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February 2017

Adaptive Product Strategy with Agile

February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Edwin Dando

How do you come up with a decent product strategy when technology, customers and markets change so quickly? How do you know whether your product is actually solving your customer’s problems? And what about finding new problems to solve? At our February event, veteran agile leader Edwin Dando, General Manager – Education at Assurity Consulting will talk about how companies can use the power of iterative, incremental delivery coupled with Design Thinking to create an experiment-driven approach to product development…

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March 2017

How to Ensure Your Past Doesn’t Prevent Your Future

March 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brett Roberts

Salim Ismail’s quote that ‘any company designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st’ is something that Brett Roberts thinks about a lot. In this presentation / discussion Brett will share his view on Datacom’s history, what has led them to where they are now, and how they’re adapting to face the future. It will be an insightful look into what it takes to engineer long-term success in the fastest changing industry of all…

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April 2017

Latipay – Scaling the Great China Payments Wall

April 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Leigh Flounders standing in front of Latipay Logo

Hear CEO Leigh Flounders explain how Latipay set about conquering China’s e-commerce digital frontier, and the challenges of dealing with growth while building a payment gateway to change the way Chinese consumers interact with Kiwi and Australian businesses.

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May 2017

Scaling software product businesses without losing the magic

May 9 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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