Category Archives: Angel investment

Should you bother with venture capital funding…the numbers suggest no?


The scramble that many startups make to secure venture capital funding may be detrimental to the budding business’s health. In fact John Mullins, writing in Havard Business Review’s blogs, makes the point that the vast majority of successful entrepreneurs never … Continue reading

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Branding’s dark arts leans to build, measure, learn


The dark arts of branding received an illumination when Brant Cooper spoke to a packed house at Wellington’s Lightning Lab. The ‘Lean Entrepreneur’ co-author from San Diego popped in on invitation on his way to Australia, and talked about how … Continue reading

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Lightning Lab II grows up – will its offspring make it to adolescence?


  Anyone that’s been around young children will appreciate there’s a heck of a difference between a one year old and a two year old. A similar comparison is valid with Lightning Lab II, which last week had nine of … Continue reading

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Lightning Lab grows up, gets into its groove


The Lightning Lab’s demo day had some quite fascinating works in progress…bring on Demo (to investors) Day on May 28 at Te Papa. The team behind LL are also, as you’d hope, a year wiser, further along a path with … Continue reading

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The Kiwi innovation space is starting to look awfully crowded


Is it just me, or is the innovation/commercialisation space looking awfully crowded and confused these days? Sure, we like to think we’re (NZ Inc) inventive and entrepreneurial. But there seem to be more entities out there offering innovation (and I … Continue reading

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How long will it take for the Wynyard Precinct to hit its straps?


Well, let’s see how Auckland’s new Innovation Precinct, Wynyard Precinct (it appears to have at least a couple of names) get’s up and going. It has been one of those long time in coming projects – and now we’ll see … Continue reading

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Driver of Callaghan accelerator services to put pedal to the metal?


We’ll make the assumption that Callaghan Innovation’s new GM of Accelerator Services isn’t there for the money. Chris Somogyi’s come relatively unannounced to the crown entity whose role is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by NZ firms. Softly, softly … Continue reading

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Today Wellington…tomorrow the world for ‘toys’ lending site?


 LendYour has been start-upping its way to life in a next door office to me. A bit like a nosy neighbour, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Wellington Startup Weekend 2013 inspired web play (with an app to come) … Continue reading

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A hidden gem in Callaghan Innovation’s business case?


Callaghan Innovation’s business case came out a week before Christmas among a flurry of keep it under the radar government documents released about the same time. (Ironically, the business case appeared a couple of hours after sticK commented that it … Continue reading

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We’re getting over our notions of shame around business failure


I’m putting the proposition out there that we’re getting over our collective Kiwi hang-up about startup and business failure. That is, whereas in the past we’d write somebody off for having tried, and been not successful in a new business … Continue reading

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