That Start Up Show is a live comedy talkshow series which explores the ups, downs, the sinks, the floats, the late bloomers and early risers of the world of startups. Hosted by comedian and media tech commentator Dan Ilic, the series features comedy, banter and rising startups pitching to make it big in Silicon Valley, to those who have already made it big around the world: Alan Noble (Google), Chris Ridd ( Xero), Jodie Fox (Shoes of Prey) Sam McDonagh (AirBnB) with interviews from technology evangelist Robert Scoble, startup thought leader and investor Dave McClure (500 Startups), Reddit Co-Founder Steve Huffman, Justin Kan (Y Combinator) and Tracey Chou (Pinterest).


It’s Jimmy Fallon meets Dragon’s Den.

Shot in downtown Melbourne, the series is hosted by Webby award nominated & leading satirical news anchor Dan Ilic and features comedy, banter and rising startups pitching to make it big in Silicon Valley, to those who have already made it big around the world.

Meet our startups

Episode 1: What the &^*^* is a Start Up?

This episode dives deep into definition and beyond with three of the leading lights of the Aussie start up industry: Alan Noble, Google Engineering Director & Co-founder & Director of StartUp AUS, Bronwen Clune, Editor-in-Chief Start Up Smart and Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin CEO of Startup Incubator, Blue Chilli.

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Episode 2 – Show me the Money: Putting Adventure back into Venture Capital

Our esteemed panel of judges: Ilya Frolov of Oxygen Ventures and Managing Director and AngelCube Founder - Adrian Stone explain what it’s like to “play god” at the negotiation table.

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Episode 3: Purpose, Passion & People - The Best Capital You'll Ever Raise

This Episode is about people: the talky squishy things that power startups. Chris Ridd reveals the story of how Xero kept their “startupness” as they transformed from a two man operation above a coffee shop to a billion dollar company. Jodie Fox, Founder of Shoes of Prey gives us a sneak peek into how she works with her people on the eve of their global expansion and Country Manager of ELance oDesk Kyri Theos talks about the virtual team experience.

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Episode 4 - This Start Up Life

Frank and honest stories from: Jane Lu (Show Po) who went from faking going to work to impress her parents to creating a global e-commerce empire turning over $1million per month, Bec Derrington, CEO of Sourcebottle, propelled to start her media business when the Prime Minister uttered the future name of her company in the media. Finally Daniel Flynn, Co Founder and Managing Director of Thankyou Group tells of his rollercoaster ride from enrolling investors in his social enterprise in the early days to now being awarded One of the Ten Most Outstanding People of the World.

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Episode 5 - The New Breed of CEO & Who's advising them

Ever wanted to know what makes a great CEO, or really understand the jargon? Returning guests Bronwen Clune Startup Smart, Seb Eckersley-Maslin CEO of incubator Blue Chilli and start up legal eagle Joel Cranshaw will be your translators, your savants, your guides to the secrets of solid leadership, due diligence and building legal, technical and financial foundations for long term success.

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Episode 6 - Companies that [will] change the World

Join Airbnb Country Manager Sam Mc Donagh, tech foundry Digital4ge founder Jamie Pride, Startup AUS Co Director and Director of Fishburners Peter Bradd for a lively discussion about the future of startups. More tips from the Top with Justin Kan ( Co Founder, Y Combinator) Angel investor Tikhon Bermstam ( Pause, Scribd), news anchor of ‘The Project’, Waleed Aly, and Tracey Chou (Software engineer, Pinterest).

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