About PhillipKingston.com

I’ve had this domain since 2006 and it has taken on various incarnations since then to support my business and non-profit interests.

In 2020, after a number of quite significant life events, it will take on a new role.

I intend to post fairly regularly on a diverse range of topics including:

  • Entrepreneurial and business learnings from my 18 years working in my own technology businesses.
  • Market failure and irrationality.
  • Quirks in public markets and resulting opportunities.
  • Private markets and venture capital gossip.
  • Behind the scenes stories from my time at Sargon, GrowthOps and Trimantium.
  • Challenges and announcements from my new business Galactic Bioware

I am also likely to post niche content in the realms of skateboarding, DOTA and survivalism. Consider yourself warned. Please read and agree to the disclaimer before reading on.

Latest Posts

  • Consumer-grade Mesh Home Wifi Experiment
    I think it is safe to say that the home / retail end of the mesh wifi market is still pretty nascent. I thought I’d try something new at home, so I ventured into the Mercku ecosystem. I picked Mercku because it had a good blend of the following criteria: Minimal and discreet aesthetic, reasonable reviews for reliability and uptime, a demonstrated commitment to maintaining firmware, nice origin story on Indigogo
  • Harrington Kingston Hass
    I am now a Partner at Harrington Kingston Hass working with an amazing team of investigators, negotiators and intelligence people. Harrington Kingston Hass is an investigation, negotiation and counter-intelligence company focused on the corporate sector. HKH assists clients to be successful in litigation and make better decisions informed by the very best and most up-to-date information available.
  • Oligopolies are great for entrepreneurs
    An oligopoly has various academic definitions that describe the same kind of market structure: an inefficient market with market power concentrated in a small number of firms where consumers are overpaying for the particular good or service at a given level of quality. Overpaying takes various forms including an inferior product being overcharged for, or an OK product commanding a significant price premium due to the market structure (e.g. artificially restricted supply).
  • Go Bag – Optical Additions
    The current Go bag is light on escape and tactical optics so I’ve made the following additions. This all still fits in the Condor Colossus Duffle Bag (52 Litres) although it is getting cramped in there. Sneak peak of some Galactic Bioware prototypes.
  • Updated Ride
    In preparation for the new skate park which is mostly street (vs. vert), I’ve gone back to my street roots and made some changes to my rig. I reduced the size of my wheels from 55mm to 51mm for better control and feel…
  • Now there is a mailing list
    This website has been considerably more popular than I expected which I’m sure will be short-lived given the lacklustre content and the incoherent mix of eclectic topics. Until then, milk it. More than 1,000 unique visitors in its first month! I have started a mailing list, should you wish to join it.
  • Senate Fintech Inquiry – Initial Thoughts
    The second issues paper published by the Australian Senate’s Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology is showing signs of progress in understanding the issues, blockers and opportunities for Australian fintech companies, however is light in the following critical areas: access to talent, access to capital via Australian public markets and foreign investments.
  • Australian Senate’s Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology
    The work of Senator Andrew Bragg and the Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology is very important and I wanted to draw more people’s attention to the issues papers and their findings, as well as my submission from late 2019. I would like to acknowledge the significant contributions of Emma Needham, Michael Walsh and Saurav Das into the December 2019 submission.


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