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Ep084 – James Cameron (Partner – Airtree VC) on searching for outliers

My guest for Episode 84 of The Startup Playbook Podcast is James Cameron, Partner at Airtree Ventures.

James started his career as a lawyer before jumping into launching startups himself. He used an unsuccessful attempt at raising capital as an opportunity to build relationships which led him to joining Accel. Accel has gone on to raise over $10B of funding to invest in early stage startups with it’s portfolio including the likes of Facebook, Dropbox, MyFitnessPal, Atlassian and Slack to name a few.

Roughly 12 months ago, James moved back to Australia to become a Partner at Airtree Ventures, one of the leading VC funds in the country. Airtree’s 2nd fund of $250M is one of the largest in Australia and they also count some of the best local startups in the portfolio including Canva, Prospa and HyperAnna.

We covered a range of topics in this interview including:

  • The 2 things that the most successful founders obsess over
  • Why effective leaders are empathetic
  • The importance of founder’s mental health
  • Selling through storytelling
  • The process to hire an effective VP of Sales

 

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PLAYBOOK MEDIA – Growth through Data-Driven Storytelling

THE E-COMMERCE PLAYBOOK

ACCELEPRISE AUSTRALIA

STARTUP PLAYBOOK HUSTLE APPLICATION 

 

Show notes:
The Twenty Minute VC
Accel

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Credits:
Intro music credit to Bensound

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