Techweek AKL: The Art of Angel Investing

Tomorrow  night, I plan to attend the angel@mytable event which is being sponsored by Tauranga's Venture Centre and being hosted at Grid AKL in Halsey Street. It is all part of Techweek AKL. Twelve months ago, Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures spoke up at the road at the ASB Cube Conference centre.  The focus of the event [...]

By |May 17th, 2016|Raising Capital|0 Comments

Techweek AKL 2016: The Secrets of Silicon Valley

It's exactly 12 months ago that Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures and Adiba Barney, CEO of SVForum visited New Zealand as guests of Wharf42. During the week, audiences in Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch & Auckland heard Bill & Adiba talk about different aspects of Silicon Valley, entrepreneurship & investing. During Techweek AKL 2016, which starts in earnest today, [...]

By |May 16th, 2016|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

Adiba Barney and the Book about her Life Journey

In May last year, I was privileged to bring Adiba Barney, CEO of SVForum, over to New Zealand. We spent a fabulous week with Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, meeting entrepreneurs and investors across the country. I had first met Adiba back in 2014 when we caught up in a café on University Avenue in Palo Alto. [...]

By |February 18th, 2016|Start-Up|0 Comments

Thinking AgTech. Thinking 2016.

Overnight I received an email from a well-known AgTech ecosystem player, based in San Francisco. He advised that folks had been approaching him to put together a new fund to invest across AgTech opportunities. Would I be interested in taking part? For the past two weeks, I have been putting together a re-designed website for Wharf42. A combination of a [...]

By |October 22nd, 2015|AgTech|0 Comments

Wharf42’s Labor Day Update from Sunnyvale

It’s been almost 9 weeks since Jacqui and I landed in Silicon Valley. It’s been a busy two months. When we first arrived, our focus was on building up the Meteoroid Program and supporting early stage Kiwi tech companies begin their journey here. Our work with the International team at the Plug and Play Tech Center has made that mission [...]

By |September 7th, 2015|Wharf42|0 Comments

The 2016 New Zealand Meets Silicon Valley Program

Last night, I caught up with Adiba Barney and Bill Reichert for dinner. It was great to reconnect. A key outcome of the evening was the discussion around some of the logistics necessary for Wharf42’s 2016 #NZgoesSV program supporting Kiwi tech start-ups looking to explore opportunities in Silicon Valley. The discussion was necessary. We are looking to bring upto 40 [...]

By |August 7th, 2015|Silicon Valley|3 Comments

Have you joined SVForum yet?

It’s been a week since I landed in Sunnyvale. It’s been a week of re-connections, new connections and BBQs. Yeah! On Thursday, I caught up with Adiba Barney from SVForum. We discussed the planned #NZgoesSV program and various other potential initiatives for the coming 12 months. The visit to New Zealand back in May has left some lasting impressions. The [...]

By |July 14th, 2015|Silicon Valley|0 Comments

Supporting the ‘Unofficial’ NZ Start-up Sector in the Valley

I have been thinking about this post for some time. Over the past few months, I have been speaking to a number of Kiwi tech start-ups interested in joining the Meteoroid Program. They represent a whole set of different domains and come from different parts of the country. A select few are joining the Program next week. Like most Programs, [...]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Start-Up|0 Comments

VIDEOS: Bill Reichert & Adiba Barney in New Zealand

When Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures & Adiba Barney, CEO of SVForum visited New Zealand last month, Wharf42 commissioned 90Seconds to film several of the key public events and presentations. We were keen to capture the content to assist the start-ups who participated in the tour, replay their pitch and take on board the comments that both [...]

By |June 30th, 2015|Wharf42|1 Comment

Investing in Corporate Venture

Over the past twelve months, I suspect that a good 90% of my focus has been on building up Wharf42’s capabilities to support start-up tech companies in both New Zealand and Silicon Valley. In New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation’s announcement last July that WNT Ventures had been selected as one of three new tech-focused incubators consolidated an emerging collaboration between entrepreneurs [...]

By |May 28th, 2015|Corporate Venture|1 Comment