David Long

David Long

Community Lead Aotearoa

What do you do at Blackbird?

Growing and serving the Blackbird community and wider startup ecosystem here in Aotearoa (New Zealand).

What did you do before Blackbird?

I ran the software and controls engineering team building systems for specialised construction machinery at Howick Ltd. Alongside that I had a brief stint as a technical co-founder for Shwoop, a guerilla marketing startup, and prior to that was finishing my degree in mechatronics and working as a front-end developer.

What do you believe that others do not?

That engineers are highly sociable and talkative. You just need to tell them that they're wrong.

What ideas are you excited by right now?

That super fast commercial transport might operate at scale in my lifetime - planes flying at the edge of space, trains gliding through vacuum tubes - imagine what it would be like for everyone to be within single-digit hours of each other!