Idealog reports from the floor of New Zealand’s R&D fest
When 380 of New Zealand’s leading research and development companies are in one room to hear the world’s most famous venture capitalist, you kinda gotta be there, so Idealog was delighted to head up to Auckland museum in late June to cover the Tech NZ Innovation Forum.
Special guest (by video) was Vinod Khosla, the founding chief executive of Sun Microsystems and a leading venture capitalist, who surprised us with his suggestion that entrepreneurs ought to worry less about money and more about their ideas. “I know more about making money than you do, so just tell me about your product and I’ll tell you if I’m interested,” he told Dr Sean Simpson, the founder of Kiwi clean tech firm Lanzatech when they met in 2007. Simpson did, and Khosla invested in Lanzatech along with Stephen Tindall’s K1W1 and others.
Speaking of which Tindall was there along with YikeBike’s Grant Ryan, F&P Healthcare’s Mike Daniel, Orion’s Ian McRae—all of whom we interviewed on the day. View all our interviews at idealog.co.nz/tv, including the video talk by Khosla.