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Expert: Steve Baxter - Life as a serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor... and shark

Equity Mates Investing Podcast

Steve Baxter is an Australian investor and entrepreneur living in Brisbane. Many people will know him as one of the ‘sharks’ on Channel 10’s Shark Tank, and we’re excited to unpack that. But we are also excited to unpack his life as a serial entrepreneur, investor and mentor. **** Calling all bulls, bears and party animals. The market’s closed and the bar is open. Come and trade ideas at Australia’s biggest investing festival - Equity Mates' FinFest. With expert speakers and guests, DJs and booze, it’s an inspiring and empowering event for investors of any level of experience. Save the date - 15th October, 2022 Sydney - Head to equitymates.com/finfest to register your interest. Equity Mates' FinFest, powered by Stake **** Order Get Started Investing on Booktopia or Amazon now.  If you want to let Alec or Bryce know what you think of an episode, contact them here.  Make sure you don't miss anything about Equity Mates - visit this page if you want to support our work. Have you just started investing? Listen to Get Started Investing – Equity Mates series that breaks down all the fundamentals you need to feel confident to start your journey.Want more Equity Mates? Come to our website and subscribe to Equity Mates Investing Podcast, social media channels, Thought Starters mailing list and more at or check out our Youtube channel.*In the spirit of reconciliation, Equity Mates Media and the hosts of Equity Mates Investing Podcast acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today. ***Equity Mates Investing Podcast is a product of Equity Mates Media. All information in this podcast is for education and entertainment purposes only. Equity Mates gives listeners access to information and educational content provided by a range of financial services professionals. It is not intended as a substitute for professional finance, legal or tax advice. The hosts of Equity Mates Investing Podcast are not financial professionals and are not aware of your personal financial circumstances. Equity Mates Media does not operate under an Australian financial services licence and relies on the exemption available under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) in respect of any information or advice given.Before making any financial decisions you should read the Product Disclosure Statement and, if necessary, consult a licensed financial professional. Do not take financial advice from a podcast or video. For more information head to the disclaimer page on the Equity Mates website where you can find ASIC resources and find a registered financial professional near you. Equity Mates is part of the Acast Creator Network.  Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

39mins

29 Jun 2022

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Steve Baxter - Telling it like it is

Connect to Capital

Steve Baxter says it like it is. He is not shy about being controversial and he is comfortable with the discomfort of disagreement. But as one of Australia’s most visible tech entrepreneurs, active investor and mentor to numerous startups, he has done more than almost anyone in the country to popularise early stage technology investment. He also provides some of the most useful and easy to remember advice to entrepreneurs, like ‘execution is everything’ and ‘don’t treat your business as a cash register’. Steve has been championing Australian startups and entrepreneurs since he founded River City Labs, Brisbane’s well-known co-working hub in 2012.  But many of us are most familiar with Steve as a result of his appearance as a ‘Shark’ on Channel 10’s Shark Tank Australia. These days Steve is energised by TEN13 an investment syndicate platform for sophisticated investors to invest alongside him and the experienced Investments team that supports him. It was a real treat to speak with Steve – and like me I am sure you will not die wondering what he really thinks. Links https://www.stevebaxter.com.au/ https://www.ten13.vc/ River City Labs EmpowerEd EmpowerEd is a 10-week program that is detailed, practical and high touch. Combining online learning, small cohort facilitated sessions, mentorship, networking and personalised support. The program has been specifically designed to decode the world of angel investing and venture capital for women-led startups across Australia and designed in a way that supports you, the founder- every step of the way! Want to know more about the Empowered program? Apply here and don’t forget to use the code Connect to Capital for a 25% scholarship for the August 2022 program. Starting August 9th. TAKE 10MINS TO APPLY NOW:  https://scale-investors.mykajabi.com/empowered

44mins

26 May 2022

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Ep161 – Steve Baxter (Partner – TEN13 VC) on capability, competitors & investing

The Startup Playbook Podcast

The Startup PlaybookConnecting you to the best entrepreneurs, investors and resources from around the world Twitter Facebook YouTube Instagram Ep161 – Steve Baxter (Partner – TEN13 VC) on capability, competitors & investing May 5, 2022 rohitbhargava Podcast My guest for Ep161 of The Startup Playbook Podcast was the Partner at TEN13 VC, Steve Baxter. Steve is best known for his role on TV as a “Shark” on Australia’s Shark Tank, but prior to this he had a highly successful career as an entrepreneur. In this episode we cover his journey and lessons from his early career including him how he left high school at 15 to join the army, launch SE Net as a 24 year old in a highly competitive environment before selling the company to OzEmail in the year 2000 and much more! We also dive deep into Steve’s main role as a Partner at TEN13 VC and discuss his investment approach and philosophy and the process behind it! Timestamps  3:28: An introduction to Steve’s background as an entrepreneur6:26: how his time in the army shaped how he invests/builds businesses9:34: launching SE Net in 1994 in an extremely competitive environment17:45: How Steve kept internal morale high as well funded competitors kept launching in market19:15: Why Steve decided to sell SE Net in 200021:47 A look at the 18 month process from when Steve decided to sell the company to the acquisition taking place27:06 What made Steve take a cash deal rather than stock options (as was most common at the time)29:23: What can early stage founders do to demonstrate their capabilities to investors32:03: How Ten13’s “aligned investment syndicate” structure works 38:08: What does the invstment/due diligence process look like for Ten13. Ten13’s investment pipeline42:30: What stood out to Steve in founders of Clipchamp, Go1 and Carted that led to investments from Ten1346:12: When should founders reach out to investors52:03: Why Steve started River City Labs53:42: Importance of startup catalyst program and exposure to the environment and culture in SF59:31 Audience Q&A: Does Steve make exception in his investment thesis for outliers1:00:35: Audience Q&A: Has Steve invested in crypto?1:03:42: Audience Q&A: Is the meta verse built purely on hype? Our partners A big thank you to Pauline Fetaui and the team at RCL for hosting our event as well as our podcast partners for this episode. Lawpath Lawpath’s Legal Advice Plan gives you access to lawyers on demand for one low monthly fee. Create legal documents, sign online and have a lawyer on-call to help you through any legal need for a fraction of the cost.  Lawpath has helped Australian businesses save over $100 million in legal fees, and are offering Startup Playbook listeners up to 20% off their most popular legal plans. Visit lawpath.com/playbook for your exclusive discount and discover an easier way to get your legals sorted. Scendar  We’re Scendar, an accounting and advisory practice better described as Finance as a Service (FaaS). We’re focused on founders, funders and startups. Clients that are ever-changing and adapting. We like fast movers. And as you might have guessed, we’re not your basic accountancy. We can take care of tax and the books whilst building a syndicate fund and a multimilliondollar exit strategy.  At Scendar, we’re empowered by our client’s potential. Find out more at Scendar.com Dovetail Studios  Dovetail Studios operates a venture studio and VC to transform ambitious ideas into unstoppable businesses. On top of being a renowned product development partner for startups like Afterpay, they also operate a VC fund to invest in early-stage companies that go through their venture studio program. So if you’re a non-technical, early-stage founder looking for a talented team to help supercharge your success, check out dovetailstudios.com Links Mentioned  Steve’s Links  TEN13 VC LinkedInTEN 13 VC WebsiteSteve Baxter (Twitter) People Mentioned  Phil BrittStew GlynnHolly CardewPauline FetauiPeta EllisColin KinnerPeter LaurieAaron Birkby Companies Mentioned  SE NetPipe NetworksFishburnersTank stream labsOzEmailAussie BroadbandClipchampGo1PixcCartedRiver City Labs Previous Episodes Mentioned  Ep128 – Holly Cardew on TikTok, vision and channel partnerships Feedback/connect/say hello: Rohit@startupplaybook.co@RohitBhargava7 (Twitter)/rohbhargava (LinkedIn)@rohit_bhargava (Instagram)My Youtube Channel Credits: Music: Paycheck Other channels: Don’t have iTunes? The podcast is also available on Spotify, Soundcloud & Stitcher Audio Player. Find all links to the podcast here. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/startupplaybook/Ep161_-_Steve_Baxter_Partner_-_TEN13_VC_on_capability_competitors__investing.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed" onclick="javascript: this.select();" onfocus="javascript: this.select();" style="width: 70%;" readOnly>Subscribe: RSS admin January 1, 2014 Reply Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat admin January 1, 2014 Reply Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. 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1hr 8mins

5 May 2022

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SME TV presents The Brew Podcast - Episode #3 Steve Baxter - Shark Tank

SME Podcasts

SME TV presents The Brew   Don’t forget to #Subscribe 🅾 to 📺 #SMETV https://www.youtube.com/c/SMETVPodcasts to get great SME content on demand❗   In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up SE Net which was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.   In 2001, Steve teamed up with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks, a provider of wholesale telecoms infrastructure that was listed on the ASX in 2005. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million.  Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.   These days Steve holds a highly acclaimed seat on Channel 10’s start-up investment show, Shark Tank Australia, as he continues to scour the globe for major early-stage investment opportunities.   A huge thank you to the SME Association of Australia for making SMETV & Podcasts channel possible.    To reach us with any content ideas for your business community you can email us news@smea.org.au and we are on all the socials too.  Thank You

28mins

9 Apr 2022

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Steve Baxter on what the Australian Government could be doing to help the startup ecosystem - The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem

Welcome to Day One

In 1994, before the terms "startup" or "bootstrapping" were in common use, Steve Baxter started a successful internet service provider, SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home. Since then, Steve's wide ranging career has led him to play many roles as part of the Australian Startup Ecosystem, including playing key roles in the founding of River City Labs, Right Pedal Studios and StartupAUS, as well as featuring on the TV show Shark Tank. In his conversation with Adam, Steve touches on many of these, as well as discussing his ideas on what the Australian Government could be doing to be encouraging growth in the Startup ecosystem.

43mins

25 Jan 2022

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Steve Baxter on what the Australian Government could be doing to help the startup ecosystem

The History of the Australian Startup Ecosystem

In 1994, before the terms "startup" or "bootstrapping" were in common use, Steve Baxter started a successful internet service provider, SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home. Since then, Steve's wide ranging career has led him to play many roles as part of the Australian Startup Ecosystem, including playing key roles in the founding of River City Labs, Right Pedal Studios and StartupAUS, as well as featuring on the TV show Shark Tank. In his conversation with Adam, Steve touches on many of these, as well as discussing his ideas on what the Australian Government could be doing to be encouraging growth in the Startup ecosystem.This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podsights - https://podsights.com/privacy

43mins

25 Jan 2022

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191. Part 2: Steve Baxter on investing in startups

Property Hub - Investment Insights & Inspiration

We’re taking the journey into the brave new world of startups and startup investing, continuing the conversation with successful startup founder, tech startup investor and Shark Tank star Steve Baxter. Last week we delved into the entrepreneurial world as we followed Steve’s own journey to startup success and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.  This week we take this to the next level to consider what makes a successful startup and how you can go about evaluating and investing in them. According to recent research, the failure rate for a venture fund portfolio is 40% to 50% in a given year, and 90% of all companies invested in will not make it beyond the 10 year mark. So the notion that only one in 10 venture capital investments will succeed is industry expectation. But the 10% of companies that do make it big can return many thousands of percent to investors. Understandably, typical venture deals are structured over 10 years until exit. The ideal exit strategy is for the company to go public via an initial public offering (IPO), which can generate the out-sized returns expected from taking on such risk. Other exit strategies that are less desirable include being acquired by another company or remaining as a private, profitable venture. So as an investment class, startups are an area of big risks with the slim probability of big rewards. So how can investors be successful at the startup game? This is where Steve Baxter comes in. As you already know if you listened to last episode’s part 1 chat, Steve became a celebrity startup investor as a Shark on the popular TV Show Shark Tank following his personal startup founder success with PIPE Networks, which was acquired for a whopping $373 million. Steve now runs TEN13, an investment syndicate platform for sophisticated investors to invest alongside him and the experienced Transition Level Investments team. Unlike many venture capitalists, Steve puts his own cash on the dash to the tune of an average of 15% to 20% of every seed deal. Enjoy startup investing insights from one of the best in the business. Steve's book recommendation: Ruins Of The Earth by Hopper and Chaney TEN13: So If you’re a sophisticated investor looking to diversify your portfolio and invest in top calibre technology companies, reach out to Steve and his high calibre TEN13 investment team who undertake exhaustive due diligence before they invest. Get ‘Self, Health and Wealth’ wisdom in your inbox: Join me and many other like minded investors in our Get Invested community right now.  I send a free and exclusive monthly email full of practical ‘Self, Health and Wealth’ wisdom that our current Freedom Fighter subscribers can’t wait to get each month. It’s full of investment and lifestyle tips, my personal book recommendations, apps I use to enhance life and so much more. Just visit bushymartin.com.au and sign up at the bottom of the page … because this is just the beginning! Get Invested is the leading weekly podcast for Australians who want to learn how to unlock their full ‘self, health and wealth’ potential. Hosted by Bushy Martin, an award winning property investor, founder, author and media commentator who is recognised as one of Australia’s most trusted experts in property, investment and lifestyle, Get Invested reveals the secrets of the high performers who invest for success in every aspect of their lives and the world around them. Remember to subscribe on your favourite podcast player, and if you're enjoying the show please leave us a review. Find out more about Get Invested here https://bushymartin.com.au/get-invested-podcast/ Want to connect with Bushy? Get in touch here https://bushymartin.com.au/contact/ This show is produced by Apiro Media - http://apiropodcasts.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 18mins

30 Oct 2021

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190. Part 1: Steve Baxter on seeing what others don't

Property Hub - Investment Insights & Inspiration

What separates the best entrepreneurs from the rest? Top investor, founder and ‘Shark’ Steve Baxter knows better than anyone. Steve is one of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs who gives back as an investor and mentor, while also starring on Channel 10’s very popular Shark Tank Australia. In this episode we’ll look at what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur alongside Steve’s own journey, while next episode we delve into what makes a successful start up business and how you go about evaluating and investing in them. Steve is the living epitome of the old saying that ‘Today I’ll invest in what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t!’ In 1994, at the age of just 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first startup, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home, as you’ll hear in detail during our chat. And it was around that time that I had the pleasure of first meeting Steve, as his business partner was a mutual and longtime friend of mine Chris Foote. Growing rapidly to service more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually sold and acquired by Ozemail under the stewardship of its Founding Director and past Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. In 2001, Steve then teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second startup, PIPE Networks, a provider of wholesale telecom infrastructure that was listed on the ASX in 2005. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for the princely sum of just $373 million – a truly hard fought and lifechanging moment. Steve then spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America. Since 2010 he has become an early stage investor in startups through his investment company, Transition Level Investments. This led to the founding of Brisbane tech startup hub River City Labs and the creation of Startup Catalyst and RiverPitch programs, and he’s been championing Australian startups and entrepreneurs ever since.  He’s also been on the listed boards of Vocus Telecoms, Indoor Skydive Australia Group and Other Levels as well as being on the board of Commercialisation Australia. Steve’s also been heavily involved in the early days of founding numerous industry groups and forums such as the South Australian Internet Association, South Australian Internet Exchange, Australian Domain Name Authority, and more. Steve now runs TEN13, an investment syndicate platform for sophisticated investors to invest alongside him and the experienced Transition Level Investments team, as unlike many venture capitalists, Steve puts his own cash on the dash to the tune of an average of 15% to 20% of every seed deal. TEN13 understands that to get great returns you need to invest in global companies, so they’ve built a global portfolio across five continents with a value of over $2 billion in its first 18 months. So If you’re a sophisticated investor looking to diversify your portfolio and invest in top calibre technology companies, reach out to Steve and his high calibre TEN13 investment team who undertake exhaustive due diligence before they invest. Get ‘Self, Health and Wealth’ wisdom in your inbox: Join me and many other like minded investors in our Get Invested community right now.  I send a free and exclusive monthly email full of practical ‘Self, Health and Wealth’ wisdom that our current Freedom Fighter subscribers can’t wait to get each month. It’s full of investment and lifestyle tips, my personal book recommendations, apps I use to enhance life and so much more. Just visit bushymartin.com.au and sign up at the bottom of the page … because this is just the beginning! Get Invested is the leading weekly podcast for Australians who want to learn how to unlock their full ‘self, health and wealth’ potential. Hosted by Bushy Martin, an award winning property investor, founder, author and media commentator who is recognised as one of Australia’s most trusted experts in property, investment and lifestyle, Get Invested reveals the secrets of the high performers who invest for success in every aspect of their lives and the world around them. Remember to subscribe on your favourite podcast player, and if you're enjoying the show please leave us a review. Find out more about Get Invested here https://bushymartin.com.au/get-invested-podcast/ Want to connect with Bushy? Get in touch here https://bushymartin.com.au/contact/ This show is produced by Apiro Media - http://apiropodcasts.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 24mins

22 Oct 2021

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Steve Baxter - Entrepreneurship - Tech Investing - The Future of Transport

MindTribe

In this episode, Ben has a fireside chat with tech entrepreneur, investor & Channel 10's Shark on Shark Tank Steve Baxter. Steve Baxter is, without doubt, one of Australia's leading thought leaders on tech investing, venture capital & entrepreneurship. Over the years he has built and scaled 2 successful businesses (SENet and PIPE Networks 'ASX:PWK') and has invested in over 40 companies through his family office, Transition Level Investments.Steve has been on the board of Clipchamp & Go1, some of Australia's most exciting scale-up companies, and has previously been the Chief Entrepreneur of Queensland.Topics covered: Entrepreneurship  - Flying cars and the future of transport - tech investing - venture capital - what to look for in a founder and team.For show notes and past guests please visit: mindtribe.io/podcastSign up for the MindTribe email newsletter join.mindtribe.io

1hr 31mins

28 Sep 2021

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The Brew - Guest Steve Baxter from Shark Tank

SME Podcasts

The tech start-up investor is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands.  He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became a technician working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems. The tech start-up investor is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands. He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became a technician working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems. In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up SE Net which was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. In 2001, Steve teamed up with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks, a provider of wholesale telecoms infrastructure that was listed on the ASX in 2005. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million. Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America. These days Steve holds a highly acclaimed seat on Channel 10’s start-up investment show, Shark Tank Australia, as he continues to scour the globe for major early-stage investment opportunities.

28mins

14 Jul 2021

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