People

Mark Talbot

Mark Talbot

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience and is the Managing director of Diablo. He qualified in the UK and then spent time working in Bermuda, the United States and Russia before moving to New Zealand in 1999. Mark’s passion is helping early stage, rapidly expanding companies achieve their growth aspirations whilst maintaining sound financial management.

In his spare time Mark enjoys golf, football, and spending time with his young family. He’s also a trustee of Big Buddy – a mentoring organisation providing male role models to fatherless boys http://www.bigbuddy.org.nz/

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Brett Ammundsen

Brett works with entrepreneurs, investors and their management teams to initiate and grow successful businesses based on intellectual property, science and technology. He does this by getting fully involved at the board and executive management level.

Brett has a PhD degree in chemistry and physics, and has been working with science and technology in business for the last 12 years, holding executive, operational and management consulting roles in several early to mid stage science and technology companies. These have included companies active in renewable energy and materials science, biotechnology, and software. His expertise is in management, integration of science and technology with business objectives, and optimising the value of intellectual property in businesses.

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Richard McLean

Through Governance and Business Development roles, for the last 10 years Richard’s company Concept to Market has provided a range of assistance to a number of successful emerging and growth companies. Specialising in the areas of market entry and market development, Richard has over 25 years’ experience in the technology sector. He is Chairman of two successful global software companies and advises several others on a regular basis. He regularly works with Diablo to assist with market development strategy for young businesses seeking capital.

Simon Telfer

Simon Telfer

Stimulus thrives on realising the potential of privately owned New Zealand businesses. We advise on Governance, Strategy and Succession and our involvement sees clients increase the value of their company and personally enjoy the stimulation and challenge.

Chris Boys

Chris Boys

Chris Boys approaches life with passion, drive and energy. As a business mentor, his mission is to help start-ups and entrepreneurs with his expertise in international trade and export. He is driving force behind KATABOLT, an Executive in Residence at The ICEHOUSE, and the chairman of Kea Auckland. At heart, he is a true salesman. Building relationships is his forte and community of like-minded people is a key to his fast tracking the export process for start-ups into foreign markets. Seeing his support enable businesses grow and ultimately being witness to them fulfilling their full potential is the most exciting thing in the world for Chris. The best way to sum up Chris is that he embodies the entrepreneurial Kiwi spirit! KATABOLT is the missing link for New Zealand entrepreneurs wanting to export your business to the global market. We give you the skills, support and introductions you need to win early customers in targeted offshore markets. KATABOLT is a passionate and experienced team of international business owners who work together in an expert network, to identify opportunities for New Zealand companies to grow and succeed in foreign markets.

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Virtual CFO

Do you need the knowledge, expertise and experience of a Chief Financial Officer but not on a permanent or full time basis? If so, then maybe a virtual CFO is the answer.

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Accounting Solutions

Do you need somebody to handle the day to day accounting, administrative and reporting aspects of your business, freeing you up to focus on the bigger picture?

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Capital Raising

Do you need seed capital to get your business started, or expansion capital to grow your existing business? If so, we can help you become investment ready and introduce you to potential investors.

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