Category Archives: high tech

Bringing Biggs to the party an inspired move


The appointment of Peter Biggs as inaugural chairman of the new Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, is an inspired bargain. I briefly dealt with ‘Biggsy’ as he is commonly known, in a former life. My observation is that he’s great … Continue reading

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Shanahan on a mission to destroy the notion of plucky NZ punching above its weight


You have to give the effusive and self-effacing Greg Shanahan his due. He kicked off the TIN 100 report in 2004, and now in its tenth year of production it reflects the healthy growth in New Zealand’s ICT, high-tech manufacturing and biotech … Continue reading

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Of course nobody notices – there’s no photo opportunity!


Naturally it has escaped the attention of mainstream media… But, the fact is that two Kiwi IT companies are still in, and contributing to, the world’s largest IT project – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. (See a press … Continue reading

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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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Local, thinks global and quickly gets asked if it is for sale


  Many Kiwis struggle to appreciate the size of the global internet market, and how to tap into it says John-Daniel Trask. The co-founder of Wellington-based Mindscape (“We build fantastic tools for developers”) recently spoke at the NZ Entrepreneur Club. … Continue reading

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A buried treat in WordPress’s Terms of Service


It’s in keeping with the spirit of WordPress that its Terms of Service are simple, freely available to be repurposed by others, and, the tiniest bit quirky. WordPress co-founder, and part owner of its tech-tools parent Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, pointed … Continue reading

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In the rush to all things digital, are we missing a biological trick?


New Zealand is missing a trick when it comes to the startup weekend, incubator, accelerator programme ecosystem that’s got lots of attention lately. And sure, I can appreciate how the digital side of things is extremely quick at developing and … Continue reading

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Capitalising on virtual and reality


Who would’ve thought that the term Holographic Virtual Reality (TM) was still there to be taken by 8i? Equally (except we’re sort of now used to it), who would’ve thought four non-New Zealanders, who together form 8I, and who now … 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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