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September-October 2014

Issue #53, September-October 2014

Christchurch booms! Apps go bust! Data goes big and small! Inside this issue we search for hope in Canterbury's ruins and reveal everything you want to know about building apps but are too afraid to ask. Plus Big Data and strong views about tech IPOs

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Otherworldly

Andy Mitchell used to create containers to send products around the world; now, he's designing personalised, transport-friendly, nail-free coffins.

Advertising

A Facebook auction company, with former NZX boss Mark Weldon as an investor, and McDonalds and Thomas Cook as new clients, is proving there can be gold in those apps

Ads @ 6

Agony Lance advises on: the best way to launch your web-based business (the answer is slowly); how to time a start-up brand campaign (not yet); uncomfortable conference etiquette; and the importance of having a degree 

Opinion

You'd have thought the way business works that a five-day work week came down with Moses on a stone tablet. Actually God's working week was six days, so there's obviously some flexibility there. So why aren't more of us breaking the mould?

Airborne

Sad but true. You might never get to be an All Black. But what if you could learn the secrets of the All Blacks’ success and apply them to your business?

Workplace

Radical changes in demographics, technology and employee expectations are driving a whole new world of employment.

Apps

Got dreams of creating the next Flappy Bird viral app hit but no idea where to start? We've got you covered with everything but the coding.

Architecture

With a crumbling Cathedral at its centre, the rebuild of Christchurch may appear to be no further ahead than when the Government released the blueprint for its recovery two years ago. But apocalyptic woes involving insurance, political interference and flooding are not the whole story. Christchurch journalist Deborah Nation finds those leading the charge are upbeat and optimistic about the future of New Zealand’s second largest city.

Design

A New Zealand designer based in Southern China is selling furniture made from recycled Chinese sailing junks all round the world.

Opinion

Recent research suggests creating a workplace where employees feel able to be "out" at work is good for business. Seems like Kiwi companies have a way to go

Entrepreneurship

Your list of places least likely to need an organic, fair-trade coffee roaster might well have Dubai on it. But a pair of expat Kiwis has found an expanding clientele, including some of the local royals.

Technology

Wipster was launched in Texas, picked up by Microsoft and honed in Israel. Johan Chang talks to founder Rollo Wenlock