The team at Sharesies was one of the People's Choice winners for Most Creative in money for Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Sharesies is an online platform democratising investment and was founded by a team of 7 starting off with the typical start-up story of wanting to solve a founders problem. Sonya Williams was keen to invest in small chunks but had no way of getting started. She chatted to Leighton Roberts as he started an investment club when he was 17 and the team was formed to bring Sharesies to life. After working at a bank, Sharesies CEO Brooke Anderson, saw firsthand how bad Kiwis were with saving and how little people knew about investing so jumped at the opportunity to co-found a business that would help them with it – even if they only had a small amount of money to invest. Brooke recently won the Pitch Like A Girl at RISE conference in Hong Kong for Sharesies. Here, the team talk creativity, finding inspiration and the secret to resilience.
Rush Digital's Danu Abeysuriya was one of the People's Choice winners for Most Creative in digital/data for Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Abeysuriya is one of the rare few tech gurus around who can explain big, hairy concepts like computer vision in layman’s terms. He founded his own digital engineering company, Rush Digital, at the tender age of 24 and has since worked with the likes of Microsoft, Samsung and Heineken to bring big creative ideas to life through digital technology. Here, he talks what makes him creative, finding inspiration and where his best ideas come from.
Aliesha Staples was one of the People's Choice winners for Most Creative in film/TV for Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Staples got in on the AR/VR bandwagon early and is now creating some pioneering experiences with the technology, including helping develop a fire-resistant 360-degree camera for a VR experience for New Zealand Fire and Emergency. It also filmed New Zealand’s first live stream in 360 VR Video and it’s pushing boundaries in health, letting children experience procedures through VR to prepare them for the real thing. Not only that, her company also operates a successful rental business to give people access to these new technologies. Here, she talks creativity, expansion and the secret to success.
Dropit's Brendan and Peter Howell were one of our People's Choice winners for the digital and data category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. The Mount Maunganui locals and brothers are the founders of a reverse auction app called Dropit, which aims to help solve the problem of fan disengagement at sports games by auctioning off items and dropping the prices during a 60-second countdown. It since scooped a distribution deal in the US, as well as being valued at US$30 million. Here, they talk creativity, what's unique about 'Kiwiness' on a world stage and finding inspiration.
Gina Kiel was one of the People's Choice winners for Most Creative in art/photography for Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Kiel’s bright, bold and beautiful abstract illustrative art has struck a chord, with her work featuring on everything from the new Mac’s Sweet Disposition beer to the garage doors of trendy production houses to a Fat Freddy’s Drop album cover to a bespoke Audi. Here, she talks where her best ideas come from, the secret to success and what gets her up in the morning.
oDocs CEO Hong Sheng Chiong was one of the People's Choice winners for the health category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Sheng Chiong and Hannah Eastvold-Edwins from oDocs are turning iPhones into eye clinics to prevent people from losing their vision. What previously required expensive equipment and was out of reach of millions who were in danger of losing their sight is now accessible, showing the brilliance of basic solutions that harness the amazing technology that is all around us. Here, he talks creativity, the secret to success and where his best ideas come from.
Sam Stubbs was one of the People's Choice winners for Most Creative in money for Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Stubbs is a man on a mission and the CEO of Simplicity, an online-only, not-for-profit Kiwisaver fund that hopes to challenge the status quo of high fees and greedy finance companies taking millions of dollars a year away from New Zealander. It gives 15 percent of its management fee to charities, it has become an activist investor demanding more gender diversity in major New Zealand companies and its marketing strategy is all word of mouth, digital savvy and growth hacking. Here, he discusses why he doesn't reckon he's creative, lessons learnt and why you should just do it.
As consumer attention shifts, designers are required to evolve with customers while also staying true to their brand. Henry Tadros, head of international sales for Ercol furniture, discusses how mixing classic with contemporary is the key to growing and keeping up with the world of furniture design.
Andrew J. Steel was the People's Choice winner for Most Creative in Art/Photography in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Steel’s quirky illustrations can be seen in offices, on walls, on doors, on cars, on bodies, on airplane windows and many other places. He’s prolific and brilliant and, whether it’s to create magic for big brands like Air New Zealand, or for shops like I Love Ugly, he’s in hot demand (check out his recent personal project, Bodylandscape). Here, he discusses what inspiration looks like, why exercise is so important and New Zealand's innovative culture.
Juliette Wanty was one of the People's Choice winners for the design category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. As Homestyle designer and stylist, Wanty is producing super slick editorial layouts, gaining a reputation for her direction of stylish studio shoots and, like the best magazine designers, showing a great balance of creativity and discipline. Here, she talks following your instincts, finding inspiration and integrity.