May 31, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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Oh yes the months roll round and the rollercoaster keeps on going eh...hang on tight this month and look forward to our Founders Exchange. While you're waiting, catch up on some reading with this article, very much on theme, about the 5 things Founders dont talk about.
Our first speaker is confirmed:Clare Howden, CEO of Futrix
Clare initially trained as a psychologist and managed children's rights on film sets before turning her hand to business management. She established her own recruitment consultancy in London and grew the business successfully for close to a decade. Prior to taking on the leadership role at Futrix, Clare managed the financial aspect of the company for several years. As CEO, Clare has led Futrix through a period of substantial growth and change.
And for our getting-into-the-nitty-gritty panel - please welcome Suse Reynolds, Director of the Angel Association in NZ and Karen Aitken, Angel HQ member who'll be talking with us about the ins and outs of angel investment
Suse Reynolds, Executive Director of the Angel Association is excited about explaining how rewarding and fun it is to an angel investor and in particular about an initiative to start up a women's angel network. She's quick to point out that is not to cast aspersions on the guys involved at all but it is more about feeling just that little bit more comfortable about asking questions/not knowing stuff and "putting your toe in the water" with maximum support.
A taster from Suse!! "Angel investing is all about lifting New Zealand higher. It's about actually doing it… actually being involved in supporting the inspirational ventures which are to become our rock stars in global markets. It's about rich rewards … not just in terms of the potential returns but also in terms of the enormous personal satisfaction of 'giving back' and sharing your knowledge, expertise and connections."
Suse notes that for her one of the biggest buzzes she gets from angel investment is working with a team of people who are similarly committed and motivated. Angels are positive, supportive and aspirational for the people they are working with, for their communities and for New Zealand.