My background is wide ranging covering sales and marketing roles over 30+ years mostly in the tech /marketing sectors. I am interested in the why of projects and the quality of thinking as technology is now very much a commodity. What we do with that thinking is what makes the difference. Developing social capital and communities of interest is the best way to grow our businesses in a sustainable way. This requires collaboration, empathy, and genuine care for customers. Customers only care about the results not really the technology so much. Also involved in business as unusual and commercializing new products & services. Proud father of 1 outstanding daughter and keenly interested in her education and public policy & economics.
In 2011 and 2012 I lectured at Unitec Business School on Digital Marketing. Since '93 have spoken at media & tech related conferences plus guest lectures at a number of universities in NZ.
What gets me out of bed every day are world changing ideas.
That often involves work on many web projects & and applications online but it is the ideas that are important. I make those projects happen online by taking web content & applications to the next level from a strategic point of view. I have deep skills in code, design, architecture, usability, project management and programme leadership which means I can do anything.
However I choose to work on projects that I like with people I respect on ideas and actions that are important.
I have academic qualifications in Law (esp IP) Arts ( English & Politics) New Ventures (Marketing) I have worked on many startups and started at least 3 companies myself.
More significantly I have deep experience in management consulting (UK, AU, NZ) especially operations in finance & services sector, venture capital and corporate advisory including starting a merchant banking partnership. Also sales and marketing roles in the IT sector for the biggest global companies in Australia & NZ (2 of them have 3 letter names) complex selling experience.
Also practical hands on experience at running and organising not-for-profit events such as WordCampNZ and helping with TEDx Auckland in marketing & back room roles. I help with TEDx events in multiple cities where I can.
I also work with lots of musicians & film makers and other creatives who are not trying to be not for profit but media and IP changes make it hard for them to monetise.
I want to make the world a better place for my daughter and everyone else by thinking differently and changing everything that needs to be changed.
Areas of Expertise
CRM, Marketing + Communications, sales, thinking, researching, advocating, entrepreneuring solutions, WordPress, product development, creative generalist, Event Management, Writing
An idea worth spreading
I'm a big fan of WordPress in particular as an enabling technology based on open source. I spoke at WordcampAu in 2008 and was one of the organisers for WordcampNZ 09 held in Wellington NZ Aug 09 which featured co-founder Matt Mullenweg. Many of the attendees were working on community projects where easier use of technology can have a very positive impact. We setup a charitable trust for wordcampnz to help us organise more events. (now 4 completed in NZ)
Attended Wordcamp SF in May 2010 & Aug 2012. Organiser for WordCampNZ Aug '10 attended TEDx Auckland in Oct '09, helped on TEDxAkl Sept 2010 as CRM partner. Organiser for WordCampNZ '11 Feb 2011, presented at Melbourne Wordcamp Feb 2011, lead organiser for WordcampNZ April '2012 in Auckland. Helping again with TEDx Auckland events in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
I'm passionate about
The transformational power of positive relationships and doing the right thing. Happy to live in an exciting time when the internet can be used to extend reach. E.g WordPress, Kiva, Kickstarter
Talk to me about
Developing Customer capital, Better education, smarter marketing insights, developing online communities, social capital, platforms for change & taking your website to the next level.
People don't know I'm good at
Music, swimming, design
My TED story
BrianS and RemoG both introduced me to Richard Saul Wurman's work online and been watching TED develop since very early days. I've watched more that 300 TED videos. I'm particularly keen on Architecture related talks. I have been to 2 TEDx events in NZ TEDxSydney. I'm actively involved in helping grow TEDxAKL and looking to help out on some other TEDx events offshore. I have met a recent TED fellow and have worked on his project in SF. I'm also worked on a Millennium Development project in Sub Saharan Africa. I was delighted to hear that a prominent TED Africa speaker is supporting that project. Love the way NZ'ers are everywhere as changemakers.
Since early 2007 I've been making CD's and DVD compilations of videos here much the same way others do mix tapes. TED makes it easy to share great ideas with everyone. I'm a blogger & online facilitator active in many community projects on more than 150 websites