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The week Ahead: Wharf42 in Vietnam

Not the first place one would normally associate with Wharf42. But then having set up technology businesses in the UK, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the USA over the past 20 years, it does give some insight into our global ambition for New Zealand's tech sector and reach. Vietnam has been on our radar for some time. We are [...]

By |August 22nd, 2016|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|1 Comment

0.Ventures – A fresh approach to building revenue-focused Kiwi startups

Last night, I joined Dan Khan & Sam Bonney as they introduced their new initiative, ZeroPoint Ventures (0.Ventures), to a packed house at Basestation in Tauranga. 0.Ventures presentation to a packed house in Tauranga last night In short, 0.Ventures provides early-stage funding, evidence-based coaching, and a clear pathway for software entrepreneurs to build a $1MM+ revenue business within [...]

By |July 29th, 2016|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Techweek AKL. What happens when the fireworks stop?

Yesterday, I attended two great Techweek AKL events. In the afternoon, tech incubator Astrolab hosted the Tech Innovation Showcase. Good pitch, Cather and well timed! My good friends, Venture Centre, then put on a dragon’s den-style gig in the evening at Grid AKL, called angel@mytable. Both events provided insights into some of the great innovation currently coming out of Auckland [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Can New Zealand learn from Stanford University’s StartX?

Yesterday, I had a telephone conversation with a New Zealand-based journalist about just how Wharf42 was evolving in Silicon Valley. Conversation became a bit of a mash-up as we discussed different aspects of our work both here and in New Zealand. One question he asked was my view on how New Zealand universities were managing the commercialisation of their research [...]

By |July 21st, 2015|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Building Innovation Ecosystems through Sister City Relationships

Last night I joined Mayor Celia Wade Brown and a delegation from both Wellington and San Francisco for dinner. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss developing connections between Wellington and San Francisco with the purpose of progressing a sister city relationship. Last month, I was invited by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to join a lunch [...]

By |July 17th, 2015|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|1 Comment

Vet-Tech: Accelerating U.S. Veteran Startups

Yesterday, I had lunch with Bow Rodgers, President & CEO of Vet-Tech. I have known Bow for several years. Vet-Tech is based at the Plug and Play Tech Center, Wharf42’s base in Silicon Valley. Bow wears a second hat. He is one of Plug and Play’s most experienced Executives in Residence. Bow enjoys yachting and rugby. So he knows a [...]

By |July 16th, 2015|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Is it time for New Zealand Start-ups to Scale-up?

Last month, I published a post, ‘Can New Zealand be a Startup Nation?’ It scored one of the biggest spikes in traffic to this blog for some time. It also generated some interesting comments. They made me think. Had I actually asked the right question? On reflection, the answer is probably ‘no’. It was Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn who [...]

By |December 2nd, 2014|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Startup Weekend Tauranga – 100% Pure Awesomeness

If there were any doubts about the strength of Tauranga’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem, the weekend’s Startup Weekend Tauranga will have zapped them. The weekend totally rocked. I have seen the hard yards put in by the event’s organising committee over the past few months: Tina, Pascale, Jo, Anna, Andrew, Ellyn, Elyse, Ben, Steve, Tim, Quentin and Saraniyaa. All legends. That [...]

By |November 11th, 2014|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Start-Up, Tauranga|0 Comments

Auckland’s time has come

Over the past few weeks, I have invested quite a bit of time engaging with individuals and entities in different New Zealand regions. In the Waikato, it’s fair to say that we have gone the whole hog. Wharf42 has established a formal presence at the Waikato Innovation Park via their Work Spaces resource. Later this month, I will be spending [...]

By |September 8th, 2014|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments

Understanding Wellington’s Knowledge Economy

I like Wellington. I enjoy ordering cappuccino at Pravda, having lunch at Dockside and joining friends for after-work drinks at the General Practitioner. It’s all a bit of a routine really. But fun. Routine is something that Wellingtonians know a lot about. It is the home of Government. Whatever happens on Saturday September 20th (the New Zealand General Election), thousands [...]

By |August 5th, 2014|Entrepreneurial Ecosystem|0 Comments