Government innovation at scale

Enabling government innovation at scale will require much better engagement and collaboration between government agencies with the private and community sectors. Key points: Government will need to be good at being a keystone member of a community it doesn’t control The magic happens when people do new, unexpected things built on government services Great communication…

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A new approach to government procurement

Government procurement for innovative solutions sucks. Here’s one way to fix it. I was privileged to participate in the Startup Nations Summit Policy Hack earlier this year in Tallinn, Estonia. This one day policy hackathon brought together representatives from all over the world, working on different problems. On the day before the Policy Hack, the…

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The perfect alarm ringtone

One of the true delights of having kids is their help in music discovery. One of mine is a diehard death metal fan, and recently introduced me to Zeal and Ardor. I had a little listen to their YouTube collection, and came to Children’s Summon. It starts off with a pleasantly jingly xylophone solo that…

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The Public Policy Lean Canvas

I’ve been invited to participate in the Startup Nations Summit in Tallinn, Estonia this coming November, representing New Zealand. The central event at this year’s summit will be a Policy Hack, in which delegates from all over the world will get together to collaboratively nut out government policies relating to startups. If you’ve ever spoken…

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Early stage investment tradeoffs

I was asked recently by one of the companies I’m working with that is post-prototype, but pre-revenue: How can I make this deal sweet enough for early stage investors without jeapordising future investment or diluting founders further? That is the dilemma. As a founder, you need to get cash into the company to grow, often…

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Publons angel exit

Publons, a company that came out of Wellington’s Lightning Lab accelerator in 2013, and of which I was the first investor and (until 31 May) Chairman of the Board, has been acquired by Clarivate Analytics. Publons provides a platform that gives academics credit for the peer review work they do, and whose mission is to…

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