Team

This is our team. You are in trusted hands with a team who have over 10 years of experience in investing and growing emerging businesses both locally and globally.

Rob Vickery

Managing Partner and Founder

Rob’s purpose in life is to empower others to create a better future for the next generation. He firmly believes that impactful venture capital investment is a pathway to fulfilling his purpose. 

 

An entrepreneur turned VC, Rob’s career started in the British financial sector and then transitioned to California, where he founded his first venture capital firm in 2012. He raised three funds and made over forty investments into seed-stage startups across the US, Latin America and Israel. He has achieved multiple exits and seed-funded his first Unicorn.

 

In 2019, he returned to the Commonwealth and permanently planted his personal and professional roots in New Zealand. The Land of the Long White Cloud offered him the opportunity to build Hillfarrance, a firm that was centred around a belief that collaboration generates superior investment returns. This cultural cornerstone enabled Hillfarrance to create several “firsts” in the New Zealand startup venture capital market; the country’s first venture scout programme; an annual, nationwide startup education roadshow; and Collaborative Carry where we share 20% of our profits with our portfolio company founders. As of mid-2022, Hillfarrance has welcomed fifteen portfolio companies to the village and laid the foundations for a multi-generational firm. 

 

Harken back to his ancestral village of Hillfarrance, located deep in the rural British Westcountry, Rob is passionate about Celtic culture and history and passing it on to his two sons, Arthur and James. When he and his family are not tramping across Aotearoa New Zealand, he is a keen amateur paleontologist, a very average snowboarder and has an almost unhealthy interest in video games.

 

Alex Dam

Senior Associate

Alex was born in Aotearoa, however, his roots take him back to Southern Vietnam and China.

 

Alex’s passion for start-ups and entrepreneurship is what drew him to join the Hillfarrance Village. Understanding that it really does take a village to raise a start-up, Alex has been pivotal in the investment and due diligence stages of the firm, having been the first point of contact for numerous start-ups and has helped multiple founders raise venture capital.

 

Prior to hopping on the Hillfarrance Waka, Alex held roles within ANZ Bank and two other kiwi start-ups – one of which was a student discount platform, and the other a Robo-advice start-up.

 

Having been raised by refugee parents, no task or challenge is ever too hard to tackle with the right mindset.

 

When Alex is not reading or learning about new technologies and industries, you can find him actively kickboxing, playing the guitar or trying out new food joints.

 

Aisha Ross

General Partner

Aisha joined Hillfarrance Venture Capital in July 2021, bringing with him significant experience as an executive leader in governance and management, business development and strategy.

 

From Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Te Atiawa and Te Whakatohea iwi whakapapa, what drives Aisha is his belief in prosperity for our people and he approaches this in a down-to-earth way guided by kaupapa (purpose) and tikanga Māori (traditional values).

 

Prior to joining the team, Aisha was the Director of the Innovation and Development Group at one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary providers where he lead a team dedicated to bringing new innovations to market focusing primarily on new product/services and growth in new markets.

 

Aisha holds a number of director and trusteeship appointments. He earned an MBA from the University of Waikato and a Master of Applied Technological Futures degree from Futures Lab, Auckland.

 

He loves spending time with whānau and friends, playing squash, exploring international destinations, watching the NBA, and extending his collection of early edition books about Māori history.

 

Hillfarrance is more than just our immediate team, we have a great network of partners that support us and our portfolio companies with exceeding their goals. Find out more about them here.

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