BookGrant: "This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl" by Paul Brannigan
Wendell: "Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It" by Christopher Voss
Andrea: "Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James
PodcastGrant: BUILD Podcast
Andrea: Desert Island Discs
Wendell: The Ringer NBA Show
News SourceAndrea: The Skimm
AppTandem: tool for remote teams
Notion: note-taking and collaboration application
Favourite Tech CEO / FounderGrant: Jack Ma
Andrea: Coco Chanel
Wendell: Satya Nadella
If you could do a TedTalk on anything what would it be on?Andrea: Once a night owl, never a morning person
Grant: Parents at kid sport
Wendell: Pre-testing scenarios and the concept of "pre-mortems"
This week on Ep72 of #OTPBD, we’re diving deep into seed investing with the founding team of Tidal Ventures. Founded by Grant McCarthy, Andrea Kowalski, and Wendell Keuneman, Tidal Ventures is a new institutional seed-focused VC firm hitting the Australian market, aiming to fill the void between Angel and Series A funding. The team has incredible collective experience working and investing in tech, with resume highlights of the founders including Yahoo, Bailador Capital, and Atlassian. Grant, Andrea, and Wendell use their respective commercial, investment, and product expertise to take the companies they invest in on the journey from seed to Series A funding.
This impressive trio share key insights about seed phase investments, as well as how they evaluate investment opportunities, and what they look for in a founder. Furthermore, the co-founders divulged their own team dynamics, preparing businesses for international expansion, differences between the Australian and American VC markets, and the venture platform they’re building to deliver value-adding services to founders.