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From superyachts to SaaS: SwipedOn CEO Hadleigh Ford talks selling his visitor software company for a cool $11 million

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From superyachts to SaaS: SwipedOn CEO Hadleigh Ford talks selling his visitor software company for a cool $11 million

SwipedOn is a visitor management software company that was founded by former master mariner Hadleigh Ford, who wanted a sophisticated tech-based solution to visitors checking into the superyacht he worked on. Now, the Tauranga-based company has just been bought by UK-based Smartspace software for $11 million. The company will keep its staff and operations in New Zealand, but will use the leverage of being owned by a public company to continue its growth globally. We chat with Ford about the acquisition and Smartspace’s unlikely origin story.

The dog days are over

The name ezyVet isn’t a well-known one in the business community, and yet the Auckland-based company is set on world domination – and it might just get there. It’s using cloud-based software to disrupt the slow-moving vet industry, and now has customers in six countries, has tripled its head count to nearly 100 staff and has opened offices further abroad in Dallas, Texas and London.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Adrian Wills a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Trickle, a tap management and pour tracking software that analyses beer flow and helps bars run better.