The Way Forward

Anuj Singh-Sahni

We’re bringing you interviews from inspirational people that have had success and failure around the startup space, publicly listed space, and unique industries. Through their stories, we’re here to help you pave the way forward. read less

How To Build A High-Performing Team (Data-Driven Approach) with Lauren Peate - CEO of Multitudes
Mar 7 2022
How To Build A High-Performing Team (Data-Driven Approach) with Lauren Peate - CEO of Multitudes
Today we’re in conversation with Lauren Peate, the founder and CEO of Mutlitudes, which helps managers and CTOs use data to improve their team's culture and performance.Having worked around the world, Lauren’s experiences abroad fueled her passion for using technology and data for equity and inclusion as we chat about Multitudes. We explore the unique attributes she looks for when building an early-stage high-performing team, and how to scale teams without sacrificing on values. Our conversation takes many interesting turns as we dive into a range of topics, from keeping compensation fair in a rapidly changing market, to blockchain’s impact on data and analytics.Struggling to hire tech talent? We’ve got a long-term solution: https://picwa.io/hireTimestamps:01:30 - Lauren’s experience working around the world, from Nicaragua to Morocco8:51 - Why it’s important to think about ethics when using technology12:10 - Building a high-performance team14:50 - How Lauren takes care of her mental health as a founder16:56 - Attributes for an early-stage high-performance team21:30 - Two important considerations when scaling a high-performance team24:30 - How could you keep compensation fair when the market rates are changing so quickly? 28:08 - Over analysing vs under analysing - how leaders can balance this act30:05 - Where do you draw the line in terms of how long to spend on decisions?31:18 - How people can use data to improve their wellbeing and live more sustainably32:44 - Blockchain - a solution looking for problems35:35 - What Lauren would like to see more of from the tech space - acknowledging the digital divide and having braver conversations about our impact on people
From Working In A Bar To CEO of Starmate, In Conversation With Michael Batko
Feb 28 2022
From Working In A Bar To CEO of Starmate, In Conversation With Michael Batko
Today we’re in conversation with Michael Batko, the CEO of Startmate.After years in finance and consulting in his early days, Michael moved to Australia to work in a bar - and ended up at early-stage startup Mad Paws. We have the pleasure to hear Michael’s career journey in the startup space and the things he’s learnt along the way. If you’re interested in hearing his advice to founders and VCs alike–from the worst way to pivot to how to find a niche as a VC–this episode is for you.Struggling to hire tech talent? We’ve got a long-term solution: https://picwa.io/hireTimestamps:00:00 - Welcome to The Way Forward00:20 - Sponsor shoutout 00:47 - Intro to today’s episode01:02 - Michael’s early days in early-stage startups5:47 - A learning about financial modeling - it’s all about the story6:43 - Hiring for attitude and not skill9:23 - Aligning your career with your life’s mission11:20 - Advice to early-stage founders above the age of 3013:47 - Traction vs product-market fit 15:25 - Disappointments 17:54 - What Michael looks for in startups from an investor perspective20:47 - The worst way to pivot22:38 - How Michael maintains his mental health24:40 - Advice for VCs 26:00 - A common misconception about going into VC28:11 - What VCs bring to the table (and it’s not just capital)31:27 - Signals and anti-signals of great founders33:21 - What Michael would like to see more of from the NZ/AUS startup space
How To Align Your Tech Strategy & Product Goals - Seb Poole (Co-Founder Frankie Health)
Feb 21 2022
How To Align Your Tech Strategy & Product Goals - Seb Poole (Co-Founder Frankie Health)
Today we’re in conversation with Seb Poole, the co-founder of med-tech startup Frankie Health, a Giant in residence for Blackbird and the former CPO/CTO for Hulii. Seb brings a wealth of experience on the operations and tech side of growing tech startups. Lucky for us, he’s sharing them through practical tips and tools and some straightforward advice. If you’re a CTO, engineer or someone interested in starting a tech startup, this episode is for you.Struggling to hire tech talent? We’ve got a long-term solution: https://picwa.io/hireTimestamps:00:00 - Welcome to The Way Forward00:47 - Intro to today’s episode1:30 - Seb’s first foray into the startup space with Grana 2:50 - Mistakes and lessons learnt at Grana 3:42 - How do you differentiate startups at Seed vs Series A?4:38 - What growing from 0 to 20 engineers looks like 6:37 - How smaller teams can replicate a QA process 9:40 - Tidying up multiple stacks and frameworks across teams10:43 - Journey with Frankie Health - Seb’s why, discovering product-market fit13:20 - Indicators of product-market fit14:45 - How do you make your product commercially viable? 17:19 - Using tech to beat traditional business models20:39 - What tech founders should focus on when building an MVP22:50 - Is UI important? 24:28 - How technical founders can do sales25:30  - Seb’s sales messaging advice 26:53  - Where there’s chaos there’s opportunity28:45 - Seb’s advice for taking care of your mental health30:42 - How startups founders can ask for help32:40 - Seb’s hopes for Australia’s startup space