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TINTalk: Series A Success: Taking the Leap from Angel to VC

Uncover the secrets to a successful transition from angel investment to private equity/venture capital

What's it all about?

This is an opportunity for all tech start-ups and fast-growing companies to uncover the secrets behind a successful transition, learning from industry experts and other TIN companies that have made the leap. 


Our expert panel will share their own experiences while exploring the advantages, difficulties and key risks they faced when transitioning from angel investment to private equity/venture capital. This is a crucial step for companies to get right to continue on their growth path and has traditionally been a challenging leap to make in New Zealand. 


The event provides the backdrop to the launch of TIN’s annual Investor’s Guide to the NZ Technology Sector, published jointly with MBIE, which showcases New Zealand’s diverse range of high growth technology companies, innovation capabilities and supportive business environment, and presents a compelling case for investment in New Zealand’s technology sector. 

Join us for a thought-provoking event and a fantastic networking opportunity, attended by tech startups, founders, CEO's, investors and industry experts.

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Generator @ GridAKL / 12 Madden St, The Workshop, 12 Madden St, Auckland

Wednesday 22 May
5:30pm - 8:00pm

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Jo Mills

Co-founder and President, Fuel 50

Jo is Co-founder of Fuel50, a SaaS product delivering career engagement for employees of large organisations across the globe. As President of Product Strategy and Client Success, Jo manages the ongoing development of the Fuel50 Career Drive to meet changing work requirements and client needs.

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Grant Straker

CEO and Co-founder, Straker Translations

Grant is the CEO and Co-founder of Straker. Grant has wide-ranging technical, sales and business skills, combined with his strong entrepreneurial drive and experience. This has places him in an ideal position to drive the accelerated growth of Straker over the past few years and going forward.

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John Henderson

Partner, AirTree Ventures

John is a Partner at AirTree and has led the firm’s most recent investments in New Zealand, Joyous (a conversation-based app to help break HR tasks into snackable daily interactions), and Thematic (NLP insights from customer feedback), amongst others.

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Alex Fala

CEO, Vend

Alex is CEO at Vend, a cloud-based point-of-sale & retail management software company. Alex attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar - only the second of Pacific Island descent - and also holds a 1st class honours degree from the University of Auckland.

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Rebecca Smith

Head of Listings, APAC, Nasdaq

Rebecca is Head of Listings & Capital Markets APAC Ex-China. She has over 25 years experience in sales, equity capital markets, business development, relationship management and management in Hong Kong and London.

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Abbe Marks

Senior Policy Advisor MBIE

Abbe works in the MBIE Digital Economy Team as a senior policy adviser. The Digital Economy Team provide Ministers with advice on areas such as supporting tech sector growth, encouraging greater uptake of digital tools by small business and growing New Zealand’s digital skills base.

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Mike Carden

Co-founder and Director, Joyous

Mike is Co-founder and Director of Joyous, a SaaS business that provides live employee feedback for large employers of both desk and non-desk staff. The Auckland-based startup has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from investors including AirTree, TradeMe founder Sam Morgan, and Tuhua Ventures.

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Jason Graham

Investment Director, Movac

Jason joined Movac in 2012. He is a Director at Author-it and led Movac's investments into NZ SaaS companies Vend, Unleashed, Timely and Coretex. Movac is a Venture and Growth stage investor that partners with NZ companies with global aspirations looking to raise their Series A, B or C round.

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Chintaka Ranatunga

Managing Partner, Global From Day One Fund II

Chintaka is the Managing Partner of Global From Day One (GD1) Fund II, a $60 million Series A focused New Zealand VC fund. He invests in export oriented Kiwi technology companies with a global customer base that have the potential to be emerging global leaders in their categories.

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