When we launched Kiwi Landing Pad two months ago we had two beautifully furnished office suites, spotty internet, and Aish Fenton (vWorkApp CTO), his wife Anna Jobsis and me sitting at our laptops.
Since then Aish has hired three new staff members, Michelle, Dan and Christian; Vend has moved in with Kara Haas taking on the role of US sales manager; Xero is poised to take over the US online accounting space; John Trail getting it done for Magritek; and Clark making guest appearances for Datacom.
We have also been lucky enough to have a tremendous number of supporters come through including Mike Moore – Ambassador, Pooj Preena – 1st US Skype employee, Ian Sobieski – Managing Director of Band of Angels, Linda Jenkinson – Les Concierge founder and EY Master entrepreneur of the year, Gower Smith – founder of Zoomsystems, Steve Outtrim – founder of Sausage Software, Dan Knox – Y-combinator graduate and founder of Science Exchange, Priv Bradoo – founder of Biomine and Jeff Tannenbaum of Blue Run Ventures.
Over the next few weeks we have some great events planned, which are designed to further connect our member companies to the amazing talent pool in the Bay Area. Construction on our building is also beginning which will transform 880 Harrison into the largest tech hub in San Francisco… lots of exciting stuff!! I will keep you posted.