Category Archives: education

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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Failing companies the most open to new ideas – Wes Yun, UX Design Day


“The most exciting places to work are those big companies that are failing. They’re most open to ideas, they have nothing to lose. They’re looking for the Hail Mary pass.” [American gridiron quarterback’s hope and a prayer hurl of the … Continue reading

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Non-success gets a deserved recognition


A thumbs up to Lightning Lab and Wellington’s Creative HQ for celebrating non-success. That, quite deliberately, is different from describing the five of the nine companies which went through LL’s 12 week accelerator programme as failures. Earlier in the year, … Continue reading

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Magritek looking to be less lonely


I had the pleasure of catching up with Magritek last week when it announced a new cornerstone shareholder in Wellington-based private equity investor Rangatira. It is an opportunity for Magritek to up its sales and marketing effort around its relatively … Continue reading

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Free Range Farm – herding startups for collective growth


Scale, as anyone starting a business realises, is a key, if not the key to growth and success. Even in IT-related commerce, achieving scale from a New Zealand base is pretty darn difficult. Enter, drum-roll please, Free Range Farm – … Continue reading

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“Gene Patents”: What’s the Fuss?


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun Patent attorneys operate in a netherworld between science and law. We find it challenging to try to explain the law to scientists and the science to lawyers; and even more challenging to try to explain … Continue reading

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One way to crack a coder shortage


Ever tried to get hold of a professional who can write computer code? Such is the shortage, that a recent would-be returning ex-pat Kiwi, who knew how to program, put out a general inquiry through WellRailed if anyone in Wellington … Continue reading

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Kickstarting a San Fran Bay school science rap promotion


You obviously can’t keep a science rapper down. Tom McFadden, a Californian and Stanford biology lecturer among other things, completed a Masters in Science Communication at Otago University last year. Under a Fullbright Scholarship and the moniker ‘Rhymebsome’ he toured … Continue reading

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Callaghan Innovation – building the plane while they fly it


There’s a term that’s particularly loved by IT-oriented start-ups, ‘building the plane while you’re flying it’. The business case put forward for and by Callaghan Innovation doesn’t use the term. However, that’s what I interpret from the ‘Purpose of this … Continue reading

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Little school thinks bearly big


“And the prize for the best use of social media and punching well above its weight goes to,”….drum roll….”Koputoroa Primary School”. This 170 pupil country school, seven kilometres north of Levin on the Kapiti Coast deserves heaps of praise, alongside … Continue reading

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