Our investment team are experts in growth investing and business building. Bailador was founded by seasoned investors with an excellent track record and they have built an experienced team of technology investment specialists.

David Kirk

Co-Founder, Partner

David is the former Chief
 Executive of ASX-listed Fairfax
Media Ltd., where he led the 
successful investment into a
 number of internet businesses
 including Fairfax’s acquisition of
 Trade Me and Stayz. David has been a growth stage investor in technology-based businesses since 1999. He is Chairman of ASX-listed Trade Me Group Limited and Kathmandu Holdings Limited, Chairman of Forsyth Barr Limited, a privately-owned New Zealand investment firm, and a Director of each of DocsCorp, SMI, Viostream and Rezdy.

Prior to entering the corporate world, David enjoyed a highly successful rugby career, captaining the All Blacks to win the World Cup in 1987. He was awarded an MBE in 1988.

David is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in Medicine from Otago University, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. 

Paul Wilson

Co-Founder, Partner

Paul has had extensive private equity investment experience as a Director of CHAMP Private Equity in Sydney and New York, with MetLife in London, and as Executive Director at media focused investment group, Illyria Pty Ltd. Paul is a Director of SiteMinder, Straker Translations, Stackla, the Rajasthan Royals IPL cricket franchise, and ASX listed Vita Group Limited. 

Paul has a B. Bus, Banking and Finance from QUT and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

James Johnstone

Investment Director

James provides operational expertise for Bailador portfolio companies, drawing on his experience scaling a fast growth technology company. He was a founding Director and CFO of Mozo, an online marketplace and winner of Deloitte Fast 50 and BRW Fast Starter Awards.

James has more than 15 years’ experience in strategy consulting and corporate development, previously working with Virgin Travel and Virgin Financial in Sydney and London.

He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from UTS Sydney, is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

James is Director for Bailador companies DocsCorp and Viostream, and works closely with Straker Translations [ASX:STG] and Lendi.

Michael Hayes

Investment Manager

Mike provides extensive operational support for the Bailador portfolio including business performance analysis, strategic planning, corporate development and capital raising support. He works closely with Bailador companies Instaclustr, DocsCorp, Stackla and Lendi.

Mike has more than six years experience evaluating investment opportunities across the media, technology and retail sectors in the US. He began his career in the Corporate Strategy group at The Walt Disney Company, the in-house M&A and strategic consulting team, where he was responsible for evaluating and executing M&A transactions for Disney.

Prior to joining Bailador, Mike was a Buy-Side Equity Analyst at Boulevard Capital Management, a US hedge fund based in Los Angeles.

Mike graduated with Honors (cum laude) from Harvard University, where he received an A.B. in Economics.

Mike is an Observer on the board of Instaclustr.

Adam Goldschmidt

Investment Analyst Intern

Adam joined Baildaor in 2019 and provides investment and operational support for the investment team. He has had prior experience in Funds management in New York (Catalyst Funds) working in Equity Research.

Adam is a current student at the University of New south Wales studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction).

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Finance & Administration

The Finance & Administration team has been actively involved with Bailador since its establishment, playing a crucial role in the IPO of the fund in November 2014, having held prior senior roles in large publicly listed companies.

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Board of Directors

Bailador's Board of Directors are longstanding leaders of their industries, bringing a wealth of capability to BTI and extending their networks to portfolio companies to actively support growth initiatives.

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