Frank chat from a ‘Silicon Alley 100’ entrepreneur

Derek Handley provided some frank and interesting observations on his successful career journey, when he was interviewed by Mike Curtis at the Deloitte Private Club in Wellington on the 17th of August. 

For those unfamiliar with Derek, he is our very own talented NZ entrepreneur, a great speaker and a well-regarded author. His story began in 2001 when he co-founded The Hyperfactory - one of the first strategic and technology houses in the world specialising in helping Fortune 500 brands navigate the mobile world.  In 2011 Derek was named in the ‘Silicon Alley 100’ as one of the most influential technology people in New York. The same year he was named a World Class New Zealander. Hyperfactory was sold to Meredith Corporation for a very tidy sum. He is also co-founder and Chairman of mobile advertising network Snakk Media which listed on the NZX in 2013. Both Snakk Media and Hyperfactory have been previously listed on the Deloitte Fast 50.

In December 2011, Derek donated a year, which became two years of his life to help Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group, to create what is now “The B Team” to help drive a brighter future of business for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

He also founded a charitable trust that seeks to prototype new ideas fusing financial and social outcomes for a more sustainable, socially progressive New Zealand and world. Derek resides in the United States and comes back to NZ several times a year.

Straight off a flight from New York, Derek was candid in his views on capital raising; and the importance of culture and values in both his personal career and in building successful businesses. 


Stephen is a Wellington Deloitte Private Partner advising fast growing and entrepreneurial companies.