- A recovering venture capitalist
- A founder and CEO of two venture-backed companies
- A Co-author of Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider's Guide
- A teacher and a mentor
Jon Baer, of Threshold Ventures will be spending an afternoon with us to share some of his valuable insights of Silicon Valley and the companies that he worked with over the past years. He is a recovering venture capitalist who loves working with early stage companies around the world and has worked with a number of companies in Australia. He was the founder and CEO of two venture-backed companies, one of which was a spinout from SRI International. Jon now spends his time teaching, mentoring, and advising early stage companies with leading accelerators and investors around the world. He believes that startups require tough love; and need to focus on money, metrics, and milestones. Jon teaches startup CEOs to say less, because less is more. He is the co-author of Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide, a book written to help entrepreneurs everywhere be more successful in building and scaling their companies.
This is an event not to be missed...
- Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
- Best practice for building a successful company
- Tips on raising venture capital
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.