To assist in the analysis of potential investment companies and nurturing those in which investments have been made, No 8 Ventures Management Ltd has engaged the services of some of New Zealand’s most successful business people and entrepreneurs to assist. The current members of the Advisory Board are Hugh Fletcher (Chairman) and Dennis Chapman.
Franklin “Pitch” Johnson (Senior Advisor)
Pitch Johnson leads the Asset Management team. Known throughout the venture capital industry for his vision, insight and principles, he has been at the center of a number of Silicon Valley’s biggest and longest-running success stories. Many Silicon Valley firms owe their success to the leadership that came from Asset Management. Many of those early relationships remain strong today. Pitch still sits on the board of directors of Amgen, IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Applied Micro Circuits. In addition, Pitch devotes time to developing venture capital operations in other countries, particularly in Eastern Europe. He also created and for 12 years taught the course in venture capital at Stanford Business School.
Dennis is the founder and key technical person behind the development of Swichtec Power Systems Ltd of Christchurch which was successfully sold in a trade sale to BTR plc of the UK. Prior to the development of Swichtec, Dennis was Head of Mobile Radio Research at Tait Electronics Limited. Dennis continues to work as a technical adviser to Swichtec and is also developing a number of other initiatives, particularly in the area of technology in education.