Category Archives: technology

‘We don’t have enough developers’ – a homebaked remedy


There’s more than one way to bake the cake of “we don’t have enough developers”. Universities produce some, polytechs some others. Many are self-taught. Enspiral in Wellington through its Dev Academy has a fulltime nine week course that turns non-coders … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things (IoT): A slow burn until it can communicate with everything else


Occasionally, you come across a piece of thinking that makes you go, ‘oh, right, that’s a very interesting point’. So it is with a recent article by Toby Ruckert, CEO and Founder of Unified Inbox, a platform to bring and … Continue reading

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“If you don’t love your idea, don’t do it”


If you don’t love your idea, don’t do it. As well as this point, Nick Gerritsen, speaking at Supercharge, a recent startup event that attracted 150+ in Wellington, said that it is possible to smash it big from Aotearoa. Not that … Continue reading

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Hats off to the ‘inventor’ of the combined IT, hi-tech and biotech sectors


Finance Minister Bill English, speaking at the Wellington launch of the 11th TIN100 report, gave Greg Shanahan and his team what amounts to a pretty nice endorsement. “You effectively invented this sector,” English said at the Thursday 29 October gathering … Continue reading

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Right…a way to crunch a business model from good research ideas


Here’s an interesting innovation move, one to be applauded. It’s Startup Weekend Science and Research, in Wellington at Creative HQ from Friday July 3 to Sunday 5. Interesting because its the first time a non-digital (as such) Startup Weekend event’s been … Continue reading

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At last…an innovation accelerator aimed at physical products


Right, something you can get your teeth into…literally – Lightning Lab Manufacturing. So, instead of a 12 week accelerator to figure out how to take a digital idea out to the world, the same sort of programme but aimed at … Continue reading

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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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Shanahan on a mission to destroy the notion of plucky NZ punching above its weight


You have to give the effusive and self-effacing Greg Shanahan his due. He kicked off the TIN 100 report in 2004, and now in its tenth year of production it reflects the healthy growth in New Zealand’s ICT, high-tech manufacturing and biotech … 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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