About Alan Jones
A founding investor in Australian tech startup venture funds Pollenizer, Startmate, and Blackbird Ventures, Alan was until recently working on raising a new venture fund, M8 Ventures, with Microsoft Reactor’s Emily Rich, focusing on pre-seed and seed-stage.
Alan has been an active angel investor here and in the US, with investments including Ananas, Bugcrowd, Bugherd, Buzzy, Biteable, Canva, Cardly, Elevio, GeoSnapshot, GiggedIn, HappyCo, HowAboutEat, Macropod, Muru Music, OtherLevels, Propeller Aero, Squirrel Street, TopMe, Tyde, Tzukuri, Workyard, UpGuard, and Upperstory.
Alan mentors startup founders in startup programs for BlueChilli, Catalysr, Collider, CyRise, muru-D, Remarkable, Startmate, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and UTS. He’s on the board of Catalysr, an entrepreneurship program focused on marginalised migrants and refugees. He’s also a regular technology expert panelist for News Tonight on ABC2 and has been a contributor to AFR, The Australian, InnovationAus, SmartCompany, and StartupDaily.
Alan’s service agency for startups, The New Agency, was acquired by BlueChilli in 2012. Previously, he was cofounder of HomeScreen Entertainment and Product Director, South Asia for Yahoo!, Inc.
Alan is currently the third highest-ranked Australian athlete in world hide and seek competition. Disagree with him on Twitter at @bigyahu
"I refer to Alan as the 'founder whisperer'. He has a unique way, as an investor and serial entrepreneur, of helping founders express their story and develop the momentum needed to achieve growth. He has been there and done it and respects invested effort while helping to drive founders to their next level. It is a privilege to work alongside Alan as we deliver lessons to students and founders and I'm fortunate to call him a friend and colleague" Phil Hayes-St Clair, CEO @ Drop Bio
About their skills
Alan works hands-on with the founders of early-stage startups and new product development teams within the enterprise. He coaches high potential individuals on lean startup skills, team dynamics, product management, pricing, sales, brand experience, growth marketing, capital raising, and content. He is particularly known for his pitch-coaching results.
To do this, Alan draws on hands-on experience founding and co-founding web and mobile startups since 1995, as well as experience as a seed-stage investor, and in senior management roles in larger organisations including Yahoo!, News Digital Media and Microsoft.