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Soul Machine’s Greg Cross on winning the 2019 NZ Hi-Tech Flying Kiwi award: ‘I’ve never had so much fun working in the tech sector’

Taking tech to the world

Soul Machine’s Greg Cross on winning the 2019 NZ Hi-Tech Flying Kiwi award: ‘I’ve never had so much fun working in the tech sector’

Soul Machines co-founder and chief business officer Greg Cross, Predict HQ, Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck and Pushpay were among the big winners of the 2019 NZ Hi-Tech Awards held on Friday, which celebrates the best performing high-tech companies in New Zealand. Cross, who was nominated by his peers into the Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, shares some learnings from a career spent taking New Zealand tech companies to the world, and the direction he hopes the tech sector will take in the future.

Diversity pays

Following criticisms in earlier years, the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards have been on a journey to make the awards night a more diverse affair. But the organisation recently – and fairly – copped criticism when the speaker line-up released for its launch events featured 15 men and just one woman. Here, Hi-Tech Awards vice chair and trustee Vaughan Rowsell shares what went wrong, and how the organisation is going to ensure it improves its practices going forward.