Starfish Ventures


Why this venture capitalist likes startup teams with a rock star attitude

12:11PM | Thursday, 3 December 2015 |  Just like Queen or The Beatles, says Starfish Ventures co-founder, great startups question themselves over big decisions.

Stock market turmoil ‘an opportunity’ for startups

8:17AM | Thursday, 27 August 2015 |  Australian investors say this week’s global stock market volatility can be seen as an opportunity for local startups as attention turns away from commodities.

Investor options falling short for Aussie startups looking for mid-level investment

6:49PM | Friday, 26 June 2015 |  Plenty of great Australian startups are desperate for $2-10 million in funding, but they’re underserved by investors, Starfish Ventures investment principal John Dyson says.

Trading places: Investors pitch to entrepreneurs at reverse pitch event

1:04PM | Monday, 13 January 2014 |  A Melbourne club for entrepreneurs is hosting its first “reverse pitching” night, where six start-up investors will pitch to a room of entrepreneurs.

Election policy wishlist from Australia’s start-up sector

8:38PM | Friday, 16 August 2013 |  This election campaign, both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott will make promises across a range of policy areas – some they might even keep. Here are the key issues that matter to Australia’s start-up community.

Why you can’t afford to sit on your start-up idea

4:25PM | Friday, 19 April 2013 |  Alec Lynch pondered his design crowdsourcing idea for a year, in which time a rival started and secured $3 million in funding. Lynch explains how he learned that start-ups have a need for speed.

Start-ups often underestimate fundraising process: Starfish Ventures boss

11:30PM | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 |  Start-ups often underestimate the time required to raise capital, says the co-founder of Starfish Ventures, following a $2 million investment in an email and web communication company.

Starfish Ventures takes out title at 2012 AVCAL Awards

9:13PM | Friday, 21 September 2012 |  Starfish Ventures won Best Early Stage Award at the 2012 Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Awards, recognised for its work with software company Quickcomm.

Starfish Ventures ploughs $2 million into Aussie gaming start-up Scalify

5:00AM | Monday, 7 May 2012 |  Melbourne-based gaming start-up Scalify is set to rapidly ramp up its growth after receiving a $2 million investment from Starfish Ventures.

StyleTread snags Starfish Ventures in $12 million funding round

3:18PM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 |  Sydney-based online shoe store StyleTread has raised $12 million in a Series C funding round, with Starfish Ventures joining the likes of Lakestar and Nine Entertainment Co as an investor.