Momentum are excited to be partnering with Arcanum with Partner Sponsor Databricks and supported by AWS to bring you an exclusive ticketed event. Join us as we host exceptional innovative leaders at a panel discussion on exponential foundations.

Drinks and canapes will circle from 5:30pm at the beautiful waterfront Harbourside venue, followed by an interactive panel discussion that begins at 6:00pm, with an opportunity for questions afterwards. The panel will wrap up around 7:30pm, then stay for networking and further drinks till 9:00pm as you have the opportunity to speak with some exceptional leaders and peers within the tech and innovation community.

On the panel are the following leaders in innovation, plus additional speakers and sponsors to be confirmed:

One of the few people to sell a business to Microsoft from Australia and New Zealand – Scott Houston

Previous Global Vice President of Human Resources for Amazon’s Worldwide Operations Organisation – John Olsen


“Today, either you’re the disruptor or you’re disrupted. It’s that simple. Accelerating technologies are changing business and the world at large so quickly that it would almost count as operational malfeasance for executives not to rethink their values and SoPs in favour of becoming more exponential.  An Exponential Organization is one whose impact or output is disproportionately large – at least 10 times larger – compared to its peers because of new organizational techniques that leverage accelerating technologies. In other words, it grows faster, bigger and cheaper than its competition because it has a Massive Transformative Purpose and scales as quickly as tech does.”

– Salim Ismail , founder of OpenExO and former Head of Innovation at Yahoo and founder of Silicon Valley innovation hub Singularity University

Why you should attend
The year 2020 has seen the world change, and with it, the creation of big opportunities. The 2008 GFC accelerated cloud adoption, and $billion businesses with exponential growth were created. The wide reaching impacts of Covid has helped create a similar environment, but this time it will be faster, more impactful, and any organisation can benefit. Greater adoption of automative technologies, especially AI and Machine Learning, will prove to be critical enablers to organisations to achieve exponential growth. Come and listen to an experienced panel on the importance of building the right foundations for capturing the opportunity: scale, business model evolution and people management.


Scott Houston was the founder and CEO of GreenButton, an award winning global cloud computing software company. GreenButton was acquired by Microsoft in May 2014 and Scott now works with other Hi-Tech companies that are expanding offshore. During his time at GreenButton the company won many accolades including NZ Emerging Hi Tech company of the year, Fastest Growing Tech company in the Deloitte Fast 500 and a number of Innovation awards. Scott was also a finalist in the E & Y Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2012 and named an “Innovation Hero” by the Innovation Council in 2015. Previous to his time at GreenButton Scott was the NZ Regional Manager for Silicon Graphics, Chief Technical Officer at Weta Digital for the “Lord of the Rings” movies and Founder of the New Zealand Supercomputing Center.

Scott has previously been on the board of Nyriad and Seequent and now sits on the boards of Montoux, Automio, Electra and Arcanum. He is also a NZTE Beachheads Advisor.


Prior to moving to the Bay of Plenty in 2018 with his New Zealand born wife and 3 children John Olsen was the Global Vice President of Human Resources for Amazon’s Worldwide Operations organisation. With hundreds of thousands of employees Worldwide Operations at Amazon is responsible for everything required to fulfill and service customer orders around the globe. From 2012 to 2016, John led HR during the hyper growth of Amazon’s Devices organisation resulting in such products as Alexa, next generation Kindles and Kindle Fire tablets, and FireTV. He also led HR during the creation and rapid post launch closing of Fire Phone. Before Amazon, John held a variety of global roles at Microsoft, GE Capital, and Thomson Consumer Electronics in the US and Europe. With leadership roles focused on business challenges such as the turnaround of Windows Phone, the integration of Skype to Microsoft, revitalizing GE’s leasing business, or numerous mergers and acquisitions leading teams and businesses during rapid change was a constant theme.

Today John works with companies around the globe to help CEO’s, senior leaders, and boards identify and drive the changes needed to get better results from their organization. John sits on the board of Mentemia (a New Zealand start up focused on mental health), works with founders and venture capital firms to scale their startups, chairs the Icehouse Bay of Plenty Advisory Board, and contributes his time to organizations helping small and medium size businesses.

John is originally from Cornwall, NY in the United States and has a Master’s degree from Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations school. He also attended the State University of New York at Geneseo as an undergraduate graduating summacum laude with an Honors degree in Economics.


Arcanum enables ambitious companies to deploy machine learning models that will create new opportunities for competitive advantage. Built on the world’s largest cloud infrastructure, in partnership with global technology leaders, our solution allows customers to capture value from AI with simplicity, speed and scale.


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