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I'm Finn, a driven and enthusiastic people person. I'm passionate about finding ways to leverage technology to make others' lives easier and deliver lasting impact.
I thrive in environments where I can move at pace, make a meaningful contribution, and improve things as I go.
My strengths are my logical thought process, attention to detail, and ability to communicate with and motivate those around me.
Has an app for everything
Spots the spelling mistakes in the newspaper
Futurist, feminist, programmer
September 2014 - Present
Founding Director // Operations
Mevo is New Zealand's first electric car share, launching in Wellington in Spring 2016. We're bringing on-demand mobility to urban New Zealanders and providing a carbon-negative alternative to car ownership in the city.
Along with my excellent team, we're working to build a disruptive, high-growth business that is leveraging trends in emerging and exponential technology while delivering a desirable, world-class user experience.
Hiring & team building
August 2016 - Present
Creative HQ is Wellington's Startup Base. We help bright people build brilliant businesses and fuel growth in the early-stage economy.
My current role is a mix of mentoring and advising early-stage ventures, and working with corporates and government to build internal entreprenurial capability. We run a variety of acceleration programmes for internal teams and focus on H2 and H3 innovation.
Mentoring and coaching
October 2015 - July 2016
Lightning Lab is New Zealand's premier startup accelerator, based on the Techstars acceleration model out of the U.S. The seventh Lightning Lab programme, Lightning Lab XX carried the mission to discover and invest in women-led companies.
I worked with the Programme Director and managed a 7-person operations team. We delivered a full-time in-house programme of mentoring and Lean Startup coaching to a cohort of New Zealand's top early-stage companies.
Dealflow acquisition and evaluation
Founder mentoring and coaching
Product strategy and development
Content and social media marketing
Venue and event management
July 2014 - October 2015
Throughout my time at Assurity I was placed with a number of government and corporate clients on technical delivery work. Primarily, this consisted of infrastructure engineering and automated delivery, with a wider view to enabling digital transformation inside large organisations.
I initiated a number of internal innovation projects, and developed a bespoke internal piece of software to facilitate communication and collaboration across client sites.
Build and deployment automation, scripting
Database management and versioning
Java back-end development
Front-end web development
February 2014 - July 2014
Co-founded a data analytics software company and was selected for the 2014 intake of Lightning Lab, New Zealand's premier startup accelerator.
The business was successfully validated and developed throughout the course of the programme. Ultimately, a failure to secure a critical corporate partnership led to the closure of the venture.
Email and social media marketing
Customer and problem discovery
User-testing and research
July 2011 - July 2014
Responsible for the daily operations of Wellington’s largest à la carte fine dining restaurant. Management of stock, staff, and customers in a high quality, high pressure, high turnover environment.
This varied from orchestrating wedding receptions and corporate functions, to serving the Prime Minister, to running the cast & crew after-party for the Premiere of The Hobbit.
Team leadership and diplomacy
Customer experience management
Wine & food expertise
High performance under pressure
Liquor licencing and compliance responsibility
I grew up in the south of Spain, in a tiny village nestled in the Alpujarras. At age eleven my family moved to Nelson, where I attended Nelson College. I studied Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch for another two, before the earthquakes forced a move to Wellington. I cross-credited to a Software Development Diploma at Weltec which I completed while working full time.
Native English and Spanish speaker
Traversed 5 continents to date
Dual NZ and Irish citizenship
Full driver licence
In my spare time I write code, take photos, and drink good beer