John is in town to meet with great companies, get to know the local startup community, and share his insights on investment trends.
John is a Partner at AirTree and has led the firm's investments in Joyous
(a conversation-based app to help break HR tasks into snackable daily interactions), Hyper Anna
(natural language queries into your data), and Thematic
(NLP insights from customer feedback), amongst others.
He was previously the COO of VC-backed Summly, an NLP-powered news summarisation service that was acquired by Yahoo. Immediately prior to AirTree he was a founding Principal at White Star Capital in London where he backed successful companies including Dollar Shave Club, Betaworks, Aire and KeyMe. John also founded London.AI, the leading community in Europe for AI practitioners, and has held senior roles at Facebook and Boston Consulting Group.
Airtree Ventures is one of the largest venture capital funds in Australia that invests in world-class entrepreneurs building the exceptional companies of tomorrow. Over the past two decades, Airtree has partnered with 40+ companies including market leaders such as Canva, Prospa, 90Seconds, Paxata, and Hyper Anna. AirTree's investments have traditionally clustered around machine learning, energy, fintech cyber and enterprise software, but are seeing more and more founders going after problems in areas such as education and healthcare. The team loves to partner with entrepreneurs early and write the first cheque. For more information, visit: http://www.airtree.vc/
Special guests: John Henderson, AirTree Ventures and Ian Gardiner, Innovation Bay/Jelix Ventures
7.30am Registration and networking breakfast
8.05am Introduction and welcome
8.10am John Henderson interviewed by Ian Gardiner
8.35am Audience Q & A
9.00am Q & A concludes - networking and breakfast
9.30am Breakfast concludes