Category Archives: start-up

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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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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Driver of Callaghan accelerator services to put pedal to the metal?


We’ll make the assumption that Callaghan Innovation’s new GM of Accelerator Services isn’t there for the money. Chris Somogyi’s come relatively unannounced to the crown entity whose role is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by NZ firms. Softly, softly … Continue reading

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Finding the fruitful intersection of ideas and organisation


 Ultimately this blog is a plug for Stephen Cummings handbook of ways that business can fruitfully marry management and creativity. Along the way it is also an endorsement of the Professor of Management at Victoria University’s Business School, and in … 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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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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PledgeMe co-flounderer’s words of wisdom


 You’ve got to give a bit of kudos to someone who calls themselves the chief bubble blower and co-flounderer (yes, spelling is correct) of a company. Whether you call New Zealand’s first crowd-funding platform PledgeMe a startup is debateable, as … 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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