Episode S06E01 – Jason Calacanis and Angels in Australia

Four years ago Jason Calacanis charged us with creating the first international podcast worthy of his “This Week in Startups” branding.

In those four years Australia’s startup community has grown from strength to strength – and legendary angel investor Jason Calacanis joins us to launch series 6 of TWISTA with a wide-ranging conversation about what it takes to make it in the news business, how he grades each investment offer presented to him, why ICOs aren’t the end of angel investing – and how Australia can build upon its incredible startup success.

An interview 23 years in the making – on this episode of TWISTA!

S05E07 – Anne-Marie Birkill & Maxwell MRI

TWISTA visited Brisbane’s River City Labs two years ago – and my goodness, how much has changed. The new government has put nearly half a billion dollars into funding various startup activities – including a lavish new ‘Precinct’ for the startup community.

TWISTA talks to two residents of The Precinct, Anne-Marie Birkill, Managing Partner of OneVentures, then we catch up with one of the most mind-blowing startups we’ve ever had on this show, Maxwell MRI (now Maxwell Plus) co-founders Elliot Smith and Matt Brown. It’s all happening in Queensland, on this episode of TWISTA.

S0506 – VR Special with Tim Ruse & Kain Tietzel

In the year since our last VR special, cyberspace has exploded – and virtual reality has become a real business. We speak two the founder-CEOs of two of Australia’s most successful VR startups, starting in conversation with Zero Latency‘s Tim Ruse, then closing in a chat with Start VR‘s Kain Tietzel.

Virtual reality is a real business – with real customers and real revenues. We go exploring the new _business_ landscape of virtual reality in this special episode.

S05E05 – Space Special with Tim Parsons & Jason Held

Over the last 3 years, the Space Race has roared back into life. Not just the ‘big space’ of SpaceX and BlueOrigin, but lots of startups – some of them Australians – taking us back to the stars.

TWISTA explores this new era of rocket science with Delta-V Founding CEO Tim Parsons, then explore the Space-Command-as-SaaS market with Sabre Astronautics CEO Jason Held. This special is out of this world!

S05E04 – News Special with Dean Dorrell & Paul Wallbank

In our news special for Series 5, co-host Claire Connelly talks to Carthona Capital’s Dean Dorrell and journalist Paul Wallbank about Australia’s struggle to commercialise research, the arrival of Silicon Valley tech accelerator powerhouse 500 Startups – in Melbourne, Uber’s no good very bad week and what start-ups get wrong about the press.

S05E03 – Wyatt Roy

TWISTA Co-hosts Claire Connelly and Mark Pesce in conversation with Wyatt Roy, the former Parliamentarian and Assistant Minister for Innovation, freshly back from his travels overseas, and deep into an artificial intelligence startup.

Together we take a post-mortem look at the the government’s “Ideas Boom” as we ask Wyatt ‘what happened’? The inside scoop from the ultimate source, on this episode of This Week in Startups Australia.

S05E02 – Paul Shetler

TWISTA co-host Claire Connelly in conversation with Paul Shetler, the former chief of the Digital Transformation Office (now the Digital Transformation Agency).

With more than 20 years experience, Shetler has worked in digital transformation for both the UK government’s Cabinet Office and the UK’s Ministry of Justice, as well as in the US private sector for companies including Oracle and Microsoft.

Shetler recently had some frank words for Turnbull administration – and the public service more broadly – and its role in the quote ‘predictable’ raft of recent IT failures across the ATO, ABS and Centrelink, to name a few.

 

S05E01 – Startup Muster and Elanation

TWISTA opens series 5 with Monica Wulff, CEO of Startup Muster, who goes through all the key points of the recently released 2016 survey of Australia’s startup ecosystem.

Then TWISTA speaks to Elanation co-founder Katherine Maree Pace and Aimee Atkins about building a lifestyle tech company that starts with a ‘child-centred’ design process.