Category Archives: Development

‘Fire engine envy’ + time = sales


Fire engine envy. No, I never knew that such a condition existed, though it kinda makes sense if you happen to be involved in the fire fighting business. But fire engine envy is one of many factors that’s assisted Lower … Continue reading

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A trial with zero percent success proves trap’s worth


 Any business that gets itself into a financial position to employ others is, by default, doing OK. If that operation starts with a completely new product, to survive long enough to (at least) thrive, is even better. So it is … Continue reading

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Finding the fruitful intersection of ideas and organisation


 Ultimately this blog is a plug for Stephen Cummings handbook of ways that business can fruitfully marry management and creativity. Along the way it is also an endorsement of the Professor of Management at Victoria University’s Business School, and in … Continue reading

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Opportunity lost? – a case study, Dr Werner Komposi


By guest blogger: Mike Doig Dr. Ingr Werner Komposi came to New Zealand about 12 years ago to take up employment at one of our universities. He was educated in Germany and while there divided his time between appointments in … Continue reading

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Chipping in for multicore champion – let’s get parallel programming


 You’ve got to admire someone who has a vision, almost as much as someone who is prepared to use the word vision. So here’s a plug for Nicolas Erdody, founder of Open Parallel, and more importantly the organiser of Multicore … Continue reading

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‘Always be pitching, looking for feedback’ – Wipster’s Rollo Wenlock


“Get your idea out there as much as possible, pitch it to everyone, even to strangers in a cafe, see what happens. If it doesn’t resonate, you probably don’t have anything.” That was Wipster head sherang’s advice given at Wellington’s … Continue reading

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Plenty of traps along the way for pest eradicators


No one ever said that creating and perfecting a resetting, toxin free pest trap was going to be easy. The guys at Goodnature would be the first to agree, but, 12,000 or so sold traps later, the Wellington company that … Continue reading

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Appiness is good service – Icestack launches its moonshot to America


Given that his presentation was to the MobileTech Summit 2013, a primary industry focused event, Andrew McPherson’s app analogy was very apt. A tractor can be likened to a mobile device, the tool that is driven off the Power Take … Continue reading

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Primary industry mobile tech forum draws the digerati


Numbers tell a story on their own. And the fact that over 220 attendees ponyed up at the Mobile Tech Summit 2013 in Wellington on August 7 & 8 underscores the message that our natural resources aren’t as old-hat as … Continue reading

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Reading between the lines – an app to promote a book digital conversation


How can the book publishing world engage in a digital world? Amazon’s claimed much of the high ground in the ebook format, and others are scrambling with their own offers. At the same time, your traditional publishers aren’t going to … Continue reading

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