Coronavirus forced Australia into lockdown back in mid March. We assembled our first panel of VC’s 11 weeks ago to help us make sense of the crisis and use their shared experiences through previous economic downturns to answer your questions and help prepare ourselves. Almost three months have passed since our first virtual event. We have asked back our panel of experienced VCs, Michelle Deaker (OneVentures), Craig Blair (AirTree), Paul Bassat (SquarePeg), and Rick Baker (Blackbird). They join us to reflect on the crisis, the “new normal”, and observations of the wider economic impacts. Are our panelists more optimistic now? - How can we be more forward thinking? - What does this mean for the changing work environment? - How have they seen the ecosystem lean in and create new opportunities? - Are we seeing some sectors take the lead and others suffer from the crisis? - What does hindsight teach us and how can we continue to grow? We’ll ask some of your original questions to the panel and look forward to the new questions. Dr Michelle Deaker, OneVentures Michelle is the managing partner of OneVentures, established in 2006, with $400 million in funds under management. They invest in companies with truly innovative products tackling multi-billion-dollar world problems. Craig Blair, AirTree Craig is the cofounder and managing partner of AirTree Ventures, established in 2013 with Daniel Petre. They invest in ambitious founders who are looking to transform industries with software. Paul Bassat, SquarePeg Paul, co-founder of Square Peg is a VC fund on a mission to enable extraordinary founders. The global team invests in startups across Australia, Israel & Southeast Asia from seed-stage & up. Rick Baker, Blackbird Rick is a co-founder at Blackbird Ventures which invests in every type of technology from software to space, unified by the biggest of ambitions. Blackbird has three funds with over $500m under management.