General Partner, M8 Ventures
Australia | Investment
Alan Jones is a startup founder coach and tech startup angel investor based in Sydney.
Alan was an early investor in Australian tech startup venture funds Pollenizer, Startmate and Blackbird Ventures, and is now raising a pre-seed and seed-stage fund, M8 Ventures with Emily Rich.
Alan has been an active angel investor here and in the US, with investments including Ananas, Bugcrowd, Bugherd, Buzzy, Biteable, Canva, Cardly, Elevio, GeoSnapshot, GiggedIn, HappyCo, HowAboutEat, Macropod, Muru Music, OtherLevels, Propeller Aero, Squirrel Street, TopMe, Tyde, Tzukuri, Workyard, UpGuard and Upperstory.
Alan mentors startup founders in startup programs for BlueChilli, Catalysr, Collider, CyRise, Monash University, muru-D, Remarkable, Startmate, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and UTS. He’s the chair of Catalysr, an entrepreneurship program focused on marginalised migrants and refugees. He’s also a regular technology guest for News Tonight on ABC2 and has been a contributor to AFR, The Australian, InnovationAus, SmartCompany and StartupDaily.
Alan’s service agency for startups, The New Agency, was acquired by BlueChilli in 2012. Previously, he was cofounder and Head of Product for HomeScreen Entertainment and Product Director, South Asia for Yahoo!, Inc.
Alan is currently the third highest-ranked Australian athlete in international hide and seek competition. Disagree with him on Twitter at @bigyahu