Category Archives: IT

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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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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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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To business plan or startup plan? That is the question


Just at the time I have no clue what to write, up turns this blog, It’s well worth repeating. I’ve written about Nicolai Thomson and LendYour, a startup ” to be the place people come to rent”. Here’s his very well written observations on … Continue reading

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Fraser Engineering; a billion dollar company in the making


Well, you can’t accuse Hutt Valley-based Fraser Engineering of lacking ambition. Speaking at a recent Technology Valley get-together, general manager Martin Simpson says it wants to be a billion dollar company. The 60 year old private company with 100 designers, … 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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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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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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