We're a diverse group of ex-founders, operators, and investors united by a mission to help bold, early-stage companies grow their brilliant ideas

Business strategists

Go to marketers

Seasoned investors

Tech founders

Product gurus

All-weather specialists

We've got skills and knowledge to share

A huge part of our business is creating trusting relationships with our founders, and matching our resources and services to the needs of each company.

Consider us your very own brains trust, ready to help with the ebbs and flows of being a seed-stage company and empowering founders to solve problems in their own way.

Meet the Tidal team

Grant McCarthy

Managing Partner

Leader, sounding board, visionary. Grant leverages a background in digital media and 20+ years of experience investing in seed companies in Asia & Australia and advising early-stage founders on their most critical challenges. He encourages big picture thinking, and guides companies to see strategic opportunities, build product-market fit, and prepare for institutional capital raising. Formerly Yahoo.

Wendell Keuneman

General Partner

Product gun, founders' go-to-guy. Wendell is a product-led-growth expert and multi-time start-up founder, armed with 20+ years of software engineering and product management experience. Whether you need to go deep in code, sound out an idea, get a reality check, or just talk through frustrations, Wendell's unique thinking helps others to see the path forward. Formerly Atlassian, Broadsoft & Inference.

Georgie Turner

Partner

Go-to-market guru, fundraising gun. Georgie has extensive experience in investment banking as well as enterprise sales, working closely alongside founders to develop successful go-to-market strategies. She brings wisdom and dedication to help founders optimise their business and prepare for the next round of fundraising. Formerly Bailador, Rackspace, Lazard.

Andrea Kowalski

Venture Partner

Growth specialist, global outlook. Andrea has successfully launched two funds in overseas markets all while building trusting personal relationships with founders as an adviser and confidant. With 15+ years of VC and tech investment experience, Andrea is our growth investment lead and US presence, preparing companies for global expansion and ongoing fundraising. Formerly Bailador, Boost & Co, UBS.

Max Kausman

Associate

Strategist, problem solver. With a background in strategy consulting and corporate advisory, Max can think big-picture as well as get into the detail. Relentlessly curious and deeply engaged, he works closely with founders on finance, growth, and strategy, helping them exploit opportunities and optimise commercial approaches. Formerly Bain & Co, Vesparum.

Karla Gatenby

Associate

Problem-solver and innovator. With a background in law, Karla has extensive experience in capital market companies, and strong connections in the startup world. She employs empathy, intelligence and practical skills to guide our founders along their business journey and help them achieve their vision of success. Formerly J.P. Morgan, Clayton Utz.

Vicky Clare

Portfolio Success Manager

Community, customers, talent. Vicky is a startup storyteller, able to highlight the metrics that matter and spot gaps in new markets. Her work with the US startup ecosystem has given her special insights into what it takes to go global. She’s here to help our founders connect to commercial opportunities, source talent, and succeed in the global market. Formerly Aussie Founders Network (USA), Investment NSW.

Samadhi Pelenda

Analyst

Ideas, insights, independent vision. Samadhi’s special gift is helping founders clarify their vision, quantify their capabilities, and turn ideas into reality. She brings considerable experience working with startup size enterprises as well as big public sector companies, harnessing data to promote growth. Formerly Macquarie, PwC.

Katie Ling

Analyst

Keen analysis with a human touch. Katie’s extensive background in big banking, financial services and strategic portfolio management, is balanced perfectly with her passion for startups, microfinance and agritech. At Tidal, she is a thinker, analyzer, change agent and problem-solver. Formerly Macquarie.

Murray Bleach

Co-founder & Chair (Seed)

Wise counsel, leader of leaders. Murray is a financial leader with over 30 years of investment, banking, and fund management experience, and a passionate, insightful backer of the newest ideas. Having served on high-profile boards, Murray's sound, practical experience supports every investment and underpins every Tidal value. Formerly IFM, Macquarie.

Tony Faure

Chair (Follow-On)

Clarity and conviction. Tony brings over 25 years of experience in the technology, data, and media industries, and has an extensive background of investing in early-stage companies and helping them scale. Tony brings vision and insight to Tidal's investment processes and governance. Chair of oOh!media and ReadyTech. Formerly Yahoo.

Craig Holden

Chief Financial Officer

Sage of finance. The buck stops with Craig and his 25 plus years in senior finance roles. His rigour and flair is the foundation of our operations and the bedrock of our best decisions. Continuously improving how we manage and govern the fund, he drives us to achieve business growth through best-in-class financial systems, processes, and thinking. Formerly Allen & Buckeridge.

Kristina Kardum

Head of Investor Relations

Investor relationship glue. Kristina is a seasoned investment leader and advisor, with over 15 years in senior and consultancy roles at high profile financial institutes. Her role at Tidal is to steer our investment strategy, and identify and nurture investors who share our passion for seed-stage business. Previously Julius Bar, MLC.

Parinita Gadekar

Fund Operations

Finance savvy with a startup heart. Parinita is a numbers and commerce wizard, with experience on the stock exchange and consulting for large financial enterprises. As a founder herself, Parinita now uses her STEM-finance-tech lens to help our founders flourish and succeed. Formerly Deloitte, Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Our values guide every decision and define every relationship

We are on a mission to be the premier seed fund in Australia & New Zealand by empowering and investing in outstanding founders who shape the future of industries.

Conviction is our currency

A clear view of a market and its dynamics can truly create the future. We cultivate themes to match market, team, model, and opportunity.

Show, don't tell

We lead by example to help learn and grow as a team. Effective communication requires authentic ways to cut-through.

Own your outcomes

Autonomy requires accountability and adapting quickly. We support conviction over consensus and guide each other's actions.

Think like a founder

Founders balance customer focus with strong execution. We are bold, scrappy, yet measured in how we build and refine.

United in diversity

We start with first principles and end with our unique skills and experience. Together they create optimal outcomes.