Judging by incoming mail, press releases and social media, technology start-ups think we care about their money-raising. They often spend precious resources telling us how much they have raised or expect to raise. Start-ups also want to tell us they or were mentioned in an important publication or were invited to take part in an […]
Last month Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce issued a report on the state of New Zealand’s technology sector. It says the sector is “strong” and “fast growing”. In other words, the NZ tech express is leaving the station. What the report didn’t say is that the engine pulling that train is a single company: Xero. […]
New Zealand tech companies don’t come much bigger than Datacom. The company is also old by industry standards. It started in the 1960s. For years Datacom deliberately stayed out of the public eye. It prefers to keep its own counsel and communicate directly with customers. Despite that, there’s nothing staid or complacent about Datacom. My interview […]
One of my more enjoyable writing jobs is working on the The New Zealand Herald’s annual Innovation report. It’s a subject that’s close to my heart and it means I get to talk to interesting people about fascinating ideas. In one story, Microsoft cloud seeds next start up wave, I look at the Bizspark programme which helps […]
Two years ago New Zealand wasn’t on Silicon Valley’s radar. That’s changed, partly thanks to Xero.