Punakaiki Fund press release today, marking the beginning of a new era for the fund. Chris Humphreys and I are very happy to be able to welcome such an excellent set of directors.
Three new directors bring wealth of experience
Auckland, 13 October 2015 – Punakaiki Fund Limited, an investor in growth stage technology and software companies, has appointed three new directors at its recent AGM. As it gears up for growth, its 475 shareholders have appointed Mike Bennetts (CEO of Z Energy), John Berry (co-founder of Pathfinder Asset Management) and Bryan Hutchins (director of Real Journeys). All three are shareholders in Punakaiki Fund.
The Vend investment was announced today. The deal terms were as described in the shareholder vote material, where we combined a $2 million cash investment with an issue of Punakaiki Fund shares (to myself) to purchase Vend Shares.
The NBR has covered this story but it is behind the paywall. Here are some excerpts:
Last night we signed and today we are announcing a new investment: EverEdgeIP Global.
CEO Paul Adams and Lance Wiggs have been discussing EverEdgeIP with increasing intensity for a while now, starting with informal meetings exchanging information about our approaches, progressing a while later to formal Better by Capital sessions to assist EverEdgeIP to get ready for this round (the last session was more than 3 months ago), and more recently about this investment. We are very impressed with their approach, the investment case and future possibilities about working together.
We are very happy to announce our crowdfunding investment offer to the public:
Punakaiki Fund will soon be presenting an offer through the Snowball Effect platform.
We are pleased to announce that we have selected Snowball Effect to present our fund-raising offer to members of the public. Equity crowdfunding allows us to reach out to people who up until now have been unable to invest in Punakaiki Fund. This includes many of the investors who supported us in the 2013 Public Offer, when we did not reach the minimum.
We are delighted to announce that we have purchased 16.67% of Boardingware Limited.
Boardingware helps boarding schools manage their students’ movements and pastoral care, replacing stacks of paper, email trails and other cumbersome systems. It allows students, boarding masters and parents to easily request, approve and track absences, such as weekend leave. And it records events, discipline issues and positive feedback on students, making those reports a lot easier to compile.
We are very happy to announce that we have purchased 18.6% of Weirdly Limited.
Weirdly helps companies that actively recruit people find better applicants, and also reduce the effort required to manage applicants. There are a number of recruitment management systems that already exist, and Weirdly adds a cultural fit layer to the front of the process. It’s all done online these days of course (it’s been a while since Lance applied for a job), and rather than launching directly into the application and resume/c.v. sending process, candidates first get posed a series of questions through Weirdly.
We announced our convertible note for Melon Health (formerly Social Code) on January 8th, and are now announcing our equity investment along the conversion of the note into equity.
Melon Health is a patient-centric software as a service business, providing patients (the end users), medical professionals and supporters with web and mobile apps. The service, which integrates with other patient care applications, helps with with tracking, remote monitoring, behaviour change and provides peer and professional support to patients. The healthcare outcomes so far have been excellent — this service changes lives. The results are already landing substantial customers and part of the investment will allow Melon Health to run medical trials to statistically demonstrate the efficacy of the service.
Punakaiki Fund has invested into Onceit, for a holding of a little over 15%. Onceit sells high-end New Zealand designer fashion at insider prices.
Onceit is well known to many, especially in their primary target market of women between 18 and 35 in New Zealand. There are a large and growing number of active members and you can join them at onceit.co.nz.