For scrappies,

by scrappies

We know what it takes to make it in this industry and that’s why we know how to help scrappies like you get more time and money for what you do.

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A team of Buddies

Team Buddy is a blend of seasoned scrappies and experienced venture builders. We’ve built and launched other successful B2B marketplaces, fintechs and even dating apps!

We’re a passionate bunch, uniquely positioned to help you take your recycled metal trading and operations to the next level.

Buddy Co-founders, Stu and Lisa Kagan.

Our founders

Stu brings 25 years of experience in scrap operations, trading and leadership. He started out with a torch in hand and worked his way up to the Executive at the largest metal processor in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A new scrap venture called and Stu, along with his wife Lisa, answered by setting up their own metal recycling operation in New Zealand.

Lisa has a background in disruptive innovation and venture creation as a Management Consultant at Deloitte, so it was only a matter of time before the pair hung up their hard hats to build a tech solution to solve one of the recycling industry’s biggest headaches.


It feels like we’re a forgotten industry

The one that the tech revolution left behind

They chased the new and shiny, not the old and scrappy

That’s why we’re excited.

Because they didn’t realise – The man with the metal is king

We don’t need tech. We got this far on our own.

But we see the potential it holds to improve each of our lives

Building relationships and trust efficiently

Giving more to the people who deserve it the most

The hardest-working-never-stopping people who keep the ‘circular economy’ rolling.

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Why we're building Buddy

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A better way to trade

We constantly search for ways to make what you do better, simpler, and more efficient. Because we know there’s gotta be a better way to trade.

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No mystery, no malice

Every profile is connected to a real person and company, verified by the Buddy team. Know who you’re dealing with and build a relationship with them.

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Giving scrappies more

Scrappies are the original recyclers – doing it before recycling was cool. They hustle day and night, often sacrificing time with their loved ones. We’re here to change that.

Help us shape the future of Buddy

We are committed to building a product that has everything you need, and nothing you don’t. That’s why we want you to tell us what you like and don’t like about Buddy. A tool truly built by scrappies, for scrappies.

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Born Scrappy Podcast

The only podcast that takes you deep into the mindsets, skillsets and toolsets of the top scrap metal traders and exporters.

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