We are the most experienced tech investors in New Zealand

Since 1998, we’ve worked together over multiple funds. From seed funds to the growth fund we’re investing now. We’ve developed a robust approach to investment selection and diligence, are well known in the New Zealand investment sector, and work hard to add value to our portfolio companies. We’re not hands off, we’re hands on.

Partners

Phil McCaw

Managing Partner

Phil McCaw

Managing Partner

Managing Partner and Investor in Movac Funds 1, 2, 3, and 4.

In 1998 Phil co-founded Abbott, McCaw, Richter & Associates ("AMR"), a Systems Integration and Management Consulting firm based in Wellington. With his partners Phil subsequently co-founded: eCentric Ventures - developers of on-line market-place solutions; eCargo - an on-line freight logistics business; PartsTrader - an on-line market place for car parts; and lead the AMR / eCentric investment into Trade Me - New Zealand's leading on-line trading community - through the formative years of the company.
 
With the successful exit of Trade Me to Fairfax in 2006 Phil and his original AMR partners established Movac to exclusively focus on investing into and mentoring early stage, high growth potential technology businesses.
 
Phil is now the Managing Partner of Movac and chairs the Investment Committees for Funds 3 and 4. He has been actively investing since 1998 and personally invested in all the Movac funds and lead investment into over 20 companies.
 
Phil is an active angel investor and maintains a personal angel investment portfolio outside of Movac. He is a strong advocate for the development of the entrepreneurial and early stage investment eco-system in New Zealand. Phil is also past Chair of the Angel Association of New Zealand, a founding investor in the Lightning Lab tech accelerator and the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco.
 
Prior to founding Movac, Phil worked as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting for 10-years in NZ and the US.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Studies, Senior Scholar, Massey University.

CURRENT BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Aroa Biosurgery, Modlar, Shift72, Kaynemaile, and Author-it.

ANGEL INVESTMENTS

Flick Electric, CropX, The RugbySite, Lightning Lab Funds 1 & 2, LearnKo,Publons, Nyriad, Montoux, Cloud Cannon, GoodNest, Atomic

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

Kiwi Landing Pad, Young Enterprise, Bikes in Schools, I Have a Dream

@PhilMcCaw

David Beard

Partner

David Beard

Partner

Partner Movac Fund 2, 3, and 4.

David joined Movac in 2006 as a Partner for the newly formed Fund 2. As well as investing in many early stage businesses, the Fund also supported some businesses still in concept stage. This saw companies like Givealittle (sold to Spark Foundation), Shift72, and Aroa Bio Surgery (formerly Mesynthes) receive funding off business plans. Overall, Fund 2 invested in 18 ventures which also included GreenButton (sold to Microsoft), eBus (sold to IMD), and PowerbyProxi to name a few.
 
Since then David has worked as a Partner on both Funds 3 and 4, and over the last 11 years has reviewed over a thousand businesses. David has primary responsibility for deal evaluation and negotiation, and driving our Asia strategy.
 
He has been of the board of PowerbyProxi (wireless power), Modlar (software), Kahne (agricultural hardware), Flossie Media (software), NZGirl (media), Migco (pharmaceutical), KiwiSemiconductor (hardware), and Kaynemaile (manufacturing).
 
Prior to joining Movac, David was an entrepreneur and founded Purchase3.com, a SaaS expense management and e-Invoicing solution used throughout the United Kingdom and United Sates.
 
David was formerly a management consultant for Deloitte, specialising in business and IT strategic planning. He started his career as a software developer and has built and managed large software solutions for financial (internet banking, insurance, investment banking), call centre, e-commerce, retail (PoS, pricing optimization), and ERP/logistics/inventory. Having worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and Egypt, David has a broad experience of businesses and cultures across different regions.

EDUCATION

B.Sc Mechanical Engineering (like many entrepreneurs, not completed)

CURRENT BOARD APPOINTMENTS

PowerbyProxi, Modlar, and NZ TechWeek (Board of Advisors)


Mark Stuart

Partner

Mark Stuart

Partner

Mark is a Partner in Movac Funds 3 and 4.

Mark joined Movac in 2011 and has primary responsibility for portfolio valuations, overseeing portfolio liquidity and contributing to investee company Boards.
 
Prior to joining Movac, Mark was Chief Executive of WaikatoLink, and during his time there he launched over a dozen start-up companies, made four exits, and executed a multitude of licensing deals.
 
Mark has served as a council member of the Angel Association of New Zealand, on the NZBio Advisory Council, was a founding member of the University Commercialisation Offices of NZ and currently serves on the council of the New Zealand Venture Capital Association.

CURRENT BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Author-it and KiwiNet

 

Mark Vivian

Partner

Mark Vivian

Partner

Partner and Investor in Movac Funds 3, and 4.

Mark originally joined Movac as an Investment Manager during the investment period of Fund 2 in 2008, and was involved in the fund’s investments in PowerbyProxi and Zeosoft (exited to MASH Holdings Japan). Shortly after, he became a Partner to lead the capital raising of Movac Fund 3. Mark has primary responsibility for deal sourcing, investor relations, and the Movac community.
Mark has made several angel investments, and has several advisory board roles with innovative high growth companies. Several of these companies have subsequently been acquired, creating value for shareholders, for example, Yellow Brick Road acquired by Kono Foods, and Global Career Link acquired by Manpower Solutions. 
 
Prior to joining Movac, Mark was Manager of Broadcasting & Content at the New Zealand Rugby Union, responsible for their SANZAR broadcasting contracts (over US$800m in value), as well as all other areas of content commercialisation.
 
Mark was founding CEO of KEA (Kiwi Expats Abroad), an award-winning venture that harnesses New Zealand’s expat community and worked with over 150 New Zealand businesses to access global markets through this network. 
 
Mark also spent a decade working in the UK and US, in key roles within high growth companies. He was an early stage employee with Robert Walters Associates, which listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. In Silicon Valley, Mark was an also an early stage employee at Niku Corporation, leading their business development team. Niku listed in 2000 and at that time was the third most successful tech IPO on the NASDAQ. Niku was subsequently purchased by Computer Associates for US$350m.
 
Mark holds several independent directorships and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.
 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Canterbury.

CURRENT BOARD APPOINTMENTS

1Above, The RugbySite, New Zealand Registry Services, TourWriter, Frank Executive, Young Enterprise Trust, and the Kiwi Landing Pad.

ANGEL INVESTMENTS

The RugbySiteNyriad, Roof Safe Systems, and Frank Executive.

@MarkVivianNZ

Associates &
Operations

John Lynch

Associate

John Lynch

Associate

John is an Associate in Movac Fund 4.

 
John joined Movac as an Associate in 2017. John concentrates on identifying and analysing investment proposals, conducting financial and business due diligence, and supporting portfolio companies.
 
Prior to joining Movac, John was an investment manager at SL Capital Partners a UK based private equity and infrastructure investment group and part of Standard Life Investments. John was a founding member of the infrastructure investment team responsible for all aspects of diligence, transaction execution and portfolio asset management.
 

Jason Graham

Senior Associate

Jason Graham

Senior Associate

Jason is a Senior Associate in Movac Funds 3 and 4.

Jason joined Movac as an Analyst in 2012. As an Associate, Jason concentrates on identifying and analysing investment proposals, conducting financial and business due diligence, and supporting portfolio companies.
 
Prior to joining Movac, Jason was part of the Bank of New Zealand Treasury team, responsible for funding the bank through domestic and offshore markets. 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University / Masters of Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington.


Rebecca Treacy

Senior Manager

Rebecca Treacy

Senior Manager

Rebecca is Movac’s XX and an Investor in Fund 3.

 

Rebecca joined Movac in December 2016 after a brief hiatus from the financial industry for 17 years. She is an active investor and personally invests in both local and international portfolio companies.
 
Brings a different perspective to the team, having spent 12 years in London at two leading US Investment Banks focusing on customer relations and sales in the foreign exchange markets.
 
EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Otago.

Tania Gregory

Finance Manager

Tania Gregory

Finance Manager

Tania is Movac’s Finance Manager and an Investor in Fund 4.

 

Tania joined Movac full-time in 2016 as Finance Manager.
 
Tania has a strong administrative and financial background, most recently working for the last six years as a Consultant in the Taxation Team at Crowe Horwath. There she assisted with annual accounting compliance and ad-hoc advisory and administrative services. While at Crowe Horwath, Tania worked closely with the Movac team, assisting with financial functions.
 
EDUCATION
Tania holds a New Zealand Diploma in Business.

Operating
Partners

Richard Abbott

Fund 3 - Venture Partner

Richard Abbott

Fund 3 - Venture Partner

Venture Partner and Investor in Movac Funds 1, 2, 3.

Richard is one of the founding partners of Movac and a key investor in all the Movac funds. He serves on the investment committees for Funds 2 and 3.
 
He is now a semi-retired private investor, philanthropist and company director specialising in internet businesses. He worked in IT during London’s late 80s banking Big Bang, and in Wellington with local firms CSI and Deloitte Consulting during the 90s.
 
In 1997 he co-founded IT consulting firm AMR (now Maven) and subsequently Movac.
 
Richard was chairman of Trade Me from 2000 through to its sale. He is a director of Wellington internet company StarNow. Richard was a trustee of WWF New Zealand in the mid 2000s and was elected a school trustee in 2009. Richard is an active philanthropist; he joined the Jasmine Social Investments Board in 2006 and is a trustee of his own family foundation Jester 003 Charitable Trust.

Wellington

Ben Anderson

Operating Partner - Talent

Ben Anderson

Operating Partner - Talent

Fund 3 and 4 Operating Partner and Investor.

Ben is the Founder and CEO, North America at Renaissance Leadership based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also the Chair of the NZTE North American Beach Heads programme which assists New Zealand companies with their US market entry strategies.
 
Ben has an international reputation in recruiting for clients across the global Technology, Media, and Telecom industries. He has actively recruited US based senior executives and directors for a number of the Movac portfolio companies.
 
Ben is a passionate about personal development and is an experienced executive coach. In this capacity Ben has worked with many top technology executives in the US.
 
Ben is an Operating Partner in Movac Fund 3 and 4. His role with Movac is to assist our companies identify the talent they need to scale effectively in the US and work with our CEOs to ensure they're operating at peak effectiveness.

San Francisco

Greg Cross

Fund 3 - Venture Partner

Greg Cross

Fund 3 - Venture Partner

Greg is an experienced technology executive, company board director and Chair. He is the co-founder of Movac portfolio company PowerByProxi and the Chair of listed technology company SLI Systems. He is also past chair of the business incubator The Icehouse and the NZTE North America Beach Heads programme.
 
Greg is passionate about working with New Zealand technology companies that have the potential to be true global leaders in their field. He's hands on with these companies helping develop and execute their growth strategies and connecting them with the right people and companies in his network internatioanlly.
 
Greg is a Venture Partner in Movac Fund 3 and sits on the Investment Committee for Fund 3.

Auckland

Ed Robinson

Fund 4 - Operating Partner

Ed Robinson

Fund 4 - Operating Partner

Fund 4 Operating Partner and Investor in Movac Funds 3 and 4.

 

Ed is an experienced technology entrepreneur based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2008 he founded Aptimize - a web acceleration company - and successfully lead it to an exit in 2011 to Riverbed Technology. He subsequently spent a further two-years as General Manager, Web Content Optimization for Riverbed.

Ed now supports a number of New Zealand and other companies with their product and growth strategies targeted at the US market. He does this as either an advisor or company director.

Ed is an Operating Partner in Movac Fund 4. His role in Fund 4 is to assist companies with their US market entry and growth strategies with particular emphasis on product / market fit and sales. Ed's expertise lies in the commercialisation of enterprise SaaS companies.