• Wharf42 Partner with SVForum

    Wharf42 Partner with SVForum

    Wharf42 are delighted to partner with SVForum. On Wednesday 18 February, SVForum will be hosting a half day event: The Future of Personalized Vehicles. With advances in smart technology and an increasingly mobile lifestyle, we are steering towards an electrifying new future of life on the road. With Tesla Motors and Google’s driverless car already […]

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  • The Launch Highlights: Jim Donegan – US Consul General

    The Launch Highlights: Jim Donegan – US Consul General

    Jim Donegan, US Consul General to New Zealand, kicked off the Meteoroid Program launch with a review of current US / NZ trade relations with a specific focus on the technology sector. He reminded the audience that the first US Consul General to be appointed to New Zealand had actually started work before the signing […]

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  • The Launch Highlights: Hon Simon Bridges – Minister for Transport

    The Launch Highlights: Hon Simon Bridges – Minister for Transport

    I was not too sure how to introduce Simon. His list of ministerial portfolios is rather long. I chose therefore the easiest option, ‘Simon Bridges, elected Member of Parliament for Tauranga and Minister with a large portfolio of ministerial responsibilities’. Simon shot back that that epitaph (the Ministerial bit) belonged to his colleague, Steven Joyce. […]

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  • The Launch Highlights: Peter Withers – inaugural Regional Director Americas for TradeNZ

    The Launch Highlights: Peter Withers – inaugural Regional Director Americas for TradeNZ

    Peter has a very significant knowledge of the North American market and the performance of New Zealand businesses operating in the region. As well as having worked for NZTrade (now NZTE), setting up new NZ embassies and missions around the world, Peter was also Chair of the MBA Executive Council (2013-2014). The Council represents the […]

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  • The Launch Highlights: Graeme Muller – Chief Executive, NZTech

    The Launch Highlights: Graeme Muller – Chief Executive, NZTech

    This was Graeme’s first formal visit to the region as the new Chief Executive of the New Zealand Technology Industry Association. It was not however his first visit to Tauranga. Graeme is a local and we hope to see a lot more of him over the coming months and years. Graeme gave an insight to […]

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Raising Capital

Why the Meteoroid Growth Fund is Significant

Why the Meteoroid Growth Fund is Significant

This post has been prompted by the number of enquiries received since I first announced the setting up of the Meteoroid Growth Fund on Friday. As numerous previous posts on this blog have pointed out, much of the mission of Wharf42 is based on my personal experience of living and working in Silicon Valley. I […]

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

Can New Zealand be a Start-up Nation?

Can New Zealand be a Start-up Nation?

I have just returned from a week’s vacation in Bali. It was sorely needed. The recent launch of the Meteoroid Program and the final bedding in of WNT Ventures meant that some time out was due. The break also gave me a chance to read Dan Senor & Paul Singer’s fascinating book, ‘Start-up Nation’, the […]