Dave Moskovitz leads National Startup Meetup at NetHui

Entrepreneurs attending this year’s NetHui, the three-day collaborative, multi-stakeholder gathering organised by InternetNZ, are being urged to take part in the National Startup Meetup, which is being held on Thursday, July 10th at 6:30 PM.

The event is free to everyone – just show up to the Sky City Convention Centre at 6:30 PM. There is room for 100 people, so it’s first come first serve.

National Startup Meetup is being run and promoted by David Moskovitz through Startup New Zealand, an organisation that brings together and activates regional and national communities of entrepreneurs, technical talent, and related organisations. Dave is one of InternetNZ’s elected councillors, and has created the event to bring startups, investors, and developers together around this year’s NetHui theme of “the Internet in 25 years.”

The godfather of Wellington startups, as David has been called, says that if you want to know what’s happening around you in the startup community, the National Startup Meetup is the place to do it.

“If you’re looking for a cofounder, developers, sales people, investors, inspiration, or just want to meet people who are travelling the same hard road as you, this is the place to be,” he wrote in an email.

“If you want to be in on the ground floor with a startup that solves emergent problems, you won’t want to miss it.”

Attendees of the National Startup Meetup can expect to see people present from startup communities from all over New Zealand, and they will discuss the new companies that are popping up around the country. They will also discuss some of the issues that relate to startups coming out of NetHui.

The idea for the entrepreneurial event to be a part of NetHui 2014 came from the Startup New Zealand leadership team, who are the same people behind the popular Startup Weekends which run in all the major towns and cities in New Zealand.

“We felt that NetHui was the perfect place to get startups together from around the country, as many startups would be attending NetHui,” David said.

“In our experience, exciting things happen organically when you get startup folks into one room and let them tell their stories,” Dave continues.

“You could call it cofounder dating, but it’s a lot more than that.  We want to provide an excuse for people to get together, learn about each other, and potentially do great things together.”

Dave, also a councillor for InternetNZ, one of the founding investors of Lightning Lab, and a director at numerous startups and organisations, says that right now the market is looking particularly bullish for young startups in New Zealand.

“I’ve been particularly involved in the Wellington startup community for the last decade,” he says, “and I used to think that I knew most of what was going on.  That’s changed in the last year though, there’s so much going on now, every week I learn of another two or three startups that are relatively well developed that I hadn’t heard about before.

“We’ve passed critical mass, and things are exploding.”

As individuals, entrepreneurs also seem to be more realistic, data driven, and better prepared than they used to – a positive sign that our startup culture is becoming more educated and sophisticated.

“I don’t see many singletons any more,” David adds, “which is fantastic. People understand the importance of getting a great team together.”

The increase in entrepreneurial activity has been boosted by the fact that New Zealand has experienced several large exits recently, like GreenButton’s sale to Microsoft, which has added a diverse mix of “recycled” investment capital into the startup ecosystem. More and more investors understand the Internet, share markets are at record highs, and share market investors are actively reinvesting their profits into new startups.

Connections to the rest of the world through use of the Internet and cloud computing have been stronger than ever, and businesses like Xero and Vend are proactively exporting their tech products and services to the rest of the world.

According to David Moskovitz, it’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in New Zealand.

You can register for the whole three day NetHui event here, or simply turn up to the National Startup Meetup at 6:30 on Thursday, the 10th of July. Don’t be late.

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