Nicole is Small Business Director at Xero where she focuses on supporting small businesses to grow through the use of cloud apps and access to the financial services they need to thrive. She has substantial experience in growth strategy, start-up acceleration, business development and product development working across the software, telecommunications, finance and private equity industries. Before starting with Xero, Nicole led Ventures, Digital and Product at Vodafone, including the creation of the Vodafone Xone, a start-up accelerator. Nicole started her career in Silicon Valley working for Ernst & Young’s Venture Capital Advisory Group, before moving to Europe to work for 3i, Europe’s largest Private Equity firm. Having worked across 8 countries in 4 continents Nicole subscribes to the value of diversity, the merit of alternative angles and global best practices. Nicole holds an MBA from London Business School and Columbia University, and degrees in marketing and psychology from the University of Otago.