Aotearoa venture catalyst ZeroPoint Ventures and Datacom, New Zealand’s largest IT services provider, have released a report following what they claim to be “NZ’s first start-up and corporate partnering retreat.”
Priti Ambani is part of the Business Innovation and Disruption Faculty at Tech Futures Lab. She has co-founded The Next Billion to enable women entrepreneurs and works on building inclusive digital networks at Itsnoon. Her expertise spans entrepreneurship, the principles of collaborative economy and platform businesses, designing inclusive networks, digital transformation and disruptive technologies.
As the rate of change accelerates, collaboration between large organisations and startups is increasingly common. These partnerships, if successful, will create experiences that make sense to customers. But pulling together what can be two mismatched cultures isn't always easy. So how do you collaborate successfully? And what's in it for start-ups?
As part of the the 30-year anniversary of Nike Air Max shoes, a group of young New Zealand creatives were handpicked by the company to showcase what they do best. One of those selected? Illustrator Andrew J Steel, who picked up his pen and created some magic for the brand.
As New Zealanders, the values that we hold help us tell our story. Our isolated location shapes the way we instinctively work together with trust and respect. Our welcoming nature means we are warm and honest, and receptive to new ideas. Our open minds reveal us as creative thinkers, seeking innovation and fresh approaches.
Forget cut-throat competition, the hot topic these days is collaboration. Whether it’s companies in shared working spaces exchanging ideas around the water cooler, entrepreneurs picking other people’s brains via crowdsourcing, Xero start-ups teaming up to get customers, or big bosses of primary producers strategising at Stanford University, working together is de rigueur.*
(*But why just write about it? Idealog decided to try a bit of collaborating ourselves, so we asked for help to illustrate this feature. Most of the photos on these pages – and on the cover – were sourced from our readers, friends, followers, and the people we've written about recently. The rest were us. We're all in this together.)