Lance is the primary contact for most of the existing and new investments, and is a director of 11 of Punakaiki Fund’s Portfolio Companies. He was formerly a director of Linewize until his resignation following its acquisition by Family Zone in late 2017, and of Devoli until early 2017, when he was replaced by Chris Humphreys.
Lance and Chris commenced working on what would become LWCM and Punakaiki Fund in late 2012, and together they have made 80 different investment placements in the four and a half years since the formal launch of Punakaiki Fund in April 2014.
Lance combines a wide variety of global experience with helping high-growth companies in New Zealand.
Lance completed three years of contracting to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s (NZTE) Better by Capital programme in early 2017, where he helped over 100 companies of all stages become more investable through intensive workshops. He now occasionally assists clients of NZTE Investments, with Lance holding a contract with NZTE to be retained on an ad-hoc basis. Lance was also formerly a practitioner with the NZTE Better by Design programme.
Lance is a member of two Return on Science Investment Committees, ICT where he was the Chair for several years, and Physical Science. These committees, convened by Auckland University’s UniServices, make investment recommendations and provide advice to pre-commercial stage researchers and companies.
Lance was the investment-banking advisor for Trade Me on its sale to Fairfax Media, and has advised a large number of local early-stage companies over many years. He was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in Washington DC, contracted to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and consulted to BHP Billiton plants in South Africa, Australia and Mozambique. Lance was also an elected Councillor for InternetNZ, where he was a member of the Audit Committee.
Lance has an MBA from Yale University (Strategy, Finance) and a Bachelor of Technology (Hons, Product Development) from Massey University. He has been a regular judge for the Hi-Tech Awards, BNZ Start-Up Alley and other events.