Deckee, the leading boating platform, announces board of directors ahead of next Series A fundraiser

Deckee Board Members from left to right – Alex Retzlaff, Mike McKiernan and Chris Deere

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Deckee – The leading nautical platform

Navigation platform takes one step closer to future growth and safer waterways

We are proud of our accomplishments and grateful for the energy and commitment of Alex and Chris to join our team in providing guidance to help Deckee become an international success.

– Mike McKiernan

NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, November 3, 2021 / – Deckee, the operating system for waterways and the maker of the leading boating safety application, is pleased to announce the appointment of its Board of Directors, in anticipation of their next Series A fundraiser.

Alex Retzlaff and Chris Deere will join the board of directors as Deckee seeks to grow its community globally, invest in platform development and expand its network of international partners. The appointments follow the recent announcement that Mark Gainey, co-founder and chairman of Strava, the world’s leading fitness activity app with more than 86 million users, has joined the company’s advisory board.

“Mike McKiernan and the Deckee team have built a solid foundation for this exciting company, in pursuit of a bold vision that will have a huge impact on the future of the world’s waterways,” says Alex.

“The opportunity for Chris and I to work with an inspiring founder like Mike to help him realize the full potential of his vision is something we really look forward to. We believe that Deckee’s platform has real scalability, attractiveness and significant growth potential.

Chris added, “Deckee’s mission to help everyone stay safe and informed on the water is a mission that really excites me, and the company now has the one solution, the leadership and the momentum to achieve it. Our upcoming Series A fundraiser will help accelerate product development and community growth, and invest in resources that can expand the business into key international markets. “

Alex Retzlaff is Venture Partner at Black Nova Fund and has over 10 years of experience as CTO with leading technology implementations, and as a successful founder for 9 years in B2B SaaS companies.

He is embedded in the startup ecosystem as a mentor, angel investor and sponsor. His experience lies in targeting operational challenges and building a support system that encompasses culture, transaction flow, network expansion, strategy and technical support.

Chris is a serial entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry, having founded and abandoned several companies over the past 25 years. Previously, he was President and Director of Infrastructure and Strategy at Countrytell, Director of the National Narrowbank Network, and Technical Director and Deputy Managing Director of Vocus (ASX: VOC). He is also a passionate sailor in his spare time.

Mike says the new board has been a big achievement for Deckee as he moves into a higher growth phase.

“It is an exceptional achievement for Deckee to attract such experienced and high caliber board members. We are proud of our accomplishments and grateful for the energy and commitment of Alex and Chris to join our team in providing guidance to help Deckee grow to be an international success.


Deckee, is the pioneer of the global operating system for safer boating, and is the maker of the leading boating safety application.

For governments, shipping agencies and businesses, Deckee offers modular technology solutions spanning community engagement, planning, operations and optimization, with proven value to drive safety, improve communications and increase efficiency. . Government agencies are partnering with Deckee to modernize and advance their waterway safety strategies.

Boating is enjoyed by 200 million people every year, but can be dangerous, stressful and confusing without access to the right information and advice. The free Deckee mobile app (iOS, Android, and Web) combines official information and alerts from our government partners, with reports, weather and navigation aids, and more, in one easy-to-use app .

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