Category Archives: Prototyping

‘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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KiwiNet and the sell of commercialisation


There’s always something to learn at commercialisation workshops. KiwiNet, the group-hug of university and CRI commercialisation units held a Wellington-based forum around understanding customers. So, here’s couple of interesting bits and pieces from the day – of which I was … Continue reading

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Making a green stand – literally and figuratively


Here’s an example of a simple idea being good, and a good idea being simple. It’s also pretty green in the scheme of these things as well as being a “why didn’t I think of that.” ‘Flexibition’ is the brainchild … 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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