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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.

Hello Singapore

The Moxie Session global expansion continues. Next week Singapore.

Come along for an informal discussion about New Zealand and the city state. Bring a two or three minute story on why you came to Singapore and why you are still here. And perhaps we can chit chat about what it would take to make going to live in Asia as natural for New Zealanders as going to Queensland.

Date: Monday 6 July 2015
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: TBC (but will be C soon)

Venue is TBC. Use the marvel of Twitter or email Hayden to let us know you are coming along.

Written by:

Hayden Glass

@whereishayden 

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

Taking New Zealand startups to the USA

Interesting. Last Monday a panel of New Zealand startup success stories got together to share their wisdom on expanding to the US market. Called #nz8, it was convened by Claudia Batten, now NZTE’s Regional Director for North America.

Here is a summary of the tweetstream, lightly edited by Moxie global HQ. Thanks to NZTE (and @claudiabatten) for having so much to say.

Written by:

Hayden Glass

@whereishayden 

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

Upcoming Moxie Sessions schedule

The planning boffins finally get their way. Here is the current view from Moxie Global HQ of the forward schedule. If you are interested in speaking on these topics or attending, drop us a line.

Wellington 28 April, Innovation in government
Auckland 4 May, The Internet and the finance sector
Auckland 8 June, The Maori economy
San Francisco 22 June, Tech firms entering the US market
Auckland 3 August, Improving the New Zealand immigration system

Written by:

Hayden Glass

@whereishayden 

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

Connecting cities and regions

As a pre-cursor to the next Auckland session, which is about the relationship between New Zealand’s cities and its regions, here is an interesting interview with Lawrence Yule, by Duncan Garner. Mr Garner’s comments before and after sound a bit breathless to Moxie’s liberal ears, but the Mayor of Hastings is very worthwhile listening to.

Written by:

Hayden Glass

@whereishayden 

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

More on China

At risk of making a listicle, alert readers have pointed Moxie in the direction of a bunch of things recently relevant to the Session 21 on China.

Written by:

Hayden Glass

@whereishayden 

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

More on social enterprise

An alert Moxie Session attendee flicked around some interesting materials:

  • Colmar Brunton’s Better Business Better World study of New Zealanders’ attitudes, suggesting sustainability concerns are at a tipping point. That was 2013. The 2014 version has just been released.
  • Neilson’s 2014 global study, “Doing Well By Doing Good”. They ask “Increasingly, consumers care about corporate social responsibility but does concern convert to consumption?”, and the answer is increasingly yes, all around the place.
  • Havas/Accenture/UN’s 2014 global study, “From Marketing to Mattering”, which highlights the growing belief that business is as accountable as governments for improving lives.
  • Cone’s Global CSR Study 2013, which highlights the expectation that business should change the way they operate to align with social and environmental needs.

Written by:

Hayden Glass

@whereishayden 

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

Culture and the benefits of being small

A few interesting items have piled up in Moxie’s inbox:

Also The Guardian had an interesting article talking about how great the UK’s technology sector is, including some words on game makers, big data businesses, and how the government and attitudes to business help.

Written by:

Hayden Glass

@whereishayden 

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