Blackbird Ventures and The Future of Food with Samantha Wong

Samantha Wong is a partner at Blackbird Ventures, a technology venture capital fund with $1B in funds under management. Blackbird was an early investor in Australia’s startup successes: Canva, Zoox and CultureAmp.

More recently, the fund invested in Fable Food Co. – Founder, Michael Fox, was on the show back at Episode 106.

Prior to joining Blackbird, Sam was a startup founder, product manager with multinational e-commerce startup, SurfStitch.com and a corporate lawyer with Minter Ellison.


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Animal Feed and ProAgni with Lachlan Campbell

Lachlan Campbell, the Co-Founder and CEO of ProAgni – an antibiotic-free animal feed supplement company – opens conversation on the economics of animal food and what he’s doing to make a difference in the industry.

Lachlan grew up on the family sheep farm in Australia and has decades of experience in livestock production and farm management – as a specialist consultant, advising hundreds of family farming businesses on planning and long-term sustainability.


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Ovolo Hotels with Girish Jhunjhnuwala

Girish Jhunjhnuwala is the founder of Ovolo Hotels – an international hotel group with eleven designer properties across Australia, Hong Kong, and soon, Bali.

Drawing on insights gained in the watch business, prior to Ovolo and as a regular hotel guest, Girish has steered away from the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ approach (with each property having its own story, design, and touch) and demonstrates his desire for a seamless and all-inclusive experience across key customer touch points.


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Irrigation and SWAN Systems with Tim Hyde

Tim Hyde is the CEO and Co-Founder of SWAN Systems, a Perth based AgTech company that enables irrigators to optimise their water and nutrient applications to improve yields, reduce costs and conserve resources. 

With extensive experience across major horticultural and agricultural groups, as a grower and consultant, Tim has gained a deep knowledge of the issues that irrigators face on a daily basis and now, through SWAN Systems, heads a team of irrigation experts throughout Australia, to fulfill their vision of becoming ‘the global industry leader in irrigation and nutrient management software’.


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Broadsheet, Food Culture and Publishing with Nick Shelton

Nick Shelton has built one of the hospitality industry’s most powerful consumer publications.

By focusing on quality, Broadsheet has become a name that foodies turn to – a city guide covering fashion, food, art and entertainment.

In the changing face of publishing, Nick has managed to stay agile and adapt over the business’ ten year history, to find an audience of almost 3 million people a month and partner with Mini and Disney.


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Capi, Capital and Sustainable Business with Pitzy Folk

With over 40 years of hospitality under his belt, Pitzy Folk has steered the ship of many successful businesses. 

As co-founder of Australian beverage brand, CAPI, Pitzy has built a career for himself and now invests in a number of cosmetic, fashion and tech companies – including Yume.

Food and drink obsessed, creative-minded and heavily invested in sustainability, Pitzy’s infectious spirit of generosity and fearlessness really shines through.


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Unilever Food Solutions with Yezdi Daruwalla

Unilever Food Solutions is one of the world’s leading food service manufacturers and suppliers, operating in more than 75 countries with market leading brands including Hellmann’s, Continental, Streets, Lipton, T2 and Ben & Jerry’s.

Managing Director, Yezdi Daruwalla oversees the Australian and New Zealand operations of the company and has been with the business for 29 years. He’s a trained chef and has worked with hospitality groups in India, Switzerland, Australia and Ireland.


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Fighting Food Waste with Katy Barfield

Katy Barfield has dedicated the past 12 years to fighting food waste. As the founding CEO of SecondBite, she led the organisation to redistribute over two million kilograms per year, until leaving in 2012.

Now, through her award-winning social enterprise and Australia’s first online food surplus marketplace – Yume – Katy works with market leaders like Kellogg’s, Sodexo, Unilever and Mondelez to redistribute surplus food.


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Artistic Expression Through Food with Joe Grbac

Working with industry greats like Gordon Ramsay, Philip Howard, George Calombaris and Scott Pickett, Joe Grbac has seen kitchens across Melbourne and London, heading some and stepping back to learn in others. In late-2017, he embarked on a solo adventure with Saxe – where the interview takes place today.

From watching his Mum roll gnocchi on Sundays to ultimately developing a unique flavour and style of cooking, Joe has seen the culinary world from many perspectives and it’s a pleasure to share our creative discussion together.


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Insects, Waste and Food Systems with James Sackl

After the acquisition of his online business directory, James Sackl founded Karma3, a bio-tech company transforming agriculture by facilitating the nutrient-rich recycling of waste, using insects.

On the 16th of October 2019, I interviewed James and on the 18th of November, a Sydney Morning Herald article came out that may compromise his integrity.

Instead of allowing this to overshadow our conversation, please choose to focus on the incredible work of the company and business insights.


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