Tech sector wherefore art thou?

What even is the tech sector, and how do you get into it? What is going to happen when everything becomes “tech”?

This is the fiftieth (and last) Moxie Session, held Monday March 6 in Auckland.

Interview by Andrew Patterson.


Vaughn Davis

@vaughndavis  LinkedIn

Is there really such a thing

Julie Berry


The winding roads that we can run

Vaughan Rowsell


Should we be consumers or creators of tech

New Zealand's identity

How do we present New Zealand or Auckland internationally, how does that line up with our stories here at home, and how does any of this relate to endeavours in the tech economy?

This is the forty-ninth Moxie Session, held Tuesday February 7 2017 in Auckland.

Interview by Andrew Patterson.


Te Aroha Morehu


Connecting with who we are

Martin Yeoman


What is New Zealand known for

Dan Witters


Crafting a compelling pitch in the USA

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?

This is the forty-eighth Moxie Session, held Monday December 12, 2016 in Auckland.

Interview by Andrew Patterson.


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

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.