Category Archives: Prototyping

Branding’s dark arts leans to build, measure, learn


The dark arts of branding received an illumination when Brant Cooper spoke to a packed house at Wellington’s Lightning Lab. The ‘Lean Entrepreneur’ co-author from San Diego popped in on invitation on his way to Australia, and talked about how … 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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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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‘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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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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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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A hidden gem in Callaghan Innovation’s business case?


Callaghan Innovation’s business case came out a week before Christmas among a flurry of keep it under the radar government documents released about the same time. (Ironically, the business case appeared a couple of hours after sticK commented that it … Continue reading

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Callaghan Innovation’s evolution gets curiouser and curiouser


The analogy of Alice in Wonderland, and curiouser and curiouser comes to mind with Callaghan Innovation. That and a type of ennui as the 14-months-in-existence Crown Agent struggles to come into life. Firstly, rumour has it (from a number of … Continue reading

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We’re getting over our notions of shame around business failure


I’m putting the proposition out there that we’re getting over our collective Kiwi hang-up about startup and business failure. That is, whereas in the past we’d write somebody off for having tried, and been not successful in a new business … Continue reading

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The problem around, and more importantly some answers to, cranking up our startup ecosystem


Let’s hope for our sake that ‘Five ways New Zealand can accelerate a sustainable high-tech ecosystem’ doesn’t receive a “not invented here” rebuff from government and others. (You can get an executive summary at the above link, or, by sharing … Continue reading

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