Taking a startup to the next level requires support. Strong corporate governance practices provide a foundation for a company culture built on high standards of integrity, accountability, transparency, fairness, and responsibility.
If you're looking to take a product or service to market, you'll need to ensure all business fundamentals are covered. These 7 commercialisation principles will help you on your way. 1. Finding product-market fit This is essential, and aim to achieve this with your MVP (minimum viable product). Many startups jump straight to the 'solution', … Continue reading 7 commercialisation principles
It’s World Investor Week, backed by the FMA here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The launch event recognises the digital revolution that has taken place in investing, with the phenomenal growth in the use of online investing platforms such as Sharesies. Indeed, University of Canterbury's Investment Society is the fastest growing and largest University club (with … Continue reading World Investor Week
It’s been a week of aerospace and future transport announcements. This month’s Aerospace Christchurch Meetup featured a ‘preparation for Mars’ theme, with interesting presentations from UC's Dr Sarah Kessans and Dr Allan Scott, Jim Collins (Complete 3D), Miranda Sattherwaite (International Antarctic Centre), and Michael Tecofsky (RF Test Solutions). Linda Falwasser (Tāwhaki Joint Venture) with Minister Hon Dr Megan … Continue reading Project Tāwhaki aerospace partnership 🚀
I loved my office in the CBD, on the 10th floor of what is now Spark's building, overlooking the Square. I'd exited my business, and recently joined global SaaS company SLI Systems. Here’s a photo of the last time I saw that office - that’s my desk, with the window fallen on it. Better than Rod, … Continue reading Earthquake recovery bootcamp
With 115 years of rugby history behind them, the All Blacks are up for sale. As they put it in the UK media: “Yes, those All Blacks: not just one of the most successful and famous teams in the world, but a culture and tradition, a heritage and a lineage.” NZ Rugby has voted to … Continue reading Would you buy the All Blacks?
Aotearoa, NZ's big push on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is essential in a knowledge economy, and we continue to create massive economic value through our innovation ecosystem. However, the Arts (humanities, language arts, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design and new media) are more important than ever. Creative marketing campaigns have massive power to … Continue reading Inserting A into STEAM
The recent release of FMA’s targeted review of the NZX is timely on the heels of the ongoing GameStop saga. Technology is taking us to some interesting places, and market operators (and regulators) need to keep up. The review slammed NZX’s technology capability. A series of issues last year including trading volume-related system issues and outages in … Continue reading Retail investor activism is alive and well
Do you love me, the Boston Dynamics robots dubbed “Spot, Atlas and Handle” ask us? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn3KWM1kuAw These smart mobility robots continue to take the internet by storm, with this latest video certainly changing the narrative from the “robot abuse” feedback the company received back in 2016. It’s interesting to see how public perception of robots … Continue reading The dancing robots are coming
I’m still feeling inspired from my recent Startup Weekend experience as a mentor in Hāwera, South Taranaki. This is the smallest community (of 10,300) the programme has run in, but it could be said with the biggest heart. Throw in some caffeine and sleep deprivation, and hang on in for the ride - it is always … Continue reading The power of an innovation ecosystem