Hawke’s Bay Startup Weekend attracts the very best, each great in their respective fields, and our mentors are ready to get the teams formed over the line and through to the judging presentations where they have the best chance to bring their ideas to life.
With plenty of prizes on offer through our sponsors, Startup Weekend Hawke’s Bay will offer participants the opportunity to learn new techniques that develop ideas. With the technical expertise on hand through developers and designers to get prototypes built, business models are formed and businesses start to grow.
Let’s meet some of our mentors who will take participants through that weekend journey.
Dave Moskovitz describes himself as a professional geek. As Metntor lead, Dave returns to Hawke’s Bay for the second time and is passionate about a lot of things, especially the things that enable his family to develop and thrive, as well as the communities of which he is a part of. Dave is involved with WebFund and Ligntning Lab where he launches online startups, and Think Tank Consulting where he helps clients with governance, strategy, sensible exploitation of IT, and lexicography. Dave is an active member of AngelHQ, Wellington’s Angel Investment Club, and is a director in a number of companies including The Appreciation Engine, Domain Name Commission Limited, Publons, and Starup New Zealand Limited. Dave is on the InterentNZ Council, and a strong supporter of Open Source software. Dave thinks that software patents are stupid. He’s also a Councillor (director) at Open Polytechnic because he thinks distance learning is about to completely disrupt tertiary education, and he believes OP’s non-MOOC blended model is a winner for delivering vocational education in New Zealand and around the world.
Wayne is a shareholder and General Manager of Structural Concepts Ltd with its Head Office in Hawke’s Bay and a branch in Christchurch. Over the past 3 years his company has experienced significant growth and is recognised for its creative and commercial approach when providing solutions. Wayne has lived in Hawke’s Bay since 2001. He has a passion for growing businesses and has lead teams from some very well known local and global businesses during his 30+ year career. Having been a mentor at last year’s Startup Weekend Wayne is keen to once again to add his sales, marketing and negotiation skills to assist the teams. He will provide an on target approach that will challenge your thinking.
John is the Business Development Manager representing Massey University in Hawke’s Bay. Previously John was Director of the MBA programme at the University of Otago and prior to that, was a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Otago. He has over 20 years’ experience consulting to local and national businesses and organisations. His areas of teaching and consulting interest include business strategy and planning, brand management, entrepreneurship, market research and professional services marketing. During his time at Otago, John initiated, developed and ran the highly regarded Master of Entrepreneurship Programme as well as executive education courses and numerous undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Since graduating in 1982-83 with degrees in Marketing, Accounting, Economics and Marine Science, John has, in addition to his university teaching, owned and managed several small businesses in the automotive, food and horticultural sectors. In 2008 John moved with his wife and son to Hawke’s Bay, where they have a 20 acre lifestyle property and summer fruit orchard. Since 2013 John has been an adjunct teacher in the School of Aviation at Massey University, teaching courses in Strategic Management.
As a Chartered Accountant, Rachel makes it her business to understand the ingredients that make her clients business a success. Equally important is gaining a clear picture of their goals both financial and non-financial. She works closely with her clients, spending time at their place of business to form a true understanding of their needs and setting tailored key performance indicators as well as practical solutions to support business growth. Rachel is forward-thinking and strives to find ways of creating opportunities and mitigating risks for her clients.
Jon Hancock has 25 years experience as an IT entrepreneur, executive, architect, and developer. His experience ranges from lead on $250 million dollar enterprise systems to wearing all hats bootstrapping on $20 thousand. Jon is comfortable building teams, mentoring architects and developers and managing roadmaps with company boards and investors. Jon has worked on the forefront of agile practices, software architecture and framework design and invented the first object-relational mapping framework. Originally from the U.S., in 2000, Jon started an R&D center in Shanghai to build online banking systems with China’s banks and has been in China for 13 years, now moving his family to settle in New Zealand.
Paul has had a diverse career including weather forecasting and aviation. He went back to school and polished off a post-graduate business management degree and got involved in the ICT sector as a tech event organiser and venture catalyst.
This led to becoming a co-founder of cool global domain registrar iwantmyname where he manages the business operational side. iwantmyname is a high growth tech venture based in Wellington but with a growing U.S. presence.
In his little remaining spare time he flies aeroplanes, travels, writes and hangs out with his young son.
For the past ten years, Matt has managed online businesses, designed web applications, and formulated digital marketing strategies for many organisations, in both the private and public sector. He is especially interested in marketing high-tech New Zealand products and services to a global audience. In 2007, Matt co-founded Mogul, a rapidly-growing digital marketing and web development consultancy based in Hawke’s Bay. Matt provides Mogul’s clients with research-based digital marketing strategies and expert advice about the best technology to use for any project.
In the weekends Matt likes to get away from the computer and enjoy the outdoors with his young family, as well as indulge his hobbies of photography, cooking, and playing the piano.