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August 2017

An Angel at My Table: 8 August
Which pitch will win?

August 8, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our annual An Angel at My Table event is one of the most popular nights on the NZSA calendar. You’re invited to watch four early-stage entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of three ‘dragons’. There will be real prize money for the winners, high drama and lots of fun. As well as excellent entertainment, members of the audience get to vote for The Peoples’ Choice award! Competitors will all bring their A-game and be prepped to negotiate. You’ll see first-hand what…

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September 2017

Mapp your own destiny – the Promapp Growth story

September 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ivan Seselj - Promapp

Since Ivan Seselj co-founded Promapp in 2002, it has grown into a leading cloud-based Business Process Modelling system that is the software of choice for organisations like Toyota, McDonalds and Amcor. From its head office in Auckland, Promapp has expanded its operation internationally with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, San Francisco and London, servicing over 60,000 users from all over the globe. With his experience and passion for helping teams engage and improve their business processes and performance, Ivan has helped…

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October 2017

Culture and Performance – Lessons from Trade Me

October 10, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ruth Brown - Trademe

Don’t try and change a culture the way I tried   As Head of User Experience at Trade Me since 2012 Ruth Brown ensures that millions of Kiwis enjoy buying and selling on NZ’s largest internet based auction website. Ruth is an expert in UX who learned first-hand how not to change culture, before figuring out what works. Ruth will tell her dramatic tale of making Trade Me’s culture more user-focused, and share her experiences: Breaking Trade Me’s seventh value…

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November 2017

November Networking Dinner with Alex Mercer, Xero’s Head of Global Communications

November 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Alex Mercer - Xero

This month we welcome an unsung star of the tech industry, Alex Mercer. One of New Zealand’s most experienced global communications specialists. Alex will talk about her history at Microsoft and how she rose to be Microsoft’s Corporate Communications Director, running worldwide PR, managing citizenship strategy and working on executive communications. Her topic is the importance of communications and the role communications plays in building a successful tech business. After Microsoft, Alex worked as communications strategist at Bill Gates’ Seattle-based…

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December 2017

SOLD OUT: Human + machine: AI in the 21st century

December 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Greg Cross - Soul Machines

At our final networking event for 2017 you can hear AI innovator Greg Cross, one of New Zealand’s leading tech entrepreneurs talk about his latest venture Soul Machines. Greg has an outstanding track record of nurturing IT companies in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, as a former managing director of Microsoft New Zealand, chairman of business incubator The Icehouse and CEO of PowerbyProxi. Soul Machines is a ground-breaking start-up combining AI research, neuroscience, and psychology, to create incredibly life-like,…

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February 2018

Ross Brown, Wine-Searcher: Serving wine to the world

February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ros Brown - Wine Searcher

The Financial Times called Wine-Searcher the “Google of Wine”. Wine-Searcher picks up the wine, spirit and beer prices of merchants everyday, all over the world. Wine-Searcher has also been called the Trivago for wine. The main markets are America, UK, and Europe. China grows at a rapid pace as the Chinese consumer discovers wine. Wine-Searcher has five million monthly active users. The wine trade the world over relies on the pricing and location information as well as serious wine consumers…

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March 2018

Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel

March 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sandy Mamoli - Nomad8

Get ready to challenge what you believe about forming teams in your business. Could you let the people in your business decide which team they should work in? We’re thrilled to have Sandy Mamoli sharing her international experience with forming self-selecting teams. From her work with global enterprises in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Copenhagen to New Zealand companies like Trade Me, BNZ, Snapper and Weta, Sandy Mamoli has accumulated a wealth of knowledge of using self-selection to create great teams. By…

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April 2018

Brace for Impact – Cyberthreats to your business and customers

April 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Edwin Lim

If you think cyberattacks and ransoms are straight out of a bad action movie, look no further than the havoc caused by the Panama Papers leak, the WannaCry attack, and the recent exploitation of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica. The importance of cybersecurity is growing more critical by the day. We are continuing to witness new attacks and exploitation on an unprecedented scale here in New Zealand, and across the globe. How ready is your business to deal with cyberthreats?…

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May 2018

Making Data Pay

May 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Carmen Vicelich

Carmen Vicelich is an extraordinary entrepreneur and a self-confessed ‘data-tech geek’ who breaks the mould. There is probably no-one in New Zealand more knowledgeable about big data.

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June 2018

Pushing the boundaries

June 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Danu Abeysuriya

Danu Abeysuriya is the Founder and CTO of Rush Digital, one of New Zealand’s most innovative and respected digital design and engineering studios. Danu founded Rush Digital in 2010 at the tender age of 24. Danu is recognised as a technical innovator, entrepreneur and leader in technology. In 2016, Danu was the well-deserved winner of the Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award. In 2017 he was one of the People’s Choice winners for Most Creative in digital/data for Idealog and Accenture’s Most…

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