An introduction to the startup ecosystem in New Zealand and particularly Wellington.
I was invited recently to attend a workshop organised by Brian Monahan, Matthew Monahan, and Yoseph Ayele who have recently decided to come to New Zealand and help turbo-charge our local startup scene. The purpose of the workshop was to help strengthen ties between California and New Zealand, with a number of people from the tech and investment scenes present from both regions.
Linc Gasking and I ran a session introducing people to the local startup scene, mainly by way of an informal conversation. Here is the result:
Some of the topics we cover:
Strengths and weaknesses of the local scene
Why the “number 8 wire mentality” is holding us back
How we need to learn how to distribute and scale better
Ignite Wellington was part of Global Ignite Week, and I was invited to do a talk as part of this exciting and (as a presenter) nerve-wracking endeavour. Each presenter is given exactly 5 minutes to present, and allocated 20 Powerpoint slides which are automatically advanced every 15 seconds; the presenter has no control over the pace. My Twitter and Facebook friends helped me decide to do a talk on Creative Destruction in the Music Industry, which you can watch below.