Pitch Night #033 ◇ Tue 23 May, 18:30 @ KPMG, 18 Viaduct Ave, AKL Rudi reckons Ralf is bringing a very exciting company that is even more outside what we normally see than NexTransfer. But then Ralf has a nose like no other putting his nose into StretchSense before all others.
Masha Semenova from Glaister Ennor offered to have the case escorted by Russian Mafia. However, in the end, the funds were transferred electronically.
Bill Grierson from Melbourne Angels is an untethered repeat offender, in other words, repeat FKA co-investor. Recently, Rudi emailed BA: "If you have any others like smart Bill... [interested in Moxion FPC#12]" Bill (cc'd) piped up: "Not smarter... just slightly more intrepid in investment appetite perhaps, and also ʟᴇss ᴛᴇᴛʜᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇᴀʟɪᴛʏ."
A healthy measure of self-decapitating, in other words, self-deprecating humour.
Companies with $300k+ R&D per annum may qualify for 20% Callaghan funding for 3-5 years. More in the flyer. Lauder at KPMG knows all and is already helping StretchSense. GO Launder!
CCH @ FKA to CEO @ NZVIF: "We don't strive for FKA to take the biggest slice of NZFIV co-investment but rather for FKA to stand for the highest returning slice in the NZVIF portfolio."
Mike Hanna, NZTE by day and FKA by night, is joining the cat herding ring showing his talent with 30 VCs from OZ. On Wednesday after the FKA pitch night on Tuesday, Ian Gardiner from cloud partners AWS will run this interesting panel in AKL. Free to attend, free food and drink, feel free to register ☞ here.
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Our Chief Cat Herder feels another job title coming on, LinkedIn Lead Ninja like Kerry Topp from Datacom. The above illustrates the increasing levels of engagement that FKA achieves. Not bad for a group of 50 angels with only 50% of them showing FKA as a position on LinkedIn and with 675 or 13x followers. Datacom has 5,000 current staff and 34,150 or not quite 7x followers. Little know fact: The two LLNs caught up last night and it turns out both do their best LinkedIn posts or BLPs from bed □
The above Wherewolf post is FKA's most popular post yet, heading for 11,000 impressions with 57 likes and 7 comments. Ben Calder's "It's been an absolute pleasure working with you guys from day 1! There is a good reason we came back. With or without your $$ investment it was clear you wanted us to succeed." Unprompted but showing the quiet impact of Charlie James and the rest of FKA.
With the above croc post, nearly 7,000 impressions and 15 likes, FKA has probably given this great NZTE/AWS initiative more exposure than anyone else.
The hustle post was very successful if a little out of character for KPMG. The LoJo newsletter piece may not be right for LinkedIn, so what to do for our other sponsors?
ADI.Clinic this week in Takapuna and Auckland, each had three founders.We also had virgin mentor Paul Norrie attend for the first time and confuse Tim Gelston and Karl von Randow who mistook him for their first mentee.
A snippet from last week's ADI.Clinic
Katheren asked last week: "What do you hope to take away from this session." Founder: "$200k? Maybe that is too big for you?" Says Rudi: "Not necessarily, we just raised two lots of $1,000,000 for two different startups."
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They say, Germans suffer a natural compulsion from their DNA that sees them instantly correcting any mistake they spot. Oh and they do spot them. Karl von Randow has not only a name that betrays his noble Teutonic descent he also excels over other Germans, in particular, Rudi, in all matters of grammar, spelling and factuality.
It is not surprising, therefore that he is the first vigilant FKAngel to point out the incorrect date that was given for next week's pitch night. Thank you, KARL! It should, of course, be Tue 22 August! Our May pitch night of the 23rd has long since passed.
Pitch Night #033 ◇ Tue 22 Aug, 18:30 @ KPMG, 18 Viaduct Ave, AKL Rudi reckons Ralf is bringing a very exciting company that is even more outside what we normally see than NexTransfer. But then Ralf has a nose like no other putting his nose into StretchSense before all others.