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.


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.


Amanda Judd


Healthy, locally-sourced, high-tech delivery

James Walker


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

Peer to peer economy

Evidence from the United States is that participation in the “peer to peer” economy is small but growing quickly: around one per cent of the US population in October 2015 earned some income from platforms like Uber or AirBnB; just over four per cent had ever earned income from these services. Compare the seventeen per cent of the New Zealand population who visited Trademe each day in April 2016. How big could this peer to peer thing get? Can it do things that have previously been the work only of government agencies or large corporates? Is there anything in this that is unique for New Zealand?

This is the forty-second Moxie Session, held Wednesday 8 June 2016 in Auckland.

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.