My bottom line is that we have the opportunity to level-up ourselves as a society, because Internet. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, we need to adopt the core values of the Internet itself:
Collaborative at the core
Resilient, even antifragile
Has many communities
Good will triumph over evil thanks to the Internet, because it empowers people to do things never before possible, and everyone wants a better future that’s better than the past.
Do head over to The Moxie Sessions and have a look at the great work these guys are doing.
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.