Monthly Archives: May 2012

Product development….no place for the faint hearted


Some interesting thoughts on product development at a gathering-cum-lecture at Victoria University’s School of Design. Now there’s almost entire libraries devoted into taking an idea through the design and product development process – so compressing theory and practice into just … Continue reading

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One place to access everything digital takes off its training wheels – Unified Inbox


When you simply state the idea of having one place where all forms of contact – email, Facebook, Twitter, text and others – end up in one place for reading and responding to, it sounds an eminently sensible thing to … Continue reading

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Venture Solutions operates in commercialisation’s ‘no-man’s-land’


The untitled head of nine month old Venture Solutions Ltd recently and reluctantly agreed to put up a website advertising its services. Grant Marris’s reluctance is warranted. Operating in the ‘no-man’s-land’ between the (often backyard) inventor and other types of … Continue reading

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Gene patents in Australia – an ongoing saga


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun In an earlier guest blog I commented on the gene patent debate inAustralia.  My conclusion then was that the opponents were a determined lot.  That observation has been reinforced by yet another initiative in the … Continue reading

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Creative space of technology, digital and storytelling tailor-made by Mohawk Media


Where do you start with a couple of geeks come tech gurus come writers (though not necessarily in that order) that make up Mohawk Media? Their knowledge of how the various components of the connected and digital world fit together, … Continue reading

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‘Negative know-how’, one way to make money from so-called failure – KiwiNet


‘Negative know-how’ was a fantastic idea thrown up at the KiwiNet commercialisation forum in Wellington on May 2. Kate Wilson was talking to about 100 people actively trying to kick university or CRI ideas into life. It refers to keeping … Continue reading

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Enspiral’s collective model taking on the world


Wellington’s Enspiral is a difficult beast to describe in traditional terms. For a start, there’s very little to compare it to. The two-year old collective of developers and designers and other connected people, is a work in progress, which its … Continue reading

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Kiwi battery technology charged up on green car opportunities


By guest blogger, Imogen Reed Congratulations are due to UC’s Dr John Abrahamson (Chemical and Process Engineering) and Christchurch company ArcActive who recently won one of three prestigious awards at the April 2012 CleanEquity Conference in Monaco. The award, for … Continue reading

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‘Do the deals’ commercialisers told – KiwiNet


The recent KiwiNet group hug in Wellington showed the value of having a dealmaker come salesman attitude when it comes to commercialisation. KiwiNet is the collective commercialisation arms of eight CRIs and universities – combining knowhow and networks and providing … Continue reading

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Aquaflow plays its bargaining chips smartly


One of the more interesting aspects of Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation’s deal with CRI Catalyst Company of the USA, is having bargaining chips or cards in your hand. Last September Marlborough-based Aquaflow announced a partnership of its wild-algae biofuel generating technology … Continue reading

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