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Elly Strang

Elly Strang

Deputy editor

Elly is Idealog's deputy editor and resident dog enthusiast. She enjoys travelling, tea, good books, and writing about exciting ideas and cool entrepreneurs.

Mind fuck: The perils of the hero entrepreneur mythology

Reality check

Mind fuck: The perils of the hero entrepreneur mythology

Entrepreneurship is well known for having a culture of grinding towards success, with workaholics like Elon Musk and Tim Cook held up as successful modern-day superheroes. However, this same culture has given way to serious concerns around founder mental health, both here and further abroad. BizDojo co-founder Nick Shewring opens up about his experience with anxiety and depression, and shares some of the insights the company has gleaned into New Zealand founder mental health through its research.

Future of work

Many have questioned whether New Zealand’s education sector is doing enough to help students prepare for a digital world, but if the teachers sharing their stories with the Mind Lab are anything to go by, the future is in safe hands. The digital education provider has launched a platform that showcases what teachers are doing to prepare the next generation for the changes ahead.

Levelling up

The game development sector in New Zealand earned $99.87 million in the year ending March 2017, up from $88.9 million in the year previous. That’s double-digit growth – but those in the industry say with a little help, this figure could soar well beyond nine figures.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

The words Giapo, ice cream and innovation often go hand-in-hand in sentences, as the chef’s passion for furthering his craft is common knowledge. But behind the larger-than-life Italian persona is a man with his eyes fixed firmly on the future technology. We had a chat with the undercover futurist about when AI will come for everyone’s jobs, how humans will soon be able to live forever and why it’s not nuclear bombs we should be worried about.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

When the World Wide Web was first ushered into existence by founder Tim Berners-Lee in 1991, he and many others envisioned it as the dawn of a new era. For the first time in human history, people would be more connected than ever, while information would be free from corporate and government powers and democratically accessible to all. More than 20 years later, the world and everyone we know within it can be found at our fingertips. Of course, technology is much bigger than the internet, but this development has arguably been the most influential in terms of the impact on society in recent decades. While there have been numerous positives, his vision for an egalitarian free-for-all hasn’t quite panned out the way he’d hoped. Here's how tech has been designed to become so addictive.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Picking what to study when you finish school is a daunting task for most, with a myriad of options and information at students’ fingertips. But New Zealand agency M Theory has come up with a solution by using VR tech. 'The Future of You’ takes students on an interactive, fortune teller's journey through a series of personality-based questions that will help guide them towards a career path they're well suited for.