Monthly Archives: July 2012

Startup Weekend leans into NZ version of global entrepreneurship competition


What was the fifth Startup Weekend in New Zealand, and the second in Wellington, continued to raise the bar. Co-organiser, and WebFund chairman Dave Moskovitz says the 54 hour event that aims to take pitched (to all participants’) ideas into … Continue reading

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Market validation – “get outside and ask customers questions”


No business plan survives the first customer contact Michael Elwood-Smith told a recent meeting of Wellington’s Lean Startup group. Describing his presentation as a Business Model Canvas meets the Lean Startup, the Creative HQ adviser says “high growth, investable businesses … Continue reading

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‘Boy’, what a great way to get free publicity


In a ‘small world’ way, PledgeMe’s crowdfunding platform has a lot to thank film maker Taika Waititi for making its New Zealand presence much more visible. After the success of ‘Boy’ to become New Zealand’s most successful NZ-made film (with … Continue reading

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Roll up, roll up, the ATI’s going to be bigger than Ben Hur


Well, isn’t the Advanced Technology Institute going to be an all singing, all dancing affair. At least that’s what the cabinet paper proposes. For a strategic move that has major implications for New Zealand’s thin innovation ecosystem, there’s been remarkably … Continue reading

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Why buy when you can hire – special kit gets its own sharing home


They reckon they’re the only broker of specialist gear for rental in the world. Specialist Rentals – think $25,000 – $100,000 high end test and compliance equipment in the IT/comms area – started last August in Canterbury, and now fully … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding with a Kiwi flavour suits our tastes – PledgeMe


PledgeMe are the first to admit that they’re copying and tweaking an overseas model of crowdfunding, perhaps the best known of whom is Kickstarter. But the local web platform to create, collaborate and support the funding of creative projects reckons … Continue reading

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An ATI set to fly…..like a turkey


If rumours are to be believed, the Advanced Technology Institute, is to be established as a separate crown entity. The ATI is meant to be a hi-tech, engineering-oriented link between science and industry to boost New Zealand high value manufacturing … Continue reading

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Maintaining quality edge major focus of axe maker


Whether to outsource or insource, that is (one of) the questions. For axe and saw maker Tuatahi Racing Axes & Saws, the question resolved itself a number of years ago says its office manager, Jo Fawcett. The 45 year old … Continue reading

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The perfect present for someone that has everything? – Golden Mean Calipers


Occasionally you come across a product so cool, so seemingly useful and unuseful at the same time……well here’s such a product, Golden Mean Calipers. They, or at least the for sale on the internet version, are the brainchild of Nick … Continue reading

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