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25 things with Ben Kepes:  Five important issues I want to see the tech industry to tackle

25 Things

25 things with Ben Kepes: Five important issues I want to see the tech industry to tackle

Ben Kepes is a technology analyst, commentator and consultant. His commentary has been widely published in such outlets as Forbes, Wired and The Guardian, while he has also been an investor in a large number of early-stage technology start-ups across three continents and has had successful exits to listed and privately held companies in Canada, the US, and the UK. He currently sits on the boards of a number of non-profit, privately held and listed companies in New Zealand and the UK and has won a number of accolades, including being a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2016. Here,

25 Things

Ben Kepes is a technology analyst, commentator and consultant. His commentary has been widely published in such outlets as Forbes, Wired and The Guardian, while he has also been an investor in a large number of early-stage technology start-ups across three continents and has had successful exits to listed and privately held companies in Canada, the US, and the UK. He currently sits on the boards of a number of non-profit, privately held and listed companies in New Zealand and the UK and has won a number of accolades, including being a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2016. Here, he shares five things he's learnt from observing failure in business.

Investing smarter

Investors across the world are increasingly wanting to align themselves to an organisation’s purpose, rather than just its profits, and Aotearoa is no different. New research commissioned by Wellington-based digital investment platform Hatch has found socially responsible investing is the primary driver of investment decisions for 37 percent of New Zealanders, with 93 percent of women and 83 percent of men taking it into consideration. Hatch general manager has a chat about what the findings mean for the investment landscape.

VC funding

This year’s Budget announced $300 million of new Government funding for New Zealand’s fledging venture capital industry, and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker has set up a new fund to manage this money. Partner at technology law firm Simmonds Stewart Andrew Simmonds looks at what the Bill covers, which businesses are likely to benefit, and how it might affect the New Zealand venture capital landscape.

A day in the life

Sonya Williams is the co-founder, director, and chief product and marketing officer at popular investment platform, Sharesies. The low barrier investment company has seen success after success with its focus on helping ordinary Kiwis invest in local and global companies. Here's how she gets through the day, how she organises her time and how she handles the madness of the education sector.

Opinion

TradeMe’s Mike O’Donnell recently wrote a piece outlining ‘dumb’ questions to ask smart people before you give them your money. While it's all very well to be lured in by an exciting idea for a business, what are the considerations you should think about before investing? Tech investor and board member at NZRise Rahul Watson-Govindan shares the nine questions he asks businesses before handing over the cash.

Investment tips

Every business goes through a life cycle: start-up, growth, maturity and renewal, rebirth or decline. Once you’ve made it past the juicy, creative ideation stage and into the growth and maturity stage, the time for many comes to seek investment. But what do investors look for beyond a commercial return? And what do investors think New Zealand companies excel at when compared to our neighbouring countries around the world? Executive director of the Angel Association of New Zealand Suse Reynolds shares her top tips for those who are looking for investment.

Investment tips

Every business goes through a life cycle: start-up, growth, maturity and renewal, rebirth or decline. Once you’ve made it past the juicy, creative ideation stage and into the growth and maturity stage, the time for many comes to seek investment. But how do you know what investors are looking for? And what do investors think New Zealand companies excel at, and therefore get excited about? We sat down with executive director of the Angel Association of New Zealand Suse Reynolds to figure out just that.

Creativity Month

Business is an inherently creative pursuit: ideas are had, actions are taken, experiments are conducted, failures occur, and the cycle continues. But while cultivating a great idea is one thing, how do you ensure the idea has legs to be commercialised? We sat down with advertising legend, Mike Hutcheson, to figure out just that.