Niki Scevak

Partner Blackbird Ventures, Co-founder Startmate

This week on Sanity Check we are joined by the incredible Niki Scevak, partner and co-founder of Blackbird Ventures, a venture fund that exists to supercharge Australia’s and New Zealand’s most ambitious founders. He is also the co-founder of Startmate, a founder community helping the next generation succeed.Our chat with Niki was so insightful that we didn’t want to leave any of it on the cutting room floor. So we have decided to split this interview into two episodes.

In part 1, you’ll hear about Niki’s journey co-founding both Blackbird Ventures and Startmate and the lessons he learnt along the way. He also shares his philosophy on building community relationships, tangible advice for working smarter not harder, as well as his thesis on investing and making quality decisions.

In part 2, Niki and David discuss the evolution of the startup ecosystem in both Australia and the US and the implications of staying local versus expanding overseas. Niki talks about his love of numbers in the sense of seeking the truth about our reality and gives his thoughts on each of David’s 5 pillars for building a company that reaches $100m in revenue. To wrap it up, Niki shares his secrets on building successful startup communities.