Is Startup Weekend missing a middle-aged trick? Peter Kerr May 12

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

Do Kiwis have a certain je ne sais quoi with regard to Startup Weekends – or is that wishful thinking? Peter Kerr May 05

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

OS//OS = OS Peter Kerr Apr 13

The OS//OS (Open Source//Open Society) conference has got itself a new definition – at least for the OS bit. OVER SOLD! What a great problem to have. But maybe the organisers had a cunning plan up their sleeve, because they’ve … Continue reading

Open for thinking, open for participation, open for collaboration Peter Kerr Apr 02

The name of the two day Wellington conference on Thursday and Friday 16/17 April says it all. Open Source//Open Society (OS//OS). As a digital immigrant who has, without sometimes knowing why, gone down he android path for my devices, I’m … Continue reading

Why a democratic open-source news and views site needs reinvention and why we should care Peter Kerr Feb 23

Scoop’s in the middle of an attempt to change its ownership and business structure from individual shareholders to community (to be designed). It has just launched a PledgeMe crowd funding bid. The metaphor that applies is not unlike the tragedy … Continue reading

A picture’s worth a thousand words…or not in our case Peter Kerr Dec 16

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

Bringing Biggs to the party an inspired move Peter Kerr Oct 29

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

Shanahan on a mission to destroy the notion of plucky NZ punching above its weight Peter Kerr Oct 24

You have to give the effusive and self-effacing Greg Shanahan his due. He kicked off the TIN 100 report in 2004, and now in its tenth year of production it reflects the healthy growth in New Zealand’s ICT, high-tech manufacturing and biotech … Continue reading

Of course nobody notices – there’s no photo opportunity! Peter Kerr Oct 07

Naturally it has escaped the attention of mainstream media… But, the fact is that two Kiwi IT companies are still in, and contributing to, the world’s largest IT project – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. (See a press … Continue reading

Name change signals expanded ability for patent owners to leverage their IP Peter Kerr Oct 01

A name’s an important clue to how a company represents itself to the world. So, the change to IP Nexus from IP Exchange represents a business and philosophical change for the Hong Kong based but globally oriented company. Its founder … Continue reading

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