Daniel Lord

Business Innovation Advisor


Commercialisation and investment pathway for frontier ventures

I am a Business Innovation Advisor working with frontier ventures that are going through growth into the scale stage. Engaging with startup founders and leadership teams provides an opportunity to listen to their challenges, then work together on practical ways to reach solutions. 

Success for me is when clients are able to access a range of skills and experience that can then help them apply tools to unblock their challenges. These are fancy words. However sometimes success comes from deep listening to determine the most efficient way to lend assistance that actually advances what needs to change, improve or speed up.

Lastly, by assisting startups we are inherently privileged with the opportunity to lift capability amongst founders and teams to take ownership of these solutions and, next time around, solve it themselves. Thereby the impact to New Zealanders’ lives reaches far beyond just this one startup. The learnings are taken by the founders and their teams to go on and grow New Zealand’s economy through other future startups where they will train up the next set of entrepreneurs and teams with skills that can grow companies.

When this happens, this is a ‘good day’ for NZ Inc and our communities.

Areas of expertise
  • Preparedness for external investment pathway
  • Knowledgeable across a number of sectors
  • In-market understanding of channels & demand side factors for US, Australia, Middle East and parts of Asia
  • Go To Market Planning (channel strategy)
  • Commercial Strategy
  • Operating model and how to build the business platform for growth to reach scaling stage
  • North Star - leadership alignment
  • Masters International Management, Marketing, American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird, 1997
  • MBA, Finance, Joseph M. Katz School of Management, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
Memberships and awards
  • Approved Mentor, Business Mentors New Zealand
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