Coffee and Jam #279 - SHOUTOUTS

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurial-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, be inspired, network, and share in an innovative space.

This week's speakers are: 

1 - Kristen Soper // The Shopping List


Kristen is a consumer focused marketer and founder of The Shopping List. The Shopping List works with companies of all sizes with understanding their target market, product and brand reviews, and understanding the customer experience. Kristen’s expertise lies in interpreting consumer and shopper insights, market and competitor analysis, as well as making actionable recommendations in areas such as packaging, pricing, product ranging, brand, new product development and developing social media content.  Kristen hails from a background working in global FMCG companies, with expertise in particular with European food companies and UK retailers. She'll be discussing the importance of consumer insight in the food industry, Consumer Obsession, and how understanding consumers better, not the product, brings greater success.

2 - Brett Oliver // AstroLab


AstroLab is a company that works with innovators from a range of sectors, taking part in a variation of ventures, from working with companies that have an  initial concept or a fully developed idea. Brett Oliver himself has had 10+ years experience in commercialization & innovation activities; his previous roles including working within composite materials engineering, venture capital due-diligence, as an advisor at KPMG and as the North Island Manager of Commercialisation, a NZ national health innovation initiative.

Coffee and Jam is your opportunity to meet new people in the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and fresh bakery bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Milena at



1) Daniel just moved back to Christchurch after ten years in Japan where he was supporting Californian tech startups break into Apac and build their teams. Any startups looking to find new talent for their team please get in touch at

2) Luke's working on a new modern approach to voicemail. If you use voicemail and you've ever been frustrated with it he'd love to chat with you. Head over to his website at, or get in touch at