As we start to put a bit more of a spotlight on local manufacturing and supply chains, Ben Kepes and his company Cactus Outdoor is proof that it is possible to manufacture great products here. While it might have been better for profit to move manufacturing overseas, Ben has other metrics for business beyond the bottom line. Ben is also a technology analyst, commentator and expert in cloud computing, enterprise technology, and digital transformation. But he doesn’t just talk about it.
Ben has been an investor in a large number of early-stage technology startups across three continents and has had successful exits to listed and privately held companies in Canada, the US, and the UK. He has served on the advisory boards of a number of technology startups in New Zealand, Australia, the US, and the UK. We talk to Ben about NZ’s place in the world, local potential and how the hell he juggles what he does.