Trade Me founder
Sam is Wellington born and bred. After attending school in Wellington and a brief but unsuccessful stint at university, he started his career as an IT consultant for Deloitte Consulting.
In 1999, Sam founded Trade Me - New Zealand's most successful Internet business. Trade Me operates successful businesses in auctions, dating, automotive, real estate, recruitment, online maps and school reunions and accounts for over half of all of the locally served traffic on the NZ Internet. Sam sold Trade Me to Australia media giant Fairfax for $700m in 2006.
Sam continues as CEO of Trade Me, but is also active as an investor in early stage businesses and as a social investor.
Recent early-stage investments include iVistra, Sonar6 and Opdo. Sam is also a shareholder and director of Xero which has recently listed on the NZX.
Sam's social investments include funding the development of affordable medical devices and providing capital for a successful microfinance operation in Samoa.
Sam's ventures are all known for their common sense solutions, great usability and connecting with consumers.
Also present: Rowan Simpson