Wellington’s (bad?) weather not the main reason for its IT entrepreneurship


The joke is that Wellington’s a good place for IT entrepreneurs because the weather forces developers and the like to stay indoors.

More likely given its concentration of internet and computing based businesses is the ability to rub shoulders with like-minded people.

“Wellington’s a small, connected community,” says Paul Spence, chairman of ‘Unlimited Potential’, an IT professionals group.

He says the region has 3000 IT professionals, whose collective realisation is that there’s strength in working with each other.

“There’s a Wellington buzz that we’re good at this,” says Spence, who is also chief executive of internet domain name register, iWantMyName. “We’re finding small groups to do start ups that are drawing on the expertise in the capital.”

Spence considers that it is the city’s creativity that is more significant than the (so-called bad) weather.

“There’s an arts and music scene that’s vibrant, and our positioning as creative has the effect of attracting creative people, often from overseas,” he says. “There’s something in the water that keeps them staying on.”
The question is how to build on that?

Spence sees small inroads, though one necessity is to ensure there’s capital available for creative people to develop their projects. There are investment gaps for some companies that are still small, but posting revenues, “but no one wants to touch them.”

He sees communities such as Unlimited Potential as having a role to play in bridge building between entrepreneurs, investors and creative people, acting as a type of catalyst.

The support of the Wellington City Council and its enterprise development agency ‘Grow Wellington‘ has also seen a resurgence he says.

Spence makes the point that Unlimited Potential is an apolitical organisation. “We’re happy to work with anyone who is constructive.”

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5 Responses to Wellington’s (bad?) weather not the main reason for its IT entrepreneurship

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  2. Paul Spence says:

    Thanks Peter for sharing about what’s going on in the tech scene around Wellington and how Unlimited Potential is helping to catalyse technology start-ups. Last week’s Wellington to the World event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of our emerging tech companies and ICT research.

    Here’s a link to an event review and some snaps from throughout the evening:

    http://up.org.nz/gallery/wellington_to_the_world_2010

    The appearance of Sebastian Marino and his company 77 Pieces at the event really underlined what we’ve been saying for a long time about the significance of how creativity arises when disparate groups overlap. Seb is an ex-Weta Digital employee and Academy Award winning screen effects guru and recent skilled migrant who is now under incubation at CreativeHQ and developing his own cool global software business.

    • sticknz says:

      Thanks for the photos. One of Sebastian’s stories appears today in sticK, with more to follow. A good example of someone who could base himself anywhere in the world, but has chosen to stay in Wellington

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  4. Dana says:

    Book-marked, I love your blog! 🙂

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