Unlimited Influencer 2013

11 09 2013

 

Unlimited Magazine has named me one of “The 2013 Influencers” for my role as a “startup guru” helping companies get going right from the idea stage.  It’s a nice little article, and I’m grateful to those who thought highly enough of my advice to recommend me to Unlimited.

I’ve also snagged a PDF for archival purposes for when Stuff rearrange their links.




The enduring popularity of Klezmer

3 08 2013

In case you missed it, fellow Klezmer Reb David Weinstein and I were on National Radio on 12 July talking about Klezmer music, and why it’s popular in New Zealand.

You can listen to the programme in its full glory, thanks to Radio New Zealand.




The Big Idea: New Zealand’s real opportunity and challenge

15 01 2013

A decade is a very long time in the startup universe.

For New Zealand, the real opportunity and challenge is going to be to capitalise on the weightless economy, moving from more traditional physical commodities to producing valuable software, content, games, and other digital products.

That involves getting more closely connected on a person-to-person and business-to-business to the rest of the world. We need to find a balance between enjoying our isolation and participating and integrating with the rest of the world, whilst retaining our local integrity and character.

It won’t be easy, but it’s our collective job to make it happen.

See the full interview in The Big Idea




What makes a good startup?

19 05 2012

After my stint on Radio New Zealand Saturday Morning with Kim Hill this morning, I was asked to provide a list of the attributes of what I consider to be a good startup.

You can listen to or download the audio:

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Here’s my shopping list of criteria for good startups:

1.  Market
a)   Global
b)   Clearly articulated market problem description
c)   Significant addressable market size
d)   Clearly identified market need (for the problem that is being solved)

2.  Team
a)  Has both sales and engineering
b)  Domain experience
c)  Clean capital structure (if any)
d)  Track record that demonstrates achievement and integrity
e)  Vision
f)  Passion
g)  2-3 People
h)  Pragmatic approach
i)   Articulate
j)   Coachable

3.  Product
a)   Web and/or mobile based
b)   Scalable
c)   Addresses significant pain
d)   Disruptive
e)   Simple
f)   Feeble competition
g)  Sound business model
h)  Capable of generating revenue quickly
i)   Can exploit network effect
j)   Novel and/or Freedom to Operate

Thanks to the RNZ team for a great on-air experience!

Keen to take your own idea for a spin?  Come along to Startup Weekend in Auckland (15-17 June) or Wellington (27-29 July) – I’ll be there facilitating, and you’ll meet some great people to collaborate with!




Minister Williamson sets bad example with bigoted jokes

10 09 2010

I was reported Wednesday in a New Zealand Herald article entitled “Minister slammed over racially tinged jokes”:

The comments prompted Dave Moscovitz [sic], a member of the NZ Council of Christians and Jews, to complain to Mr Williamson.

“I was disgusted by your comments making jokes at the expense of Muslims and Pacific Islanders,” he wrote in an email yesterday.

“Please explain in what way you think those comments might have been appropriate.

“As a Government minister, you should be aware that you are role-modelling behaviour for the whole country, and should be seen to be building constructive relationships between NZ’s increasingly diverse ethnic and religious groups.”

It all comes back to something my mother used to say to me whenever I did anything that was ethically questionable, such as littering: “What would the world be like if everyone did that”?




Poetry in Hell makes the front page of the Ohio Jewish Chronicle

5 08 2010

While it’s not exactly the mainstream media, it’s great to see Poetry In Hell getting in-depth coverage.

(Download the PDF to read the article)




Domain names, now with mācrons!

22 07 2010

From next week, .nz domain names will have the ability to contain macrons.

I’m really pleased to have lent a hand to the process which has enabled the complete Māori alphabet to be used in .nz domain names; I was on the “IDN” (Internationalised Domain Name) committee at InternetNZ which set up the policy and process for making this happen.

Here’s the InternetNZ media release:

Media Release – 22 July 2010 – The beginning of next week marks an exciting new phase for the .nz domain name space. From 10am on Monday 26 July 2010, people will be able to register .nz domain names using the macronised vowels ā, ē, ī, ō and ū.

Registering a .nz domain name with macrons will take place in exactly the same way as registering any other .nz domain name – through a ‘registrar’ – and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

New Zealand Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says the launch date for general registrations has been timed to coincide with the start of Māori Language Week, which is significant because, for the first time, New Zealand’s indigenous language, Te Reo Māori, can be correctly represented online.

“Thanks to the successful completion of the global Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) initiative the New Zealand Internet is now more culturally representative.

“The addition of macrons to the .nz domain name space is a step forward for online identity and the Internet in New Zealand and I encourage those interested in securing a macronised name to take note of the opening of general registrations on 26 July.

“This is the culmination of years of hard work at both local and international levels, and I would like to thank New Zealand’s IDN working group and .nz Registry Services for their valuable contributions.”

More information about .nz domain names with macrons is available at www.dnc.org.nz/story/nz-domain-names-macrons

For further information contact:
Debbie Monahan
Domain Name Commissioner
+64 4 495 2114




Linux is great

3 06 2010

Check out Luke Appleby’s Connector Blog on stuff.co.nz, discussing why Linux is so great.







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