Today we’re in conversation with Michael Batko, the CEO of Startmate.
After years in finance and consulting in his early days, Michael moved to Australia to work in a bar - and ended up at early-stage startup Mad Paws. We have the pleasure to hear Michael’s career journey in the startup space and the things he’s learnt along the way. If you’re interested in hearing his advice to founders and VCs alike–from the worst way to pivot to how to find a niche as a VC–this episode is for you.
Is it too late?
I personally can’t relate to this first-hand
But I’ve worked with multiple first-time entrepreneurs above the age of 40.
And it wasn’t too late for them.
A couple of weeks ago I had a chat with Michael Batko (CEO of Starmate), we dove into a range of topics around scaling a tech-startup and also a VC’s responsibility to make their investment a success.
A refreshing conversation with a load of food for thought.
"They genuinely felt like development partners as opposed to a company that we had contracted."
We set an ambitious target of hiring 11 senior engineers within a month. To my surprise, we achieved that. During the entire process, PICWA felt like an in-house talent team and worked closely with us to find the right fit. Fast forward 4 years and we're still working with the same team PICWA provided and have no idea how we'd operate without them