HomeAway Buys a Stake in Bookabach of New Zealand


Austin-based HomeAway just increased its presence in Asia with the acquisition of Bookabach Limited, a New Zealand-based vacation rental site.

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.

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


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%.

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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.

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

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.

Patent and Immigration Reform Activities

Feld Thoughts

It pains me to see other countries – such as Canada, the UK, and New Zealand – be more progressive, open, and forward thinking around entrepreneurship and innovation than the US. Two of the public policy things I care about are patent reform and immigration reform. I believe our patent system – especially with regard to software and business method patents – is completely and totally broken.

Most Overused Buzzword On LinkedIn Profiles? Creative.


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.

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


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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Entrepreneur’s 5 Month Journey Transforms Her Business Philosophy


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.

JFDI.Asia Announces 2013 Startup Lineup


DayTripR, from Singapore and New Zealand, have an online data collection utility.

Movieloci.com Shows You Where Movie Scenes Are Shot


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.

The Importance Of Cultural Understanding In Business


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.

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What is a good site or Gmail extension for an angel investor to manage their startup deals?


Boy, do I wish there was a magical Gmail extension to let me manage my startup deals!

What’s the Secret to Your Success? With Michael Chinnery of Divinity Olives

Up and Running

Olives are harvested on the Chinnery’s land in New Zealand. In Mangawhai, located in the New Zealand countryside, lies a beautiful olive grove.

Innovation: The Key To Entrepreneurial Success


Unleashing creative thinking helps drive businesses forward, improve customer value propositions and identify new opportunities that deliver on the needs of our ever changing customers. By Dr. Karen Reddington, Regional Vice President of FedEx Express, South Pacific.

In the Lean In Era, Business And Tech Still Fail To Promote Women; 4 Ways To Fix The Problem Now 


Governments, stock exchanges, and industry groups in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, for example, are very active on gender diversity issues. by Douglas M.

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7 Entrepreneurs Who Started Successful Businesses In College


Fully comprehending the challenges and requirements of Ivy League education, this 22-year-old New Zealand business owner, a Harvard graduate himself, decided to use his expertise and knowledge to help kids define their aspirations and gain world-class education.

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.

Four Tips For Singaporean Startups To Ensure Success Past The Five Year Mark


A study by NUS Enterprise reported that almost every second young startup is currently focused on developing completely new technology. Be open to new technology. In particular, she says, “be open to exploring new technologies and ideas.

Slyde Handboards – Shredding A New Wave For Surfing


Today, the sport is popular as ever, and Slyde Handboards intend to ride that wave and shred a whole new destiny.

Instagram And Pinterest New Social Media Stars: Experian


The explosion of online social networking continues worldwide, fueled by a recent slew of new niche social networks that range from the sharing of “filtered” snapshots with Instagram , or the social sharing of images with online pinboard Pinterest. New Zealand.

Pradeep Raman joins us at Forward Partners

The Equity Kicker

Prior to Piton Pradeep was an entrepreneur, founding three companies in New Zealand and the UK. I’m pleased to let you all know that Pradeep Raman has joined us as Senior Associate from Piton Capital , a VC fund that invests in marketplaces.

Adobe Systems Rolls Out Creative Cloud Over Asia


The platform was also recently made available to Australia and New Zealand, and today, the software company announced Singapore as the first of many Asian countries to get access to the service.

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What is a good site or Gmail extension for an angel investor to manage their startup deals?


Boy, do I wish there was a magical Gmail extension to let me manage my startup deals!

The Millennial Entrepreneur: Idealistic or Realistic? [with Infographic]

Up and Running

For some personal insight, I spoke with Matthew Leirdahl, a millennial entrepreneur from Minnesota, and Shanesh Ranchhod, a millennial from Auckland New Zealand who is on the verge of entrepreneurship. Earlier this spring, studies in both the U.S.

[Infographic] Top Office Pet Peeves


Other countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.K. Do you want to know what really gets someone’s goat in the office?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) For Small Business


For smaller businesses, maintaining processes or systems with your business growth can get costly – it may mean hiring new staff or implementing new programs or operations. by Monica Shepherd, TradeGecko.

Resources for Global Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

It was actually about how to write a business plan for a new bank—not what you were looking for. . The Local Enterprise Office provides support and advising to anyone starting a new small business in Ireland. Australia and New Zealand.

Mistakes Small Businesses Make In The Online World


Great choices include GoDaddy for those in the United States and [link] for those in New Zealand. Whether it’s your website or your approach to building your online presence, there are pitfalls to avoid which a number of businesses unknowingly jump into.

What Is Forex Trading?


On Monday morning it opens in Wellington, New Zealand and then progresses to Asian trade in Tokyo, Japan and Singapore and then it moves to London in the UK and closes on Friday evening in New York in the United States.

Daily News Round-up

Up and Running

Over at The New York Times, Paul Downs is running a four-part series on his decision to hire a sales consultant. “Speed dating for businesses” in New Zealand: Innovest Auckland 2013 is matching 59 pre-approved small-to-medium businesses seeking growth capital with 112 investors. Congratulations! This week marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week. The U.S.

12 Questions: Meet Catherine Faletanoai (New Zeland)

crowdSPRING Blog

Catherine lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. So apart from rolling rrrs Southland is a beautiful piece of New Zealand, perhaps the most beautiful….yes. Challenging: creative blocks and getting in a rut where nothing you design seems new/fresh or even good!

Financial Literacy Across Asia Declining: Mastercard


Financial services provider MasterCard has announced the results of its MasterCard Financial Literacy Index, which revealed that progress towards improving basic finance knowledge and skills across Asia Pacific has stalled as 12 of 16 countries record lower scores in financial literacy.

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Why I don’t believe in luck: Part 2

Jeff Hilimire

My first big win with my first company, Spunlogic, was a huge web design project with a New Zealand company. One month into the project, still waiting on the first check, we received word from New Zealand that the company went bankrupt, the project was canceled, and we were never going to get a dime. Yesterday I posted that I no longer believe in luck in business. And some poeple agreed and some people did not, which is what I expected.

HBS Entrepreneurs Founded the Most Startup Unicorns of Any MBA Program

View from Seed

As a second-year Harvard Business School student and NextView Ventures MBA Associate, constantly keeping up-to-date with the start-up world, I have heard some skepticism about the ability of MBAs to found top companies.

How AI is literally helping Kiwi businesses grow

NZ Entrepreneur

Myles Matheson, a Data & AI specialist at Microsoft New Zealand, says the first step in talking to customers about AI is to understand what it means to them. The sooner we understand AI better, the sooner we can all benefit from its undeniable ability to transform businesses.

20 years ago Raj and I started a little company together in our dorm room…

Jeff Hilimire

Our 70+ employees then became part of the new entity, Engauge. Raj and I both decided to stay and give this new thing a chance, spending the next five and a half years building Engauge together. It’s funny how life works, isn’t it?

2012 Valuation Survey of Angel Groups


New York Angels. New Mexico Angels. In 2011, we noted that the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue deals funded by angel groups in Silicon Valley, Boston and New York was higher than most other regions of the country. In 2012 seven of the eight groups from California, Boston and New York were above the median of all groups. New Zealand’s life science sector startups were funded at a pre-money valuation of US$3.25, almost identical to the North American median.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: D.I.Y. Wholesale Flowers

crowdSPRING Blog

Well if you live in New Zealand or the South Pacific you will be able to do just that! Van Lier Nurseries , a cut flower and propagation nursery and the largest rose grower in New Zealand, is teaming up with D.I.Y.

From Contest to Company: 6 Tips for Taking a Startup to the Next Level


Win or lose, how can a new company make the most of the experience and the exposure? Vinny Lohan, who started New Zealand-based big data analytics company OneBuzz , said "Your existing team that participated in the contest might not be the right team for you to build a business around.

The 5 Stages of Running a Startup

The Startup Magazine

You pour your heart and soul into the business, talk about it until your friends are tired of hearing it, and spend every waking moment working on your new company. Having that base of followers is essential to bringing in new clients. Running a business is a marathon.