John is a Partner at Airtree Ventures where he focuses on early stage software investments. John recently relocated to Sydney from London-based White Star Capital where he was involved in Dice.fm, Hole19, Dollar Shave Club, Science Inc, Betaworks, KeyMe, Bloglovin' and Aire. Prior to White Star, John was the COO of Summly, a machine learning summarisation company which was acquired by Yahoo in 2013. John also co-founded London.ai which has become Europe's leading event for AI practitioners. John has previously held roles in Australia at The Boston Consulting Group and Allens Arthur Robinson, having started his career co-founding Bush Campus, a startup whose failure taught him more than the rest of his experiences combined.
- Airtree, Australia and venture downunder
- Overseas venture
- Company building at Summly
Vendor since 2012
The York Butter Factory is the co-working space for Melbourne’s high-potential early-stage technology entrepreneurs.
Established in 2011 inside an 1850s heritage-listed space, York Butter Factory is home to upstarts with bold, global ambitions and clear intentions to change the world.
Named after the original 1855 building, the York Butter Factory is situated on King Street at the base of the Rialto. This brilliant bluestone warehouse is the ultimate juxtaposition of old and new, building tech startups out of one Melbourne’s oldest structures. The 577sqm space is across two floors and has an open plan coworking space, informal collaborative area, meeting rooms, an industrial fridge and room for up to 60 entrepreneurs.
Opening its doors in October 2011, it has established itself at the center of a rapidly growing startup ecosystem in Melbourne. York Butter Factory was co-founded by the partners of Adventure Capital, who run their VC fund out of the space.
YBF already hosts nearly 50 startups largely in the Consumer Internet space. Opportunities to access funding is through its owners’ tech-focused VC fund as well as seed funding provided directly to deserving startups and via the Aurelius Digital angel investment network. There is a culture of collaboration, resource sharing and tough love. Tenants are curated with a view to fill the space with high-potential digital media and web 2.0 startups with a global ambition.
The vision is to become the central hub of the Australian tech startup ecosystem.