Tagged: entrepreneur

Disruptive thinking: rocket fuel for Māori innovation - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Jul 06, 2016

Dr Lance O’Sullivan was kicked out of school for disruptive behaviour. Twice. Now the award-winning Māori doctor has created another kind of disruption – an ambitious new health app that aims to speed up diagnosis and treatment times for common childhood illnesses. Māori innovation is skyrocketing.  The June 2016 statistics say it all: Māori innovation reached almost 65 percent … Read More

Right…a way to crunch a business model from good research ideas - Stick

Peter Kerr Jun 17, 2015

Here’s an interesting innovation move, one to be applauded. It’s Startup Weekend Science and Research, in Wellington at Creative HQ from Friday July 3 to Sunday 5. Interesting because its the first time a non-digital (as such) Startup Weekend event’s been … Continue reading → … Read More

At last…an innovation accelerator aimed at physical products - Stick

Peter Kerr Jun 11, 2015

Right, something you can get your teeth into…literally – Lightning Lab Manufacturing. So, instead of a 12 week accelerator to figure out how to take a digital idea out to the world, the same sort of programme but aimed at … Continue reading → … Read More

Wider New Zealand missing out on knowing about our hot and cool Hi-Tech companies - Stick

Peter Kerr May 28, 2015

One of the downsides of the implosion in traditional news media is that celebratory stories get little or no coverage. The general public, who in my experience love to hear of clever and innovative New Zealand companies therefore have only a minor … Continue reading → … Read More

Do Kiwis have a certain je ne sais quoi with regard to Startup Weekends – or is that wishful thinking? - Stick

Peter Kerr May 05, 2015

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 → … Read More

Open for thinking, open for participation, open for collaboration - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 02, 2015

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 → … Read More

Why a democratic open-source news and views site needs reinvention and why we should care - Stick

Peter Kerr Feb 23, 2015

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 → … Read More

A picture’s worth a thousand words…or not in our case - Stick

Peter Kerr Dec 16, 2014

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 → … Read More

Bringing Biggs to the party an inspired move - Stick

Peter Kerr Oct 29, 2014

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 → … Read More