Who are these people?

You need some idea of who you're getting mixed up with.

Building a startup on your own is like swimming through the trenches of the deepest ocean. Dark, lonely, and near impossible.

That’s where Pitchblak comes in. *cue heavenly angels singing*

Think of us as your personal submarine, with radar navigation and radio communication, navigated by an experienced team who guide you through the cold blackness, under the pressure of 1000 atmospheres. Scary, huh?

Not with us. Before we started Pitchblak, we succeeded and failed with a bunch of our own startups. We could have totally avoided our failures if we had the right knowledge at the start — or if we simply disappeared in a deep-ocean submarine.

Once we discovered what it took to build a successful startup, we knew we had to help others do the same. Now, people with great ideas can startup right, without making the same mistakes we did early on.

Our mission:
to help you get it right the first time.

FAILING SUCKS!

Entrepreneurs fail, on average, four times before finally making it. We think this is crazy. The main reason startups fail is they make huge (and completely avoidable) mistakes.

If you learn about those mistakes before you have to make them, you can succeed with your first startup.

The team in your submarine.

Adrian Osman
Co-Founder & CEO

Likes: Pondering if he likes Phó or Ramen more, listening to loud live music, helping people to help themselves, making 80s pop tunes, day drinking.

Dislikes: Negativity, when people put the toilet roll the wrong way round, liquorice, house parties when he knows less than 80% of the attendees, the feeling of dry sand on his feet.

Kimberly Teo
Co-Founder & Ventures

Likes: The first sip of everyone else’s beer, dancing until her calves are sore, curious people who just get shit done, podcasts, lots and lots of hugs.

Dislikes: Instagram's pretentiousness, mushy food (mashed potato, peas, overripe bananas), ungratefulness, burnt soy milk in her coffee, pity parties (get over it).

Anaïs Lesage
Creative Director

Likes: Salty butter caramel, collecting books, bargain hunting, fresh bed sheets, beer, staring at strangers on public transport, dressing up, sewing, crazy dance-offs, puppies, protecting the environment.

Dislikes: Washing cutlery, fish sauce, humidity, creepy crawlies, eating noises, running.

Robert Nanic
Head of Growth

Likes: Pretending to be a pro at the pool table, nerding out on sci-fi, 3-on-3 basketball, a cold pint of Stone & Wood, Adventure Time, Little Lamb Hot Pot buffet.

Dislikes: Public toilets, 80% humidity, Reality TV.

Haley Johnson
Head of Operations

Likes: Making ginormous smoothie bowls, dancing like a weirdo, squats and burpees, open-minded people, self-improvement in the form of books and podcasts, laughing until her stomach hurts.

Dislikes: Adrenaline pumping activities like bungee jumping or rope swings, people who say they're bad with names, routine disruption, arts and crafts.

Leon Ng
Tech Nerd

Likes: Ultimate frisbee, racket sports, coffee, stone & wood, code, inefficient markets.

Dislikes: Inefficient markets, writing blurbs about myself.

Alexandra Loftus
Visual Designer

Likes: Having a cold IPA in one hand and a hot bowl of ramen in the other, Tim & Eric, being as busy as possible, mowing the lawn, finding an excuse to eat out for every meal.

Dislikes: Low flying birds, the taste of any fish ever, the self awareness wearing colours brings, click bait.

We're always available to have a chinwag.

Let's talk about success, baby.

Pitchblak has four founding partners. Between us, we've had some big wins in business, particularly in the software space. Here are a few of our strongest success stories to date:

In 2009, our board advisor Paul started Weblinc, a Salesforce consulting partner with an exit to Cloud Sherpas in December 2011. Post-exit Paul helped to grow Cloud Sherpas to over 1100 staff globally and took it through to the largest acquisition Accenture has ever made globally (over $410M USD).

Our founders started RMA, a social influencer agency connecting brands and micro celebrities, in late 2014. In the first year alone we turned over $850K in advertising revenue. RMA now trades across Australia and the UK with some of the leading talent in the world, servicing clients like Nintendo, Ray Bans, H&M and Topman.

Our board advisor Paul co-founded Skedulo, a software product business disrupting mobile workforce management and field services. Skedulo recently secured Series A funding in the USA (over $9M USD) and is on a high growth curve with a current valuation of $40M.

In early 2016 our founders started Kwickie, a video platform allowing fans to ask their favourite celebrities a question. The world-class technology records the reaction, and merges the two videos into one so it looks like a single, real-time video. Kwickie has raised over $12M in funding so far, with over 50 staff around the world and a partnership with Microsoft.

Cloud Sherpas

In 2009, our board advisor Paul started Weblinc, a Salesforce consulting partner with an exit to Cloud Sherpas in December 2011. Post-exit Paul helped to grow Cloud Sherpas to over 1100 staff globally and took it through to the largest acquisition Accenture has ever made globally (over $410M USD).

Role Model Agency

Our founders started RMA, a social influencer agency connecting brands and micro celebrities, in late 2014. In the first year alone we turned over $850K in advertising revenue. RMA now trades across Australia and the UK with some of the leading talent in the world, servicing clients like Nintendo, Ray Bans, H&M and Topman.

Skedulo

Our board advisor Paul co-founded Skedulo, a software product business disrupting mobile workforce management and field services. Skedulo recently secured Series A funding in the USA (over $9M USD) and is on a high growth curve with a current valuation of $40M.

Kwickie

In early 2016 our founders started Kwickie, a video platform allowing fans to ask their favourite celebrities a question. The world-class technology records the reaction, and merges the two videos into one so it looks like a single, real-time video. Kwickie has raised over $12M in funding so far, with over 50 staff around the world and a partnership with Microsoft.

What we stand for, and what we can't stand.

Our beliefs.

The team always comes first.

You CAN get it right the first time.

The scoreboard (bank account) takes care of itself when you focus on adding value to others.

You can choose to be positive all the time — it creates constant happiness.

Our work is our play.

Work smarter AND harder.

You can manifest whatever you need at just the right time.

Sprint every day, but realise startups are a marathon.

Practice what you preach.

World domination (WD) never sleeps.