A sprinkle of venture pixie dust
Our remarkable new people — welcome to AB and Jun
People are the pixie dust that can move a venture firm from good to great. As investors, our blind spots are the biases that grow and then calcify from past experiences. So much of the task is to have an insight that others can’t see. Blockbuster investments look stupid to most people at first.
This is why recruitment is so important to us at Main Sequence and we have an infuriating process that involves us searching for something that we don’t know we need yet. Something new.
We had hundreds of impressive applications for our new intake of Senior Associates and we found two very special people. We welcome Alezeia (“AB”) and Jun to the team — they are already making us better. We knew we needed deep STEM and commercialisation experience and a burning passion to do good. Jun and Alezeia are best in class on these points for different reasons.
Alezeia (who goes by “AB”) brings a unique perspective based on years of working within CSIRO’s Data61 developing new models to commercialise deep tech. Recently she has been helping CSIRO’s climate intelligence platforms come to life and we are exploring that theme today in Main Sequence. AB brings a product lens to her work and we are learning a lot from her around how to surface value quickly. Deep, revealing questions — the most common one being “How might we…?” She begins her journey at Main Sequence working closely with Martin Duursma around our Decarbonise the Planet challenge and leaning into building our renewable energy company — Endua.
Start a conversation with AB.
Jun is a deeply curious engineer who has a wonderfully diverse background of achievement that includes clinical drug testing at CSIRO, process and applications engineering at one of the world’s largest industrial companies, helping improve the Gaza Strip’s water supply for UNICEF, a Stanford MBA and then consulting and portfolio management for McKinsey’s internal tech incubator. He begins his journey at Main Sequence working closely with Mike Zimmerman to build out our Supercharge Industrial Productivity challenge and leaning into building our new space tech company — Quasar.
Start a conversation with Jun Qu.
Welcome to you both and thank you for joining our mission at Main Sequence. We will, no doubt, be better for it.
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