Caffeine to launch at Tech Summit

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Caffeine heating up to go live

Caffeine is the new content and community platform for New Zealand’s startup ecosystem, created with founders for founders.

Our mission is to be the way our community connects and shares and to accelerate Aotearoa New Zealand toward outperforming the world at creating, scaling and exiting extraordinary startups.

New Zealand’s startup community has matured and grown and contains a wealth of knowledge and support for its founders.  It includes the experience of successful founders based in New Zealand and abroad who have solved the hard problems and achieved the impossible. All with the support of an army of investors, mentors and organisations who provider their expertise.

But it’s not always obvious how to connect to this knowledge and support and that collective experience is not easy to access for founders and their teams. It’s in a thousand different places places or in the heads of a thousand different people so it’s frequently untapped.

Caffeine will solve this problem – starting with daily reporting with and from the founder community.

We’re not here to report on the ecosystem to the general public – rather we’re here to report from our ecosystem to founders with stories they can use to grow their own businesses.  We aim to become part of the daily workflow for any startup founder.

Caffeine will be the champion of our community, working to celebrate and uplift founders doing the hard yards and inspiring our founders of tomorrow.

The team

All great things only get done with a great team.

The two co-founders of Caffeine are Julie Gill and James Hurman.

Julie is CEO and publisher of Caffeine and was formerly managing director of IDG, general manager of Fairfax’s NZ Business division, and publisher of Unlimited magazine.

James, a director and strategic advisor to Caffeine, is the founding partner of innovation studio Previously Unavailable and co-founder and director of SAAS startup Tracksuit. Previously Unavailable have designed and built the Caffeine platform.

On the editorial side, Fiona Rotherham is editor, joining from the ranks of business publication NBR.  Fiona’s career includes stints at BusinessDesk, head of business news for Stuff, editor of The Independent business weekly and editor of Unlimited magazine, along with a decade in radio.

Our list of talented contributors include Rebecca Bellan and Caitlin Sykes.

Rebecca is a contributor and advisor for Caffeine while also a writer for TechCrunch in the US.

Caitlin is editor of Heritage magazine, a contributor to The Listener, and former editor of Unlimited magazine.

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