Beyond Tolerance

A friend recently reminded me that I’d given this talk at the National Interfaith Forum over 11 years ago. Oddly, the subject has come up a number of times for me over the last few weeks, in the context of how we should develop and celebrate tolerance. But is tolerance enough? Read on… “Beyond Tolerance”…

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A prayer for dead startups

Notes from the Dead Startup Society It’s a fact: a large percentage of startups die well before achieving their potential. Going through a startup failure can be very painful. A company is essentially a person in the eyes of the law, and as a founder, watching your startup die can be like watching a close…

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Publisher or postman?

On the proposed regulation of social media platforms In the wake of the Christchurch Mosques terror attacks on 15 March 2019, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that social media platforms must take responsibility for the material that they distribute, that they are the publisher, not the postman. More specifically, We will look…

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Capital Gains Tax

Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Working Group report came out yesterday. I was asked by Chris Keall to comment for an article in the New Zealand Herald in which I was positive about the recommendations.  The key points are (noting I’m not a tax expert): The Capital Gains Tax (CGT) looks fair. If you earn a dollar,…

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Arch Angel

I have been given the Angel Association of New Zealand’s supreme award for 2018, the Arch Angel Award. This is a huge honour for me, and came as a complete surprise. I want to thank all of the people who have co-invested with me and helped me along the way, and especially the amazing NZ…

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That safety pin

I wear a safety pin on my jacket. It’s not because my jacket needs to be held together, nor do I have an infant in nappies at home, nor because I used to be a punk — I never was. I wear my safety pin to show support for vulnerable people. I’ve done so since…

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Risk appetite in government

I recently participated in a “Procurement Hackathon” event run by the Chris Webb and Jane Kennedy at Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington.  Rolled into this event was the launch led by Minister Clare Curran of the DIA Marketplace, which is starting life as a directory of third-party pre-approved services, many of them SaaS, that…

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My week on @AotearoaPeople

Last week I was the curator of the @AotearoaPeople Twitter account.  I covered a lot of areas of interest to me. The tweet stream follows. I hope you enjoy it! Jump to: Monday: Intro, my whanau, and our charitable trust Tuesday: Lexicography and words Wednesday: Tech, startups, and investment Thursday: The future of government Friday:…

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Better Rules Hack : Start a Business

At the start of Tech Week this year, I participated in the Better Rules Hack that was organised by Legal Hackers NZ and the DIA’s Service Innovation Lab. This was a big deal for me – after being involved in organising over 25 Startup Weekends and facilitating 16 of them in several countries, this was…

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