July-August 2014

Issue #52, July-August 2014

We delve into Telecom's rebrand to Spark and look back to where the company has come from. Plus, we look at the homes that will solve New Zealand's housing crisis, attributes of innovative leaders and a handy guide to incubators.



It turns out that the key to handling digital disruption is not through your website, your data or your team of geeks - it’s you. Drawing on a global literature search combined with indepth local interviews, Dr Jane Cherrington uncovers the critical role of leaders in managing innovation


FindaTruckLoad graduated from the SODA Boost incubation programme as a high-growth exit in October 2013, following 16 months of rapid growth which saw its revenue triple to just over $3 million.


Lance Wiggs has been focusing on raising money and investing through the Punakaiki Fund, and helping companies become investable via NZTE's Better By Capital programme. He's got the answers to burning questions about pitching, like whether you should pitch at all and how be good at it.


Launching a business isn’t for the faint-hearted. It can be an exhausting, exciting, lonely, expensive, rewarding rollercoaster ride and not everyone has the required combination of skills, resources and networks to take their business to the next level. That’s where business-growth organisations like incubators, accelerator programmes and angel investors can add significant value.


If there’s one thing new businesses are short of, it’s money. Fortunately, angel investors are attracted to start-ups of all shapes and sizes, and New Zealand has a well-established network of angel investors operating in both formal and informal groups.


Most of us lie – just a little – on our CVs. Now you can take it further by, for example, buying fake references from the internet. Penelope Whitson wonders if it isn't time for a new way to check employee credentials