Sam began his career as an IT consultant for Deloitte before leaving in 1999 to start Trade Me. When Trade Me sold in 2006 to Fairfax for $750 million, the site was the second most visited after Google. Sam is on the board of Fairfax Media in Sydney and is now back on the board at Trade Me after a successful IPO in early 2012. Trade Me now has a market cap of over $1.4bn.
Since the end of his “earn-out” in 2008, Sam has been experimenting with being a tech investor and philanthropist. Sam is an investor in three Kiwi Landing Pad companies: Xero, Vend, and vWorkApp. Sam is also a founder of Pacific Fibre, a project to string a fibre optic cable between Australia and New Zealand and California.
Sam lives in Nelson with his wife and two kids and claims to still be unsure as to what he will do when he grows up.