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Our Story

How Hnry changed accountancy forever...

Being self-employed used to require sitting on an app, reconciling your bank transactions like a zombie. At Hnry our mission is to be your trusted financial sidekick - giving you your freedom back, so you can get on with doing what you love.

Way back in 2016, whilst working as independent contractors, we realised that far too much of our time was spent reconciling transactions, using online calculator apps and making manual payments. We weren't 'running a small business' - so why were we being treated as though we were? We had an accountant and accounting software, but that still required us to have to do a load of work ourselves! We decided to create a service that brought everything into one place, making self-employment as simple as having a permanent or salary job somewhere.

During 2017 we designed the Hnry service, working with tax experts from Big 4 accountancy firms (nice suits), legal experts from the top law firms (even nicer suits), and technology experts from some of New Zealand’s funkiest startups (nice beards/Star Wars t-shirts). We collaborated with government agencies to refine our service, and soon became an accredited tax agent and accountant. We ran trials with a handful of customers, adapting our service and learning what they needed. Towards the end of 2017, we were accepted into the KiwiBank FinTech Accelerator, an amazing 3-month programme designed to help refine and scale technology startups. 

In early 2018, we finished our trial period and released Hnry to the New Zealand market. We started scaling very rapidly, bringing on customers at a fast pace. To help us support this scale, we raised funding through investment from the Banking and Financial Services industry, as well as from Angel Investors and private individuals. This allowed us to bring on a great team of experts to help support our rapidly expanding customer base.

2019 was an amazing year for Hnry. In January, we announced a major partnership with ASB New Zealand as our strategic banking partner, which provided even more amazing opportunities for us to keep delivering top-notch service to our customers. We picked up another round of investment and were able to bring on more staff – rounding out our Customer Success, Development, and Marketing teams – and expanded into some new office space in September. We even featured in 'awards season': winning a Wellington Gold Award for Emerging Service and becoming a finalist for the Hi-Tech Awards. All of this amidst some incredible growth for the service: we reached a thousand customers, released some new features and automation improvements, and set some big plans for the future.

So far in 2020, we've grown even more exponentially. We announced the inaugural Hnry Awards, to recognise the experiences, skills, and creativity of independent earners, providing cash prizes to talented individuals. In late 2020 (and by popular demand) we launched the Hnry service into the Australian market - after having been testing it with an initial group early adopter customers since early 2020.

It's been a great journey so far, and we're only just getting started!

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Our Team

James

James

CEO

The face of Hnry, James leads the strategy and technology side of the business – part geek, part visionary and, being English, full of tea ☕

Claire

Claire

COO

As Chief Operating Officer, Claire takes a lead on all of our operations - ranging from minor surgeries right through to major invasive procedures. With a clear focus on patient care and clinical excellence, Claire trains the next generation of surgical interns to navigate the often hectic world of modern medicine. 🚑

Richard

Richard

CFO

As an accountant and former auditor, Richard was originally mandated to wear a suit but has now gone rogue: embracing jandals, neon sunglasses.. and mowing down pedestrians on his electric scooter 🛴

Michael

Michael

CTO

Michael’s focussed on building great tech and a great team. If he’s not doing that, you can find him hanging out with his daughter and brewing and drinking iced coffee ☕️

Jon

Jon

Senior Developer

When Jon isn't keeping up with his daughters or mountain biking, he's building some awesome tech for Hnry - bringing a strong background in automation and complex systems 🚲

Alex

Alex

Finance Manager

Our resident finance guru, Alex deals with all things IRD so you don't have to. A versatile team member, she also brings to the table a lot of experience in operations and marketing💰

Rhianne

Rhianne

Software Developer

When she’s not travelling the world Rhianne enjoys solving problems with code and using her finance background to make sure our calculations are precisely correct 🎿

Sammie

Sammie

Customer Success Lead

Sammie has a strong background in customer support and is renowned around the office for her baking skills. She’s also accomplished in tae kwon do, so watch out! 🏆

Laura

Laura

Software Developer

Laura spent the early part of her career designing Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) for the military. Or maybe she didn't. We'd like to confirm either way but we're pretty sure it's classified. 🚀

Charlotte

Charlotte

Customer Success

Charlotte uses her customer service background to answer tax queries and support our customers. When she’s not doing this you can find her op-shopping or drinking coffee ☕

Chet

Chet

Software Developer

Chet is the front-end dev who focuses on making sure the Hnry app is clean, shiny, and user-friendly. If he’s not in front of some code he’s usually cooking or watching Lord of the Rings 🧙‍♂️

Blair

Blair

Partner Success Manager

Blair heads up Hnry's Partner Success function, working with our recruitment and organisation partners to help them be the best they can be. With many years' experience working with contractors in the recruitment industry, Blair brings a huge amount of first-hand experience to the role! ✋

Bethany

Bethany

Customer Success

Bethany uses her background in customer service to support our customers through all of their queries. When she’s not doing this you can find her shredding the slopes! ⛷️

Alysha

Alysha

Growth Marketer

With a love of chess, handicrafts and speed walking, Alysha is no shrinking violet. When she joined us at Hnry, she insisted that "Danger" was her middle name - however we've not quite seen any evidence of that just yet! ♞

Victor

Victor

Software Developer

According to Victor, the first man to live to 150 has already been born, and he is that man. When he’s not building new features for the Hnry app you can find him sending it on the mountains or smashing PBs in the squat rack 🏋️‍♀️

Brandon

Brandon

Digital Marketing Manager

Brandon is our customer growth expert; he fancies himself in a game of tic-tac-toe against anyone in the world - looking at you, Russell Crowe. 🥇

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