Category Archives: sustainability

A trial with zero percent success proves trap’s worth


 Any business that gets itself into a financial position to employ others is, by default, doing OK. If that operation starts with a completely new product, to survive long enough to (at least) thrive, is even better. So it is … 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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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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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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Non-success gets a deserved recognition


A thumbs up to Lightning Lab and Wellington’s Creative HQ for celebrating non-success. That, quite deliberately, is different from describing the five of the nine companies which went through LL’s 12 week accelerator programme as failures. Earlier in the year, … 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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Primary industry mobile tech forum draws the digerati


Numbers tell a story on their own. And the fact that over 220 attendees ponyed up at the Mobile Tech Summit 2013 in Wellington on August 7 & 8 underscores the message that our natural resources aren’t as old-hat as … Continue reading

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We’re no closer to a national SETD plan, strategy, attack – call it what you will


Taking a further opportunity to look at Callaghan Innovation’s Statement of Intent, it begs further questions relating to our country’s overall Research, Science and Technology spend. (Or, to further broaden it, our Science, Engineering, Technology and Design [SETD led innovation]). … Continue reading

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Free Range Farm – herding startups for collective growth


Scale, as anyone starting a business realises, is a key, if not the key to growth and success. Even in IT-related commerce, achieving scale from a New Zealand base is pretty darn difficult. Enter, drum-roll please, Free Range Farm – … Continue reading

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Software Patents: the Difference between Excluding Computer Programs as Such and Excluding Computer Programs as Such


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun The Patents Bill has had a tortuous ride through Parliament – to say the least. Introduced in 2008, it was reviewed by a select committee in 2009 and reported back in March 2010. In September … Continue reading

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