We’ve enjoyed the great discussion over the last few days about the proposals arising from the Simon Moutter led tour of the Israeli start-up ecosystem.
One of the issues that I’ve been discussing offline with tech company founders Rod Drury and Marie-Claire Andrews is that there is no organisation or forum to represent their views in these sorts of discussions.
After kicking the issue around, Rod suggested a great first step would be to hold a conference for NZ tech company founders – like the Angel Association conference, but for founders. Rod’s a man of action, and wearing his Xero hat, he offered to host the conference if Marie-Claire and I organised it.
We didn’t need to be asked twice. We are aiming for an event late in November, in Wellington.
It’s still early days, but we have a working title – FounderCon. Watch this space for the other things like format, agenda and speakers etc.. One thing is certain though – it will be an opportunity for NZ founders to network the heck out of each other, a luxury they generally don’t have time for as they travel the world searching for new customers, channels and capital.
by andrew simmonds, 16 August 2016