CFO & Head of Venture
Canadian-born investor, Luther Poier, has focused his career on helping expand Australian companies by setting their sights beyond the continent. As the CFO and Head of VC at Australian startup accelerator BlueChilli, he is responsible for the tactical and strategic financial management of BlueChilli as well as advising founders and startups on strategy, capital management and governance while connecting them with a broad spectrum of investors. He is also a General Partner at Pipeline Ventures, a Sydney-based early stage venture capital fund that focuses on bold founders with transformative ideas. Luther provides insight to entrepreneurs on the dos and don’ts of growth versus profit strategies, while effectively analyzing their market dynamics and how to ensure their startup is exactly what VCs are looking for!
As a decorated Naval officer, Luther holds more than two decades of experience within the Royal Canadian and Royal Australian Navies, and has a deep background in investment management, as well as corporate strategy, banking and private equity. As a startup leader, he has led and exited two finance startups, co-founded an online music startup and has acted as a founding advisory partner of Koda Capital, a well-known Sydney-based wealth management firm.
With no shortage of first-hand experience, this industry veteran has a lifetime of knowledge! You won’t want to miss him at #CFF2019 as he shares how his experience as a startup founder has led him to a successful transition into Entrepreneurial Advising and Venture Capital!
Paul is an entrepreneur, speaker and investor. Previously, Paul was a Managing Director at 1776 and a General Partner in 1776’s Seed Fund. Prior to 1776, Paul was the founder of Disruption Corporation (acquired by 1776) and general partner of Disruption’s post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. Before that, Paul was a Partner at 500 Startups, an accelerator and venture firm headquartered in Silicon Valley that has invested in over 1,000 companies across 50+ countries. Paul has founded a few of his own startups (two successful exits and a number of failures in between) and spent some time at AOL, Carmax, PBworks and Symantec.