• The Meteoroid is about to hit Auckland

    The Meteoroid is about to hit Auckland

    I am spending the next three days in Auckland. When Wharf42 announced the launch of the Meteoroid Program earlier this month, one of the key aims was to set up conversations with a number of potential stakeholders. Over the next three days, I therefore have 16 meetings lined up. This includes two breakfast meetings, two […]

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  • Looking for that MASSIVE Opportunity? WNT Ventures is Recruiting!

    Looking for that MASSIVE Opportunity? WNT Ventures is Recruiting!

    Applications close at 5.00pm on 30 November 2014 WNT Ventures is looking for an energetic professional with a strong science or engineering background who can build long term relationships with New Zealand Universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organizations and identify and evaluate IP and novel technologies with commercial potential. WNT Ventures is one […]

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  • Can New Zealand be a Start-up Nation?

    Can New Zealand be a Start-up Nation?

    I have just returned from a week’s vacation in Bali. It was sorely needed. The recent launch of the Meteoroid Program and the final bedding in of WNT Ventures meant that some time out was due. The break also gave me a chance to read Dan Senor & Paul Singer’s fascinating book, ‘Start-up Nation’, the […]

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  • Inside the Meteoroid Program

    Inside the Meteoroid Program

    Last Friday, Wharf42 announced the launch of the Meteoroid Program. At the same time, we also announced the setting up of the Meteoroid Growth Fund. Both announcements were, and are, connected. The announcements have generated significant feedback. This was intentional. This is a new type of Program for New Zealand startup and early stage ICT […]

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  • Startup Weekend Tauranga – 100% Pure Awesomeness

    Startup Weekend Tauranga – 100% Pure Awesomeness

    If there were any doubts about the strength of Tauranga’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem, the weekend’s Startup Weekend Tauranga will have zapped them. The weekend totally rocked. I have seen the hard yards put in by the event’s organising committee over the past few months: Tina, Pascale, Jo, Anna, Andrew, Ellyn, Elyse, Ben, Steve, Tim, Quentin […]

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Raising Capital

Why the Meteoroid Growth Fund is Significant

Why the Meteoroid Growth Fund is Significant

This post has been prompted by the number of enquiries received since I first announced the setting up of the Meteoroid Growth Fund on Friday. As numerous previous posts on this blog have pointed out, much of the mission of Wharf42 is based on my personal experience of living and working in Silicon Valley. I […]

Meteoroid

The Meteoroid is about to hit Auckland

The Meteoroid is about to hit Auckland

I am spending the next three days in Auckland. When Wharf42 announced the launch of the Meteoroid Program earlier this month, one of the key aims was to set up conversations with a number of potential stakeholders. Over the next three days, I therefore have 16 meetings lined up. This includes two breakfast meetings, two […]

New Zealand

Can New Zealand be a Start-up Nation?

Can New Zealand be a Start-up Nation?

I have just returned from a week’s vacation in Bali. It was sorely needed. The recent launch of the Meteoroid Program and the final bedding in of WNT Ventures meant that some time out was due. The break also gave me a chance to read Dan Senor & Paul Singer’s fascinating book, ‘Start-up Nation’, the […]