Clever names or photos often inspire the GIF animations for this publication. It is obvious in this case that it was the wordplay and not the picture of Wayne Hudson who is the clean-shaven complement to Charlie James at our Wanaka ADI.Clinic.
He is also the Ⓗ in HGM Legal. The self-inflicted branding of his boutique Wanaka practice is very different from the corporate HGM brand. He is, of course, one of the most respected NZ IP experts.
Jai Somaratne is the first awesome addition to the FKA board, not just because of his impressive facial hair. It must have been in a moment of temporary insanity when he volunteered the Chewbacca pic taken at a bankers' fancy dress party. Nowadays he is not so much putting down money but rather more pavers at PaveCraft.
Jai has taken part in several DD exercises. He loved it so much so that he has put his own and the learnings of others together into our DD process and templates that we are using at present
The 20 LPs of LP1 should have received their respective copy of the 2018 tax return by email overnight. You know who you are and if you cannot find it in your inbox, there is no shame in that, just ping CCH.
Uli and Co have worked with the Toothcrush team through DD. Among other things, this means that there has been a lot of product testing, aka toothbrushing going on in the DD team. With a shift in the business model, the need for funding reduced and based on their strong cash flows our team suggested they look at bank financing.
Cut a long story short, Toothcrush succeeded in getting their US market entry financed by their bank which is a great outcome. We wish cofounders Anabel and James all the best for the road ahead and hope they'll pick up with us again when they need more growth capital for the next stage. Banks may not always play so nice. Ask Jai or Garth, they know all about risk management at banks!
Thanks again to the sterling DD Team! Dan Burrill, Garth Hinton, Marisa Fong, Melanie Langlotz, Phil Southward, Tim Gelston, Uli Wiehle.
ADI.Clinic is going from strength to strength. Brian Dawson has vowed to abide by the ADI code of practice and will be running clinics in Blenheim with our fellow angel group, the AIMAngel Investors Marlborough. Charlie James is finally escaping the confines of Wanaka and will have another go this year at running clinics in Queenstown.
Top of the list, however, has to be Campbell Scott, with Takapuna generating more bookings than Auckland this week. Good reason for Campbell to don what is called a fat suit in the film industry before making a splash.
Now, let's make sure we're in Blenheim when they have reason to open bottles of booze. AANZ Summit would be a good opportunity!
Last night saw the announcement of the Top 5 contenders in the 2018 Kiwi Challenge. Geo AR Games is one of them and already pitched to FKA in June 2016. Their council focus was a turnoff then. Although they extracted more money from councils, than could be expected, it is their recent pivot to Chinese shopping malls which makes them look very interesting.
Rudi has kept mentoring the founder and CEO Mel since the pitch in 2016. Uli was on the Zino judging panel and likes the new model so much, that Rudi could twist his arm to be the champion for Geo AR Games and bring Mel to our pitch night this month.
Funny thing is, all three - Mel, Rudi and Uli are German. So the Germans are going after the Chinese retail sector with massive support from Zino. Who in turn have massive support from Debra who is driving, literally whipping, the 2018 New Kiwis Challenge forward!
Serendipity! The NZ Game Developer Association released some interesting stats on the very same day. The local game industry shows strong growth over recent years and is predominantly export-oriented.
Māori Motor Mouth ROBETT HOLLIS has a big mouth but also Ⓖreat ⓈⓄⒽ. When the editor notifying him by text about last week's 'Uber/Lunch' plug his brief response was: "Man I love your style. Sooooo epic. Haha. You actually rule." CHH "Hahaha." RH "But actually. You rule."
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