Common New Zealand employment agreement mistakes

NZ Entrepreneur

In New Zealand, employment agreements (formerly known as employment contracts) set out the terms and conditions that govern the employment relationship, and under the Employment Relations Act 2000, every employee must have a signed, written employment agreement. If you are in the process of hiring a new team member, or have staff that have been with you for a long time, you should absolutely guarantee you have a written employment agreement for each of your employees.

How the Internet of Things is impacting New Zealand businesses

NZ Entrepreneur

And while it may seem like a relatively new technological advancement, IoT has in fact been in use for many years in its simplest form – however more recently there have been advances in how effectively it can be used. With further progresses continually being made in the field of IoT, there of course has been an influx of new trends in the technology marketplace.

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Technology trends in the New Zealand business market

NZ Entrepreneur

Although it is still early in the maturity cycle, new technologies such as PowerBI, Power Apps, Flow, advanced analytics, Machine Learning and others (which are becoming more readily available) are providing businesses with a greater understanding of their data.

HomeAway Buys a Stake in Bookabach of New Zealand

SiliconHills

Austin-based HomeAway just increased its presence in Asia with the acquisition of Bookabach Limited, a New Zealand-based vacation rental site. The world’s largest online marketplace for vacation rentals announced Wednesday that is has secured a 55 percent stake in Bookabach which has more than 8,000 property listings in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific islands. […] The post HomeAway Buys a Stake in Bookabach of New Zealand appeared first on SiliconHills.

Potential Progress On Dealing With Software Patents

Feld Thoughts

While we continue to struggle with patent trolls in the US – which used to be called “non-practicing entities” (NPEs) but now apparently prefer to be called ”patent assertion entities” (PAE) – the New Zealand government has announced that software will no longer be patented. Patents functional claiming new zealand

Kiwi lean startup + Australia next

Startup Lessons Learned

I want to especially thank the dozens of Kiwis who acted as my guardians and escorts from place to place, even driving me around on the wrong side of the road Every tourist will tell you that New Zealand is a beautiful country, and they are not kidding.

It’s not trendy if it’s appropriating

NZ Entrepreneur

Appropriation of indigenous cultures is not a new issue, but examples of appropriation are increasing at an alarming rate, and the issue needs to be addressed. ori imagery in this way, because this use is a celebration of what is uniquely Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Tips for developing strong brands

NZ Entrepreneur

New Zealanders have traditionally favoured a non-regulated approach—#8 wire, Kiwi ingenuity and innovative thinking drive our cultural identity. But the value of a robust intellectual property portfolio hasn’t always been on the radar for New Zealand businesses.

Why our small businesses are a BIG deal

NZ Entrepreneur

But while it’s true that New Zealand needs more globally successful brands bringing us in mountains of foreign cash, there are some very real reasons we need to place more emphasis on valuing and supporting our small businesses and small business owners. Population growth attracts new competitors to the market and just one new competitor could put you out of business. 2) Small businesses keep profits in New Zealand.

Interview: Simeon Burnett, 5 years of Snowball Effect

NZ Entrepreneur

It’s been five years since New Zealand equity crowdfunding company Snowball Effect got the go ahead from the Financial Markets Authority to bring Kiwi founders and investors a new way to raise and invest capital in ambitious New Zealand business ventures.

Go global or grow local? The Kiwi startup quandary

NZ Entrepreneur

A new study considers whether it is better to “go global” from day one, or to grow locally first. New Zealand startups need to be thinking globally from day one, but going global before they are really ready can put the entire business at risk,” ecentre CEO Jackie Young said.

NZ product standards? What you need to know

NZ Entrepreneur

If so, there are various product standards you should know about to enable your product to be sold in New Zealand. Creating a bold new product to meet a gap in the market – or even importing one – is exciting stuff. If you don’t keep New Zealand’s standards regulations in mind when developing your product or checking out an import opportunity, you’ll end up doing a good impression of a Renaissance-era test pilot yourself (i.e.

Supporter Channel: Storytech

NZ Entrepreneur

” When award winning ad man James Hurman set out to provide New Zealand businesses with access to brand consulting services typically only affordable for large companies and household brands, it was this reasoning that drove him. Today we are pleased to welcome James Hurman and his new company Storytech onboard as new #nzentrepreneurs contributors, providing expertise and insights on the subjects of brand building, marketing and compelling story telling to name a few.

What Is The Forex 3-Session Trading System And How To Leverage It

YoungUpstarts

However, the Asian market encompasses more than 40 individual states and nations, including China, Australia, New Zealand and even Russia. We close with the North American trading session, which is underpinned largely by the iconic New York Stock Exchange.

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COVID-19: A message to business owners from our Editor

NZ Entrepreneur

In this message for New Zealand business owners, Richard Liew, founder and editor at #nzentrepreneur magazine shares some words of advice and encouragement for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note this message was recorded prior to the NZ Government raising the New Zealand COVID-19 alert level to Level 3. To get back on our feet, New Zealand will need you to be more entrepreneurial, innovative and creative than ever.

Supporter Channel: Firefly Digital

NZ Entrepreneur

Aged just 23 at the time of launch, and now 28, Baxter has since grown that initial $100 investment into an agency with 15 staff serving customers throughout New Zealand and internationally, and revenues approaching $2M pa. Hear Anthony talk to Richard Liew about the state of digital capability in New Zealand, understanding the modern buyer journey and what it means to be an entrepreneur in the podcast above. Listen on Soundcloud.

What Government funding is available for startups in NZ?

NZ Entrepreneur

One of the questions we’re often asked is, “What Government funding is available for startups in New Zealand?” For the majority of new business owners, there are no Government funds that will give you the founder, cash to start your new business. Needless to say, if this is your only strategy or hope for funding your new business you’re probably not ready for entrepreneurship anyway!

Patent protection or design protection?

NZ Entrepreneur

Inventions are effectively the concept residing in a new product or process. In most countries, including New Zealand, the term is 20 years. Most patents are filed for new products, machines, electronics, compositions, processes, and software. The first New Zealand registered design for an animal ear tag was filed in 1952 and since then over 100 different ear tag designs have been protected. A design registration lasts 15 years in New Zealand.

Build your network, build your business

NZ Entrepreneur

The pluses are many, but there’s also a flipside – like the stresses of grappling with new skills, juggling multiple responsibilities or having to be “always on”, not to mention the added financial pressures and concerns. Adrienne Church is General Manager at Prospa New Zealand.

Four cash flow tips to boost small business

NZ Entrepreneur

Ranked by the World Bank as the easiest country in which to start a business, New Zealand has in many respects become the poster-child for entrepreneurship. According to Xero , on average, only 50 percent of New Zealand’s small businesses were cash flow positive in the past year. Adrienne Church is General Manager at Prospa New Zealand.

Finance and accounting biggest headache for small biz owners followed by tech

NZ Entrepreneur

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, and you’ve struggled at any point with mastering a new business management skill, you’re not alone. Half of the challenge with learning a new business skill can be finding the right resources and tools to suit your schedule, learning style, and skill level. Adrienne Church is General Manager at Prospa New Zealand.

How To Market In A Time Of Crisis

YoungUpstarts

Figurative language is something to be particularly wary of, and phrases that are usually innocent could now be seen in a new light. New Zealand, for instance, has controlled the outbreak more successfully than the US and many countries in Western Europe.

How to make the January ‘quiet time’ work for you

NZ Entrepreneur

Being a small business owner often also means having to juggle a number of new and different roles and responsibilities – but learning new skills isn’t always easy. There are a growing number of alternative lending options available to small businesses in New Zealand.

[Asia] Asian Attitudes Towards Creativity And Education Differ: Adobe Study

YoungUpstarts

68% of respondents from Australia-New Zealand strongly agree that basic digital media skills are essential for a 21st century workforce, much higher than the APAC average of 54%. This compares to Southeast Asia’s 62% and 58% in Australia-New Zealand, yet garnered only 45% in South Korea.

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Online reviews are essential but remember their real purpose

NZ Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur you want a positive online presence to drive new customers in-store but it’s crucial is that you remain genuine and actually listen to what your customers have to say – because customer reviews are more than just free advertising. Research by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) shows that over half of all consumers are likely to seek out additional information, often through online reviews, to check the validity of product claims.

How NZ entrepreneurs can up their capital raising game

NZ Entrepreneur

In the first of a three part series on early stage business investment, we asked serial entrepreneur and investor Josh Comrie what three key things New Zealand entrepreneurs must get better at when it comes to seeking angel investment. Plus, the discourse process always leads to new insights. There are many in New Zealand (and abroad), and you’ll pay from $200-1000 per hour.

Entrepreneur’s 5 Month Journey Transforms Her Business Philosophy

Hearpreneur

In 2014, Maggie cycled for 5 months around the mountainous roads of New Zealand, towing her two-year-old son the entire way. My five month journey cycle touring New Zealand was nothing short of adventure. We began our adventure in Christchurch where my mothers’ best friend dropped us off at our starting point and then we circumnavigated the south island of New Zealand on our bikes. Entrepreneurship has evolved.

Intellectual property rights: an overview for startups

NZ Entrepreneur

A patent is a monopoly for an invention, which confers on the rights owner an exclusive right to use the invention in New Zealand for up to twenty years. A registered design can last up to fifteen years in New Zealand.

Most Overused Buzzword On LinkedIn Profiles? Creative.

YoungUpstarts

New Zealand: Creative. So in Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden and United States, professionals used the word creative in their profiles to give themselves an edge in the careers… except that many others also describe themselves similarly. If there’s one word most people describe themselves with professionally, it’s creative.

[Event] Over 540 Young Entrepreneurs To Converge On Global Startup Youth

YoungUpstarts

Malaysia will see over 500 youth descend on its capital Kuala Lumpur this October for Global Startup Youth (GSY) , a three-day idea accelerator program aimed at helping young entrepreneurs shape and launch new projects that will hopefully evolve into sustainable global businesses.

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COVID-19 NZ Government business support package – are you eligible?

NZ Entrepreneur

The New Zealand Government has activated a business relief package to help affected businesses navigate these challenges. billion support for New Zealanders and business. The COVID-19 outbreak is at the front of many people’s minds right now, especially for business owners. Here’s what you need to know. The business support package. The government announced its $12.1 This package includes: $2.8

Trade Mark Check tool a “world-first” for IPONZ

NZ Entrepreneur

A world-first new tool is now available that you can use to identify in one click if a trade mark image, logo or word is unique or not. Using a phone, tablet or laptop, you can quickly find out if a brand name, logo, or even a hand-drawn scrawl of a logo, is already on New Zealand’s trade mark register, or looks similar to one that is. IPONZ estimates there are approximately 10,000 new businesses each year that don’t register their intellectual property.

JFDI.Asia Announces 2013 Startup Lineup

YoungUpstarts

DayTripR, from Singapore and New Zealand, have an online data collection utility. Singapore-based technology startup incubator Joyful Frog Digital Incubator – better known locally as JFDI.Asia – today unveiled a lineup of eight technology startups set to participate in its 100-day accelerator program this year.

Last week I shared my startup experiences with the Metro Atlanta Chamber…

Jeff Hilimire

My favorite bit: The company, Spunlogic, moved out of his mother’s basement and into an office after landing a deal with a New Zealand company. As hopes heightened and excitement built, the New Zealand company went bankrupt without a penny spent on Spunlogic. “It …and they were kind of enough to write this article about some of the stuff I said.

Common Intellectual Property mistakes made by startups

NZ Entrepreneur

This includes new methods, products, expressions of ideas, trade secrets, brands and logos. www.google.com/patents brings up a plethora of information for finding out about existing patents and The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand has a search engine to look up existing trade marks in New Zealand.

Recruiting Before or After Christmas?

NZ Entrepreneur

It’s that time of the year where here in New Zealand many people and businesses are caught in a confusing whirlwind of priorities.

Kiwi businesses not ready for next gen technology, despite evidence

NZ Entrepreneur

Kiwi business owners are struggling to keep up with the pace of technological change – even as their businesses are disrupted by it – according to a new report, released today. He says businesses should embrace new technology rather than avoid it or wait until it’s too late.

Movieloci.com Shows You Where Movie Scenes Are Shot

YoungUpstarts

We were more impressed to find out that some of the actual scenes in the film featuring those landscapes were actually shot on location in New Zealand. I remember when The Lord of the Rings trilogy first came out, viewers were totally in awe of the magnificent, soaring landscapes in the movies.

If you’re not making video content, you’re not on the radar

NZ Entrepreneur

Co-founder of Little Cactus Media he’s worked across New Zealand, the USA and Canada with some of the biggest companies from Skycity to Zillow to Microsoft. He’s a key member of the Firefly ecosystem collaborating with clients like Anytime Fitness as well as advisory for my own personal brand including my new Youtube show the #SmarterHustle. Only half of all SME’s in New Zealand at that time had a website.

What intellectual property (IP) steps should a startup take?

NZ Entrepreneur

I was involved with the preparation of an investment disclosure statement for a well-known New Zealand company that wanted to raise capital to expand their service into the US. They had been running their very successful business in New Zealand for 10 years. Patent infringement was certain had the New Zealand company entered the US market. This is because many forms of registered IP rights need to be in place before new initiatives are made public.

The Importance Of Cultural Understanding In Business

YoungUpstarts

You would expect a company like Nike to follow suit in regards to cultural sensitivity, but the footwear and clothing manufacturer got it badly wrong when introducing a new line of patterned leggings in New Zealand. Inspired by the traditional tattoos of Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand, this product was soon scrutinised and considered to be a violation of the indigenous people of the Pacific.

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Do right and do better in business

NZ Entrepreneur

million to social enterprise projects in 16 countries including here in New Zealand. Business can be very rewarding and is usually setup to create a profit and return for its shareholders, however something magical happens when business is setup to do good and make the world a better place. This might sound cliche, but it’s true and it’s what the world needs today more than ever.

The Best Places to Start a Business in 2015

Up and Running

Recent developments – including an influx of new college grads and the well-deserved (if you ask me) popularity of a TV show based in the city and bearing the same name as the city – have also made it cool again. New Zealand. Queenstown, New Zealand, where the Lord of The Rings movies were filmed. You’ve no doubt heard what they say in real estate: location, location, location. When you’re looking to start a business, it rings just as true.