Category Archives: start-up

Why there’s an opportunity cost in not being in a Biz Dojo


A few months ago I shifted work premises to become part of Australasia’s largest co-working space. My move to Biz Dojo has been great. I wrote a blog last year about its plans to expand its model overseas. As I flippantly … 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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Psst, want to learn about IT…the Tech for Non-Tech course is a steal


Now, knowing how to code won’t necessarily be required for success in a future digital world. But knowing how the IT layers fit together is required in order to fully participate. Which is why you’d have to say the upcoming … Continue reading

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Startups need to be a ‘little bit evil’


One of the big problems with startups is they’re not ‘evil’ enough. Now there’s a statement bound to make you go ‘huh’. “You need to be a little bit evil,” says Alistair Croll a speaker at Supercharge. Supercharge was a … 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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Is Startup Weekend missing a middle-aged trick?


As one of many simultaneous events taking place around the world, the Wellington Startup Weekend took place on April 10 – 12 at Creative HQ. Now one of the purposes of the weekend event is not necessarily to create new … Continue reading

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Do Kiwis have a certain je ne sais quoi with regard to Startup Weekends – or is that wishful thinking?


Having been lucky enough to be around a couple of startup things in the past few weeks – I’ll take the opportunity to reflect. The first occasion was a Skype interview at Wellington’s Creative HQ with George Smith, the founder … 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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