About

Background

The majority of my experience lies in project management, sales, marketing, capital raising, finance, new ventures and entrepreneurship in North America and New Zealand.

What I’m up to now

Head of Business Development — Mish Guru

Mish Guru is one of those companies that doesn’t come around often. They saw the potential Snapchat has in telling a Story and built a web application to better manage that content. Two years and 850,000,000 viewed snaps by clients later we’re doing stuff nobody (not even Snapchat) is doing at an account level. If you work for a sports team, in events, or for a big brand or university and you’re wanting to get serious about Snapchat in 2016 hit me up.

[Hereiswhy.]

Recent stuff

Head of Equity Crowdfunding — PledgeMe

PledgeMe helps Kiwis fund the things they care about. They’ve been doing that since 2012 when the company founded as a rewards-based crowdfunding platform. In 2014, PledgeMe attained its license to assist companies in equity crowdfunding and in 2015 did the same thing for peer-to-peer lending.

I oversaw PledgeMe.Equity and looked after our Auckland Office. PledgeMe is a team of do-gooders & get-shit-doners helping Kiwis raise funds for things they care about. They rock.

Director – Agregado

My experience and passion is deeply immersed in the sport, event & entertainment space and I have a company that helps build programming and capacity in the NZ sport sytem. Last year it:

  • Setup a pretty awesome track meet for Athletics New Zealand;
  • Project managed the final roll-out of a new online membership portal with Hockey New Zealand;
  • Provided consultation for Sport NZ’s Community Sport Investment through to 2020 on behalf of Badminton New Zealand;
  • Assisted in the submission of the first successful NZ Major Events funding application by Badminton NZ for the NZ Badminton Open.

Governance Experience (past & present)

  • Board Member – Beyond the Finish Line (Vancouver, BC). Five member Board who oversee the Alumni Association for the University of British Columbia Track & Field Team – one of the most decorated and accomplished athletics programme in Canada (2014 – Present).
  • Executive Committee Member – The Distiller Auckland Inc. (Auckland, NZ). Incorporated and governed the Auckland business incubator and shared workspace (2013-2015).
  • Council Member – Young Thunderbirds Alumni Council (Vancouver, BC). Co-founder and initial council member of group setup to constructively work with University of British Columbia’s Athletics Department during 2014 Sports Targeting Review (2013-2014).

Education

  • Master of Commerce, Entrepreneurship – University of Otago
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (minor Commerce & Economics) – University of British Columbia

Citizenship

Canadian. Kiwi.

(For more info on this work or to see past employment check my Linkedin profile.)

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