Values are important.

What makes them real is living them every day for 20 years. We are a team of operators, bringing both capital and horsepower to help build your vision.

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We love passionate, ambitious founders who push through barriers to succeed. We are eager to win but not at all costs – we value sustainable business.

We are patient, long-term partners who stand beside you in good times and bad, through multiple rounds of capital raising. We build relationships that work for the long haul.

Every investment is important to us. We like to lead rounds. We like to be on boards. We pick up the phone when you call and will roll up our sleeves when you need us.

We operate with integrity and honesty – the Kiwi way. What we say is what we do. No nonsense, straightforward, and transparent as we help you to achieve your goal.

We care about alignment with founders and structure our terms so we win together. We don’t get rich off fees but by building great companies alongside you.

Partners

Our Partners are founders and operators. They have been in your shoes.
PHIL MCCAW
PHIL MCCAW Partner
DAVID BEARD
DAVID BEARD Partner
MARK VIVIAN
MARK VIVIAN Partner
MARK STUART
MARK STUART Partner
LOVINA MCMURCHY
LOVINA MCMURCHY Partner
JASON GRAHAM
JASON GRAHAM Partner
CASSIE MCADAMS
CASSIE MCADAMS Investment & Community Manager
TANIA GREGORY
TANIA GREGORY Finance Manager
ALEX QI
ALEX QI Investment Analyst
PETER TAYLOR
PETER TAYLOR Investment Analyst

Advisory Board

Our Advisors are global leaders in technology, business and investment. We draw upon their knowledge and network to steer Movac to best in class.

Rachel (Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngati Rarua) is an award-winning entrepreneur and businesswoman.

Rachel is the CEO of Kono Group, a globally orientated, Maori-owned food and beverage company. She is a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is a Kea World Class New Zealander. Rachel presently sits on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and chairs New Zealand’s APEC Business Advisory Council.

David is a renowned economist and an authority on matters of industrial organisation, technological change, intellectual property, and innovation, antitrust and competition policy. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Berkeley Research Group, the Thomas W. Tusher Professor in Global Business, and Director of the Tusher Center on Intellectual Capital at UC Berkeley.

Originally from Nelson, David was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and is Co-Founding Director of KEA (Kiwi Expat Association).

Fady is a globally recognised entrepreneur and innovator. He is a co-founder CEO of PowerByProxi, which was sold to Apple in 2017. Fady is now a Managing Director at Apple.

Fady is involved in the University of Auckland’s Engineering Dean’s Leadership Challenge and Velocity Challenge, and was recently inducted into the Chancellor’s Circle.

Fady is a recipient of the KeaEA World Class New Zealander award.

Randy is an entrepreneur, investor, lecturer and author. He was a founding director of Tivo and acted as “virtual CEO” for companies such as WebTV and GlobalGiving. He joined the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins in 2005 to focus on investing in early stage startups such as Nest, Farmers Business Network, Gusto and RPX. Randy serves on the Roadtrip Nation Advisory Board and Orrick’s Women’s Leadership Board.

He is the author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle. He is also the co-author of Straight Talk for Startups, the insider best practices for entrepreneurial success; Getting to Plan B, on managing innovation;, and I F**king Love that Company, on building consumer brands.

Lisa is a dynamic finance and business development executive with nearly 25 years of experience with companies of all sizes – from high-growth, early-stage start-ups to mature, multi-national corporations. Her industry experience includes financial services, software and technology.

During her 14-year tenure at Microsoft, Lisa co-founded Microsoft’s Venture Fund M12, investing in early-stage startups around the globe. With Lisa’s leadership, the fund became one of the most active venture funds in North America – in just three years, the fund deployed several hundreds of millions of dollars in over 80 startups.

Team

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CASSIE MCADAMS
CASSIE MCADAMS Investment & Community Manager
TANIA GREGORY
TANIA GREGORY Finance Manager
ALEX QI
ALEX QI Investment Analyst
PETER TAYLOR
PETER TAYLOR Investment Analyst

Operating Partners

Operating Partners are functional and subject matter experts. We use their experience, practical advice and networks to support our portfolio companies.

Customer Success

Kirsty is VP of Client Advocacy at Yext, a leading Search Experience Cloud platform, where she is responsible for delivering client service for Yext customers in over 153 countries. She specialises in improving NPS and CES scores, improving customer experience and engagement, improving and retention and upsell programmes, as well as managing global teams, diagnosing, prioritising and implementing customer experience improvement projects.

Prior to joining Yext, Kirsty was VP Customer at Hootsuite.

Sales

Serge is an active investor and director in various high-growth New Zealand-founded software companies. He specialises in improving sales repeatability, digital marketing and distribution channels.

Previously, Serge was part of the leadership team for M-Com, the world’s leading mobile banking platform. M-Com was acquired by NASDAQ-listed Fiserv in 2011.

Leadership

Alia is an industrial psychologist with a PhD in resilience. She previously worked with executive recruitment agency Sheffield, working with leaders of corporate organisations, and with Frucor as their Group Talent Development Manager. Prior to that, Alia worked for the New Zealand Defence Force, including as a member of the elite Special Operations team, and was their head psychologist for a number of years.

Leadership

Ben works with a number of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital firms and their portfolio companies to develop their leaders. Prior to that, Ben founded a number of executive search and recruitment businesses in the US and UK, and was CEO of NSYE-listed StaffMark and LSE-listed Robert Walters Associates.

Product

Andrew is an independent product leadership coach. His areas of expertise include implementing product leadership principles and practices, coaching senior product leaders, supporting companies to evolve their product organisational structures, supporting the recruitment of product leaders, and growing New Zealand’s product community.

Prior to his leadership coaching work, Andrew was the Global Head of Product at 8i and the first Product Manager at Xero, where he was instrumental in the development of Xero’s flagship product and the scaling out of Xero’s product organisation.

Product/GTM

Ed specialises in turning product into the fuel that drives business – “without product you have nothing to sell”. This starts with product market fit, developing a scalable business and pricing model, then cementing high-performance development practices as the company grows.

Before joining Movac, Ed was co-founder and CEO of Wellington-based Aptimize, which he grew from idea to acquisition by Riverbed in the U.S. within two years in 2011.

Technology

Rob is a retired CTO and CEO currently advising a number of startups and large enterprises on technology strategy and development. He has a track record of leading innovation and introducing new technologies in consumer electronics, digital manufacturing, robotics, sensors and optics. Rob has sponsored multiple acquisitions and advised on the sale of companies. As an adviser to SRI Ventures, he helps establish technology spinouts from SRI International and works with medical, IoT and Sensor startups. He was the CTO of TE Connectivity and Motorola Mobile Devices.