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,

Five important issues that you want to see the tech industry to tackle 

  1. Stop the ridiculous ‘How can we be the next Silicon Valley and/or Israel?’ conversations.
  2. Realise that we're better off trying to be the best version of New Zealand rather than a watered down version of someplace else.
  3. Resolving the funding issues so there is a coherent path from seed to angel to VC to IPO or exit all within our own ecosystem.
  4. Stop the handwringing when a company sells offshore.
  5. Avoid the temptation to identify success by how many start-up weekends, TEDx events or dodgy inspirational videos an individual has appeared in. Rather, measure success by stuff that matters: jobs created, revenue generated, exits achieved.

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