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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Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index with Andrew Shirley

Combined with its New York-based affiliate, London-founded Knight Frank is one of the world’s largest global residential and commercial property consultancies.

Andrew Shirley is a senior member of their International Residential Research team and Head of Rural Research – which provides insight into farmland values and agricultural trends.

He’s also the editor of The Wealth Report – the firm’s annual thought-leadership publication for its Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) clients and their advisors.


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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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Meat Meeting with Alex Shirazi

Alex Shirazi is a co-founder of the Cultured Meat Symposium – a Silicon Valley-based conference on lab-grown or cultured meat – he’s the Founder of Phlint, a retail analytics firm and he’s also a really nice guy.  

We first met online, in the lead-up to Global Table – where he chaired a panel on the Future of Meat. Coincidentally, one of those panelists is also coming up on an episode ahead… 

After the conversation you’re about to hear at the WeWork office in Melbourne’s CBD, Alex and I continued our discussion into the early hours of the morning – prompted by the n’th round at the The Black Pearl, to wrap up. 

If you like this episode, Alex has his own podcast called Cultured Meat and Future Food, about cellular agriculture technology.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.


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