Chat with the CEO | Hadleigh Ford of SwipedOn

SwipedOn Founder and CEO, Hadleigh Ford was working as a super-yacht captain in Europe when he had the idea that would change the course of his life. The scrappy-paper visitor books used to sign guests on to the yachts seemed horribly out of place on the luxury vessels, which often cost tens or hundreds of millions…

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Chat with the GM | Mike Bell of Stratus Blue

Mike Bell values people. So, it’s no surprise that under his leadership, Stratus Blue is committed to being an IT company with a big heart. A key company in Tauranga’s growing tech sector, Stratus Blue has experienced rapid growth since it opened its doors in 2016.  Already, many local businesses recognize the brand and assume…

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Chat with the BM | Ian Gray of Cucumber

Ian Gray was working at IBM  in the 1980s when the first PC was launched. In the three decades since then, he has been connecting the dots between innovative technology and business success, and for the last ten years, he has been the Business Manager at Cucumber in Tauranga, New Zealand. Cucumber is one of Tauranga’s…

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Chat With the CEO | Adam Cuming of Radfords

Adam Cuming has been the CEO of Radfords in Tauranga, New Zealand for two years. Radford’s has a noble mission: to grow the world’s food basket. A high-achiever from way back (he was a bank manager by the ripe old age of 22), Adam has an ambitious global vision for this thriving hot-tech company, founded by Phil…

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Chat with the CEO | Matt Flowerday of GPS-it

Farming is in Matt Flowerday’s blood.  He grew up on the land and founded GPS-it to help farmers and orchardists map their land, understand it and get the most out of it.  Today GPS-it is one of New Zealand’s most innovative agri-tech companies, providing aerial mapping services and cutting-edge technology to empower those who work the land.…

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Chat with the CEO | Dr. Mark Begbie of PlantTech

Scotsman, Dr. Mark Begbie was helping to lead an innovation centre in Glasgow when out of the blue he received a Linked-In message from a recruitment manager in New Zealand. Would he be interested in heading up PlantTech – a new research organization focused on AI innovations for the New Zealand horticultural sector?  Well, as a matter…

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Chat with the CEO | Greg Jarvis of Bluelab

Greg Jarvis had been the Regional Manager for Ballance Agri-Nutrients for three years when he saw an opportunity he wanted to explore further. In 2000, he purchased New Zealand Hydroponics International, motivated by a desire to run his own business in a field that he cared about. Over the next four years, Greg led the…

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