About Rowan Simpson

Chair at Hoku, Director at Timely & Atomic

Rowan Simpson is a founder and investor in a series of successful high-growth New Zealand technology businesses: He was one of the founding team at Trade Me and led the software development team as the business grew to become an iconic Kiwi brand, including through the sale to Fairfax for $750m in 2006. He was a pre-IPO investor in Xero, and part of the executive team at the time the business was listed on the NZX in 2007. He was the original investor and chair at Vend between 2009 and 2015. He continues to work closely as both an investor and advisor with the next wave of technology businesses, including Timely, Atomic, Melodics and Thematic.

Prior to all of this, Rowan completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Victoria University of Wellington.

Rowan lives in New Zealand with his wife and two sons.

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