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Jonathan Cotton

Jonathan Cotton

Digital Editor

Jonathan has been a writer longer than he cares to remember. Specialising in technology, the arts, and the grand meaning of it all, in his spare time he enjoys reading, playing guitars, and adding to an already wildly overstocked t-shirt collection.

Kiwisave and chill

For those who keep a close eye on their Kiwisavings, it was grim start to the year with most Kiwisaver funds dipping troublingly into the red. Things have bounced back in recent months however and with a few new, innovative players entering the market, big players talking themselves up and new rules around providers having to disclose the actual amount paid on fees rather than just a percentage, the Kiwisaver market is suddenly looking a lot healthier and far more competitive. Juno and Pie Funds are the latest to try and shake things up with a new flat-fee option.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Scott Day a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Vista, the no-sugar beverage startup looking to change the way Kiwis think about soda. 

Idealog + Kiwibank

Bitcoin, blockchain, banking. Ask any tech-inclined financial brain and they’ll tell you that 2017 is the year these three B’s – as well as AI, robo advice and host of other new technologies – collide. Brace yourself, says Jonathan Cotton, because the way we borrow, lend, save, spend and transfer money is about to change radically if the innovators, entrepreneurs, big thinkers and progressive incumbents focusing on this sector have their way.

Idealog + Kiwibank

The Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator, a 14-week business growth programme held at Wellington’s CreativeHQ and powered by startup accelerator brand Lightning Lab, held its Demo Day recently. We’re profiling the participants - this time the National Account Registry, a technology designed to remove the friction (and anxiety) from making business payments online.