Annual Investor Day with Blackbird — Day 14 as a VC intern

Today its Blackbird’s big event, the annual Investor Day and it’s at one of the coolest offices around town. The event is held at Canva’s office (a portfolio company) and the place has it’s own kitchen, chefs and event venue.

There were presentations about Blackbird’s master plan, founders from companies Blackbird has invested in and the Blackbird community.

Some of the most wisest and successful people were in the room and they were extremely down to earth. Here are some things I learnt during the night.

What it means to not give up

And they did not enjoy the pitching to potential LPs (at first). But they did it so many times that they became really good at it, to the point where they began to enjoy it.

It was a long and difficult path to walk, but Blackbird is now one of the biggest and most successful funds. Their first fund is also doing extremely well.

View a job as an investment

What does a job mean?

With this perspective in mind, I’ll definitely start approaching a job with renewed vigour, more creativity and a greater drive. What can I do to help the company achieve their mission?

During the night I also heard someone mention that it’s easy to see when a good employee comes aboard, the workload just dramatically decreases. This was a simple concept but it made me reshape my thinking around what mindset I should have in order to become a ‘good’ employee.

photo from Canva offices (really liked the quote)

What is networking?

Networking is about giving, before asking.

Growth & Marketing @Canva with a passion for all things data

Growth & Marketing @Canva with a passion for all things data