If you're looking to start a tech business or are part-way through your journey then you'll get something out of this session. We've got 5 entrepreneurs that have been there done that, through multiple software and hardware businesses. Topics will include:
Product market fit: How do you find the big idea and validate it? How do you get your first customer?
Go to market: How do you distribute and price your product? How do you replicate the sales process?
Financing: Should you bootstrap? How do you raise money? When should you raise money?
IP: Should you protect your IP? When do you spend time and money on this? Patents?
Advice: What advisors do you listen to? Should you join an incubator? How does government fit in?
Exit: How do you find potential buyers? What's a typical deal look like?
You should be present for the whole duration of this event.
Rich Chetwynd is 2 for 2 on seeing tech startups through to acquisition. He started Litmos.com in the first wave of the SaaS revolution, a learning management platform that is now owned by SAP. Then went on to found Revert.io which pivoted to ThisData.com and was acquired by OneLogin.
Simon is the founder of Vinsight, a SaaS business running production, inventory and sales for companies in the wine and beverage sectors. Simon has started and run several businesses with responsibilities that have required being a CFO, Winemaker, Systems Architect and Programmer (and cleaner).
In 2014 Narly co-founded boutique IP law firm Potter IP Limited, which in 2016 developed and launched the world’s first fully-automated self-service trademark filing portal. He then co-founded Sortify.tm, creating a new product category in the trademark law space.
Cameron Beattie is the founder and CEO of Raytio, New Zealand’s first commercially-focussed digital identity and services marketplace platform. Cameron founded two previous SaaS businesses including Conversant, one of New Zealand’s first VOIP service providers which was acquired in 2017.