Monthly Archives: April 2012

Startups get a scientific methodology = a simplifying strategy


Webfund chairman, entrepreneur and supporter of startups Dave Moskovitz gave his review of Eric Ries book, ‘The Lean Startup’ at a lunchtime meeting at Wellington’s Southern Cross hotel recently. Ex-pat American Moskovitz brought back a few copies of the book … Continue reading

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Dear David, please give us more than science and innovation platitudes


Dear David (Shearer), I’m afraid, if you’re trying to outflank National on the science and innovation front, you’re going to have to do much better than your speech to the NZ Association of Scientists (see speech here) on April 16. … Continue reading

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Our internet-inspired impatience is only getting worse


There’s a fair number of (mostly ignored) requests to link and/or ‘write about us’ emails received by sticK. However Tony Shin tweaked an interest in the subject line, ‘A quick question about Instant Gratification’. He in turn linked through to … Continue reading

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Stop trying to Aucklandise our science and innovation


At the risk of displaying a Wellington-residential and Southland upbringing bias, the government’s keenness for an Aucklandisation of our science and innovation strikes me as being stupid. In particular, the push to make (force even) the development of the former … Continue reading

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Nope, we’re not going to hell in a handcart


The refreshingly upbeat Mark Stevenson breezed through Wellington just before Easter, giving his take on why the world’s NOT going to hell in a handcart. The author of ‘An optimist’s tour of the future’, Stevenson’s been accused by some of … Continue reading

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IP ownership change spurs new wool research


As agriculture’s orphan child, laden with centuries of tradition and structure, coarse wool has recently exhibited a refreshing turn of mind to attempt to spin a new future. The realisation that wool industry participants weren’t interested in co-investing in generic … Continue reading

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ACC and Ministry of Health: winners in patent battle over computerised healthcare information ‘connectivity’ invention


By guest blogger, Doug Calhoun Throughout the debate on the patenting of software, a battle has been quietly percolating under the radar over a NZ patent application (NZ525001) that has touched upon just about every issue in the software patent … Continue reading

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Angels, unsurprisingly, belt-tightening


We shouldn’t be too surprised that the latest figures released on the Young Company Finance Index show a slight reduction in the amount of investment by Angels. After all, there’s only so much ‘spare’ money that Angels have to punt … Continue reading

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Developers invited to a northern hemisphere ‘Summer of Code’


A couple of New Zealand based businesses are in on the wider opportunity for New Zealand-based trainee coders to gain invaluable experience (and pay) through Google’s Summer of Code. University students in New Zealand will have a unique opportunity to … Continue reading

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