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Vodafone xone Innovators Series: NZTE's David Downs on resourcefulness, resilience and innovation

Vodafone xone innovators series

Vodafone xone Innovators Series: NZTE's David Downs on resourcefulness, resilience and innovation

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. Next up, David Downs, the co-author of seminal innovation book No. 8 Re-Wired, general manager, services, at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and, undoubtedly his most impressive title, Idealog's resident business agony uncle.

It'll be fine

The economist John Maynard Keynes got plenty right. But one thing he got very wrong was his belief that we would probably all be working 15 hour weeks by now because our material needs would largely be met. Many believe he completely underestimated the competitive nature of humanity and our drive for progress, and over the past month, I saw that first hand as an evaluator for the New Zealand Innovation Awards.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this episode ICG director, former managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi NZ (and all-round all-rounder) Mike Hutcheson talks with Idealog's publisher and editorial director, Ben Fahy.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. One of the lucky ten is Linewize, developer of an app that helps control internet use in schools. We chat with founder Scott Noakes.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this episode, social enterprise trailblazer, and co-founder of All Good and Karma Cola, Simon Coley, talks with Idealog's publisher and editorial director, Ben Fahy.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this episode, edutech entrepreneur Kendall Flutey talks with Idealog's publisher and editorial director, Ben Fahy.

Aviation innovation

Innovators are often guilty of searching for solutions before identifying problems; of finding gaps in the market, without being sure if there’s a market in the gap. But, as Ben Fahy discovers, Air New Zealand can’t be accused of that and, in many cases, its clever use of technology is providing answers to a range of customer concerns, some voiced, some not.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. One of the lucky ten is Taylor Howatson, the chief executive of Wireless Guard, a Christchurch company that aims to "help households reduce their risk of burglary through increasing the functionality of current home security systems".

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. Next up, we head in for a check-up with Ian McCrae, founder and CEO of one of the country's fastest growing companies, Orion Health.