Founder & Lead Investor

Venture Partner

Rachael Neumann plays across many parts of the startup ecosystem.  Formerly, as Head of Startups in Australia & New Zealand for Amazon Web Services, she was charged with growing the market, driving quantity and quality of startups in the region.  Additionally, Rachael is a strategic advisor and investor to a number of founders and their early stage companies. She has been sharing her passion for early stage investing through her lead Instructor role in The Wade Insititute's VC Catalyst program, and now, through Working Theory Angels.

 

Rachael also works to create the right policy environment that’s conducive to a thriving sector, and serves as on the Board for StartupAus - Australia's national startup advocacy and lobby group - and has a federal ministerial appointment on the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Committee, distributing commercialisation and acceleration funding on behalf of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 

 

Previously, Rachael was the Managing Director of Eventbrite Australia, launching the Melbourne-based office to further serve the ANZ market. Before stepping into the MD role, Rachael served as Eventbrite’s Director of Customer Experience Strategy in Silicon Valley.  Prior to this, Rachael was a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company in Silicon Valley and throughout Australia, advising Technology, Private Equity, Consumer Products and Retail businesses.

When not obsessing over startups, Rachael helps to feed her passion for modern art through her appointment to the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Educated in the States with an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and two Masters degrees from Columbia University, Rachael has bounced between Australia and the US for the last ten years and now proudly calls Melbourne home, alongside her partner and two children.

With over 20 years of experience in technology capital raising and M&A across Australia, Asia, and the United States, Kylie Frazer knows how deals work.

 

Kylie is the founder of Eleanor Venture, an early-stage venture capital firm, which makes it easy for private investors to build their own diversified technology portfolios.  In its short history, Eleanor has already invested into over a dozen great Australian startups including Fresh Equities, Jig Space, and Goterra, making material capital contributions to their growth journeys.  Its model is designed to focus exclusively on early-stage tech investments, long recognised as one of the most prospective yet neglected segments of the Australian venture capital market. 

 

Passionate about introducing more investors to the joys of early-stage tech investing, Kylie is a regular contributor at Australia’s leading investor education providers:  Wade Institute’s VC Catalyst; The Australian Graduate School of Management’s Angel Education Program, and Airtree Ventures’ Explorer Program.

 

As a lawyer, Kylie understands the intricacies of transactions. Throughout her legal career, Kylie has advised ASX200 and international companies on landmark deals across sectors including technology, resources, agriculture, and consumer products. She is a specialist in providing companies with capital raising, corporate governance, and remuneration advice.

 

Kylie brings empathy to the founder experience, having founded two technology businesses. She is also a capable company director with over a decade of boardroom experience, bringing expertise in critical incident response, risk management, and developing innovation capabilities.

 

Kylie holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Arts (International Studies). She has postgraduate qualifications in Change Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management and has studied leadership at Harvard Business School. Kylie lives in Sydney with her family and has healthy obsessions with the outdoors, small dogs, and dumplings.

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