Auckland Networking Event - Technology Lure of the US

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“Profit for the TIN200 companies rose by 38.1% in 2018, the highest growth since records began” – 2018 TIN Report

The tech sector is entering a new chapter in New Zealand’s technology story. Rising profitability reflects the wealth of experience, capital and scale the sector has built up, creating the foundations for widespread and stable growth. Tech businesses are becoming more self-sustaining and bringing in more export dollars; they are nimble, scalable and ripe for further investment. The path to profitability helps define company culture, and the journey is often the true making of a business, setting it up for long-term success.
Join us at this upcoming event to hear from an esteemed panel of tech entrepreneurs and investors as they share their stories, challenges faced, lessons learnt and successes celebrated in their journey to achieving profitability.


16:30 – Registration, Networking, Drinks and Canapes
17:00 – Welcome, Panel Discussion, Q&A  
18:00 – Further networking 
18:30 – Close

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Date & Time:

Thursday, 22 August 2019

2019-08-22 16:30:00
2019-08-22 18:30:00
TINTalk: The Mentor Series – In The Black
11 Cable Street



Lana Vaughan

Lana joined Raygun more than 4 years ago and today is the Chief Operating Officer.  As the COO she overseas various aspects of the business including Operations, Customer Success, Finance, Human Resources and general day to day management of the business.

Lana is originally from North Carolina but relocated to New Zealand in late 2008.  She spent the first 6 years working in the public sector initially with the Department of Building & Housing which later merged into MBIE.  She held a range of roles from purely finance focused to broader business management.

Outside of work, Lana enjoys hiking, traveling and going on adventures with her son.

Phil McCaw
Founding Partner

Phil has been actively investing since 1998 and personally invested in all the Movac funds and led investment into over 20 companies.

Phil co-founded Abbott, McCaw, Richter & Associates (AMR) in 1998. AMR provided the financial and people platform for Phil and his co-founders to start investing in great Kiwi Tech. Following successful investment in TradeMe, AMR rebranded to Movac in 2006. At this stage, they began to exclusively focus on investing into and mentoring early stage, high growth potential technology businesses.

Outside of Movac, Phil remains an active angel investor and maintains a personal angel investment portfolio. He is a strong advocate for the development of the entrepreneurial and early stage investment eco-system in NZ and is the past Chair of the Angel Association of New Zealand; a founding investor in the Lightning Lab technology accelerator; and a founding investor in the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco.

Don Christie
Founder and Managing Director

Don is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Catalyst IT and has had over 30 years’ experience in IT and business. As part of Don’s role, he manages Catalyst’s global expansion strategies. Catalyst employs over 300 staff and has businesses in New Zealand, Australia, UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Don is also a Founder and former Co-Chair of NZRise, the organisation that supports and advocates on behalf of Kiwi digital companies. He is a former President of the New Zealand Open Source Society and was on the Council of Internet New Zealand for two years.