• Thursday 23 October: ‘No.8 Re-Wired’ Launches in Tauranga

    Thursday 23 October: ‘No.8 Re-Wired’ Launches in Tauranga

    I am looking forward to Thursday night’s launch of No.8 Re-Wired at the Ignition offices in Tauranga. No.8 Re-Wired was published earlier this month by Penguin Books. The book celebrates the inventions and ingenuity of Kiwis, taking kiwi ingenuity to global success. From well-known innovations (human flight, the discovery of DNA and the creation of the […]

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  • Why Xero is important for the New Zealand technology sector

    Why Xero is important for the New Zealand technology sector

    Xero is, for many, the poster child of the New Zealand ICT sector. I have watched it grow from its very early days. Whilst Rod Drury led the team in New Zealand, co-founder Hamish Edwards was selling the Xero story to accountants in the UK. Its growth has been prodigious. Ever since its inception, Xero […]

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  • Priority One – Innovation is driving the Bay’s Economy

    Priority One – Innovation is driving the Bay’s Economy

    Last night, Priority One (P1) hosted its Annual General Meeting at the Baycourt Theatre in Tauranga. I have already posted an article dedicated to P1. It is the Western Bay of Plenty’s economic development agency. Wharf42 is a member which makes the P1 model unique in New Zealand. It is a business community-driven EDA as […]

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  • Introducing WNT Venture’s new CEO

    Introducing WNT Venture’s new CEO

    Recruiting a CEO for any new venture is a key appointment. Throw in the fact that the new venture is one of New Zealand’s first formal tech-focused incubators and the stakes don’t get much higher. For the team at WNT Ventures, securing a CEO with the right skills to build and manage the incubator was […]

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  • Basestation – A standout example of the ‘Tauranga Model’

    Basestation – A standout example of the ‘Tauranga Model’

    Over the past few weeks, the ‘Tauranga Model’ has been generating interest from outside the region. Representatives from agencies in Taranaki and Northland have both visited the city to get a better understanding of just how the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Bay of Plenty is developing. Callaghan Innovation’s selection of WNT Ventures as one of […]

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Raising Capital

The Gospel according to John (well, he is an Angel)

The Gospel according to John (well, he is an Angel)

Last night, I joined a group of Enterprise Angel members and friends at the ‘Angel at my Table’ event at the Tauranga Art Gallery. We were joined by a number of participants taking part in the upcoming Startup Weekend Tauranga. It was a cool gathering. Earlier in the day, I had had the opportunity to […]

Maori Business

Te Hekenga Conference: 18-19 Sept, Tauranga

Te Hekenga Conference: 18-19 Sept, Tauranga

The Tauranga Māori Business Association is hosting the third National Hui for Māori Business Networks and Maori SME’s from 18-19 September at the ASB Arena, Baypark, Tauranga. I posted an article about the importance of the Maori economy to New Zealand last month. It is growing rapidly and has the potential to transform the lives […]

New Zealand

Thursday 23 October: ‘No.8 Re-Wired’ Launches in Tauranga

Thursday 23 October: ‘No.8 Re-Wired’ Launches in Tauranga

I am looking forward to Thursday night’s launch of No.8 Re-Wired at the Ignition offices in Tauranga. No.8 Re-Wired was published earlier this month by Penguin Books. The book celebrates the inventions and ingenuity of Kiwis, taking kiwi ingenuity to global success. From well-known innovations (human flight, the discovery of DNA and the creation of the […]