Law and regulation

The Internet enables firms to operate more easily in multiple jurisdictions. Laws, mostly made in one country at a time, struggle to keep up. Is this really a problem? Is New Zealand’s best bet to align its rules with other places, or should we define our own path?

This is the forty-fifth Moxie Session, held 5 September 2016 in Auckland.

Speakers

Dr Stephen Gale

LinkedIn

The implications for telecommunications regulation

James Ting-Edwards

@nullary  LinkedIn

The consequences of a move to abundance

Journalism

Alert observer Chris Keall sees seven ways to save mainstream media. Is he right? Can anything really work long-term? Do we really want to save it (including the celebrity news), or should content creators and assemblers focus on building small motivated crowds that can pay to tend their own little piece of the media landscape?

This is the forty-fourth Moxie Session, held Monday August 1 2016 in Auckland.

Speakers

Andrew Patterson

@andrewp_nz  LinkedIn

Journalists as entrepreneurs

Dr Helen Sissons

@helensissons  LinkedIn

Funding is the issue, not demand for news

Duncan Greive

@duncangreive  LinkedIn

One promising approach

Listen to Moxie Session 44 — Journalism on Mixcloud

Food and tech

Why, so long after the Jetsons, are we not yet taking our food in convenient tablet form? For that matter, why do I even have to shop for groceries at all – surely the supermarkets know my habits? Or does this focus on efficiency miss most of the point of food anyway? Where are the opportunities in food technology?

This is the forty-third Moxie Session, held Monday July 4 in Auckland.

Speakers

Amanda Judd

LinkedIn

Healthy, locally-sourced, high-tech delivery

James Walker

LinkedIn

Still lots of bricks and mortar

Bri Janse van Rensburg

@sipremefood  LinkedIn

An alternative to eating

Listen to Moxie Session 43 — Food and tech on Mixcloud

Solving the right problems

Moxie’s eye was attracted by this piece, in the New York Times on the perils of startup mentality, and why we seem to have so many solutions to non-problems and so few focusing on things that matter.

I would disagree that life is not getting better (I think that data shows the opposite in a broad sense), but those at the Moxie Sessions have often heard me whinge in a nice way that we have lots of apps for finding WiFi and not many curing preventable blindness, to choose one avoidable scourge of humanity at random.

It could be because big problems don’t have big markets (maybe), or because they require more effort than a software startup that can get going in a weekend. We have talked about why startups aren’t focusing on an older demographic recently.

Or perhaps what we see is just related to the types of ventures that want visibility. Talking loudly about a new product or service is not the same as actually having achieved anything.

Written by:

Hayden Glass

@whereishayden 

Consulting economist for the Sapere Research Group and Moxie Sessions convenor.