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.

If you’d like to get involved, or have some ideas for the event, drop me andrew.simmonds@simmondsstewart.com or M-C marie-claire@showgizmo.com a line.  Otherwise, expect some more concrete news in a couple weeks’ time.

by , 16 August 2016