Category Archives: proprietary

‘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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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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You’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs – or, how to spot a good idea


Engineer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and raconteur Neville Jordan reckons he needs to kiss about 99 frogs before he’ll find an idea worth investing in. Speaking as the IPENZ 2013 William Pickering Fellow at a Wellington lecture (part of the body’s … Continue reading

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Bacteria detector set to scale up for food industry


I’m always a bit of a sucker for innovations and improvements that add value to our biological industries. After all, as a country we’d be fools not to play to our major strength in producing food and fibre. An innovation’s … Continue reading

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Lightning Lab startups ask – ‘where’s the money’?


Lightning Lab 2013 saw nine startups pitch their digital products to would-be investors last week, seeking expansion capital for ideas that 12 weeks before mostly existed on paper. The Wellington Demo Day saw highly polished presentations, with clear development plans … Continue reading

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Email sales tool allows companies to ‘dress to impress’


On the face of it, creating clever emails with embedded graphics and other gee-whizz stuff that acts as a smart sales tool should be pretty easy. But (apparently), there’s only three companies around the world have pulled off the feat … Continue reading

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Adding a hole lot of value to a piece of pine


We all know that we’d prefer to export more than just a log of pine to overseas markets. At the same time, the NZ Inc desire to add value to our raw commodities such as trees is almost tiresome through … Continue reading

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What a problem for ikeGPS…..managing its growth!


The ikeGPS has the world at its feet – so much so it is going to have to carefully decide which of many markets it should attack first. The hand-held device integrates hardware and software and enables anyone from a … Continue reading

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We all own our agricultural story…..that’s the problem


This post also runs at pasture Harmonies. The trouble is; we all own New Zealand’s agricultural story. That is, the huge collective effort that went into figuring out, developing and improving the soil, pasture and plant/animal interaction that is our … Continue reading

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Getting to a BLISful state a long and winding road


Dunedin-based BLIS’s oral cavity probiotic products have “spent a long time on the runway”, as it chief executive Dr Barry Richardson described the other day. (Briefly wearing a journalist hat, I interviewed Richardson for BusinessDesk). There’s a certain irony in … Continue reading

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