• Creating a New Zealand Central North Island Ecosystem

    Creating a New Zealand Central North Island Ecosystem

    Over the past few weeks, I have posted several articles about WNT Ventures and the significance of its selection as a new tech-focused incubator to both Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty. That significance is real and its implementation has significant long-term implications for both the city and the region. WNT Ventures is not […]

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  • Introducing Design Thinking to Tech-focused Incubation

    Introducing Design Thinking to Tech-focused Incubation

    One of the most exciting things that has come out of the selection of WNT Ventures by Callaghan Innovation is the white board we have been offered to build out the incubator. I have already posted on some aspects of the Israeli incubator model. These provide important lessons and where possible, we will apply some […]

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  • Transforming New Zealand’s Incubator Space

    Transforming New Zealand’s Incubator Space

    I have been thinking about this post for some time. A combination of context, history and timing have all conspired against my penning it. Monday’s advertisement for the WNT Ventures Incubator Manager’s vacancy however has cleared the fog. The advertisement, backed by Callaghan Innovation’s appointment of WNT Ventures as one of just three tech-focused incubators, […]

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  • We are hiring! WNT Ventures Incubator Manager

    We are hiring! WNT Ventures Incubator Manager

    What an amazing way to start the week. WNT Ventures is hiring! Callaghan Innovation has approved WNT Ventures to be one of three innovative new technology-focused incubators for high growth early stage firms that will be able to access a new repayable grants tool on behalf of the companies they incubate. WNT Ventures is a […]

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  • Te Kete Tikanga Māori

    Te Kete Tikanga Māori

    Over the past few years in Silicon Valley, I have witnessed relatively little understanding of Māori culture or business in the region. That might however just be changing. During the America’s Cup last year, a delegation of Māori business leaders spent a few days at Stanford University to get a better understanding of its entrepreneurial […]

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Raising Capital

Engaging with Tauranga’s Enterprise Angels

Engaging with Tauranga’s Enterprise Angels

Over the past four years, I have watched, at close quarters, the day to day activities of many of the angel and venture capital networks that make up Silicon Valley. At the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, it was hard to miss them. On the top floor, by the executive team’s offices, sits […]

Maori Business

Te Kete Tikanga Māori

Te Kete Tikanga Māori

Over the past few years in Silicon Valley, I have witnessed relatively little understanding of Māori culture or business in the region. That might however just be changing. During the America’s Cup last year, a delegation of Māori business leaders spent a few days at Stanford University to get a better understanding of its entrepreneurial […]

New Zealand

Creating a New Zealand Central North Island Ecosystem

Creating a New Zealand Central North Island Ecosystem

Over the past few weeks, I have posted several articles about WNT Ventures and the significance of its selection as a new tech-focused incubator to both Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty. That significance is real and its implementation has significant long-term implications for both the city and the region. WNT Ventures is not […]