Elaine Stead’s new venture capital firm on the whoopsie website

The six-part fact sheet was taken word for word from none other than rival Sydney-based venture capital firm EVP, formerly known as Equity Venture Partners, run by Les Szekely Y Howard Leibmanmeaning Tribe Global’s FAQ sheet name was EVP verified six times – oops!

The Tribe Global Ventures website lists frequently asked questions for potential clients…

…which are identical to FAQs published by EVP, the rival Sydney-based venture capital firm.

Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery; a conspicuously silent sentence about inadvertent and outright plagiarism.

Shortly after we asked Tribe what the problem was, the section went offline and, in a classic blame shift, Birkby told us that the page was “pre-created by the design agency that recently built our site, which is still Developing”.

Curious, given that the website’s seemingly fully functional “get investment” portal is begging B2B companies to make funding pitches (indeed, Tribe warns startups to “say no, a lot,” as it has only invested in less than 2 percent of applicants). Doesn’t this strict due diligence approach extend to looking at your own website before posting it online?

After we alerted Tribe to his EVP issue, Stead warned his Twitter followers that we were coming up with “another hit piece” and that “the bullying continues.” It’s always our fault when things go wrong!

Following Stead’s successful libel suit against this newspaper, he said the australianthe obedient technological stenographer david swan that (before short-seller Glaucus suggested that Blue Sky’s assets were overvalued) the now-collapsed company was “genuinely a good deal”.

“We weren’t perfect, and by that I mean we were growing very fast, and when you go fast, there are gaps that you have to try to fill. We were building the plane as it took off,” Stead implored.

other side of the room

Yet here we have Tribe Global cruising in altitude, while their website tells customers that they’re sitting on a different airline.

Birkby was one of more than 100 Australian techies and parasites who signed an open letter urging The Australian Financial Review chief editor michael stutchbury to “exercise the necessary editorial leadership to end” any further articles mentioning Stead after his libel victory last year, which the letter alleges was a campaign of intimidation.

However, Stead now finds herself on the opposite side of the courtroom, as the class action firm Banton Group has sued her and her fellow former Blue Sky directors, auditors and the consulting firm EY, alleging that investors they were hurt by exaggerated claims about the company’s financial performance and asset value.

I wonder if the Australian tech community, the self-congratulating tribe, will accuse Banton and his subscribers of collective bullying?

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