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Vodafone xone Innovators Series: NZTE's David Downs on resourcefulness, resilience and innovation

Vodafone xone innovators series

Vodafone xone Innovators Series: NZTE's David Downs on resourcefulness, resilience and innovation

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.

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