My guest for Ep133 of The Startup Playbook Podcast was the Co-founder & General Partner of Our Innovation Fund, David Shein.
In 1986, David launched Com Tech, just 9 months after moving to Australia from South Africa.
Fast forward 14 years and the company grew to 1,400 staff across Australia and revenues of $700M before eventually being acquired by Dimension Data for $1B.
Since then, David has transitioned into becoming an investor and mentor to a number of startups, many of which have been successfully exited. These include Zipmoney, CalReply, Latam Autos, Pocketbook, Centric Wealth, BlueFire, BizCover, MacromatiX and Holly Connects.
He is currently the Co-founder & General Partner of Our Innovation Fund, a $125M early stage venture capital fund that invests in exciting Australian startups.
We covered a range of topics in this interview including:
Building and scaling a company culture through trust, respect and storytelling
Com Tech’s infamous approach of legendary customer service that helped beat out it’s competitors