• What drives Movac and founding partner Phil McCaw

    31 July 2019 It was an exciting time back in 1998. No one quite knew what a force the internet would become. But back then when we started as Abbott, McCaw, Richter and Associates we had an eye to the future. We wanted our business to generate cash flow which we could reinvest back into […]

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  • 2017, a break-out year

    As I reflect on the close to 2017 it’s certainly been a big year for Movac, our investors and the early stage investment scene in New Zealand. The sector took a big step up this year and we’re seeing the proof coming through of what a great space the early stage NZ technology sector is […]

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  • FUNdraising

    Every 4-5 years, professional fund managers like us get the opportunity to raise a new fund, assuming there’s been performance to give us the right to raise another fund. This is the chance to get on the other side of the table from where we normally sit, and pitch ourselves to potential investors, to be critiqued, commented on, […]

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  • Is future of NZVIF…NZVIF2.0?

    The NZVIF programme was set-up to catalyse a venture capital industry in New Zealand.  It’s had some successes and had some misses.  Is the next phase of development for the industry going to be to leverage this public asset to support the creation of one big fund?  Is such an intervention needed? Who’s going to manage it? […]

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  • TechWeek'17 Event: Demystifying the Series A & B Investment Decision

    Have you ever wondered how venture and growth capital investors come to the decision on whether to invest or not? Why do they get hung up on certain data and metrics? Why do they always want to meet the team? Why does it sometimes seem to take an eternity for them to make a decision? […]

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  • NZ Innovation Inc – Are we there yet?

    I get asked fairly frequently for my thoughts on the New Zealand innovation ecosystem.  Given the big wet across New Zealand this weekend I took the opportunity to try and consolidate them.   My basic conclusion is “we’ve made great progress but we’re not quite there yet”. If we’re not there yet, what’s the destination?  […]

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  • Fund 4 – 7 things we're looking for

    Late last year we announced that we had completed a first close on Movac Fund 4 with $105m in committed funds.  The final close is at the end of March 2017, so if you’re interested in investing then please get in touch. Movac Fund 4 is the first early stage growth fund to reach meaningful […]

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  • Make it rain – spending your VC money

    Introduction This post is the second of three where Movac Fund 4 Operating Partner, Ed Robinson, discusses how VC works, what should you spend VC money on, and if, and how, you should, and can, move your company to the Valley. If there are topics you’d be interesting in hearing more about, let us know […]

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  • How VC Works – An Operating Partner's Perspective

    Introduction Over the last couple months, we’ve been meeting with early stage entrepreneurs and companies as part of the Movac Q&A Sessions held at the BizDojo Wellington and GRIDAKL. The point of these sessions was for us to meet some interesting companies that, whilst may be too early today for Movac Fund 4, would be […]

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  • Ask Me Anything

    Phil recently took part in an Ask Me Anything for the NBR.  You can see the questions posed, and Phil’s radio interview where he answers the questions, here.

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