• Supporting Winternz 2015

    Supporting Winternz 2015

    Last week, I had a great conversation with Nuwanthie Samarakone, founder of ICE Professionals. Nuwanthie has linked up with Valley-based Craig Elliot to promote Craig’s fantastic initiative, Winternz. Winternz has been created to allow exceptional Kiwi undergraduate and graduate talent to experience Silicon Valley for 3 – 12 months. Winternz is not just targeting New […]

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  • Down on the Farm – Agriculture in California

    Down on the Farm – Agriculture in California

    I have spent quite a bit of this week looking at the relationship between AgTech & Silicon Valley. As a starting point, I decided to look at the agri-business sector in the wider state of California, so down to the farm I had planned to go. Except that there are 78,000 of them here, so […]

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  • Can New Zealand learn from Stanford University’s StartX?

    Can New Zealand learn from Stanford University’s StartX?

    Yesterday, I had a telephone conversation with a New Zealand-based journalist about just how Wharf42 was evolving in Silicon Valley. Conversation became a bit of a mash-up as we discussed different aspects of our work both here and in New Zealand. One question he asked was my view on how New Zealand universities were managing […]

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  • Building Innovation Ecosystems through Sister City Relationships

    Building Innovation Ecosystems through Sister City Relationships

    Last night I joined Mayor Celia Wade Brown and a delegation from both Wellington and San Francisco for dinner. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss developing connections between Wellington and San Francisco with the purpose of progressing a sister city relationship. Last month, I was invited by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development […]

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  • Vet-Tech: Accelerating U.S. Veteran Startups

    Vet-Tech: Accelerating U.S. Veteran Startups

    Yesterday, I had lunch with Bow Rodgers, President & CEO of Vet-Tech. I have known Bow for several years. Vet-Tech is based at the Plug and Play Tech Center, Wharf42’s base in Silicon Valley. Bow wears a second hat. He is one of Plug and Play’s most experienced Executives in Residence. Bow enjoys yachting and […]

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Raising Capital

‘The Art of Angel Investing’: Bill Reichert at ASB Bank

‘The Art of Angel Investing’: Bill Reichert at ASB Bank

Last Thursday, over 70 Auckland-based investors attended the Wharf42 investor presentation at the Cube Events Centre in ASB Bank’s Wynyard Quarter HQ. The focus of the event was to talk about the current Silicon Valley tech and investment landscape and how it can potentially engage with New Zealand’s own innovation ecosystem. Bill Reichert, Managing Director […]

Maori Business

Wharf42 Partners with Tuia Innovation

Wharf42 Partners with Tuia Innovation

Tuia Innovation is a group of specialist commercial advisors with a focus on assisting Maori to extract better returns from their assets and the opportunities available to them through science and technology-driven innovation. Wharf42’s partners in Tuia Innovation include The Tuia Group, SODA Inc, the Federation of Maori Authorities, WNT Ventures, LIFTOFF and SVX. The […]

New Zealand

EPIC by name. EPIC by nature. The Christchurch Story

EPIC by name. EPIC by nature. The Christchurch Story

One of the benefits of hosting Bill Reichert and Adiba Barney’s upcoming New Zealand visit is that I have had the opportunity to reach out and meet up with different sectors of the country’s early stage tech innovation ecosystem. For the past couple of days, I have had the opportunity to spend time with the […]