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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.

Technology

They may not be the most well-known brand in the country, but VX Sport is a Kiwi company quietly revolutionising the way we watch, play and think about sport. It’s also cracking the US market at a startling pace and working with some of the world’s top brands.

Travel

The English love a good queue. I managed to experience a good number of them over the past week in a very busy London, and was surprised to see how content the locals were to stand in line – for theatre tickets, for drinks at a bar, for food, for the underground… anything.