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Australian Startup Series Interviews

Welcome to Day One Founder Interviews

Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick on ways to support Australians to begin their startup journey Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s initiative to accelerate startups and create new jobs in Victoria. Before taking this position, Kate worked in a variety of...

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak

Niki Scevak is optimistic about Australia's future Niki Scevak has a long and diverse background in the Australian startup ecosystem. From his entrepreneurial beginnings co-founding two software companies, Niki would go on to co-found Blackbird, a venture capital firm...

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie on the evolution of the startup ecosystem from a unique vantage point As CEO of Freelance Limited, Matt Barrie overseas the management of both freelancer.com, a service through which 54 million freelancers offer every type of service you can possibly...

Cheryl Mack

Cheryl Mack

Cheryl Mack on building communities and her passion for supporting founders Cheryl Mack is passionate about supporting founders and has done so in a variety of roles over the years: as a mentor for programs including Startmate and Founder Institute, as CEO of...

Andrea Gardiner

Andrea Gardiner

Andrea Gardiner says disruptive, scalable tech startups are critical Andrea Gardiner is the founder of Jelix, an investment firm which focuses on early stage technology startups in Australia and New Zealand. In her conversation with Adam, she shares her conviction...

Damien Mahoney from Stackla

Damien Mahoney from Stackla

Hi, and welcome to day one, the podcast for regional startups and the organisations that support Australian entrepreneurship. Welcome to day one is brought to you by the city of Newcastle and Newihub. Newihub is a growing and vibrant community of Newcastle’s startups & founders. It’s a central hub where you can learn about what’s going on in our ecosystem, with events, available jobs and other resources. I’ll tell you more about Newihub later in the episode, but for now, let’s jump into the story of Damien Mahoney.

Today, Stackla is a global company with dozens of employees and offices in the US and UK. Many of their clients are household names: Macdonalds, Nintendo, Toyota, and Sony just to name a few. But the growth of the company has not always been smooth sailing, and in recent years they’ve weathered two major storms: the pandemic, which all but wiped out many of their key clients, and a legal battle with Facebook which required Damien to make an incredibly difficult decision to keep the company afloat.

But before we hear about how Stackla has been able to emerge from multiple catastrophes, first we need to go back to day one, and hear the story of how a part-time job in radio that was too good to pass up would ultimately lead Damien to become the CEO of a global technology startup.

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