Entrepreneur Profiles

The Heilala Vanilla story

The Heilala Vanilla story

First published in the New Zealand Herald Thursday February 27, 2014 John Ross got a whole lot more than he was expecting for his 60th birthday. A retired dairy farmer, Ross’ birthday wish was to sail to Tonga on a boat he’d built himself, have a family holiday and indulge his passion for spearfishing. But

Danushka Abeysuriya – Rush Digital Interactive

Danushka Abeysuriya – Rush Digital Interactive

First published in New Zealand Herald on Friday November 8, 2013 Danushka Abeysuriya, founder of Rush Digital Interactive which has its own small stable of angel investors but he has relied mainly on cashflow in recent years Please tell me about your business, its growth and your aspirations. Rush Digital Interactive (RDI) is a mobile games and

Jonny Mirkin – Nomos

Jonny Mirkin – Nomos

First published in New Zealand Herald Wednesday November 6, 2013 Jonny Mirkin, founder and director of Nomos, creator of a software solution for law firms, based in Dunedin and currently looking for funding Nomos was founded in 2011 by Mirkin, a Dunedin based commercial lawyer, as a result of his passion to improve the legal profession,

Brent Ogilvie – Footfalls & Heartbeats

Brent Ogilvie – Footfalls & Heartbeats

First published in New Zealand Herald on Wednesday November 6, 2013 Brent Ogilvie, Managing Director, Footfalls & Heartbeats, a company which recently pitched to angel investors at the NZ Angel Investment Showcase organised by The Icehouse What is the technology behind Footfalls & Heartbeats? Footfalls & Heartbeats has developed a revolutionary process for manufacturing smart textiles.

Cecilia Farrow – Triplejump

Cecilia Farrow – Triplejump

First Published in New Zealand Herald on Monday November 4, 2013 How does a fast-growing small business attract angel investment? Albany company Triplejump should have an answer. Over the past four years it has netted $4 million in four capital raisings and it has just launched another. Heavyweight shareholders including Sir Ralph Norris, board chairman

Derek Handley – Snakk

Derek Handley – Snakk

First published in the New Zealand Herald on Friday Nov 9, 2012 Start-up business focused on smartphone and tablet computer advertising markets. Kiwi tech entrepreneur Derek Handley hopes his latest start-up will become a blueprint for companies looking to raise up to $5 million of capital. Handley’s firm Snakk Media, which helps companies get their

The Pingar story

The Pingar story

First published in the New Zealand Herald on Wednesday June 13, 2012 Chris de Boer, chairman of Pingar, former chair NZVIF, board director Mobilis Networks and Tarun Kanji, Pingar CFO and chairman, Bank of India (NZ). Pingar started five years ago, very much as a Research and Development operation, developed by a group of high quality

Grant Ryan – YikeBike

Grant Ryan – YikeBike

First published in the New Zealand Herald on Tuesday April 17, 2012 Grant Ryan, multi-entrepreneur, the inventor of YikeBike and with four other companies behind him: I want to emphasise a dirty little secret that some successful people don’t like to mention about their start-ups. There are large elements of luck involved. To be successful,