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

Co-founder, 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.

Murray Bleach

Chair (Seed)

Co-founder, 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.

Chris Brookman

Head of Distribution

Fundraiser, relationship-builder, and problem solver. Chris is a distribution leader with over 20 years of experience working with boutique and institutional investment managers across the globe. He brings tenacity, empathy, and energy to deliver a best-in-class approach to investor relations and distribution. Formerly ING, Macquarie, Pinnacle Investment Management.

Fee Lal

Senior Associate

Fundraising and governance guru. With years of experience across corporate law and M&A, Fee has been instrumental in assisting founders from inception to exit and beyond. She tackles complex challenges from her unique dual perspective, seamlessly blending a human-centred ethos with a strategic corporate approach. Formerly Atlassian, Marque Lawyers

Kieran O'Neill

Senior Associate

Former founder, solution-oriented. With a broad range of experience in finance and sales, Kieran loves to work with founders to tackle unique problems. By leveraging his incisive mind and unyielding commitment, he helps entrepreneurs sharpen their operations and ready themselves for growth. Formerly Hometime, Macquarie, Goldman Sachs.

Samadhi Pelenda

Associate

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.

Camille Bianco

Investor Relations

Global perspective, self-starter, active listener. With experience that spans three continents, Camille provides high-touch, first-class service for local and international investors. She is well-versed in portfolio construction, and brings holistic, advice-driven thinking into the realm of venture capital investing. Formally J.P. Morgan Private Bank (USA), Watco Australia, Wells Fargo Advisers (USA).

Vicky Clare

Community Success

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.

Liz Ross

Marketing Lead

Brand strategist, expert storyteller. Liz has specialised in end-to-end, audience-first brand marketing strategy for over 13 years. She harnesses her expertise to develop engaging integrated marketing programs that build brand preference and drive customer action. She’s the driving force behind how we position ourselves and connect with aligned founders and investors. Formerly Microsoft, Dovetail.

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.

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.