
[02:34] DAVID: OK. I didn’t mean to get involved in the technology industry, it was an accident. I loved computer science and studied it in college. I had some friends that worked with me in the Science Center and we were called Terminal Watchers. They told me when I graduated that I had to interview with a company called Oracle. I didn’t know what it was or care, I was all set to get a job at some investment bank or management consulting firm; that was more glamorous back then. My friends urged me to go to the interview so I did. Back then, Oracle was hiring like crazy and didn’t know who I was, just that I was a computer science major.
Our Dave McClure interview is easily one of the most memorable Startup Grind interviews ever. Dave came to the stage and talked about everything from farting unicorns to expanding out to international cities with 500 Startups. Watch and learn how to get the right VC’s attention, expand into new markets, build a great product, and get a meeting with the pirate VC himself.
[00:01:22.08] QUESTION: Welcome to the Startup Grind. We like to start these things out by just getting to know you a little bit, hear about your background. Tell us a little bit about where you grew up tell us about –
[00:01:30.26] DAVE: I know I’m really hard to find on the web, so it’s all a big secret.
[00:01:37.25] QUESTION: We’re going to dive deep, man, we got handkerchiefs, we got everything. We expect the tears to flow. So, tell us about West Virginia, tell us about your family and tell us all about it.
Happy April, Grinders! March was a busy month with over 20 Startup Grind events hosted around the world, including a panel at SXSW on Why Austin? Is Awesome for Startups.
We are selling out events across multiple cities so please plan ahead and book your tickets now! Get a Global Pass and reserve your VIP seat at all Startup Grind events, including summer socials, holiday parties and the Startup Grind 2014 conference next February.
View our highlight video of Startup Grind 2013 and our latest videos featuring interviews with Steve Blank, George Zachary, Mark Suster (GRP), Dave McClure (500 Startups), Clayton Christensen (HBS), Ann Miura-Ko (Floodgate), Leah Busque (TaskRabbit), Naval Ravikant (AngelList), Patrick Collison (Stripe) and more.
We’d love to see you at one of our upcoming events. Let us know how we can make your startup journey more connected and inspired. We’re listening and want to help.
Easily one of our most eccentric speakers with a lot to say, Ben Parr was editor at Mashable when he spoke at Startup Grind. Watch to learn more about him growing up to be an astronaut, creating the next great company, and contributing to the entrepreneurial world.
I run the Startup Grind Chapter in Melbourne. Before I joined the team I had a couple of Meetup Groups with about 1200 members in total, so I was no stranger to holding and running events. I can’t remember how or why I reached the Startup Grind website, but the day I did was the day my life and reason for holding these events would change forever. I always wanted to help people, help them learn, encourage them to keep going and sometimes when people hear you say that they are skeptical, but that is the truth and perhaps only the people that put the time into growing a community and work hard to promote event after event for the benefit of others can understand that.
Arj has a background in business development and strategy and most recently worked at Vodafone Australia within their sales & distribution strategy team.
In 2009 Arj created his own eponymous fashion brand and presented his collection at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week in 2011. Arj is currently developing a social-commerce platform to disrupt the way fashion is broadcast and sold online.
Arj holds honours degrees in B.Eng (Mechanical) and B.Com (Corporate Finance, Investment Finance) from The University of Western Australia.
Adam Muniz, 27, is the founder and director of renowned Australian e-commerce and media website For Tomorrow. Founded in 2007, For Tomorrow specializes in niche high-end fashion and lifestyle products. In 2010, Adam founded For Tomorrow Creative, which is the digital media and creative arm that provides coverage of fashion weeks around the world as well as providing e-commerce and digital marketing solutions for external clients. The For Tomorrow website is a custom built platform and has a large following in Australia and key fashion centres around the world. Adam splits his time between Sydney, Paris, London and New York, travelling the fashion week circuit, as well as provides mentoring to younger designers. Adam studied a degree in commerce, majoring in marketing at The University of Wollongong.