Interested in working for a startup or scale-up but keen to know a little more before you pivott? We interviewed Adam Gilbert, who recently pivotted his career into a startup. This is his Pivott Story.

Six months after beginning at JOUST, Adam Gilbert is going through the recruiting process all over again — only this time he’s doing the hiring. As the Customer Success Manager, he is in charge of building his own team to help him continue to deliver high standards as the business grows. This is Adam’s startup story.

Jack of all trades

Popular culture loves to romanticise the idea of working in a startup. So it can be tricky to gauge what it is really like to work day-in-day-out in that environment. If you’ve been wondering — am I the kind of person that would flourish at a startup or a corporate? This article is for you.

We’ve looked into different working styles and where they work best, to help you make the right decision. We’d like to thank David Carbines, a multinational corporate employee turned successful startup co-founder (twice), for sharing his valuable insights on the topic. From specialised corporate roles with strict processes to fast-paced, fast-learning, high-energy startups. We explored both sides with David so you can take your next step with confidence.

I am pleased to share that we have achieved another breakthrough regarding the criteria for JobKeeper. If you are post-revenue and have suffered from the crisis, then please, please, please make sure you have registered as JobKeeper is for you!

30 March 2020. Over the last few weeks, Stone & Chalk has submitted a range of submissions to the Australian Government to improve support to the innovation industry. Some of these submissions were in train prior to the current COVID-19 crisis. However the crisis has prompted a more urgent review of the sector — it is no longer about strengthening the sector but now more about survival and recovery. We are urging the Government to recognise that irrespective of the challenges we face, strong employment growth comes from companies driving higher complexity to achieve better supply chains.

Dr Rob Pearlman, Stone & Chalk Sydney resident and founder of Medapps has some thoughts he’d like to share on COVID-19.

Mortaza Tollo, Founder of Elbaite

Stone & Chalk Melbourne-based cryptocurrency startup, Elbaite, was founded in 2017; enabling Australians to exchange cryptocurrency with fewer fees, more trust and control, and better trade conditions.

How Elbaite works


Amin Shayan, CEO at Littlepay, and the Littlepay team

For the typical commuter, catching public transport does not spark joy. Whether or not you’re elbowing your way through the masses to hop on a bus, or getting stuck behind someone who has insufficient funds on their transit card.

To ensure a seamless journey, Littlepay has been building a world-class open loop transit payments system for both operators and commuters via contactless EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) since 2016.

Simon Costello, Co-Founder & CEO of Frankie Financial & Allen Clennar in a mentoring session

At Stone & Chalk, we believe that mentors are critical to the success of startups. We chatted to Allen Clennar, former Standard Chartered Bank CEO, about his mentor experience with mentee Simon Costello, Co-Founder and CEO of Frankie Financial. Frankie Financial is a fintech providing banking infrastructure to power financial institutions including neobanks.

ALLEN: I met Simon through the Mentor Program, but we had actually spoken briefly before. Stone & Chalk suggested that given my banking background, it might be worthwhile for me and Simon to connect.

Barbara Sharp, Co-Founder & CEO of Pax Republic & Tim Offor, Co-Founder & CTO of Pax Republic

Co-Founders Barbara Sharp and Tim Offor, based out of fintech innovation hub Stone & Chalk Melbourne, are no strangers to conflict resolution. Between them, they have more than 30 years’ experience in crisis communications for some of the region’s highest profile scandals.

Louie Psaroulis, Director at IDS & Mike Thanos, Co-Founder & COO at IDS

Insight Data Solutions’ Co-Founders, Louie Psaroulis and Mike Thanos, know that you’re fascinated with property. Between the two of them, they’ve got over 50 years’ worth of experience in the valuation and mortgage industry. They are now using that expertise to power the next generation of property valuation solutions.

Stone & Chalk

Stone & Chalk is Australasia’s leading nonprofit technology innovation hub in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide.

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