SLI Systems

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SLI Systems
Traded as
Industry Software
Founded 2001
Headquarters San Jose, California, U.S.
Area served
Key people

Chris Brennan (CEO)

Dr Shaun Ryan (Co-Founder, CIO)
  • Learning Search
  • Learning Navigation
  • Site Champion
  • Learning Recommendations
Number of employees
170 (2014)

SLI Systems provides cloud-based search tools for online retailers under a "software as a service" (SaaS) model. It is a public company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange.

SLI is an acronym for Search, Learn and Improve.


SLI's main product, Learning Search,[1] uses the behavior of its users to determine search results. The company also sells a user-generated search engine optimization (SEO) product called Site Champion, and a site navigation product called Learning Navigation.


SLI Systems was formed in 2001,[2] and in 2013 the company raised $27 million NZD in its initial public offering[3] and listed on the NZX.[4] The core technology was originally developed at GlobalBrain, a company founded in 1998[5] by Grant Ryan.[6] That company was acquired by the internet arm of US media company, NBC in April, 2000 for US$32 million, but after dot-com crash[2][7] Shaun Ryan and others bought the technology back from NBC, and formed SLI Systems.[2]

SLI now has offices in San Jose, Christchurch, Tokyo, Melbourne and London and over 400 clients internationally including, FTD, 7 for all Mankind, Harry & David, and Next.[8]


In 2013, SLI Systems launched an initial public offering on the NZX index, raising $27m NZD with shares issued at $1.50, to help fund growth into important markets like Japan and Brazil.[9] Key investors included NZ entrepreneur Sam Morgan.[10] SLI Systems's share price performed strongly initially, rising to $2.50, before falling to as low as 71c after the company posted larger than expected losses and had some unexpected senior management changes 2015.[11][12]

SLI Systems announced to the New Zealand Exchange in November 2015 that revenue guidance would be 29% above the previous year.[13] Recent significant client customer wins announced at the 2015 annual general meeting included Lenovo, David Jones, Harvey Norman and Paul Smith.[14] SLI Systems' UK website also list a number of clients via case studies .[15]

Current management[edit]

  • Chris Brennan, Chief Executive Officer[16]
  • Dr Shaun Ryan, Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer[17]
  • Rod Garrett, Chief Financial Officer
  • Greg Cross, Chairman of the Board of Directors.[18]


  1. ^ "Chemist Direct conversion rates soar following deployment of SLI Systems’ search technology", 31/07/2014, Fiona Briggs,
  2. ^ a b c "Focusing on retail works for SLI". Dene Mackenzie, 16 Jul 2014, Otago Daily Times
  3. ^ "Investors take a shine to new tech stock SLI Systems", 1 Jun 2013, Hamish Fletcher, NZ Herald
  4. ^ "SLI Systems lists on NZX today", 30 May 2013,
  5. ^ "GlobalBrain back to have another crack", 21 January 2002, Andrea Malcolm,
  6. ^ "Global Brain back on market after huge losses at US owner", Apr 11, 2001, Chris Barton, NZ Herald
  7. ^ McCrone, John: Secrets to Success The Press 31/07/2011.
  8. ^ SLI Systems's customers
  9. ^ "SLI Systems to sell shares at $1.50 in bid for Japan, Brazil growth". The National Business Review. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  10. ^ "Sam Morgan to invest another $1m in SLI". The National Business Review. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  11. ^ "SLI Systems tips cashflow breakeven". Stuff. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  12. ^ "New role for SLI Systems CEO". Stuff. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  13. ^ "SLI Systems Limited". Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  14. ^ "SLI Systems Limited". Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  15. ^ "Case Studies | SLI Systems UK". Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  16. ^
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  18. ^ retrieved 25 July 2015

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