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High profile Silicon Valley thought leaders to visit New Zealand
Posted on 28-Apr-2015 15:32 | Tags Filed under: News



New Zealand-based business connector Wharf42 has announced the imminent arrival to New Zealand of two of Silicon Valley’s leading thought leaders, Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures and Adiba Barney, CEO of Silicon Valley Forum.

The visit features events in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch. The visit is designed to enable early stage tech businesses and members of the New Zealand investment community connect and learn more about the current tech and investment landscape in Silicon Valley.

Peter Wren-Hilton, founder of Wharf42 says, “Wharf42 is working with Silicon Valley Forum, Garage Technology Ventures, Plug and Play and other entrepreneurial and investment networks in the Valley to help open up this vast ecosystem to potential high growth New Zealand tech companies. This visit is part of a longer term strategy to help New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors meet and connect directly with key members of that ecosystem”.

Bill Reichert comments, “New Zealand is well-known as a country where innovation is of the highest international standard. Taking that innovation offshore and effectively commercialising it however means that tech companies need to understand the market they are targeting. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my perspectives on the U.S. market and the Silicon Valley ecosystem, and also to have the opportunity to find some brilliant start-ups for Garage Technology Ventures”.

Adiba Barney says, “I am excited to be meeting the local entrepreneur and investor community. SV Forum is dedicated to assisting start-ups from around the world connect with the Silicon Valley ecosystem. We are delighted to be working with the team at Wharf42 to help New Zealand entrepreneurs along that journey”.

Bill Reichert & Adiba Barney’s visit to New Zealand is being supported by Wharf42, Callaghan Innovation, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Grow Wellington, Canterbury Development Corporation & ASB Bank.



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