Telstra Ventures

Investing in the future of the extraordinary

We don’t just believe in the best ideas but provide the tools for creative entrepreneurs to establish themselves in markets around the world – our technical expertise, distribution channels and existing customer base enables the companies we invest in to thrive now and in the future.

Success stories

Our own experience as a Telstra Ventures portfolio company has proven the Strategic Venture Capital model to be a very capital efficient way to build our brand and scale our revenues Jeromy Wells, Co-founder and CEO

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Telstra Ventures has been instrumental in strengthening our market leadership across regions. Over the past two years the total revenues from our Telstra relationship have been multiples of the investment itself Anil Mathews, Founder and CEO Near

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Partnering with Telstra Ventures was incredibly instrumental for our international expansion, especially as we launched in Australia. They've been an amazing group to work with and I highly recommend them when looking for strategic growth support. Aaron Levie, CEO Box

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Telstra Ventures was instrumental in helping Elastica better understand the needs of Australian enterprises and establish a strategic reseller partnership with Telstra. Rehan Jalil, Founder and CEO Elastica
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VeloCloud assures enterprise and cloud application performance over

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VeloCloud – optimise your IT

VeloCloud assures enterprise and cloud application performance over Internet and hybrid WAN while simplifying deployments and reducing costs.

Investment and Synergy Partner : Steve Schmidt and Bobby Gorcevski

Whispir is an Australian based cloud based software

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Whispir – create transformative innovation

Whispir is an Australian based cloud based software provider that helps businesses manage complex communications challenges posed by planned and unplanned events such as emergencies, stock exchange disclosures, corporate incidents (eg information leaks) and IT disaster recovery.

Investment and synergy partner: Steve Schmidt and Maggie Zhou

DocuSign transforms the way organisations of all sizes

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DocuSign – create transformative innovation

DocuSign transforms the way organisations of all sizes manage traditional paper-based processes. Through its cloud-based platform, businesses can quickly, easily and securely collect and transact invaluable business information and sign documents anytime and on any compatible device.

DocuSign’s mission is to empower the world to keep business digital and its partnership with Telstra is another step towards transforming the way transactions are completed in Australia.

Investment and synergy partner: Mark Sherman, Steve Schmidt and Maggie Zhou

Kony is a leading enterprise mobility and mobile

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Kony – reach global markets

Kony is a leading enterprise mobility and mobile application development provider, empowering more than 350 customers worldwide to compete by delivering multi-edge mobile apps across the broadest array of devices and systems.

Investment and synergy partner : Mark Sherman, Steve Schmidt and Maggie Zhou

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In 2014, Zimperium launched the world’s first enterprise

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Zimperium – secure your business

In 2014, Zimperium launched the world’s first enterprise mobile security system delivering unmatched threat detection, protection and mitigation of threats for iOS and Android devices.

Investment and synergy partner : Mark Sherman, Marcus Bartram and Bobby Gorcevski

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Box offers world leading collaboration capabilities for file-sharing

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Box – create transformative innovation

Box offers world leading collaboration capabilities for file-sharing and synchronisation services. Its strategic relationship with Telstra has allowed the business to enter new regions and connect with an expanding customer base across the world.

Investment and synergy partner : Mark Sherman and Bobby Gorcevski

Headspin offers a test and continuous monitoring platform

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Headspin – create transformative innovation

Headspin offers a test and continuous monitoring platform for developers to test mobile apps on real devices on more than 1,000 global mobile networks.

Investment and synergy partner : Marcus Bartram and Jaime-Lee Quenette

With a vision to build a Smarter Internet

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NS1 – optimise your IT

With a vision to build a Smarter Internet ™, NS1 is a leading intelligent DNS and traffic management provider and is trusted by apex players to deliver their mission critical online applications.

Investment and synergy partner : Mark Sherman, Saad Siddiqui and Jaime-Lee Quenette

 

NGINX is a leading web server supporting some

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NGINX – reach global markets

NGINX is a leading web server supporting some of the busiest sites in the world, including Airbnb, Box, Instagram, Netflix and Pinterest. The company’s open source application delivery software powers half of the world’s busiest sites and applications, delivering their sites and applications with performance, reliability, security, and scale.

Investment and synergy partner : Steve Schmidt and Bobby Gorcevski

Near is the largest location intelligence platform providing

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Near – optimise your IT

Near is the largest location intelligence platform providing real-time information on places, people and products. Powered by Near’s geolocation platform, the company’s data driven insights powers personalised programmatic mobile advertising through a proprietary platform.

Investment and synergy partner : Mark Sherman, Yash Patel and Gurpreet Ghuliani

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Creating Transformative Innovation

Uhana is an exciting start up founded to commercialise groundbreaking Stanford research on software defined mobile networks.

The company harnesses the power of software defined networks,machine learning and predictive analytics to manage and optimise mobile networks.

Our story

Telstra Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Telstra. Based in Silicon Valley, Asia and Australia, we’ve invested in more than 37 leading technology companies since 2011.

We’re now rated among the top 21 most active corporate venture capital firms by CB insights. Our team of investors and business leaders search the globe for the very best in tech innovation to connect world class products and lighthouse leaders with Telstra customers. Why? So that we can create a brilliant connected future for everyone.

Where we invest

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Artificial intelligence
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Next generation networking
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Cloud infrastructure & apps
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Mobile video & apps
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Security
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Drones
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IoT
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Sports Tech
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FinTech
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Businesses outside the box

What we look for

Great leaders and awesome products

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Investments in series B,C,D

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Companies based in: Silicon Valley, China, Asia Pacific, Australia

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Investments between $5-50 million

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People

Our people are our greatest asset

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Matthew Koertge Managing Director
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I’m Matthew Koertge,
Managing Director

Matthew is a Managing Director of Telstra Ventures. Since its inception five years ago, Telstra Ventures has invested $300M+ in 37 companies around the world of which seven have achieved liquidity events. Matthew started in the venture capital industry in 1998 and has worked with 70+ global venture backed companies of which many have achieved successful acquisitions and IPOs.

Matthew was previously a Founder and General Partner at Accede Venture Partners; the head of the venture capital team at Deutsche Bank Capital Partners in Australia; and a founding team member of the venture capital team at Macquarie Bank. Prior to this, Matthew was a software/hardware design engineer and project manager at Fujitsu.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration from the AGSM, completed at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Matthew has also completed the HPLP at the Harvard Business School and he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

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Mark Sherman Managing Director
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I’m Mark Sherman,
Managing Director

Mark joined Telstra Ventures as a Managing Director in 2012. Previously, he was a General Partner at Hidden Lion Partners, an emerging growth equity firm focused on technology-enabled services. Previously, he was a General Partner at Battery Ventures where he led the firm’s enterprise IT and India investment practices with investments in Coupa, Mformation, Neoteris, and Tejas. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Robertson Stephens & Company, where he ran its software investment banking practice working with companies such as BEA, HNC, Informatica, JD Edwards, Quest, and Siebel.

Mark received his MBA from Harvard Business School and BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Gurpreet Ghuliani Head of Strategic Synergy
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I’m Gurpreet Ghuliani,
Head of Strategic Synergy

Gurpreet has over 20 years global experience across industries including IT & Telecommunications, managed services, ecommerce and investment banking. Prior to joining Telstra Ventures, he was Head of Segments and New Offers for Global Enterprise & Services – International, driving new offers and venture company solutions to targeted segments. Before that he was Group Manager for Segment Solutions at Telstra’s Innovation, Products and Marketing division. Here he developed a new practice to focus on increasing vertical and horizontal segment market share through delivery of relevant offers to support Telstra’s Network & Applications Services business. He has also held roles as Group Manager for Unified Communications and Group Manager for IP Telephony, responsible for the launch of Telstra’s Hosted IP Telephony service.

Gurpreet first joined Telstra in 1990 as an undergraduate and worked extensively in the area of product management before becoming Regional Director, EMEA  for Telstra in the UK. He also has experience working at HSBC as Associate Director for Equity Analysis – Internet Software & Technologies and Connect.com and AAPT (Australia) as General Manager for Product Marketing.

Gurpreet holds a Masters in Marketing (Melb), a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Finance (Swinburne) and a Bachelors in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Melb).

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Steve Schmidt Partner
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I’m Steve Schmidt,
Partner

Steve Schmidt joined Telstra in 2001. Previously, Steve held various leadership roles within Telstra, such as: Account Director for Westpac Banking Corporation; National Manager Managed Radio and Wireless; National Manager Mobile Applications and National Manager Industry Solutions. Steve has worked extensively with telecommunications and cloud based applications to create transformational outcomes for Enterprise & Government customers. Two projects of national significance include Telstra’s National Emergency Alert Solution and Telstra’s New Train Communication System for the Australian Federal Government.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in Canada.

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Marcus Bartram Partner
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I’m Marcus Bartram,
Partner

Marcus is a founding Partner of Telstra Ventures and has invested in technology and software companies globally including ipSCAPE, Elastica (ACQ:BlueCoat), Headspin, vArmour, Dimmi (ACQ:TripAdvisor), Cohere Technologies, Zimperium and AttackIQ.

Prior to this Marcus held various senior leadership roles in Telstra including Director of Product Marketing for a $1Bn product portfolio and Director of Corporate Development. Before Telstra Marcus held executive and management positions across the globe for both start-up and multi-national organisations in the industrial engineering, banking and IT sectors.

Marcus holds an MBA from the University of Oxford as well as a Bachelor or Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) with honours from the University of Adelaide

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Chris Pu Partner, Head of China
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I’m Chris Pu,
Partner, Head of China

Chris joined Telstra Ventures in mid 2015 to lead its China investments.  Chris brings more than 20 years of experience in direct investment and business development with on-the-ground investment practices in China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Malaysia and the US. Most recently, Chris worked at Intel Capital focusing on mobile, communications and internet services investments in China and Asia and prior to that he co-founded a technology fund based in Silicon Valley. Chris has a significant investment track record in Asia and the US including several major exits in acquisitions and IPOs.

Chris holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, a MS in Control Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in Engineering from TsingHua University in Taiwan.

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Ben Armstrong Principal
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I’m Ben Armstrong,
Principal

Ben Armstrong has a special interest in the health, education and broadband optimisation sectors. He has over 15 years of experience working in the IT and telecommunications space. Prior to joining Telstra Ventures, Ben worked as Head of Business Development in Telstra Business and was General Manager of Telstra’s SaaS business. Before Telstra, Ben worked at VeriSign Australia and as a solicitor at Minter Ellison, negotiating IT agreements and preparing companies for listing. In 1999 he founded and raised funding for an internet start-up offering transactional services to online merchants.

Ben holds a BSc (Computer Science) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. He serves on the board of Panviva Pty Ltd.

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Albert Bielinko Senior Associate
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I’m Albert Bielinko,
Senior Associate

Albert joined Telstra Ventures in 2015. Previously, he was an Investment Manager at a ~A$3bn global boutique funds management firm where he was responsible for origination, leading execution of investment opportunities and active asset management. Prior to this, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs for almost 5 years. Whilst at Goldman, Albert covered Technology, Media and Telecommunications clients and executed a significant number of transactions, ranging from complex multibillion dollar mergers to small private sales to IPOs. Albert is a non-executive director of the NSW arm of the National Heart Foundation of Australia. Albert commenced his career as a corporate lawyer.

Albert holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws (with 1st Class Honours) from the University of Sydney, where he received multiple scholarships.

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Rajesh Crumlin Chief Technology Officer
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I’m Rajesh Crumlin,
Chief Technology Officer

Raj joined Telstra in 2000. He has over 15 years of architectural experience in evaluating, designing and deploying large scale enterprise and industry technologies.

Raj has developed deep experience across multiple industry verticals including emergency services, M2M, banking and finance, mining, oil and gas, health, retail, media, radio and satellite.

He has held various leadership roles in the Architectural and Business Development units within Telstra’s Enterprise and Government business. Prior to joining Telstra, Raj was responsible for the communications networks that serviced Westpac’s Institutional Bank, which included the dealing rooms, back office and associated data centres.

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Geoff Dolphin Chief Financial Officer
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I’m Geoff Dolphin,
Chief Financial Officer

Geoff joined Telstra Ventures as its CFO in June 2012. Prior to joining Telstra Ventures, he was CFO of a Sydney based venture capital firm, Innovation Capital, and sat on the boards of its investees. Geoff founded a venture backed software company in San Francisco and held management roles for both Diageo and Allied Domecq in Europe. Earlier in his career, Geoff trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of Sydney, as well as an MBA from St John’s University in New York.

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I’m Mark,
Telstra Ventures Managing Director

Mark joined Telstra Ventures as a Managing Director in 2012. Previously, he was a General Partner at Hidden Lion Partners, an emerging growth equity firm focused on technology-enabled services. Previously, he was a General Partner at Battery Ventures where he led the firm’s enterprise IT and India investment practices with investments in Coupa, Mformation, Neoteris, and Tejas. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Robertson Stephens & Company, where he ran its software investment banking practice working with companies such as BEA, HNC, Informatica, JD Edwards, Quest, and Siebel. Mark received his MBA from Harvard Business School and BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. est haec querela qui.

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