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Peter Wren-Hilton

Introducing Eric O’Brien, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital

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Agritech New Zealand is excited to introduce Eric O’Brien to a New Zealand audience. Eric will be joining the high-profile delegation of leading global agritech thought leaders and investors, led by Arama Kukutai of Finistere Ventures, when they visit the country from 22 – 25 May.

Eric will be taking part in the ‘Future of Food ‘panel discussion at the ’10 billion mouths‘ conference in Tauranga on Wednesday 23 May. Recent investments include Impossible and Ripple, two leading disruptors in the synthetic meat and dairy sectors.

Eric O’Brien
Eric O’Brien – speaking on the ‘Future of Food’ panel at the ’10 billion mouths’ event in May

Eric is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital, bringing over 18 years of professional investment, financial services and operating experience to the firm. Prior to forming Fall Line with Clay Mitchell in 2011, Eric spent 12 years at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a top tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm with over $3 billion of assets under management.  At Lightspeed, he was a Managing Director responsible for early and growth stage investments in technology and services companies in the U.S. and China.

Eric has a track record of identifying and executing effectively against emerging market opportunities. In 2004, he identified a strategic opportunity for Lightspeed to expand its activities to China, where very few U.S. venture capital firms had established themselves at the time. That year, he sourced the firm’s first investment in the region and led the creation of Lightspeed’s overall strategy for China. In 2006, he moved himself and his family to Shanghai for five months to help formally establish Lightspeed’s China office, build the local investment team, and make several of the firm’s initial investments in the region, one of which became the firm’s first successful liquidity event in China.

It is great that Eric can attend and speak at Techweek18’s headline agritech event, ‘10 billion mouths’. If you want to purchase a ticket to hear from Eric and a host of other global agritech thought leaders, you can purchase one right now through the Techweek18 website.

Peter Wren-Hilton Peter is Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand and founder of Wharf42 in Tauranga. Peter helps organise major agritech conferences in New Zealand and offshore and connects early stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets.