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Predicting the future: inside PredictHQ, New Zealand's next potential billion-dollar-business

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Predicting the future: inside PredictHQ, New Zealand's next potential billion-dollar-business

At the 2019 Hi-Tech Awards held earlier this year, amongst the tech heavyweights that were crowned victorious like Rocket Lab and PushPay, one name was read out time and time again: PredictHQ. The company took out the software category, services category and emerging company category – the most a business has ever pocketed in the history of the awards – with judges singing its praises, saying it had the potential to be a billion-dollar company. Its founder, Campbell Brown, has based himself in San Francisco, hungrily pursuing venture capital and expansion opportunities more ambitious than New Zealand’s shores could offer him. Could this data analytics company that helps companies understand future demand be the next New Zealand unicorn? Elly Strang talks to Brown about scaling, ambition and why building a great business isn’t rocket science.

Raison d’être

A new initiative that offers affordable kitchen space and a mentoring programme is about a whole lot more than helping food and beverage businesses thrive – it’s also about promoting a sustainable food and business ecosystem and encouraging healthier communities. Say hello to The Kitchen Project, a story which we're republishing this as part of our Poverty Week pop-up.

Retail realities

Retailers who care about their customers and have mastered the art of making money while doing so shouldn’t fear the increasing challenges of the industry, says retail strategist Juanita Neville-Te Rito of Retail X. She was the keynote speaker at Latitude Financial Services’ thought leadership series breakfast, ‘Transforming retail pioneers: From selling to seduction”.