Aussie Startup Advice: USA

Real advice on navigating the US market from successful Australian entrepreneurs who have done it

This series was produced by Austrade and the Aussie Founders Network (AFN). Visit bit.ly/AustradeUSA to access a suite of resources to assist you and your business in your entry to the US. AFN is a growing global community of Aussie tech founders. To learn more and sign up for a membership, visit aussiefounders.org.

Real advice on navigating the US market from successful Australian entrepreneurs who have done it.

This series was produced by Austrade and the Aussie Founders Network (AFN). Visit bit.ly/AustradeUSA to access a suite of resources to assist you and your business in your entry to the US. AFN is a growing global community of Aussie tech founders. To learn more and sign up for a membership, visit aussiefounders.org.

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While Aussie founders understand the need to “go global”, their first consideration must be: Is the US market right for your startup? In episode 1 of Aussie Startup Advice: USA, podcast host Carl Hartmann, founder of Temando and now AFN Director and Co-Founder of Shortlyster, chats with Matt Sweeney, founder of Flirtey, the world’s first drone delivery service, about Matt’s decision to scale to the States.

Carl and Matt discuss the need to develop a go-to-market plan that clearly frames how the US is the right market for your company’s strategic growth.

Matt talks about Flirtey’s unique compatibility with the US market based on access to deep aerospace talent, large amounts of capital (Flirtey raised $16M in Silicon Valley 2017) and a regulatory framework that supported drone activities (with Nevada being a designated drone test site).

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The fifty US states have vast differences in culture, cost, talent and time zones and can make it difficult to decide where to set up shop. This episode is your audio tour of top US locales for business and covers essentials like tax incentives, labour markets, and industry capabilities.

Podcast host Carl Hartmann, founder of Temando and now AFN Director and Co-Founder of Shortlyster, chats with Luke Anear, Co-Founder of SafetyCulture, a software for mobile workplace safety and quality management. Luke shares how a first customer led their team to Kansas City and how they worked with the city and state to negotiate major tax incentives.

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You’ve decided the US is where you need to be, but do you know where to begin? This episode steers you through the process of getting set up!

Podcast host Carl Hartmann, founder of Temando and now AFN Director and Co-Founder of Shortlyster, interviews Geoff McQueen founder of Accelo, who closed a $9M Series A round in 2017 and Kathy Woeber Gardner, a mergers and acquisitions corporate lawyer. They discuss the sequencing of setting up your US entity, getting your visa, snagging a social security number and securing a driver’s license (prepare for traffic). All the essential info you need before you make a move to the US!

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Obtaining the right visa is a critical step in your journey to setting up in the US. This podcast gives you the visa lowdown (E3, L1, H1B), ESTAS & companion visas and addresses which visa may be best for your situation.

Podcast host Carl Hartmann, founder of Temando and now AFN Director and Co-Founder of Shortlyster, interviews Matt Farnell a serial entrepreneur whose user acquisition intelligence platform Appsperse was acquired by Adroll. Through his 15 years in the US, Matt has successfully navigated numerous visa classes, and has now successfully gained his green card. Carl also speaks with Elizabeth Jamae, an immigration lawyer, who has worked with many Aussie tech founders and their teams to secure the correct US visas.

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