Baraja co-founder and CEO, Federico Collarte, provides advice for founders in the scaling process.

1. Only import talent as a last resort.

Collarte cites his experience…


Sharing the latest book recommendations from our recent podcast guests on Open the Pod Bay Doors.

1. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Recommended by Federico Collarte (Baraja) — Epsiode 117


Stuart Snyder shares how being raised in Silicon Valley set him on the path to entrepreneurship and angel investing, his passion for backing South Australian startups, and advice for prospective angels.

About Stuart

Stuart Snyder, was a co-founder, director, and CFO of YourAmigo Ltd which was the SA exporter of the year in 2008. YourAmigo was a technology leader in the search marketing space with installations on websites in over 30 different countries including many of the world’s top 100 eCommerce companies.


Jaime Bott, Talent Partner at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, discusses common mistakes founders make during the hiring process and how to avoid these pitfalls.

About Jaime

Jaime Bott is a talent partner at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, where she has been for 10 years. An industry veteran and consummate talent professional, Jaime runs the talent function at Sequoia Capital. Jaime has worked with hundreds of founders over the years, seeing several companies through from infancy to global status and cultivating a deep understanding of how to build and grow entrepreneurial teams.


Adam is an active impact investor who has built a diverse portfolio of investments that align profit with purpose. Learn more about his background and approach to investing.

About Adam

Adam Milgrom is a partner at Giant Leap Fund, Australia’s first venture capital fund that is 100% dedicated to investing in impact startups. Alongside his role at the Giant Leap Fund, Adam is also an angel investor, advisor and director for a number of Australian and international startups.


Leaders of six fast-growing tech companies share the unexpected questions they like to ask when interviewing candidates.


Nicky Carp, health tech business leader, disability advocate and experienced angel investor, shares her investing journey and advice for prospective angels.

About Nicky

Nicky Carp is an accomplished, passionate business leader with 20 years’ experience as Co-founder and Executive Director of Unified Healthcare Group (UHG), a health tech company that was acquired in 2019. With over 200 staff, UHG transacted over 150,000 cases per year and had over 50,000 healthcare providers on its platform. Nicky provided legal, financial and strategic input, chaired the Governance Committee (2015–19), led M&A transactions at UHG and headed up the successful certification of UHG as a B Corporation.


Mindfulness expert Dr. Elise Bialylew explains how the practice of mindfulness can help startup founders manage stress, maintain wellbeing and become better leaders.

Dr. Elise Bialylew is passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing.

About Elise

Dr. Elise Bialylew is a coach, meditation teacher, and social entrepreneur who trained as a doctor and psychiatrist. She is the founder of the world’s largest online mindfulness campaign Mindful in May, and author of #1 best-selling book The Happiness Plan, a one-month guidebook to mindfulness.


A concise guide to the renewables-focused accelerators, incubators, grants, and investors in the Australian startup ecosystem.


Amanda Coombs, experienced financial markets and banking leader and active angel investor, shares how and why she started angel investing and her advice for prospective angels.

About Amanda

Amanda has 20 years of experience managing businesses in Financial Markets and Private Banking. She has held senior roles at Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, and ANZ. Now, Amanda leverages her extensive experience as Executive Director to One Alpha Technologies, Advisor to the CEO of Patterson Cheney Group, and Chair of two Not For Profit boards.

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