ThincBoards: Get your business board ready.

Get your business board ready.

Sasha Baranikov

What is ThincBoards?

Welcome to ThincBoards, a 2-day intensive program that champions founders, advisors and directors on their journey of board readiness. 

This program aims to guide companies through proven processes and key learnings to prepare them for either their first steps into formation or evolutionary changes to their Company’s governance.

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Meet the Industry Experts of ThincBoards

Sasha Baranikov, Managing Director, Steam Ventures Pty Ltd

During her career Sasha has been an active investor, Director and C-level in multiple entertainment and technology companies and she thrives on the challenge of building businesses. A self-made entrepreneur and growth strategist, her 17 years of global experience spans entertainment, gaming, telecommunications, space and technology industries. As Co-Founder of Internet provider Uniti Wireless Limited (ASX:UWL), she took the company to an ASX listing within < 5 years and in < 10 the Company sold for ~ $3.7 billion to a global asset management consortium.

Sasha's innate curiosity and passion for building continues as a Startmate mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence - Growth & Governance in our ThincLab Accelerator. As an investor and advisor to a number of exciting startups and established businesses, Sasha has an intimate understanding of the high, lows and challenges that a Founder can experience. She brings authenticity, care and a Founder Mindset to the table. 

It’s a both a privilege and thrill to now be able to join other Australian Founders on their journeys - these unwavering pursuits of vision, which through the continuous exploration of ideas and determined trial and error, push boundaries to create the new futures that lay ahead of us. 
In her spare time, Sasha enjoys spending time with her young family and channeling her creative energy into her Art series and some early stage tourism projects in the Adelaide Hills.


Elaine Stead, Managing Director, Human Venture Capital

Recently appointed Investment Principal at Main Sequence Ventures, Elaine Stead is an angel and venture capital investor who has invested in over 100 early stage companies and helped chaperone them through their growth, Elaine has seen the different challenges founders must navigate as they build out their strategic and governance requirements at different points of the lifecycle. Elaine has herself been a director on over 20 boards across public and private companies in Aus and the U.S. Drawing on this experience, Elaine will talk to how to think about Board effectiveness - how to think about the role of the board in light of your stage, the skillsets needed and the importance of and strategies for effective communication.

Sonia Mascolo, Partner, Bentleys

Sonia Mascolo – a Partner of Bentleys SA – has unique double-barrelled expertise as a qualified and experienced taxation lawyer and accountant. Her substantial cross-practice tax experience enables her to provide a high level of end-to-end solutions for clients. Throughout her career, Sonia has practiced as a taxation lawyer in a large Adelaide law firm, a tax accountant with a ‘Big 4’ and as a tax technical specialist with the Australian Taxation Office. From this diverse range of experience, Sonia can approach a tax matter holistically and pragmatically to give her clients a complete solution. Sonia has presented many technical presentations for the Tax Institute providing thought leadership and peer to peer expertise.

Course outcomes

Our goal is to provide participants with the knowledge and resources to effectively design and manage the most appropriate board for their business. Through a series of workshops and interactions with peers and mentors, insights are provided into effective advisor or director compositions and decision-making processes through optimised administration.

Participants are assisted in navigating their way through stage appropriate business governance considerations, from formation to re-construction, with particular regard to board engagement and ongoing management. Building your network during industry networking is an added benefit.

This program offers more than just board formation and management knowledge. The business strategy and analysis undertaken can be used to enhance business operations, fundraising efforts, and internal decision-making. Participation is the first step in understanding the power of good governance and its importance in achieving business success.

Our partner

ThincBoards is newest in the ThincLab program line-up launching through collaboration with Steam Ventures. An investment and business growth advisory, Steam is led by tech entrepreneur Sasha Baranikov. ThincLab, The University of Adelaide's incubator, offers knowledge-rich support to students, alumni, staff, and startups.

Program Leads: Sessions will be delivered by Sasha Baranikov. An entrepreneur, advisor and director Sasha was the Co-Founder of telco unicorn, Uniti Wireless, later Uniti Group (ASX:UWL). Program management is coordinated by the ThincLab Team.