2016 review

Holy. Another year gone by, and not obviously an awesome one on the face of it. But how have we gone in last 12 months in tech? Is there cause for optimism on our progress, either in the sector itself, or in the use of tech by the rest of us? What could 2017 hold?


Frances Valintine


A mismatch between near-term change and today's preparations

Andy Hamilton

@iceandy  LinkedIn

Reasons for optimism

Vic Maclennan

@optimalhq  LinkedIn

Some silver linings in the clouds

Listen to Moxie Session 48 — 2016 review on Mixcloud

Corporate venturing

There are lots of examples of big firms starting up or investing in small sidelines, startups or spinoffs. Why do they do it, and are they having any success?

This is the forty-seventh Moxie Session, held Monday 7 November 2016 in Auckland.


Louise Webster

@@innovation_nz  LinkedIn

Watching out for immune responses

James Hurman

@jameshurman  LinkedIn

Recent innovation research

Kerry Topp

@kerry_topp  LinkedIn

Fostering neighbourlyness

Ed Hyde

@ehyde  LinkedIn

Building small things on the side of a large thing

Start-up nation

How does New Zealand rate as a place to start things up? Can we be a “beta-nation” or an incubator for good ideas to the world?

This is the forty-sixth Moxie Session, held 3 October 2016 in Auckland.


Kirsti Grant

@kirstigrant  LinkedIn

The virtues of a small scene

Rich Chetwynd

@richchetwynd  LinkedIn

It depends on what you are doing

Mel Langlotz

@mlanglotz  LinkedIn

The value of being bloody-minded

Listen to Moxie Session 46 — Start-up nation 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


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