37 Degrees Latitude Podcast

37 Degrees Latitude

The U.S. Consulate General Melbourne is excited to announce the launch of a new podcast series, 37 Degrees Latitude!

If geography is destiny, there must be something special about 37 degrees latitude.  At 37˚S, you’ll find Melbourne, Australia; at 37˚N, you’ll find Silicon Valley.

In this podcast series, major Australian startups like Culture Amp, CloudPeeps, Blackbird Ventures and 99 Designs share their insights on how they made it big in the U.S.

Hosted by Mike Kleine, the U.S. Consul General to Melbourne, the series explores the highs and lows of what it takes to grow an Australian business in the U.S; Australia’s most important economic partner with a two-way trade partnership worth more than $80 billion dollars annually.


Martin Hosking, Redbubble

Martin Hosking, Redbubble

Martin Hosking recognizes all startups need two things: “the gap in the market and the market in the gap.” 

This week on 37 Degrees Latitude, Martin Hosking, CEO and co-founder of Redbubble, talks about a career that spans international diplomacy, Web 1.0 startups, the dot-com bubble, an Australian unicorn, and now, an Australian based print-on-demand marketplace supporting artists around the world.

U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine hosts Martin to reflect on the lessons learned in his career that include the value of focus, the realities of building a business with a global mindset, and navigating delayed-onset culture shock – with a little help from the San Francisco Giants.

Evelyn Chan, Smileyscope

Evelyn Chan, Smileyscope

Evelyn Chan thinks more about the big picture after her experience in the U.S. because Americans “want to see the whole thing.”

This week on 37 Degrees Latitude, Dr. Evelyn Chan, MD, and CEO of Smileyscope talks about navigating pitch meetings, building a proven medical technology from the ground up, and introducing Poggles the Penguin to the world.

Smileyscope, a virtual reality medical device, is taking off both in Australia and the United States thanks to an innovative product, some warm contacts, and both Americans and Australians who were willing to go out of their way to help a new business.

U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine hosts Evelyn to find out more about how gymnastics, pediatrics, and an Italian village combined to build a cutting-edge business that turns needle procedures from something scary into an undersea adventure.

Patrick Llewellyn, 99Designs

Patrick Llewellyn, 99Designs

Patrick Llewellyn thinks the U.S. is “The land of anything is possible”

…and that hipsters everywhere are making great coffee these days.

This week on 37 Degrees Latitude, Patrick Llewellyn, CEO of 99 Designs talks about his journey from the circus in Melbourne to loaning Instagram some internet bandwidth in San Francisco, and growing a truly international business.

Patrick found his success in San Francisco with the help of fellow Aussie entrepreneurs, the E3 visa, and by building a culture-first company, all while reveling in his company’s “unique Australianness.” U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine hosts Patrick to dive into Patrick’s story that winds its way through a winery, a condemned startup hub, gruff Australians, polite Americans, and some average coffee – all of which helped shape his experience to grow 99 Designs at 37˚  north and south.

Nick Crocker, Blackbird Ventures

Nick Crocker, Blackbird Ventures

Nick Crocker says “Don’t Do Self-Deprecation.”  

This week on 37 Degrees Latitude, Nick Crocker reflects on ambition, story telling, tall-poppy syndrome and the surface area of serendipity.

As a both a founder and an investor, Nick knows that a focus on the product is paramount, but timing and a little luck goes a long way when you’re trying to get started as an entrepreneur in both Australia and the United States.

U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine hosts Nick to investigate the secrets of his success that spans entrepreneurship in music, fitness, and venture capital at 37˚ north and south.

Kate Kendall, CloudPeeps

Kate Kendall, CloudPeeps

Kate Kendall knows “Fortune is in the follow-up.” 

This week on 37 Degrees Latitude, Kate Kendall explains the diverse startup ecosystems across the United States, the importance of giving it a shot, and doubling down on persistence.

Kate knew where the future of work was heading, and founded CloudPeeps – well ahead of the curve, but also took time to pay it forward by starting the Australian Founders Network, so Aussie founders in the U.S. will always have a friendly door to knock on. U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine hosts Kate to discuss Australia’s special U.S. E3 visas, asynchronous communication, and the next generation of accessible female entrepreneurship through Atto accelerator.

Didier Elzinga, Culture Amp

Didier Elzinga, Culture Amp

Didier’s journey to becoming not a unicorn, but a culture “koala-corn.” 

This week on 37 Degrees Latitude, Didier Elzinga, the founder, and CEO of Culture Amp talks about his journey to become a global leader in building culture-first companies and a name synonymous with entrepreneurial success.

Didier knows the challenges of scaling a startup from four people in a coworking space, to a multinational success with offices around the world. But his most important piece of advice: show up.

U.S. Consul General Mike Kleine asks Didier to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion, thinking globally from the outset, and turning quintessential Australian qualities into Silicon Valley assets.

Season 1 - Trailer 37 Degrees Latitude

Season 1 - Trailer 37 Degrees Latitude

At 37˚S, you’ll find Melbourne, Australia; at 37˚N, you’ll find Silicon Valley (and Area 51, too 🛸).

In this podcast, U.S. Consul General Michael Kleine meets the Australian founders and entrepreneurs who cut a path between 37˚ N & S and found capital, partners, markets and success in the United States.

Michael is a career Foreign Service Officer currently serving as U.S. Consul General in Melbourne.

As a former founder (remember Mike’s Mugs?) turned diplomat, Michael has a deep-seated interest in entrepreneurship, a fascination with innovation, and a passion for the U.S.-Australia relationship.