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Issue 71 Technology

Idealog is New Zealand’s premier business magazine – with a twist. Idealog is all about providing insights and ideas for forward thinking executives. Awarded ’Best Business Magazine’ five years in a row, Idealog is aimed at passionate innovators and thought leaders who want to reimagine how we all do business.

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Editor Elly Strang 021 070 3524 | Journalist Findlay Buchanan Journalist Courtney Devereux Contributors Vaughan Fergusson, Jonathan Cotton, Katie Byrne, Jennifer Young Design director Sacha Wackrow Senior designers Julian Pettitt, Lisa Lodge Commercial manager Mike Sanders 021 179 3033 | Retail & subscriptions manager Monique Bulman ICG managing director Dave Atkins 021 781 002 | ICG Print David Ashton 021 951 403 Idealog is published by ICG Media 19 Lyon Ave, Mt Albert PO Box 77027, Mt Albert, Auckland 1350 09 360 5700 | Subscribe to Idealog 0800 782 347 Production ICG Media Distribution Ovato…

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rip overnight success story

Transformation can be something humans are naturally averse to, but to stagnate means almost certain death for a business. In this era, change is a constant, whether it’s applying new technologies, revamping the ways products are built or sold, changing the way information is managed, or rethinking a workplace culture. So how do we get comfortable with the ever increasing rate of change? Perhaps by accepting that good things take time, refinement and adaptation, unlike this digital world would have us believe. A study by the Journal of Economic Psychology found that resilience – which was defined as ‘hardiness, resourcefulness and optimism’ – helped to predict entrepreneurial success. As Vaughan Fergusson writes on page 81, Vend was a 10-year ‘overnight success’ and the charity he launched to help kids learn technology,…

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blending in, standing out chameleon

Successful entrepreneurs are a rare breed, and entrepreneurial students are even rarer. But the 20-something team of Waikato University students that make up Chameleon – Namrah Siddiqui Carpio, Callum MacDonald, Chun Ho Tse (Leo), and Jiabao Zhao (Boa) – went up against 19 teams in the 2019 NZ Startup Bootcamp, and were one of two teams crowned as winners. Their idea for refrigeration leaks might just change the environment – and maybe the world. Refrigeration management. It’s not the sexiest of issues facing the world today, but it’s definitely a significant problem. Environmentalist Paul Hawken has said the number one solution to solving the climate crisis is tackling just that, seeing as the operational costs of refrigerant leak avoidance and destruction are estimated to cost $903 billion by 2050. This is because…

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how to be investment ready with suse reynolds

THE UPLIST SUSE REYNOLDS is the executive director of the Angel Association of New Zealand and the founder of Angel HQ, Wellington’s angel network. She currently sits on the Board of Angel HQ and is an enthusiastic believer in the ability of angel investment to make the world a better place. What motivates New Zealand investors to invest Reynolds says every investor is different, but most will prioritise these three needs: A super compelling founder and team. A founder who has a chip on their shoulder, an itch they absolutely have to scratch and who can answer the question ‘why them?’ and the response sparkles from their eyes and generates energy that comes from their absolute core. They are smart, driven, and great listeners who respond quickly to enquiries and are highly empathetic. They…

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elevator pitch hnry

We gave James Fuller a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Hnry, an all-in-one financial service for self-employed people that takes care of tasks such as income tax, Kiwisaver, ACC, GST and more. Anyone who’s worked as a contractor, consultant or freelancer knows that alongside the freedom and flexibility it brings, the administration side of things can be a bit of a pain. Alongside the hassle of working out income taxes, there’s also GST, ACC, student loans and KiwiSaver to think about. And yet, the gig economy is growing in Aotearoa as people take advantage of the opportunity to work flexibly, remotely or juggle different employers. At present, 17 percent of the workforce is classed as self-employed – or one in six New Zealanders. Enter Hnry. It’s a one-stop shop “financial…

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ideas log

TOP FIVE STORIES MAY-JUNE 1 Here’s the wellbeing policies some of New Zealand’s biggest companies are championing in 2019 2 Introducing Idealog and Studio ZQ’s Wool-Ovation competition: enter now! 3 A Day in the Life: Giapo’s Annarosa Petrucci 4 Zero Carbon Bill: Five businesses on the road to a greener future 5 The Wool Challenge: NaturesClip’s replacement for bubble wrap, OceanWool SPOTLIGHT ON WELLBEING While the corporate world has long seen the bottom line as the be all and end all, companies are increasingly taking a more holistic view and recognising that looking after the wellbeing of their people will in turn, make their bottom line healthier, too. So what policies are the likes of FCB, Isthmus, RUSH, Southern Cross, Xero, Trade Me and Coca-Cola Amatil NZ focusing on? • Flexible work hours and five days wellness leave a…