Aaron Small

NIWA Wellington Science Fair - The Scientist NZ

Sep 03, 2009

Last week Victoria University's School of Chemical and Physical Sciences hosted the NIWA Wellington Regional Science Fair. Last year I was honoured to be asked to judge the chemistry prize for this competition and it was inspiring to see so many young ...

A123 Systems and the KillaCycle - The Scientist NZ

Aug 31, 2009

I read an article on Stuff.co.nz recently about an electric motorcycle (KillaCycle), that can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 1 sec, and has a top speed of 274 km/h. Pretty phenomenal performance!The technology that makes this possible is provided by a c...

Hot Competition - The Scientist NZ

Aug 28, 2009

There have been some really cool competitions around at the moment involving science problem solving and entrepreneurship.Two that spring to mind are IRL's "What's your problem New Zealand?" Competition, where companies from industry pitched a research...

AngelLink - The Scientist NZ

Aug 26, 2009

Angel investing is a term that is used to describe very early stage investment in start-up companies. Typically, the "Angel" or "Business Angel" will provide their own capital, as opposed to a Venture Capitalist, who calls on capital from a managed fun...

ViNES - The Scientist NZ

Aug 21, 2009

When I first started The Scientist NZ, one of my first posts was about a group of us who were keen to advance both our careers in science in NZ, and in a wider sense the knowledge-based economy in NZ.Well, things are progressing nicely, and we now have...

Big Science - The Scientist NZ

Aug 19, 2009

There was an excellent article in the Listener last month about the role of science and technology companies growing the NZ economy. It features a number of comments from my employers at Endeavour Capital, and their portfolio companies, Veritide (who m...

New RST Strategy? - The Scientist NZ

Aug 14, 2009

On Wednesday I attended the presentation by MP Wayne Mapp (Research Science and Technology Minister) on his vision for RST Policy in New Zealand.Although I am always amazed at how long politicians can speak for and not say anything, I was actually quit...