I was invited to Auckland last week to The Project: Digital Disruption to discuss what’s happening in the Wellington startup scene.
Here are my slides:
Wellington, New Zealand’s Startup Capital
- Wellington’s key advantage is its scale. Everything is accessible within a 20 minute walk – but you need to plan for 30 minutes because you will bump into so many people on your way that are doing cool stuff.
- We have a high density of tech startups, and a great culture to back it up
- The weather is conducive to getting sh!t done
- We have a rich startup ecosystem, which is becoming increasingly antifragile
- Accelerators, incubators, investors, tertiary education providers, “big” tech, events, and support organisations all play their part
- Promising trends:
- Government “gets” it
- Talent, capital, ideas and expertise are being continually recycled and refined to help us level-up
- We’re attracting amazing people, and achieving critical mass
- Things just keep getting better in a cambrian explosion of startups
- The future is awesome, thanks to the hard work put in by many over a long time – we’re really starting to reap the rewards, and this seems certain to continue.
- It’s all about the people