Wipster

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Alumni: Wipster
What they do: Upload, review, approve and share your video content
Company HQ: Wellington
Website: http://wipster.io/

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About Rollo

Rollo Wenlock: CEO & Co-Founder
Base: San Francisco & Wellington

About Wipster

Joyful video review – Wipster provides a beautiful and intuitive platform for reviewing, approving, and collaborating on video production. 

Used by thousands of video makers, Wipster streamlines the review workflow by securely sharing the editing process from rough cut to final cuts with your team or clients. We believe people will make better video faster if the client review process is transparent and takes place where it makes the most sense – right on top of the video.

Parrot Analytics

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Alumni: Parrot Analytics
What they do: Helping the television industry understand global demand for content.
Company HQ: Auckland, Los Angeles, San Francisco
Website: http://www.parrotanalytics.com/

About Parrot Analytics

Parrot Analytics (www.parrotanalytics.com) has developed the industry’s first and only country-specific demand rating platform for TV, film and cross-platform content for existing and new releases. Parrot’s patented next-generation technology helps TV content producers, buyers, sellers and advertisers make more effective content decisions. It does this by capturing and analyzing TV content demand in real time from hundreds of millions of viewers across the world; providing unprecedented insights into global content demand and predicting future country-specific content performance across demos with a high degree of accuracy. 

Parrot Analytics was selected as one of MIPTV’s 2014 ’5 Hottest Startups’ in the TV Industry and is a thought leader in applying data science for the TV/film industry, having presented at MIPTV, the Multiplatform TV Summit, the Next TV Summit and CES’ Digital Hollywood. 

The company is headquartered in United States with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand.

Check out this article in The Business Wire, Parrot Analytics US journey.

Glassjar

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Alumni: Glassjar
What they do: The best way to collect money from a group of friends
Company HQ: San Francisco
Website: http://www.glassjar.co

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About George

George Smith: CEO & Co-Founder
Base: San Francisco

About Glassjar

Glassjar developed mobile payments for groups to manage shared expenses. 

We were the first New Zealand company to be accepted into Y-Combinator (W15) and before that we partook in the Lightning Lab accelerator in Wellington, New Zealand.

Glory League

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Alumni: Glory League
What they do: Glory League is a sports engagement platform that lets amateur basketball players relive their moments of glory.
Company HQ: Auckland, NZ
Website: http://gloryleague.com/

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About Louis

Louis Gordon-Latty: CEO & Founder
Base: Auckland

About Glory League

Glory League Increases participation in amateur sports by serving sticky, stat enriched highlight reels, game videos and gamified reports out to every player, as soon as their games are over.

GloryLeague.com is a sports engagement video platform that makes sports more addictive by automatically serving players with their game video & highlight reels. GloryLeague’s gamified media gets players excited about engaging and sharing their peak moments. As players level up, they unlock new features and grow as the star in the centre of their evolving career. 

Im excited about working on automated video technologies in amatuer sport. Im excited about the unchartered opportunities in ‘many to many’ video, and the impact that this will have on conventional media. I like bringing a level of service to the every-player that was traditionally reserved for the elite. Finally I love sports, and as such I am greatful to be able to work in a company that draws on video gaming and social media to get people more active (rather than less active)

Feed.FM

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Alumni: Feed.FM
What they do: Add music to your mobile app and watch session times and revenue increase.
Company HQ: San Francisco
Website: http://feed.fm/

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About Jeff

Jeff Yasuda: CEO & Co-Founder
Base: San Francisco

About Feed.FM

Feed.fm (Music as a Service) provides a legal turn-key API to add popular music (AC/DC to Zeppelin) to websites, apps, and games in order to drive engagement, retention, and revenues.

Customers, which include Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Game Salad, and Starr Hill Brewery to name a few, have seen average increases of session times and retention of 400% and 80%, respectively. 

Feed.fm was founded by the team that created Blip.fm, and includes Chairman Mika Salmi, former President of Viacom/MTV. The company’s investors include KEC, Allegro Ventures, Core Ventures, Crunchfund, Streamlined Ventures, Kailua Ventures, the Operators Fund and entrepreneurs from gaming, media, and technology backgrounds.

Here are a few examples of live implementations to get a flavor of what we do…

Michelob Ultra http://liveultra.tumblr.com/tagged/musicforyourlegs
Starr Hill Brewery http://www.starrhill.com/
Bud Light http://feed.fm/go/bud-edm100/
Foreign Cinema http://www.foreigncinema.com/
Kenneth Cole via F# AdPlayer http://www.adplayer.fm/adplayer530676d1e0317
Fuzz Radio App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fuzz-radio/id577300833?ls=1&mt=8

Syngency

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Alumni: Syngency
What they do: Simple, sophisticated software made for model management.
Company HQ: Auckland, NZ
Website: http://www.syngency.com/

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About Ryan

Ryan Marshall: CEO & Founder
Hometown: Auckland

About Syngency

At the intersection of fashion and technology, Syngency is a sophisticated and powerful cloud-based platform designed specifically for modeling and talent agencies. From booking jobs and casting calls to day-to-day operations, agencies around the world can use the software to run their entire business online, faster and more efficiently than ever before.

The sleek Syngency app will be the go-to tool that enables models and talent to have their agency in their pockets as they work around the world, around the clock in this competitive and fast-paced industry.

The models, as well as their agents, will have real-time updates on shoot schedules, agency communications, castings, and bookings to ensure the agency is always at their fingertips.

Founded in 2010 in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, Syngency is the embodiment of the beauty-driven, dynamic industry it serves – aesthetically stunning and designed to fit perfectly.

Recently featured in Idealog – Cracking the US market - Model behaviour: taking software to the States

Performance Lab

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Resident: Performance Lab
What they do: The pioneer of adaptive health and fitness coaching technology for athletes and users of all levels. We’re working to enhance your next wearable device.
Company HQ: San Francisco & New Zealand
Website: http://performancelab.co.nz/

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About Waynne 

Waynne Dartnall: CEO
Base: San Francisco

 About Performance Lab

Performance Lab changes lives through fitness and wellness coaching. A pioneer in the use of monitoring technology, Performance Lab built the first commercial sports lab in the world 20 years ago, and since then has collected data involving tens of thousands of athletes and users at all levels. For 15 years data was collected largely in the lab; for the last five years it has been collected exclusively in the field using wearable sensors, providing Performance Lab with a vast amount of unparalleled domain expertise. Bringing together this unique perspective with sports science, coaching and technology to understand and formulate the correlations between data, activity types, and performance results, Performance Lab created the ARDA Coaching Engine.

Performance Lab has been using and refining its ARDA coaching methodology as the foundation of its corporate health and wellness services, with tremendous success. Of the hundreds of casual sportspeople and sedentary individuals we have trained for a half marathon, 90% of the participants reached the start line – and every one of them finished. These rates are triple the industry average.

The ARDA Coaching Engine was conceived by Performance Lab co-founder Jon Ackland, an internationally regarded exercise physiologist and sports performance consultant whose clients include world champions and world record holders across a number of disciplines. Including: Terrenzo Bozzone, triathlon; All Blacks, rugby; Team New Zealand, America’s Cup; and the New Zealand national triathlon, rowing and cycling squads.

Flowpro

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Resident: Flowpro
What they do: Introducing a usable quality assurance and knowledge management solution that will help your business in no-time.
Company HQ: San Francisco, CA.
Website: http://flowpro.io/

About Andrew

Andrew Grosser: CEO & Founder
Hometown: Brisbane, Australia

About FlowPro

Consolidate all your SaaS tools under one roof.

Automate all your business processes, and make it trivial to communicate work between your staff and each of your online software tools. Predict mistakes before they happen and automate menial tasks using our business productivity and artificial intelligence platform.

 

 

90 Seconds

Quick Facts

Kiwi Landing Pad Resident: 90 Seconds
What they do: Cloud Video Production Service. Get video shot & produced anywhere in the world by pros! Simple, Fast, Affordable, Great Quality & Fully managed Online.
Company HQ: Auckland, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, London
Website: http://90seconds.tv/

About Tim 

Tim Norton: CEO & Founder
Base: Global

About Jake

Jake Davy: Head of Customer Experience
Hometown: Auckland
Current Base: San Francisco

 About 90 Seconds

90 Seconds is the world’s leading cloud video production platform, allowing brands to purchase, plan, shoot, edit and review video anywhere in the world, online and on mobile. Launched in 2010, 90 Seconds has worked with more than 1000 brands including Barclays, PayPal, Visa and Sony o produce high quality, fast, easy and affordable video content. To date over 10,000 videos have been produced in 70 countries. In some major cities, clients can start projects with advance notice of just 30 minutes. The company has a global team of 70 working on product, growth and customer success based in Singapore, London, Tokyo, Manila, Sydney and Auckland. They are opening new offices in San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Berlin in 2016.

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Follow our journey and go inside the epic global journey of one company. One group of people. Going from zero to $100 Million. They’re at 10 million today. What’s next?

Follow our journey http://ridethewave.video/

CloudCannon

Quick Facts
KLP Resident: CloudCannon
What they do: Static website CMS for web designers and their clients
Company HQ: San Francisco, USA
Website: http://cloudcannon.com/

About Mike
Mike Neumegen: CEO and Co-Founder
Hometown: Dunedin

 

 

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Mike Neumegen – CloudCannon CEO & CO-Founder

 

Tells us briefly what CloudCannon does:

CloudCannon offers a streamlined solution to building websites for those who have limited coding skills, yet it also gives users the freedom to get as technical as they want in a simple fashion. You can code everything yourself, or you can opt for a template before editing things right there on the page in front of you.

How long have you been running and what do your customers like about you?

CloudCannon has been running for just over a year now. We got ‘Crunched’ back in August of last year when we were still a bedroom project, and have just been ‘Crunched’ again almost 12 months later, this time feeling like a legitimate business! Our customers are freelance web designers and developers and they love that we make it easier for them to produce websites that their clients can edit.

You arrived at the Kiwi Landing Pad earlier this year (2014). How has the Kiwi Landing Pad helped in CloudCannon’s transition to the United States?

If you aren’t ready for it San Francisco can swallow you whole. It’s a cosmopolitan cocktail of opportunity, poverty, power, personal freedoms and federal regulation, all to greater extremes than we’ve ever experienced at home.

It’s amazing. It’s draining.

The Kiwi Landing Pad is a place where I feel removed from all of that.

Like a good sleep, don’t underestimate the mental clarity that comes from having hundreds of tiny problems or questions (“Where do I find internet/printing/air conditioning/healthy food/cheap food/things to do/public transport?) squared away and assisted by someone else.

To us the Kiwi Landing Pad is a place where we can feel at home in a foreign country. There’s a real sense of community in the Landing Pad that comes from a shared experience. I love having a place where it feels safe to talk silly with other people who share our sense of humour, get a healthy dose of down to earth Kiwi common sense, celebrate our day to day successes or lick our wounds.

Tell us a bit about how you typically spend your time in San Francisco.

CloudCannon is in San Francisco to learn and partner. All our good progress in those areas seems to come out of meeting people. So our time is spent trying to get meetings, prepping for those meetings and then doing the real work afterwards.

Based on your experience in San Francisco, do you have any insights or advice for companies back in New Zealand?

The biggest insight I have from being in San Francisco is that we put foreign companies and foreign entrepreneurs on too much of a pedestal. Sure there are some of the big, cool companies and some huge personalities in San Francisco but the reality is that the rest of the people who are doing well are just as obscure and insecure as you and me.

Everybody worries if what they are doing is the right thing here. That uncertainty is just disguised a lot better by American bravado and the fact that investors invest more easily. My personal take is that that’s a false sense of security though.

Where do you think you’re biggest markets are going to be aside from the US?

The US is certainly a big market for us but it only represents a sixth of our total customers worldwide and a third of our paying ones. We’ve just been on a trip to Europe where a larger portion of our customers live which was really eye opening. It’s reinforced that we want, and can, serve a global market.

What can we look forward to from CloudCannon in 2015?

We are currently working on partnerships with hosting companies and designer communities that will see us positioned as one of the must use tools for the static web in 2015. We are very excited about some upcoming feature releases and partner integrations that will massively increase the usefulness of CloudCannon to freelance designers and developers.

View the Kiwi Landing Pad Case Study with Cloud Cannon.

Cin7

KLP Resident: Cin7
Founded: 2011
What you do: Cin7 develops and delivers cloud based software for managing inventory, point of sale, warehouse facilities and light manufacturing.
Website:  cin7.com

Nick Buttar: Channel and Business Development Manager
Favorite apps:  Uber, Google Maps, NZ Herald, Tech Crunch, Circa
Coffee fix near the KLP office: Elite Audio
Favourite SF Nabe: Sea Cliff (best place in the City to get out of the City and enjoy the amazing views of the Pacific ocean)

 

What is Cin7? What services do you offer your customers?
Cin7’s system gives a business owner or manager the ability to know, at any time, exactly where every product is and its status, whether it’s in a store, warehouse or still at the factory.  This enables a company to analyse, predict and make decisions so as to maximize return.  The accuracy of the information provided by Cin7 enables business managers to be better inventory managers, leading to better profit margins.

Cin7 is focused on specific vertical markets such as fashion and apparel, food and beverage, furniture and homeware, technology and electronics, and carpet and tile flooring.  The product also has the capability to operate seamlessly across different levels or business operations and industries.

Professionally, how did you prepare to come over to San Francisco?
I have been working remotely with our US based partners and customers for over 18months, so for me it was a fairly easy transition. We prepared by learning as much as possible about the differences in the business culture and making our primary connections with the market from our HQ in Auckland.

Who are your customers? What types of businesses are using your service?
Our customers are mostly mid-tier companies, or those in the upper end of the SME market with ten or more employees, and managing multiple products and complex pathways from production to sales.  They all require a flexible system, that’s easy to use, well-supported, solves specific needs and is cost-effective.  They also understand that good inventory management leads to better profit margins.

We are focused on a range of verticals with customers including multi-chain retail, multi-channel e-commerce and fulfillment, import/export distribution, light manufacturing and forecasting and recording, with some operating more than one legal entity.

Being focused on industry verticals has allowed us to create specific industry solutions.  This means partners and customers can become familiar with terminology and concepts.  It also allows us to develop predictable and repeatable solutions that can then be tailored to meet specific needs.

A wide range of different types of companies are using Cin7’s system but in each case the software has been configured so as to manage the specific inventory needs of the business.

Do you have any close competitors, what is your advantage?
There are numerous companies offering inventory management systems but none of them have the combined advantages of being highly configurable, able to be integrated, cloud based, fully mobile and at a price that isn’t going to break the bank.  This is especially important for our main customer group, the growing mid-tier business with increasing complexities in its inventory management that needs a system to support ongoing growth.

Did you look at other options for residency? Why did you choose KLP?
Yes, we had a virtual office with Servcorp before we made the move into KLP so we considered using their office services. When we compared the two the decision was a no brainer. The on hand advice, great location and facilities made it a clear choice for us.

What does Cin7 hope to achieve while being based at the Kiwi Landing Pad?
To us KLP is exactly what it says it is – a US home to help us get started and launch our product and service in to the North American market.  Our goals are simple: grow awareness, grow the business we already have in the US and make a difference for mid-tier companies wanting a flexible, cost effective and focused inventory management system that will help them grow.

Resolve Digital

Quick Facts:

KLP Resident: Resolve Digital
What they do: Web and Mobile application consultancy.
Company HQ:  San Francisco & Christchurch,
Founded: 2002
Website: resolvedigital.com

About David Jones: Partner & Technical Director
Top three apps: Uber, Yelp, ZipCar
Coffee fix near the KLP office: Sight Glass
Favorite SF Nabe: North Beach

What does Resolve Digital do? What is the main offering?

We are a web and mobile application consultancy, mainly focused on Ruby on Rails and iOS development. We concentrate on applications that solve business problems, reduce complexity, and save time for our clients.

As a Certified Spree Commerce Partner, we help our clients migrate their existing ecommerce sites to Spree’s open source platform, build custom stores, and apply machine learning to improve the customer experience and increase sales.

In addition, we’re known as the creators of Refinery CMS. It’s the most popular Ruby on Rails content management system and has been downloaded over 350,000 times.

What is your role here in San Francisco?

I am a Partner and Technical Director of Resolve Digital. The main reason we have based ourselves in San Francisco is because of the concentration of business opportunities. It is really important to have someone local for sales calls, especially when they’re on the technical side. Living in San Francisco is like living in the future. We’re constantly immersed in new ideas and passionate people and this, in turn, inspires us to push our clients to the next level.

What does your team look like?

We have offices in San Francisco, Christchurch, Florida, and British Columbia. We have 9 engineers and one business developer scattered across these locations. We have a flat structure as we only hire senior, experienced staff who do not require a lot of management.

What types of businesses are using your service currently?

There are three significant types of customers that we work with.

Team augmentation

Often large development teams seek expertise in certain areas or need help working on a backlog of tasks. One or more Resolve Digital team members will work with the client to achieve a defined goal. For example we worked with Google as part of a 30-person development team for Wildfire.

Building products

These clients include startups, non-profits, small businesses. We build products from scratch, whether they be mobile or web applications.

Spree Commerce implementations

Our Spree clients fall into two groups: those who’ve decided to make the move to Spree from another platform, and those who want to optimize their Spree sites to improve conversion rates, sales, and profits.

Did you consider other options for residency?

For about two and a half years we had our own office in SoMa but choose to move to KLP as we value the networking and the community. “I thought, why am I sitting here when I could be surrounded by likeminded Kiwis?”

What advice or insights have you gained from being here in SF that could be useful to tech companies and entrepreneurs in NZ?

Do your research and establish connections in advance. A lot of people arrive thinking that by just being here, magic will happen. In reality you need to establish connections before you come over, and relationships can definitely be established remotely.

This was actually how I got the job with Resolve Digital 10 years ago. I reached out to a number of development companies before I left New Zealand and a few of them got back to me, one being Resolve.

What’s next for Resolve?

We are getting involved with larger, more complex, long-term projects where we can deliver a lot of value.