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May 2017

Scaling software product businesses without losing the magic

May 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gareth Cronin

As software development teams grow, the needs of the teams change, and new kinds of leadership are required. The challenge is to ensure engineering processes are sufficiently tight and predictable, without losing essential creativity and the ability to innovate. Come and hear Gareth’s story as he shares lessons learned from working in some of New Zealand’s most successful software product businesses when: Long-time customers voice frustration that the products they use have stopped improving. Sales teams complain that nothing new…

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SOLD OUT – Is now a good time to sell? Ask the experts from Corum Group

May 30, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Disruptive change, aggressive new buyers, record cash, and rising valuations are making this the best time to sell in a decade. Many owners are taking advantage – but are you ready? Join us for the most up-to-date Tech M&A briefing for executives and buyers in software, IT and related technology: What are the trends and valuations you need to know? What is the process to achieve an optimal outcome? How do you keep from being a deal disaster – one…

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June 2017

Platforms: taking software from good to great

June 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Greg Sharp

Greg Sharp is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading IT innovators, having spent 23 years in the IT industry, both in New Zealand and the UK. Greg has successfully grown two managed service provider (MSP) businesses to become market leaders in the provision of services to the SME and mid-market segments. In 2008 Greg founded Base 2 and over the past nine years has led the company to become a multi-award winning IT Managed Services provider.
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July 2017

Attract good people and smart money

July 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Josh Comrie

New speaker for July’s networking dinner, replacing Rudi Bublitz. Josh Comrie has a unique insight into the software industry in New Zealand, having built businesses, invested in many start-ups as well as finding the skills and people that has enabled the industry to expand so rapidly. Josh is Co-Founder of Flying Kiwi Angels, replacing Rudi Bublitz as our speaker in July. Josh made his first start-up investment 16 years ago. Since then he’s invested in 18 others but he is…

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An Angel at My Table: Call for Entries

July 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Call for Entries Are you: An emerging or growing software, SaaS or mobile app company Looking for investment? Keen to practice your pitch and negotiation skills in a fun, supportive environment? Keen to network with entrepreneurs and investors in the software, SaaS and mobile app sectors? The New Zealand Software Association (NZSA) is calling for entries for its annual An Angel at My Table competition. There’s a prize pool of $1,500 to be awarded. Four finalists will be chosen to…

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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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