Everyone watches everyone else, so when Thiel started taking note of New Zealand so did other investors and entrepreneurs.
New Zealand’s second appearance on the Silicon Valley radar is thanks to Xero. The emergence of a cloud accounting software company from nowhere – or at least nowhere as far as people in the Valley are concerned – saw eyes cast across the Pacific. Now those same eyes are looking at other cloud computing companies here.
Hobbits help too
On a lighter note, Gourley says people in the valley also woke up to the creative digital movie work coming from Wellington. They see Peter Jackson and his team as genius-level creatives.
Physicist by training, Gourley is the co-founder of data analysis company Quid. He was a New Zealand athletics champion and a Rhodes scholar. At TechEd he told the audience how augmented intelligence can cut through complexity to improve decision-making.