Category Archives: technology

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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Is the future for our sheep their milk?


  Being the farm raised boy I am, I’m keen on the idea of clever new and profitable products from our ability to convert sunlight, soil and water into them. So, Blue River Dairy, the sheep milk products company which … Continue reading

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A buried treat in WordPress’s Terms of Service


It’s in keeping with the spirit of WordPress that its Terms of Service are simple, freely available to be repurposed by others, and, the tiniest bit quirky. WordPress co-founder, and part owner of its tech-tools parent Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, pointed … Continue reading

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Branding’s dark arts leans to build, measure, learn


The dark arts of branding received an illumination when Brant Cooper spoke to a packed house at Wellington’s Lightning Lab. The ‘Lean Entrepreneur’ co-author from San Diego popped in on invitation on his way to Australia, and talked about how … 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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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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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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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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Re-arranging science funding’s deck chairs


Well, I guess you can’t have too many science funding bodies… An alert colleague pointed out a GETS call for applications for – Capability in Independent Research Organisations Funding. (GETS Reference: 41196) This fund is aimed at non-Crown Research Institutes, … Continue reading

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