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Vodafone xone Innovators Series: 1Above's Stephen Smith on finding a niche, growing pains and lessons from exploding phones

Vodafone xone innovators series

Vodafone xone Innovators Series: 1Above's Stephen Smith on finding a niche, growing pains and lessons from exploding phones

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing heaps 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 edition, publisher and editorial director Ben Fahy talks with Stephen Smith, the chief executive of fast-growing travel recovery drink 1Above about his bold plans for the business.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing heaps 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 edition, publisher and editorial director Ben Fahy talks with Prof Keith Alexander, the inventor of the Springfree Trampoline, and Doug Hill, the owner of the company.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing heaps 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 edition, publisher and editorial director Ben Fahy chats with Jenene Crossan, digital evangelist, serial entrepreneur and the winner of the most inspiring individual at last week's New Zealand Innovation Awards.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing heaps 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 edition, publisher and editorial director Ben Fahy dials in to San Francisco to speak with Tim Brown, ex-pro footballer and co-founder of hot-to-trot, New Zealand born, woollen shoe brand Allbirds, which recently won big at the Best 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. 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.