Hi I'm Mark, Director and investor in Pollenizer Global.
My role at Pollenizer is to assist the Board with investment decisions, founder selection, strategic partnerships, international growth strategy, corporate governance, capital raisings and exits. I also try to raise the office dress standard (and the average employee age). I like that no assumption ever goes untested at Pollenizer. Part of my role is to be a "sounding board" for Mick and Phil. I enjoy our regular whiteboard sessions, where we are always testing our hypotheses and searching for more magic (and more coffee). I invest and work at Pollenizer because I truly believe that to create significant value from a startup investment you need to surround yourself with smart, passionate people who are fun to work with and always on the look out for better ways to create awesome products. Pollenizer is full of these people. When I am not working in the Hive, I am usually chasing my 3 daughters around or strumming away on my guitar (very badly).
What have I learnt? Recently I’ve been spending most of my time making follow-on investments and helping businesses raise capital. This can be an exhaustive and very time consuming process for founders, and also particularly stressful when your business is running low on cash and it is taking a long time to win over new [...]
During my 11 years working in the Mobile industry (1993-2004), I was amazed at the rapid speed in which mobile handset technology evolved. I fondly recall the first time my boss at Optus gave me my first mobile. It was an Ericsson GH197, a big old thing with an aerial that kind of flipped up and down [...]
We are on the hunt for awesome startup CEOs to work with of our pods (lean startup teams). What this means is that Pollenizer is looking for high calibre individuals who would be interested in exploring opportunities to partner with us on a new venture as a co-founder (your business idea or ours). Note: this [...]
I decided to get into Angel investing because I believe that the next best thing to being the founder of a successful business, is to be an investor in a successful business. I’m not the sort of person who is likely to lock myself in a room and spend hours learning how to write code…it [...]