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Curated topics of interest for angel/venture investment and Startups in New Zealand. I divide my time between New Zealand and Silicon Valley, California.
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New Zealand narrowly approves email & phone-snooping law

New Zealand narrowly approves email & phone-snooping law | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
The Guardian New Zealand approves email and phone-snooping law The Guardian New Zealand's parliament has narrowly passed new legislation compelling telecommunication companies to allow the intelligence agencies to access customers' emails, texts...
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05 November 2013:  Note there are some legal challanges afoot regarding the passage of the New Zealand TICS (Telecommunications Interception Capability and Security) bill.  Stay tuned.  /jim

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Taiwan's Paradigm Ventures eyes Kiwi investments

Taiwan's Paradigm Ventures eyes Kiwi investments | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Taiwan firm eyes Kiwi ventures
New Zealand Herald
Taiwan's Paradigm Ventures is looking to invest up to US$40 million ($47.1 million) into New Zealand companies.
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The going's good for New Zealand Startups

The going's good for New Zealand Startups | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
The going's good for New Zealand Startups. That's a ... Outside of Lightning Lab's the lean startup events organized by webfund is quite startup friendly, I attended the lean startup clinic this week and it was awesome.
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Chinese money loves New Zealand

Chinese money loves New Zealand | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Chinese money loves New Zealand
ForexLive (blog)
The latest New Zealand data showed visitors from China up 78.4%. I believe the influx of Chinese money is a big part of runaway New Zealand house price rises.
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Kiwi-technology gets fast track to China

Kiwi-technology gets fast track to China | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Kiwi-technology gets fast track to China
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Kiwi technology businesses will find it significantly easier to enter China thanks to a new commercial partnership between the New Zealand-based SinoNZ International Investment Co.
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Auckland UniServices Limited

Auckland UniServices Limited | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
26 September 2013. James & Wells Best Commercialisation of Intellectual Property in International Business category winner.
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Going it alone

Going it alone | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
A surprising number of Kiwi startups still prefer to go it alone and exist outside the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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Kickstarter coming to Australia and New Zealand in November 2013

Kickstarter coming to Australia and New Zealand in November 2013 | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Kickstarter will be available beginning November 13 for inhabitants of the lands down under. The crowdfunding platform will open its marsupial pouch to Australia and New Zealand, with interested parties open to start ...
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Great opportunity for creative ideas to get funding.  Typically KickStarter is a way to monetise "advance sales".  The backers are investors in the business/idea, yet take no equity stake.  /jim

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Making the most of mentors

Making the most of mentors | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it

During the Lightning Lab acceleration programme in May, our startups had over 1000 mentor sessions on business models, customer acquisition, investment mechanics, and how to tell their stories.

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Mentorship providing insights to entrepreneurs and their startups.

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Venture capital tech fund offer extended

Venture capital tech fund offer extended | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Venture capital tech fund offer extended
New Zealand Herald
The offer, which had been due to close today, had sought to raise up to $50 million to invest in early stage New Zealand technology, internet and design companies.
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Punakaki Fund (New Zealand) extends offering period!

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How To Filter And Select Startup Ideas

How To Filter And Select Startup Ideas | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
If you're like most entrepreneurs, you probably have lots of ideas. I have them all the time. Some are good, but most aren't.I classify ideas into one of the following categories:1.
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Organising a multitude of startup ideas.

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Billionaire Facebook Investor Peter Thiel Pours Money Into His "Utopia," New Zealand

New Zealand is moving fast in the start-up realm.  /jim

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-01-14/tech/30081825_1_investments-pacific-fiber-firm

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What one startup learned from Seedcamp Week (London)

What one startup learned from Seedcamp Week (London) | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it

Startups from across Europe head to London for Seedcamp Week, and example of one of last year's participants, Garmz, now renamed Lookk.

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US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules for crowdfunding equity positions

US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules for crowdfunding equity positions | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Marketplace.org
You, too, can be a startup millionaire (or failure) with SEC's proposed ...
VentureBeat
Soon, common folk like you and me will be able to invest in the startup (or small business) next door.
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Taking next step trips many startups

Taking next step trips many startups | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Taking next step trips many startups New Zealand Herald However, many startups face challenges in attracting follow-on funding because of the small number of venture capital funds in New Zealand, though one prominent angel investor says some...
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Kiwi company's funding mix: CIA's In-Q-Tel Ventures, No 8 Ventures, Kickstarter

Kiwi company's funding mix: CIA's In-Q-Tel Ventures, No 8 Ventures, Kickstarter | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Kiwi company's funding mix: CIA, No 8, Kickstarter National Business Review (subscription) Previously some New Zealand companies have got around this restriction by taking on a US partner; in ikeGPS' case that was unnecessary, Mr Milnes says – his...
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Equity crowdfunding platform to democratise entrepreneurism

Equity crowdfunding platform to democratise entrepreneurism | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Equity crowdfunding platform to democratise entrepreneurism Scoop.co.nz (press release) New Zealand entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses seeking new capital will soon be able to access funding in exchange for equity for the first...
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Law change in New Zealand to allow crowdsourced capital raising for equity stakes.

Law change in New Zealand to allow crowdsourced capital raising for equity stakes. | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Investors will soon be able to take stakes in small Kiwi businesses through an online crowdfunding system which hopes to liberate the New Zealand economy. - New Zealand Herald
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Snowball Effect will be launching in April 2014 based on law changes that allow crowdsourced investments for equity stakes.  This is a clear point of difference versus KickStarter and to some degree NZ-based PledgeMe.  /jim

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New food bill in New Zealand takes away human right to grow food

New food bill in New Zealand takes away human right to grow food | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
I was shocked to learn from a friend on the weekend that a new Food Bill is being brought in here in New Zealand.  The new bill will make it a privilege and n
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I am calling attention to this because it presents opportunities for startup(s) to provide an alternative to what many argue is ridiculous.  /jim

 

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Startups From New Zealand Accelerator Lightning Lab’s First Intake Close $2M Total In Angel Funding

Startups From New Zealand Accelerator Lightning Lab’s First Intake Close $2M Total In Angel Funding | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Wellington-based accelerator program Lightning Lab, which launched in February, announced today that four of the nine startups in its inaugural class have..
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Excellent news for the first cohort of startups emerging from Lightning Lab.  /jim

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New Zealand's annual $2.1 billion funding gap

New Zealand's annual $2.1 billion funding gap | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it
Hi Lance, $22.5m of angel investment in last 6 months – and that’s just the deals captured by YCF.  Throw in Pioneer’s new VIF $150m fund and things aren’t too moribund. That's a comment I received...
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The population adjusted numbers for New Zealand angel and venture investments show a significant gap with OECD nations and USA - even when normalised.

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The Process of Ideation

The Process of Ideation | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it

In preparing for the next intake of Lightning Lab, we will be looking for ideas that stem from problems that startup founders have faced themselves.  Why?

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Visionary outlook regarding "ideation" from Dan Khan, Programme Director of Lightning Lab, New Zealand.

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Telecom NZ supports Lightning Lab startups

Telecom NZ supports Lightning Lab startups | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it

"Telecom NZ supports Lightning Lab startups Scoop.co.nz (press release) Lightning Lab was formed as a partnership between a founding group of professional investors, the Science and Innovation arm of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment...

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New Zealand Telecom providing support to Lighning Lab incubator and accelerator in Wellington, NZ.

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Vinod Khosla looks to further New Zealand investments

Vinod Khosla looks to further New Zealand investments | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it

 

http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/asia/2011/11/18/vinod-khosla-looks-beyond-lanzatech-to-further-new-zealand-investments/

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Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures in Silicon Valley looks to further the fund's investments in New Zealand.  /jim

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Stealth startup Stripe aims for 4Q 2011 launch

Stealth startup Stripe aims for 4Q 2011 launch | Startup New Zealand | Scoop.it

Stealth startup Stripe (where the brothers created a payment system) aims for Q4 launch in Palo Alto, California.  /jim

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