We chatted with him to find out why he decided to get involved with Lightning Lab.
Hey Matthew, could you tell us a bit about your background?
I am a Director at Deloitte Private with a focus on helping high growth technology businesses fulfil their potential. I get a kick out of seeing my clients grow and win on the global stage!
What made you want to be involved in Lightning Lab?
Firstly, it is fun!
Secondly, I hope the cohort benefit from my experiences gained during my day job.
Thirdly, I see being a mentor as my opportunity to give back to the local community.
What do you feel you get back from mentoring?
Again, it is fun!
I love the energy and enthusiasm of the Lightning Lab cohorts. I get to meet some really smart and driven people and I learn from those people. I then take those learnings and experiences back to my daily client interactions.
Top 3 things you look for in a team/venture before you commit to mentoring?
- A credible, passionate and motivated team that I believe can win
- A focused product or service that answers an unmet need in the market and is well timed
- A cool and interesting story
What do you think the market needs to progress?
I think the market needs to continue to look outside New Zealand for inspiration and ideas, particularly the US and China. Retaining and attracting the best people is a continual challenge – and something where government policy plays an important role. Same for funding, where government support for R&D is receiving a renewed focus. And finally, the continued investment of time from successful entrepreneurs back into the eco-system.
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