Designing Your Business Success – Jeremy Wenokur and U.S. Ambassador Gilbert

This year’s Project Connect series hosted by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the U.S. Embassy kicks off with a very special one-time only interview with Silicon Valley entrepreneur/investor Jeremy Wenokur, moderated by U.S. Ambassador, Mark Gilbert.

Jeremy will discuss how NZ companies can creatively position for offshore investment as well as cultivate potential USA buyers, especially within the high-tech sector.

The date is: 5:30pm-7:30pm, April 4

The location is: Sir Paul Reeves Building, Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland.

Tickets are available now on eventfinda.


Jeremy Wenokur

Jeremy Wenokur is partner and co-founder of Lightbox Ventures. Lightbox is an early stage venture fund focused on consumer internet companies operating in India. Additionally, Jeremy is an active angel investor. For the past ten years, Jeremy has been a business advisor and startup mentor in the consumer technology space in the United States.

From 2000-2005, Jeremy was the Director of Corporate Development for Google. Jeremy joined Google as its first Corporate Development person and participated in every acquisition, investment, and corporate development initiative during his tenure. Most recently Jeremy had been active in developing Google’s international presence, including leading Google’s investment in Biadu, China’s leading search engine.

Prior to Google, Jeremy co-founded Newhoo/ODP, which he sold to Netscape/AOL. Newhoo/ODP has become the largest directory of websites in the world and fundamentally changed Internet media business models.

Jeremy is a graduate of the NYU School of Law with a L.L.M. in Taxation, the University of Michigan School of Law, and the University of Utah.

Ambassador Mark Gilbert

President Barack Obama nominated Mark Gilbert as United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa on January 6, 2014. The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Gilbert’s appointment on December 12, 2014 and he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on January 7, 2015.

Ambassador Gilbert formerly served as a Managing Director of UBS, the culmination of a distinguished career in finance, which included positions at Barclays and Goldman Sachs. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the Deputy National Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee.

Prior to his banking career, Ambassador Gilbert played professional baseball for eight seasons, reaching the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1985. Ambassador Gilbert is the first former major league player to become a United States Ambassador.

Ambassador Gilbert is a graduate of Florida State University. He and his wife Nancy have two daughters.