Rick Baker, co-founder at Blackbird Ventures, is passionate about investing in and championing ambitious tech startups. Working with Blackbird since 2012, his company is built around a group of Australia’s most successful tech founders and has built an impressive portfolio including; Canva, Zoox, RedBubble, CultureAmp and Sunfed.

Prior to creating Blackbird’s empire, Rick was busy running the venture portfolio at MLC where he invested half a billion dollars into venture capital. He also cofounded two software companies, spent some time in the UK and in Silicon Valley, but is now happily back in Sydney as Australia’s startup ecosystem truly gathers momentum.