We recently attended the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 celebration in Auckland along with many of the other local and national businesses who’d achieved a ranking on this celebrated index. It’s the 11th year Deloitte has run this particular event and as an innovative tech sector organisation it’s thoroughly worth being involved.
The event gave me the opportunity to hear from and speak to like-minded technology businesses each driven by entrepreneurial genius and innovation. The Fast 500 is measured on revenue growth and it was clear that with 37 Kiwi firms listed and the highest representation per capita, these technology businesses, including ClearPoint, are determined to succeed.
Why enter these awards? Here’s the answer.
You’ll recall Sir Paul Callaghan’s great vision for New Zealand: To be a place where talent wants to live. Our technology sector, he believed, has the potential to make New Zealand world class. Today, New Zealand has ten big technology companies with combined revenue of $3.5bn per year. Imagine, as he says, 120 of these companies driven by such entrepreneurial genius, the kind of genius that I met at the Fast 500 event. Imagine! We catch up and surpass Australia. We’d be charting our own path.
ClearPoint took part in the Deloitte Fast 50 and Fast 500 in both 2010 and 2011 to recognise and reinforce our success. It is with thanks to our clients and our people that we achieved the rankings we did (30 and 192 respectively). The bigger picture is the growth of New Zealand.
If you haven’t seen Sir Paul’s presentation take 50 minutes to do so, it’ll change the way you view our technology sector and our potential.
Postscript: Sir Paul Callaghan passed away on 24 March 2012 after a long battle with cancer.