Mark

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Argaman

// Portfolio and Community Associate

Mark

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Argaman

// Portfolio and Community Associate
// I Work For
// I Work For
Our founders, their teams, and our communities across the startup ecosystem
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To solve a problem, you need to deeply understand what the problem is – and that starts by listening. Not listening at a surface level, but active listening. Leaning in, asking open questions, testing, learning. Listening with the intent to understand. Listening as my mum would put it, to walk a mile in someone's shoes. I call this the art of inquiry, and if I could choose one ‘superpower’ to harness at work, this would be it. Living in the problem space, understanding the opportunity and having the ability to ask the cut-through question that reframes the conversation.  

I am driven by a practice of deliberate design – I like to leave few things to chance. Once I understand the problem and have a clear vision of what the objectives are, that means ensuring every step taken has a direct connection to the outcomes trying to be created. Growing up, this appreciation of design led me to want to be an architect. I remember standing at the base of a building and trying to imagine how someone took an idea and turned it into the reality that stood before me. It was awe inspiring. Although the many twists and turns of life led me away from those early architectural ambitions – nothing gets me more excited than the opportunity to build awesome things. The principles that originally drew me to architecture have held true in many other areas of my life. 

I believe that great leaders have a contagious ability to inspire people to challenge the status quo, do their best work and foster their own individual leadership. I was lucky enough to work under this kind of leadership at PwC, where a Director taught me the power of seeing with fresh eyes, and encouraged me to ask myself and the people around me; ‘Why? Why are we doing this? Why is this the best way?’ This perspective made me think about the kind of leader that I wanted to be and became a constant reminder to hold onto that day #1 mentality in everything I do.  

Still to this day, my mum is my greatest role model and mentor in all aspects of my life, both personal and professional. Having moved halfway across the world in search of a better life for her family. She raised me with the belief that anything is possible. She showed me how to be generous and empathetic, while also being one of the boldest and strategic people I’ve ever met. She taught me that when trying to understand someone, to try and walk a mile in their shoes. While that may sometimes be hard, she always role modeled being curious enough to start by asking questions. For my mum, everything in life, including business revolves around relationships. The types of relationships that are built to last. Over the years these lessons have sunk in and stand as the foundation beneath how I show up every day.

I am excited by the opportunity, each and every day, to help people realise their dreams.  I work hard to make this a tangible part of  all aspects of my life. At PwC I helped Australia’s largest organisations, and the people within them, work through the complex problems that kept them up at night. Through the ‘Work Drink’s podcast I created, we facilitated conversations that fostered two way mentor relationships at an industry level. At Google I sought to understand how their products and services could best solve student technology and career needs. I love having conversations with people that stretch their thinking beyond the glass ceilings they put upon themselves. All of these experiences boil down to one thing; a strong desire to want to help people figure out what they are good at and celebrate their wins and learnings with them.

Beyond having an abundance of natural beauty, Australia also has an abundance of incredibly talented people with aspirations to have impact at a global level. Over the last decade our homegrown start up ecosystem has gone from strength to strength. VC plays a vital role in the lifeblood of Australia’s innovation, and I am most excited about the opportunity (and responsibility) of supporting local B2B software founders and teams on their individual and collective journeys to help take Australia to the world stage. And continue to help the world work smarter, giving us more time to work hard on the things that we are most passionate about and tackle the problems that truly matter.

To solve a problem, you need to deeply understand what the problem is – and that starts by listening. Not listening at a surface level, but active listening. Leaning in, asking open questions, testing, learning. Listening with the intent to understand. Listening as my mum would put it, to walk a mile in someone's shoes. I call this the art of inquiry, and if I could choose one ‘superpower’ to harness at work, this would be it. Living in the problem space, understanding the opportunity and having the ability to ask the cut-through question that reframes the conversation.  

I am driven by a practice of deliberate design – I like to leave few things to chance. Once I understand the problem and have a clear vision of what the objectives are, that means ensuring every step taken has a direct connection to the outcomes trying to be created. Growing up, this appreciation of design led me to want to be an architect. I remember standing at the base of a building and trying to imagine how someone took an idea and turned it into the reality that stood before me. It was awe inspiring. Although the many twists and turns of life led me away from those early architectural ambitions – nothing gets me more excited than the opportunity to build awesome things. The principles that originally drew me to architecture have held true in many other areas of my life. 

I believe that great leaders have a contagious ability to inspire people to challenge the status quo, do their best work and foster their own individual leadership. I was lucky enough to work under this kind of leadership at PwC, where a Director taught me the power of seeing with fresh eyes, and encouraged me to ask myself and the people around me; ‘Why? Why are we doing this? Why is this the best way?’ This perspective made me think about the kind of leader that I wanted to be and became a constant reminder to hold onto that day #1 mentality in everything I do.  

Still to this day, my mum is my greatest role model and mentor in all aspects of my life, both personal and professional. Having moved halfway across the world in search of a better life for her family. She raised me with the belief that anything is possible. She showed me how to be generous and empathetic, while also being one of the boldest and strategic people I’ve ever met. She taught me that when trying to understand someone, to try and walk a mile in their shoes. While that may sometimes be hard, she always role modeled being curious enough to start by asking questions. For my mum, everything in life, including business revolves around relationships. The types of relationships that are built to last. Over the years these lessons have sunk in and stand as the foundation beneath how I show up every day.

I am excited by the opportunity, each and every day, to help people realise their dreams.  I work hard to make this a tangible part of  all aspects of my life. At PwC I helped Australia’s largest organisations, and the people within them, work through the complex problems that kept them up at night. Through the ‘Work Drink’s podcast I created, we facilitated conversations that fostered two way mentor relationships at an industry level. At Google I sought to understand how their products and services could best solve student technology and career needs. I love having conversations with people that stretch their thinking beyond the glass ceilings they put upon themselves. All of these experiences boil down to one thing; a strong desire to want to help people figure out what they are good at and celebrate their wins and learnings with them.

Beyond having an abundance of natural beauty, Australia also has an abundance of incredibly talented people with aspirations to have impact at a global level. Over the last decade our homegrown start up ecosystem has gone from strength to strength. VC plays a vital role in the lifeblood of Australia’s innovation, and I am most excited about the opportunity (and responsibility) of supporting local B2B software founders and teams on their individual and collective journeys to help take Australia to the world stage. And continue to help the world work smarter, giving us more time to work hard on the things that we are most passionate about and tackle the problems that truly matter.

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