Sessions (Page 5)


‘Because not all the smart people work for you’, famously said Bill Joy, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems when asked why Sun was looking to collaborate with people outside the organisation on a software project. How good is New Zealand’s immigration system, and do we have the settings right to take advantage of all the folks that we want down under who weren’t born here?

This is the tenth Moxie session, held Monday 18 November 2013 in Auckland.

Interview by Glenn Williams.


Carl Andrews

How the system works

Sean Simpson

A radical idea to improve things

Trevor Gamon


Experiences as a user

Listen to Moxie Session 10 — Immigration on Mixcloud

The startup ecosystem

How healthy is the ecosystem for domestic tech-related firms, how does the pipeline look, and how mature is the sector by comparison with earlier times or with other countries? Where should we focus our efforts to improve things? Is it just a question of increasing volumes, or are there still important bits missing from our ICT system, and if so, who can fill the gaps?

This is the ninth Moxie session, held Monday 30 September 2013 in Auckland.

Interview by Glenn Williams.


Andy Hamilton

@iceandy  LinkedIn

The substantial challenges that still face tech firms internationalising from New Zealand

Lance Wiggs

@lancewiggs  LinkedIn

The value of founder-friendly, smart money

Miles Valentine


Observations from years of founding and investing

Access to capital

How good is access to capital for tech startups and growing firms in New Zealand, what has been fixed, and what remains to be done? Are we destined to be a start-up shop for the world (selling our ideas on at an early stage or accepting that foreign funding means moving head office offshore) or can we really grow businesses of scale from all the way down here?

This is the eighth Moxie session, held Monday 2 September 2013 in Auckland.

Interview by Glenn Williams.


Amelia Wong

The present enthusiasm in public markets

Sacha Judd


The general lack of understanding on both the investor and entrepreneur sides of the deal

Karl von Randow


Observations on the value of capital and the tradeoffs of accepting it

The diaspora

New Zealand has the second largest population per capita living overseas of any developed country (only Ireland has more). How well do we take advantage of the diaspora, do we send them to the right places, can it really link New Zealand to overseas markets, and do we take best advantage of what our people learn overseas when they decide to come home?

This is the seventh Moxie session, held Monday 5 August 2013 in Auckland.

Interview by Glenn Williams.


Brian Sweeney

Brand New Zealand and its role in the world

Sam Mickell


Networks and the increasing internationalism of New Zealand

Tracey Lee

How to help people who come home

Listen to Moxie Session 7 — The diaspora on Mixcloud


Is New Zealand an innovative place, particularly for internet-enabled things? What are we good at, what do we contribute to the global marketplace of ideas from all the way down here, and what could be done to improve things? Does the word ‘innovation’ really mean anything anyway?

This is the sixth Moxie session, held Monday 1 July 2013 in Auckland and made possible by the generous support of Internet NZ.

Interview by Glenn Williams.

You might also be interested in Bill’s follow-up thoughts on content, following the announcement that the English Premier League will be available online and on Free to Air television.


Brett O’Riley


What Auckland can contribute and how it competes regionally

Richard Fraser

@richiefraser  LinkedIn

Ng Connect and the value of very fast internet to innovation

Will Charles

The link between universities and the private sector

Listen to Moxie Session 6 — Innovation on Mixcloud

Ultra fast broadband

How is the UFB network coming along, and will fibre broadband really transform New Zealand? Can it resolve the tyranny of distance and leapfrog us back into the global rich-list? What are people doing with it anyway?

This is the fifth Moxie session, held Tuesday 28 May 2013 in Auckland and made possible by the generous support of Internet NZ.

Interview by Glenn Williams.


Bill Bennett


Some of the things could hold the UFB back, especially government policy

Rosalie Nelson

Why building it is just the start, and the many things that remain to be done

Rohan MacMahon

@rohmac  LinkedIn

Progress thus far and the appeal to business


Is crowdsourcing one of the next big things for business and government? When it makes sense, when it does not, and who is doing interesting things. And whether you can actually rely on the crowd for the heart of your business.

This is the the fourth Moxie Session, held Thursday 2 May 2013 in Auckland.

Interview by Glenn Williams.


John Small

The variety of things that crowd-sourcing is useful for, and what might hold it back

Alexei Dunayev


How and why the crowd is at heart of his business, what the crowd gets out of it and how to keep them focused on the task at hand

Lillian Grace


The unexpected benefits of crowd-sourcing and why it is not at the heart of her business

Listen to Moxie Session 4 — Crowdsourcing on Mixcloud


How strong are New Zealand’s connections to the world? Are they sufficient for us to take advantage of the opportunities of the new economy, and what could be done if they are not.

By ‘connections’ we mean physical connections (like planes, boats and submarine cables) but also flows of goods, services, people and capital, and, in particular, business relationships.

This is the third Moxie Session, held Monday 11 March 2013 in Auckland.

Interview by Glenn Williams.


Mark Rushworth


Pacific Fibre, the new trans-Tasman cable, and the importance of good internet connectivity to the world

Stephen Knightly


The value of digital distribution and how New Zealand competes for global audiences for video games

Vaughan Rowsell


Acquaintances, friends and lovers, or the importance of personal interaction in the digital economy

Listen to Moxie Session 3 — Connectivity on Mixcloud

Business culture

Are there cultural features of the way New Zealanders operate in business that hold us back as a nation. And if there are, what could we do about it?

This is the second Moxie Session, held Monday 4 February 2013 in Auckland.

Interview by Glenn Williams.

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Tony Alexander

Cultural barriers

Graeme Solloway

Experience from Korea

Hayden Glass


The export context

Listen to Moxie Session 2 — Business culture on Mixcloud

New Zealand’s attractiveness to entrepreneurs

Why is New Zealand not yet the destination of choice for the world’s best entrepreneurs?

This is the very first Moxie Session, held Monday 10 December 2012 in Auckland.

Interview by Glenn Williams.


Paul Brislen


The need for a vision

Vaughn Davis

@vaughndavis  LinkedIn

Why foreign business-people might like it here

Rick Shera

@lawgeeknz  LinkedIn

The struggles of a small place with lots of government and a fear of failure