Chief Executive, Syft Technologies
How do you commercialise great NZ science, and get the attention of some of the world’s biggest brands? Better known as the Chanui tea and biscuit front man, Doug Hastie is also CEO of Syft Technologies, complex technology that sniffs air quality. When he arrived at Syft Technologies it was almost broke. It now employs 70 staff, exports to 20 countries, counts Samsung, Colgate Palmolive, Harvard and Stanford Universities as some of their customers, and is forecasting 50% sales increase to $12m this year.