Genetically Modified Optimist
David has had a successful career in the private and public sector, with senior roles at organisations such as Microsoft, and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. David is a published author on New Zealand Innovation, with two highly successful books – No.8 Re-wired, and No.8 Recharged.
He’s an ex-comedian, TV and Radio actor, semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year, and a genetically modified organism who documented his battle with cancer in his book A Mild Touch of the Cancer.
David co-founded sosbusiness.nz a not-for-profit initiative to help cafes and other small businesses during covid-19. It quickly became a huge hit and to date has sold over $2 million in vouchers for over 2500 small businesses.
David will be releasing a new book, Silver Linings in March 2021.
Speaking topics include
Personal resilience – surviving terminal cancer. David had a public battle with terminal cancer and ultimately won, thanks to luck, science and personal resilience.
New Zealand innovation – David is an expert in the history of NZ innovation with 4 books on the topic – from NZs earliest innovations, to today
Silver Linings – the positive stories and lessons from Covid-19 in NZ
International business – how to really screw it up
Bad board meetings and how to avoid them
Agritech – NZ’s place in the world of Agritech
SOS Business – setting up a business in COVID to help cafes and small businesses