Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: Accelerating Startups; Manager of Emerging Business at Mapping and GIS Company Esri, Myles Sutherland Is a Member of Kea in California

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: Accelerating Startups; Manager of Emerging Business at Mapping and GIS Company Esri, Myles Sutherland Is a Member of Kea in California

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What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand?

I was playing basketball in the NBL and working at Trimble on handheld GPS/smartphone devices. I wanted a new challenge outside of New Zealand and was presented with an opportunity to move to Boulder, Colorado. At the time the combination of location and smartphones was just developing. I had a sense that eventually all devices would be location-enabled and my background in geography would have me well placed in the technology market.

Can you provide a sketch of your current role?

I have been building the Emerging Business group inside of Esri (www.esri.com. We're focused on helping entrepreneurs and early stage technology companies work with our ArcGIS platform. With the proliferation of location technology across all industries it's opened new doors for us as a company. It's an extremely fun and exciting challenge to be innovating inside the company and in turn helping very passionate entrepreneurs.

What are its main challenges?

There are a lot of directions we can go and thousands of startups to work with. …

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