Bringing a vision to life can be a challenge, but concentrating on user-centred opportunities to develop a solid product strategy and roadmap is where our mentor Tim Nunn excels. Tim, the Head of Product at Trade Me Jobs, talked to us about the experience he provides as a mentor and also what he hopes that experience will give him.

Tim Nunn


Hey Tim, could you tell us a bit about you?

I’m kiwi-born-and-bred but left New Zealand in my early-20’s to see the world. Now, back home in Wellington, I’m enjoying the amazing culture, coffee, beaches, mountain biking and entrepreneurship it has to offer.

I’ve been in the tech industry for more than 15 years. Initially, as a software developer (when ASP Classic was still a thing and .NET was shiny and new) but turned to product management in 2004 and have never looked back.

I’m currently Head of Product for Trade Me Jobs. I have a small team of PMs and a Data Scientist and together with our wonderfully passionate squads, marketers and salespeople we’re striving to make life better for New Zealanders through online experiences that they love.

What made you want to be involved in Lightning Lab?

I was keen to get more involved with the startup community in Wellington for a few reasons, but mainly so I could get closer to some of our future business leaders and to try and leverage my past experience to help them succeed.

One day, I’d like to become a full-time product coach and the experience Lightning Lab provides can help with that too.

What do you feel you get back from mentoring?

I love helping others and seeing them fulfil their potential. Mentoring is a really satisfying way to do this. As a mentor, you can often identify areas of strength and weakness more quickly without the added complexity of actually managing mentees.

Top 3 things you look for in a team/venture before you commit to mentoring?

  1. Smart people with understanding and empathy toward their target customers.
  2. Strong collaborators with exceptional communication skills.
  3. Energy and enthusiasm for achieving great things.

What do you think the market needs to progress?

We’re a pretty creative and entrepreneurial bunch in NZ and punch above our weight in this regard. Kiwi-ingenuity is still going strong. I think sustainability is a key area we can continue to innovate around, with Lightning Lab Electric being a good example of this.


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