Wellington:
New Zealand’s
Startup Capital
Dave Moskovitz
@davemosk
Startup NZ
April 2014
Flickr: filssphil
About Me
Founded first company age 18
Wellingtonian since 1982
Hacker, lexicographer by trade
Professional director and in...
Why Wellington?
Scale
Social
Smart / Creative
Startups
Culture
Coffee1.5 km
(20 min)
Why Wellington?
“Wellington weather still best in
class if you like working and being
inside.”
@samfromwgtn 8 Aug 2012
Dom...
Rich Ecosystem
Organisms, environment interacting
Chaotic and dynamic
Increasingly antifragile
Players in it for the long ...
Accelerators, Incubators
Lightning Lab
CreativeHQ
Enspiral
Hikurangi
… more coming …
Stuff
Investors
AngelHQ
MOVAC
Kiwi Connect
Pledgeme Crowdfunding
Independent HNWs
Pearse Trust
Support Organisations
Summer of Tech
BizDojo
Chiasma
Viclink
Free Range Farm
Wellington City Council
Grow Wellington
Jonny...
Tertiary institutions
Victoria University
Massey University
Open Polytechnic
WelTec
UCOL
Whitireia Polytechnic
Te Wananga ...
“Big” Tech
Xero
TradeMe
Weta
Pikpok
IT Services companies
Financial institutions, Goverment
BTW Have you heard of:
 Parts...
Events
Startup Weekends
Meetups
Startup Sessions
Webstock
AnimFX
EdTech4Export
Festival of the future
Innovation Week (201...
Trends: Gov’t “gets” it
Innovation support is excellent
 NZVIF, Callaghan, NZTE
Customer centricity
 MBIE, IRD, DIA, ACC...
Trends: Recycling
Talent
Capital
Ideas
Expertise
Cio.co.nz
Trends: Attraction
The brain gain
Incoming capital
The flight of head offices
Network effects
We’re reaching critical mass...
Trends: More, Better
More experienced people
Investment: quantum, valuation
Hyperlocal collaboration
Civic transformation
...
The Future Is Awesome
We’ve put in the hard yards
We’re smarter than we used to be
We’re connected to the world
Economic t...
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Wellington, New Zealand's Startup Capital

  1. 1. Wellington: New Zealand’s Startup Capital Dave Moskovitz @davemosk Startup NZ April 2014 Flickr: filssphil
  2. 2. About Me Founded first company age 18 Wellingtonian since 1982 Hacker, lexicographer by trade Professional director and investor “Godfather of Wellington startups”
  3. 3. Why Wellington? Scale Social Smart / Creative Startups Culture Coffee1.5 km (20 min)
  4. 4. Why Wellington? “Wellington weather still best in class if you like working and being inside.” @samfromwgtn 8 Aug 2012 DomPost
  5. 5. Rich Ecosystem Organisms, environment interacting Chaotic and dynamic Increasingly antifragile Players in it for the long haul  Accelerators and incubators  Investors  Support organisations  Tertriary institutions  “Big” Tech  Events WikiMedia
  6. 6. Accelerators, Incubators Lightning Lab CreativeHQ Enspiral Hikurangi … more coming … Stuff
  7. 7. Investors AngelHQ MOVAC Kiwi Connect Pledgeme Crowdfunding Independent HNWs Pearse Trust
  8. 8. Support Organisations Summer of Tech BizDojo Chiasma Viclink Free Range Farm Wellington City Council Grow Wellington Jonnyopinion.wordpress.com
  9. 9. Tertiary institutions Victoria University Massey University Open Polytechnic WelTec UCOL Whitireia Polytechnic Te Wananga o Aotearoa Youbee School of Design … and scores of PTE’s … fastcompany
  10. 10. “Big” Tech Xero TradeMe Weta Pikpok IT Services companies Financial institutions, Goverment BTW Have you heard of:  Partstrader, Starnow, iWantMyName, CricHQ ? Flickr: 19787482@N04
  11. 11. Events Startup Weekends Meetups Startup Sessions Webstock AnimFX EdTech4Export Festival of the future Innovation Week (2015) Wellington.startupweekend.org
  12. 12. Trends: Gov’t “gets” it Innovation support is excellent  NZVIF, Callaghan, NZTE Customer centricity  MBIE, IRD, DIA, ACC Everything is Open  Open Data, Open Access Only in NZ! 3news
  13. 13. Trends: Recycling Talent Capital Ideas Expertise Cio.co.nz
  14. 14. Trends: Attraction The brain gain Incoming capital The flight of head offices Network effects We’re reaching critical mass Google Earth
  15. 15. Trends: More, Better More experienced people Investment: quantum, valuation Hyperlocal collaboration Civic transformation Time.com
  16. 16. The Future Is Awesome We’ve put in the hard yards We’re smarter than we used to be We’re connected to the world Economic tailwind NZ is hot, and Wellington is the “coolest little capital in the world” He tangata, he tangata, he tangata Flickr: dailycuntpunch (with apologies)
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