The Buzz About Business:

JUNO Exchange


There was a full house for Thursday’s JUNO Exchange – our quarterly reader event, held this time at Continental Cars Porsche in Newmarket, Auckland.

We were celebrating the launch of another fantastic issue of JUNO investing magazine, The Buzz About Business, with three speakers bringing investing to life.

MC, JUNO Editor Brenda Ward introduced the evening’s first speaker, Anand Ranchord, Kiwibank’s Head of Propositions, Experience and Design.

He looks after the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator, which helps tech start-ups build, launch and expand their products in New Zealand and around the world. He said there were some key factors for start-up success and he talked about a few that stood out.

There was a really good link between our first and second speakers. Sonya Williams is the co-founder of Sharesies, which was successfully launched from the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator.

Sharesies is an online investment platform where you can start investing with as little as NZ$50 a week.

She talked about what it's like to start a business – and how Sharesies has turned a whole new audience of people under 40 into investors.

After talking about start-ups and growth companies, Chris Pescott talked about selling them.

He’s the chief executive of Perceptive, a company that gives its clients data on the behaviours, attitudes and relationships of their customers.

He talked about how he set out from the start to build a slick, profitable business he could sell. He never deviated from that plan until he successfully sold his business to Clemenger Group for a multimillion-dollar sum.

Now he can afford to sit on a beach every day for the rest of his life, but he’s chosen to stay on, helping continue the growth of Perceptive and giving start-ups the benefit of his advice.


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