About Rowan Simpson

Chairman & Trustee at Hoku Group

Rowan Simpson is a founder of and investor in multiple successful high-growth New Zealand technology businesses:

He was part 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 initial investor and chair of the board of directors at Vend between 2010 and 2015. He was the initial investor and director at Timely between 2013 and 2020.

He continues to work closely as both an investor and advisor with a new wave of technology businesses, including All Hands, Atomic, Melodics, Thematic and Mentemia.

Rowan is also a board member at SportNZ, HPSNZ and Winter Games NZ.

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

Rowan lives in Aotearoa New Zealand with his wife and two kids.

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