About

Hi, my name’s Marc and I'm the founder of Listium.

My early career was in banking and funds management before my interest moved to the startup world.

I have been an advisor or director to multiple startups where I have helped with funding, M&A, culture, recruitment, strategy, analytics, executive coaching, product and design, amongst other things.

I love to learn new things and improve myself, and I do this through a lot of reading. I'm also known for trying lots of hobbies based on watching a few too many YouTube videos.

Interests

  • VR / Oculus Quest
  • Aquascaping & aquariums
  • Remote control scale crawlers
  • Video and board games
  • Richmond Football Club (AFL)
  • Our pets: Kara (cat) & Daisy (dog)
  • Occasional fly-fisherman
  • Very average guitar and bass player
  • (Retired?) kitesurfer and standup paddlesufer

Beliefs

  • I'm a left/progressive voter due to right wing policies that are increasingly divisive and self-serving.
  • I would love to see a Univeral Basic Income become a key tool in the fairer distribution of wealth.
  • I'm an athiest and I believe that religion is partly responsible for the dangerous rise of beliefs being allowed to trump science (eg. climate, anti-vaxxers, etc) in the eyes of many.
  • I read a lot about behavioural biases in order to understand myself and improve my decision making.
  • I am borderline obsessive about truth and honesty in my personal and professional life.
  • I believe that psychedelics have huge potential to help treat depression, anxiety and PTSD, and we need to put science ahead of politics and increase research into this exciting field.

Work

Listium

Founder
Current
  • Doing everything except writing code.
  • But I also write some code.

Various

Startup Adviser
Current
  • Advice on all things related to startups, including strategy, finance, pitching and capital raising.

Venuemob

Executive Director
2018 - 2019
  • Assisted in day-to-day operations including finance, analytics, HR, strategy, and ultimately helped negotiate the sale of the business in late 2019.
Non-Executive Director
2013 - 2018
  • Member of a three person board, covering all areas including finance, strategy and compliance.

Self-Employed

Small Business Consultant
2006 - 2013
  • Worked with small business owners in a range of areas including including finance, strategy, marketing and HR

Goldman Sachs JBWere Asset Management

Executive Director; Partner
2005 - 2006
  • Worked with the Managing Director on a range of projects across all parts of the business.
Head of Equities; Partner
1997 - 2005
  • Led a team of analysts, portfolio managers and dealers managing Australian Equity portfolios.
  • Activities included company and industry research, portfolio management, marketing and product management.
  • Member of GSJBWere Group Partnership Committee and the FSC Investment Board Committee (industry body)
  • Achievements
  • Above average long-term investment performance across all portfolios and substantial growth in funds under management
  • 2002 Australian Equities Fund Manager of the Year
Portfolio Manager
1994 - 1997
  • Activities included company and industry research, company valuation, portfolio management and marketing.

ANZ Bank

Commercial Banking Officer
1991 - 1994
  • Assisted in the management of a portfolio of commercial banking clients. Activities included credit and risk analysis and company research.

Education

Monash University

Bachelor of Business - Banking & Finance

Securities Institute of Australia

Graduate Diploma - Applied Finance & Investment

Melbourne Business School

Accelerated Management Program

Harvard Business School & CFA Institute

Investment Management Workshop