Monday, 23 August 2021 11:49

Changes at the top of Melbourne Angels

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Melbourne Angels vice president Jillian Zsidy and president Paul Baron Melbourne Angels vice president Jillian Zsidy and president Paul Baron

Investment group Melbourne Angels has appointed Paul Baron as president and Jillian Zsidy as vice president.

Paul Baron has been involved with Melbourne Angels since 2018. He established Melbourne Angel's Angel in Residence program with a range of co-working spaces and remains Angel in Residence at Inspire9.

Baron is a full-time advisor, startup investor and consultant. He is currently and advisor to YouLivetoTravel, a consultant to Sentient Vision Systems and Sentient Bionics, an advisory board member at Navii Digital, and a non-executive director at 3DM Biomedical.

Melbourne Angels' more than 90 members together invest between $2 million and $3 million in early-stage start-ups every year.

"We will continue to focus on growing and educating our angel investment community and our work to streamline and demystify our activities both to founders and future angel investors" said Baron.

"I love sharing my passion for start-ups. Some people start share portfolios - for me I started a portfolio of start-up companies to create something that wasn't there before, something which I could be engaged with, which I could add value to, something that would create jobs and make the world a better place."

"I was thrilled when Jillian was appointed as vice president. She is a passionate advocate for start-ups. Her honest, direct and authentic approach has made her a highly valued member of Melbourne Angels. Her work on the screening team has been outstanding and I know many founders have appreciated her feedback and advice in pitching for investment."

Jillian Zsidy is a self-described start-up addict, as well as being an Agile project delivery professional at ANZ Bank.

She previously held technical roles at Telstra, Gadfly, and NAB, as well as marketing roles at Megatech and Kanbay.

Patricia Boyce, a director of Seed Advisory, has joined the Melbourne Angels management team, replacing Jonathan Tooth who stood down this year to focus on his work but remains an active member of the group.

Founder and long-time president Jordan Green moves into the role of president emeritus.

"Jordan Green's contribution and service to the group as both founder and president for 15 years has been outstanding" said Baron.

"Jordan has an international reputation as a knowledgeable and influential thought leader. He has an unmatched network across angel groups and a long list of achievements and successes over his years of service but perhaps what he is best known for amongst Melbourne Angels is his generosity with his time and energy helping and advising both founders and investors."


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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