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

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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