Business & Finance


issue 72 Innovation

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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in this issue

3 min.
to look to the future, we must also look to the past

As I sign off on our final issue of the year, I’m sitting at a café in Tel Aviv, Israel. The stories from here are for another day, but here’s one thing I took away from the juxtaposition of the country’s rich history and present-day innovation culture. In Tel Aviv, the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a space created by the late President of Israel, Shimon Peres, which focuses on nurturing and highlighting Israeli innovation. On display beside a product showcase of some of the country’s most exciting high-tech start-ups – including food waste initiatives, self-driving car sensor technology and more – are ancient relics that look primitive in comparison, but have played a pivotal role in being the early building blocks for these modern-day innovations. The lesson here? While…

3 min.
how kernel is making investing accessible and the case for getting started

The world of finance can be intimidating for first-time investors and people often worry about getting it wrong. After all, the potential for loss is uncomfortable and what if the next crash is around the corner? Kernel founder and chief executive Dean Anderson says that when it comes to growing your wealth, you’re best to just get started. Choosing an investment option that is accessible and low-effort can also be the best strategy. “The financial services industry has made investing seem far more complex than it is,” Anderson says. “As for deciding when to invest, whilst many people try to convince you they can predict the future, it’s time in the market not timing the market that gives the best results”. Index investing is where investors seek to match the performance of…

4 min.
georgia tiatia fa'atoese latu

At just 13-years-old, Georgia Tiatia Fa’atoese Latu has started her journey to create and sell authentic, Aotearoa-made poi. After winning People’s Choice at the Soda Inc NZ Startup Bootcamp and the Supreme Award at the 2019 Girlboss Awards, Pōtiki Poi has launched into market with a purpose – and a bit of a fan following. Here, we spoke to Tiatia Fa’atoese Latu about what it means run a business while still in school. Pōtiki Poi is a business run by Tiatia Fa’atoese Latu and the help of her whanau. Days are spent making authentic Māori Poi of different styles, all which are created with authenticity, sustainability, and community in mind. At just 13, Tiatia Fa’atoese Latu says the idea came from a gap in the market for authentic pois, which she saw…

2 min.
meet dunedin’s new champion for the creative sectors

The University of Otago behavioural economist wants to ensure the Otago Business School’s entrepreneurship programmes are pivotal in the creation of more start-ups, more jobs, and more people engaged in innovation and entrepreneurship in Dunedin. “As New Zealand's city of education, Dunedin is already extraordinarily well positioned as a start-up community. Young people are pursuing world-class secondary and tertiary education here, and a number of Dunedin start-ups have earned international visibility,” he says. “The council's economic development team has a clear vision of a sustainable start-up community that includes education, tech, biotech, arts and lifestyle innovators, and the city's entrepreneurial culture in general. The Scottish Enlightenment-influenced culture of innovation and self-improvement is brought to life every day by people whose hard work on commercial and other creative pursuits reflect the significance…

6 min.
modern-day botany

It’s been a busy month for Scapegrace as the team has been tirelessly fulfilling all the orders placed for Scapegrace Black, a new black gin. The spirit launched at the end of September and exceeded expectations with its three-month supply selling out in the first day. “We always knew Scapegrace Black was something incredibly special, but to sell out within a day was beyond our wildest expectations,” says cofounder Mark Neal. Neal and his brother-in-law, Daniel McLaughlin, launched the distillery in 2014 and have since been making a name for themselves with Scapegrace Classic gin and Scapegrace Gold. The new Scapegrace Black is the third in its range. Helping the launch is a digital social campaign by Motion Sickness, for which the brief was Stranger Things meets mad scientist, meets the natural world. To…

5 min.
elevator pitch

HUMANITIX We gave Georgia Robertson a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Humanitix, a not-for-profits events platform that has turned ticketing fees into a vehicle that can be used to do good in the world. Lets face it – when buying a ticket to an event, no one is a fan of the fees ticketing platforms place on top of the actual ticket prices. But what if this aspect thought of as a necessary evil was transformed to help a greater social cause, such as tackling global inequality? Enter Humanitix. The “charity for the tech generation” is an events ticketing platform that directs 100 percent of the profits made from ticket booking fees towards global education projects. “Our kaupapa (mission) is to close the education gap around the world. To get there,…