Thu 18:00 ? 2017 AmCham-DHL Express Awards, more here
Pitch Night #032: This Tuesday we had Jo Mills from Fuel50 and Mark Loveys from Datagate each give a positive progress report. With engaged Q+A we clocked up 90 minutes for both sessions followed by an intimate dinner of two.Tim Warren lamenting the passage of time and Rudi the way of the cats...
Jo and Mark found if useful and took away some additional connections and recent FKA joiners found it useful to learn more about our portfolio companies and to meet the founders.
Tim's birthday again and he is inviting everyone (and their dog).
When? 29 July at 20:00
48 GREYS AVE,
AUCKLAND The venue is aptly named for an angelic birthday party.
In last week's issue, Rudi reported from his visit to Brisbane and Melbourne Angels. In the interest of clarity, it is Brisbane Angels who bill their investors 3% before accepting investment funds. Nice and transparent. However, Melbourne Angels operate much like FKA and don't charge commission. Duncan from MA asked for this to be clarified and since reading Rudi's prompt correction on LinkedIn has suggested: "Not only [...] a Chief Cat Herder of renown, [...] a chief Shit-Stirrer without equal!!".
FKA & Melbourne Angels proudly operate a zero fees regime!
With three of our portfolio companies, namely Kami #02, Aisleworx #03 and Wherewolf #12 qualified as finalists in this year's AmCham-DHL Awards Rudi has already booked his tickets for the grand nigth. He is hoping not to be the only winged Kiwi, so come and join the FKA gang!
Thu 3 Aug, 19:00 @ Pullman Hotel. Here the LinkedIn post with booking link.
Under the leadership of exec director Suse Reynolds, the AANZ had an email discussion of appropriated standards of diversity and courtesy in the angel community. Suse has updated the code of conduct with two clauses ➀ kind and respectful, and ➁ supportive of diversity, and wrote this blog.
FKAngles totally which our CCH confirmed with this post.
This year's AANZ Angel Summit will be held on Waiheke. Great way to meet international angels, the Aussies have booked a big house already.Valuable insights and connections.
More on it here, early birds book here. FKAngels with Waiheke property interest, let's think how we can make this a great experience. David R was extremely generous in making his bach available for Moxion's first offsite in July - great example
ADI.Clinic this week in Auckland only. Most notable? We had a Rocket Cafe machine in attendance. David H was carting his dear machine on a granny's shopping trolly as the levitating model that is pictured here is considerably more expensive.
Thanks, FKAngels David, Rudi and Uli and of course FKApprentice Zack who is headed for a conference in Bangkok.
Welcome Wherewolf! Ben Calder and Wulf Solter are rejoicing as the LPs of LP2 confirm Wherewolf as FKA's #12 portfolio company. This is a great result all around after Ben and Wulf took the advice from the first diligence in 2015 to now get funding and full support from the FKA team.
Amazing those FKAngel types! Take James. He has barely closed the round on NexTransfer and he is already beavering away and testing his next MVP in a secret mountain location. Check out this sneak preview, a true AFKAF exclusive.
Moxion #10 has started hiring. The above are images from their LinkedIn recruitment campaign. Click LIKE or make an encouraging COMMENT to share them into your networds.
CCH Rudi attended the pitch nights at Brisbane and Melbourne Angels last week. Both groups are very welcoming and anybody visiting there should make contact with them. Rudi can connect you with John and Jordan.
Interesting observation. They charge 3% on investments to fund operations. However, they don't take it from startups after funds have been invested, they bill angels 3% before they accept investment funds through their nominees. So like with FKA, all money invested goes to startups. One Melbourne investor was aghast to learn that Ice Angels would have taken 3-6% of his investment into Parrot back from the company.
FKA proudly operate a zero fees regime!
NZ Software Association muster better gender diversity than FKA!
1x♀+2♂ = 33%♀ > 10%. Support angelics Heath, Debra and Rudi and book here for this great night out, Tue 8 Aug, 17:30, Glengarry Victoria Park.
LIKE / COMMENT our FKA LinkedIn promo post too.
THREEFKA FINALISTS Kami #02, Aisleworx #03 and Wherewolf #12congrats Hengjie, Doug and Ben. The Gala Dinner is confirmed at the Pullman for Thursday 3 August 2017.
Tickets will be available here.
Welcome the new angels on the block! Angel Investors Marlborough (AIM) invite everyone to their launch event on Thursday 3 August 2017, more about this Oenophilia rich event here.
ADI.Clinic was running this week in Auckland only. We had some visitors today following the NZSA talk given by Josh. We had another referred remotely by Angela whilst lazing in Honolulu. Turns out Jackie is lazing in the very same spot. Both lament "No escaping the FKAs!" That sounds so much better than the rain and the wind in Auckland that Karl vR, Paul T, Rudi B and Uli W had to fight to reach GridAKL on Thursday.
Wherewolf • Charlie and his DD team, remember we had to cull some of the original nine volunteers, have delivered a positive recommendation and FKA's investment vote is under way.
Hot Lime Labs • Garry keeps remote controlling things from London. The Vice-Chairman of Nelson Angel Inc. has advised the Chief Cat Herder of FKA that there is interest from NAI. Their Matthias Andermatt will work with Garry to bring DD to a close.
Moxion • Syndication with NZ and OZ angel groups is very strong, the only cold shoulder from icy angels. You can feel the love below
Awesome job!Charlie James (Wanaka) has beavered away with Campbell Scott (Auckland), Garth Hinton (Auckland), Phil Southward (Munich) and Stephen Meikle (London) to complete the Wherewolf DD Report. Then Paul Davidson gave it the final once over. Not surprisingly, he raised the bar a little, giving the team a little more work to finish with a report that is much better for it.
FKA's CCH sent the above GIF + "Nina, Bill - absolute pleasure to syndicate with EA!" EA's Nina responded "I was worried [...] as it was sitting at $40K earlier this week – didn’t want another of those horrid pics against our name in your weekly newsletter… LOL"
WE have a number of individuals who want to become official FKAssociates. Some have already earned their spurs at ADI.Clinic or with diligence. Christoph Schumacher, another German and it may have to be the last one for a while, is true to his name and digs cars. Iain Anderson is the most senior cofounder of StretchSense. Kerry Friend has been helping Martin run the ADI.Clinic in Whangarei. Campbell Scott helped with the Wherewolf DD. Ali Sedcole was instrumental in taking Allpress global, then had coffee with Paul Trotter and Rudi. As you know they each have to talk with three FKAngels. So if you know any of the five above get in touch to make it a little easier for them.
Food, wine plus a healthy dose of Josh on how to get dosh. $40 for NZSA and FKA members, angels or investees, others $60. Ping Josh or Rudi for the discount code. Then BOOK HERE!
Louise Webster and Andy Blackburn have opened the gates for entries to this year's NZ Innovation Award. Several of our portfolio companies have entered in the past and found the process useful. Judging is smart and shows an uncanny correlation with our investment tastes.
Please, encourage any startup or company that you think has merit to enter via www.tiny.cc/nz-inno-2017. If you click LIKE on the LinkedIn posts below or make a COMMENT that will extend the reach and promote them to your LinkedIn connections. 1) SS 2) FF 3) KA 4) JC
Deloitte partner Mark Talbot made this photo available. Standing next to the CCH is Tom Batterbury, just after taking a swig of beer. In 2014 Tom was a frequent visitor of our Angelic-Drop-In aka ADI.Clinic. He pitched Eyedentify to FKA in February 2015. The business with its crime-prevention software rebranded to Auror and won Deloitte Rising Star the following year, which is why Tom was speaking at this year's launch. With the bottle empty, Tom asked Rudi for an intro to Aisleworx for US retailers. Onwards and upwards, Tom
Since moving to Wanaka FKAngel Charlie has kicked off ADI.Clinic there. He says "This would not have been possible without the help from Jason Watkins, the development manager at The CUBE and The Cell coworking space."
Please, everyone, let's be vigilant, the line is a fine one. Ben Kepes puts it well in his recent newsletter.
"Before we open our mouths to say something, what if we think about how whatever we say is going to be received. Just because we don't intend to cause offence, doesn't mean it's taken that way."
So that Flying Kiwi Angels don't fall down from a slippery sky we have a strong and gender-balanced editorial team. Rudi: I have used best endeavours to self-censor my more provocative ideas. Should be fine to go? Jackie: Looks good to me. BUT I am reading on my teeny tiny phone screen while [...]. As such I accept no liability and make no warranties as to the accuracy of this review:)Katheren: Cannot see anything that will cause people’seyelashesto curl!
ADI.Clinic was running this week in Whangarei and Auckland. Let's finish with this little GIF that epitomises the spirit of how angels are giving a helping hand to founders.