Following on from our conversation with Vend, here is the second piece in our case study series, sharing what New Zealand entrepreneurs in the US market are up to. Recently we caught up with Mike Neumegen a young, talented engineer from Dunedin, who co-founded CloudCannon with best friend George Phillips while still attending Otago University.
Mike and George, founders of CloudCannon, have had almost the perfect on-ramp for their startup journey if there ever was one. Starting out as two friends completing their computer science degrees at Otago University. During this time, they created websites for companies in Dunedin (which allowed them to study simultaneously, pay off students loans and have living money). They spotted a gap in the market where they were making these websites for their clients, but the functionality and ease of editing them were missing.
Next came the inception of CloudCannon, a web-based platform that makes it easier to create websites. They have targeted a niche that helps web designers, turn any static website into a live version that anyone can update in under 2 minutes.
CloudCannon were accepted into New Zealand’s Lightning Lab program in 2014 where they took on a small amount of seed (18,000) and moved to Wellington to work on the business full time. Half way through the program, Mike came over to San Francisco on the Kiwi Landing Pad’s KLP8 program to be based in the Technology epicenter of the world to learn, observe and build a better product and business.
CloudCannon is impressive as they have been able to build many relationships with many companies in a very humble way. To of their strategic partners are Dropbox and Github.
CloudCannon is an awesome company and has had an epic journey so far. It’s inspiring to see a new wave of entrepreneurs come through our doors and also take the plunge of taking on Silicon Valley. Good luck making the company of your dreams. Another example of New Zealand technology taking on the world.
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