For nearly 20 years the Wellington Gold Awards have shone a light on the creative, innovative and successful businesses in the region.
The team at RIP Global are thrilled and honoured to be included in the Cyber Gold award category, which celebrates local technology creators.
Mel Gollan, CEO and Founder, said “We are so proud to be part of the thriving Wellington business ecosystem, and we’re stoked with the continued support we’ve received from our community. This really is the icing on the cake for what’s been an incredible few months!”
She adds “The history of the Gold Awards is significant, the calibre of nominees in our category is top notch. And if you look at past awards, there’s more than one significant winner, so to be included with such a respected group is humbling, thank you!”
Past Supreme Winners include Weta Digital, Icebreaker and Flick Electric Co and many more iconic Kiwi companies. The 2018 winners are announced at the awards dinner, which will be held on the 5th July 2018 at TSB Bank Arena.
Behind the cool design, cheeky tone, smart promises of business improvement and hard hitting facts that showcase the benefits of RIP Global, is a team of quick-thinking, customer focused innovators, led by the business’ founder – Melissa Gollan.
Scott Gardiner, lead the MYOB business reinvigoration as the Head of Sales over the past 9 years. Scott says “I worked with Melissa while at MYOB and was first introduced to her as a potential integrated product to MYOB’s software suit. I found Melissa to be very engaging and passionate about what she is trying to achieve at RIP Global and highly motivated to succeed. She is able to form great relationships and make progress far beyond the size of her resource base and I have great faith she will deliver on the ambition she has for RIP.
Mel has had the pleasure of working for, and with a diverse range of businesses – large corporates, small business, charitable ventures and entrepreneurs and she sees first hand the challenge that’s a constant no matter the type, size or nature of business – each of these deal with the pain of managing and maintaining the required levels of compliance, and of managing expenses. Cue the collective groan. Painful.
Melissa’s extensive experience is centred around delivering exceptional customer experiences, as well as driving excellent financial performance. This combination of skills and insight led to the founding of RIP Global which addresses both of these business pain points.
She’s complemented her capability with her A team at RIP, and a knowledgeable, respected team of advisors and investors.
Jodie Yeow is RIP’s Chief Operating Officer and complements Mel perfectly with her strong history in leading transformational change, as well as being an excellent HR leader and process expert.
Mel & Jodie are ably supported by Julian Robertshawe, the team’s CIO, who leads the Development and technical team, alongside the office management crew and the design team.
Over the coming months you can expect to see the team showcasing more of their innovation, their capability and their vision for businesses. If you’re interested in the RIP solution, connecting with the team or investing, please contact Grace@ripglobal.com.
Not only do patents enable you to commercialise ideas in a protected (read, uncontested) way, they also allow investors to confidently back novel ventures and concepts. Some innovations do require heavy investment to build and launch, and having a clear path to take these solutions to market provider investors with confidence as the products or solutions are built, typically over several years. Microsoft lead the pack when it comes to holding patents, and they state that getting patents right is critical – “Not only do they (patents) underpin the products and services that the company sells, they also stimulate ideas that keep it growing and competitive.”
Many counties around the world are either a first-to-invent or a first-to-file country. In 2013, the US changed to first-to-file. That means the entity with the patent lodged is the only one who can offer that innovation to the market. Pretty powerful when you consider that’s what RIP Global have done.
RIP Global identified a global issue – even with accounting software, in-house assistants or external bookkeepers, some small business owners and business professionals were spending tens of hours each week, working through invoicing paperwork. This task has been identified as one of the most onerous and hated tasks in surveys of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).
The RIP Global solution is a cloud-based software product that removes a huge chunk of bookkeeping by automatically engaging the accounting process at the point-of-sale. RIP Global have worldwide patents on this, including those issued by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office), in NZ, another one pending in NZ, and in the US, and several around the world.
When it comes to the power of patents, a ZDNET article gives a great case study as to the power of a patent when you commercialise your offer “Herman Hollerith acquired an early “business process” patent relating to the encoding of data as a series of punched holes which served as the foundation for his new company, “Tabulating Machine Company” (1896) that was the predecessor to IBM.”
CEO and Founder Mel Gollan explains “Ideas are easy, really novel ideas aren’t so easy, and then commercialising them is even harder. When the concept behind RIP Global was finalised, protecting that IP to build a business around, was crucial. Put simply, RIP will deliver an absolute no touch, end to end solution that is so good and so simple you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. We integrate with all the big accounting solutions and we’re neutral as to payment methods.”
With a value proposition like that, and global patents, this is one solution to sign up for and one business to watch!
Who else gets frustrated when you ring somewhere for customer support and have to ID yourself, then you’re transferred and have to do it all over again? Consider for a moment, how much time businesses spend doing this every year? Here in NZ, there’s a time-saving solution for this – The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). You can see why the team here at RIP Global are enthusiastic about an opportunity for business owners to reduce expenses, reduce admin and save time!
“The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a single, unique identifier specifically for your business. It’s a way for your business to identify itself both in New Zealand and globally. Whether your business operates from the kitchen table at home, or you’re a large multi-national with global interests, you can get an NZBN.”
The NZBN crew say that getting and using your NZBN can make it easier and faster to inform, connect and transact with other businesses and government, by helping to streamline time-consuming business processes such as invoicing and procurement. So they’re really speaking our language. We’re excited to announce that we are partnering with them! We will be ensuring our customers understand the benefits of the NZBN and making it easy for them to connect to NZBN and as we on-board new customers, will use their NZBN too so we’re making their life easy in as many ways possible.
Venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the premier platform where influencers, investors and innovators connect with entrepreneurs to grow successful businesses. One of the Springboard US-based VP’s discovered RIP Global and sent out an invite to Founder and CEO Mel Gollan to attend their Australian accelerator – the first Kiwi company to have been invited to do so!
The Australian accelerator is also backed by EY, the Corrs Chambers Westgarth, IAG and Microsoft. RIP Global is honoured to have been approached by Springboard to participate in this programme and Mel is looking forward to kicking this off in April 2018.
Meet the eight female founders, representing tech startups across a range of industries, attending in 2018 …
Thanks to everyone who chatted with us at Thought for Food in Wellington. It was a pleasure to spend time with business people who care as much about their customers and fantastic service as we do.
We integrate free into your existing POS system so if you would like to chat with us please get in touch.
What a fantastic conference to showcase our Kiwi solution for fully automated expenses and bookkeeping to a savvy, global crowd of techies, financial service companies and VC investors.
Our pop up shop was run off our feet – often 3 deep with requests from 12 difference VC companies from throughout Asia, Germany, Russian (and a quiet kiwi) for our slide deck.
A special invitation to China to attend an exclusive annual event for just 15 of the world’s new Innovators, hosted by CKGSB, a private business school responsible for producing the CEO’s of some pretty top Chinese companies, including Alibaba.
The opportunity to pitch to HSBC, whom we are now in negotiations with, and the team from KPMG, one of the sponsors of this event, produced their Global Chairman from Canada where a copy of our slide deck is now winging it’s way.
We managed an interview with Uptin from CNBC Asia Pacific too.
What did this do for our company? Gave us a huge boost not just in financial terms but the ability to measure our solution – and really understand the value proposition, on a global scale, of what we are able to deliver all the way from NZ.
Big shout out to our amazing team at RIP Global, keeping the plates spinning while I was away!Mel Gollan