• 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 […]

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  • Tauranga’s University Campus to boost the BOP Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    Tauranga’s University Campus to boost the BOP Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    The long-awaited university campus planned for downtown Tauranga is one step closer after Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) announced its donation of $15 million in funding on Thursday. The estimated cost of the project is $67.1 million and TECT’s donation represents the completion of this funding raise. Subject to ongoing negotiations and no doubt numerous […]

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  • A User’s View of Pacific Edge’s Cxbladder technology

    A User’s View of Pacific Edge’s Cxbladder technology

    It’s strange how ones view of technology can be influenced by personal circumstance. On the New Zealand stock exchange, Pacific Edge is often described as a ‘growth stock’. It is lumped together by market analysts with Xero, Wynyard, SLI Systems and other high tech stocks. When times are good, prices rise. When times are bad, […]

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  • Can New Zealand Replicate the Israeli Technology Incubator Model?

    Can New Zealand Replicate the Israeli Technology Incubator Model?

    This is a follow up to yesterday’s post, ‘Importing the Israeli Technology Incubator Model into New Zealand’. In yesterday’s post, I quoted extensively from Oren Gershtein’s explanation in Callaghan Innovation’s recent Accelerate e-zine as to how the Israeli Technology Incubator model worked. Today, I am looking at the New Zealand perspective of this model as […]

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  • Building the Wharf42 Offshore Networks

    Building the Wharf42 Offshore Networks

    I am coming to the end of the four week Wharf42 tour of the UK and the US. When I set out from Tauranga last month, it was my intention to reconnect with some of the key offshore networks, Jacqui and I have engaged with in the past. The fact that I set up my […]

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Startup

Fewer US Startups – Lessons for NZ

Fewer US Startups – Lessons for NZ

One of the benefits of spending time offshore is the ability to map reality against perception. Whilst in the US this week, I have had one of those gotcha moments. I had thought that the number of startups in the US was increasing, particularly in the tech space. According to a piece in Friday’s Wall […]

Silicon Valley

Meet the Plug and Play Team

Meet the Plug and Play Team

This week, I have been discussing Callaghan Innovation’s recent appointment of WNT Ventures as one of the three new recently-appointed New Zealand tech-focused incubators with Plug and Play International. It is my third visit to Sunnyvale this year and we have been looking at how best to leverage Plug and Play’s networks in Silicon Valley […]

New Zealand

Update: Telling the New Zealand Story

Update: Telling the New Zealand Story

This is an update on a post first published three months ago. Then I talked about a presentation given by Steve Smith, co-founder of Craggy Range Vineyards, who spoke about the concept behind the New Zealand Story. The New Zealand Story was launched by the Prime Minister in November 2013 to help New Zealand companies […]