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Wellington, New Zealand's Startup Capital

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Wellington, is perfectly placed as the Startup Capital of New Zealand, thanks to its scale, culture, peop

Wellington, is perfectly placed as the Startup Capital of New Zealand, thanks to its scale, culture, peop

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  • 1. Wellington: New Zealand’s Startup Capital Dave Moskovitz @davemosk Startup NZ April 2014 Flickr: filssphil
  • 2. About Me Founded first company age 18 Wellingtonian since 1982 Hacker, lexicographer by trade Professional director and investor “Godfather of Wellington startups”
  • 3. Why Wellington? Scale Social Smart / Creative Startups Culture Coffee1.5 km (20 min)
  • 4. Why Wellington? “Wellington weather still best in class if you like working and being inside.” @samfromwgtn 8 Aug 2012 DomPost
  • 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. Accelerators, Incubators Lightning Lab CreativeHQ Enspiral Hikurangi … more coming … Stuff
  • 7. Investors AngelHQ MOVAC Kiwi Connect Pledgeme Crowdfunding Independent HNWs Pearse Trust
  • 8. Support Organisations Summer of Tech BizDojo Chiasma Viclink Free Range Farm Wellington City Council Grow Wellington Jonnyopinion.wordpress.com
  • 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. “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. Events Startup Weekends Meetups Startup Sessions Webstock AnimFX EdTech4Export Festival of the future Innovation Week (2015) Wellington.startupweekend.org
  • 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. Trends: Recycling Talent Capital Ideas Expertise Cio.co.nz
  • 14. Trends: Attraction The brain gain Incoming capital The flight of head offices Network effects We’re reaching critical mass Google Earth
  • 15. Trends: More, Better More experienced people Investment: quantum, valuation Hyperlocal collaboration Civic transformation Time.com
  • 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)