“If you don’t love your idea, don’t do it”

Peter Kerr Nov 11, 2015

If you don’t love your idea, don’t do it. As well as this point, tech entrepreneur Nick Gerritsen, speaking at Supercharge, a recent startup event that attracted 150+ in Wellington, said that it is possible to smash it big from Aotearoa. Not that it is easy to do it from here, or from anywhere – given that well over … Read More

Hats off to the ‘inventor’ of the combined IT, hi-tech and biotech sectors

Peter Kerr Nov 04, 2015

Finance Minister Bill English, speaking at the Wellington launch of the 11thTIN100 report, gave Greg Shanahan and his team what amounts to a pretty nice endorsement. “You effectively invented this sector,” English said at the Thursday 29 October gathering at NZX’s relatively new presentation space. Which, as we’ve all come to habitually expect each October, is a reminder … Read More

Startups need to be a ‘little bit evil’

Peter Kerr Oct 13, 2015

One of the big problems with startups is they’re not ‘evil’ enough. Now there’s a statement bound to make you go ‘huh’. “You need to be a little bit evil,” says Alistair Croll a speaker at Supercharge. Supercharge was a startup oriented third day on October 7 of a Lean Startup Conference at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre. The … Read More

Victoria University and National Library connect through 3D

Peter Kerr Sep 08, 2015

Perhaps it could be called an intersection of printing. So, call it collaboration; a generally increasing awareness of additive manufacturing; or both Victoria University and the National Library’s desire to be more public – but a series of talks on 3D printing is to be commended as an attempt to bring an understanding to a wider audience. The third … Read More

BizDojo set to take its ‘co-working space’ model overseas

Peter Kerr Aug 24, 2015

Part of Wellington’s BizDojo, showing the all-important kitchen and cafe area I had the pleasure of working out of Wellington’s BizDojo about four years ago on a project to collate just who were the local Wellington  companies using R&D in their businesses. If I had to give a description then, I’d have said it was … Read More

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

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

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

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