Category Archives: start-up

A picture’s worth a thousand words…or not in our case


I’m a sucker for a good diagram – a picture’s worth a thousand words and all that jazz. So I thought I’d see what, if anything, came up in a search about New Zealand’s science and innovation system; diagram-wise. The … Continue reading

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Bringing Biggs to the party an inspired move


The appointment of Peter Biggs as inaugural chairman of the new Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, is an inspired bargain. I briefly dealt with ‘Biggsy’ as he is commonly known, in a former life. My observation is that he’s great … Continue reading

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Name change signals expanded ability for patent owners to leverage their IP


A name’s an important clue to how a company represents itself to the world. So, the change to IP Nexus from IP Exchange represents a business and philosophical change for the Hong Kong based but globally oriented company. Its founder … Continue reading

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Should you bother with venture capital funding…the numbers suggest no?


The scramble that many startups make to secure venture capital funding may be detrimental to the budding business’s health. In fact John Mullins, writing in Havard Business Review’s blogs, makes the point that the vast majority of successful entrepreneurs never … 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 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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Capitalising on virtual and reality


Who would’ve thought that the term Holographic Virtual Reality (TM) was still there to be taken by 8i? Equally (except we’re sort of now used to it), who would’ve thought four non-New Zealanders, who together form 8I, and who now … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurial success means starting at the end


Start at the end and work backwards. This was the ultimate, underlying piece of advice from Laura Humphreys, who has started and successfully exited two businesses in Wellington, and now among other things is relaunching herself as a business author … 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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