Every startup playing in the virtual reality space is putting a large bet on VR devices becoming part of mainstream culture. The media space is in a state of constant transition and very soon the relationship that consumers have with movies, television or even online platforms like YouTube or Vine won’t be driven by social media but rather immersive experiences.
Ooooby, which stands for ‘Out Of Our Own Backyards’, was founded by husband and wife team Pete and Katherine Russell. It puts together boxes of local and organic produce sourced directly from both professional growers and amateur gardeners.
A lot of time is taken up in the video-editing process. From experience, I can say that sometimes a 90-second promo video can mean weeks of back and forth emails, uploading, downloading and uploading again before all stakeholders within a company are happy with the final result. However, New Zealand-based startup Wipster is seeking to make this part of the process more efficient and seamless with its video approval platform – in fact, it makes it as easy as editing a document in Google Docs.
Without a doubt, Wellington-based startup StarNow is one of the most well-known global success stories to come out of New Zealand in recent years. The tech company is a casting and talent platform for the entertainment industry that connects aspiring and professional actors, models, musicians and crew with casting agents and production companies.
While most local tech entrepreneurs would be familiar with the Lean Startup Methodology and the annual conference held in San Francisco every year, not many have had the opportunity to attend such an event. Over the years many coworking spaces have partnered with Lean Startup Co to live stream the event to an Australian and New Zealand audience. However in October this year, Wellington-based startup incubator and accelerator space/program Creative HQ will be holding the first ever on-the-ground version of the conference called Lean 15.
It was in 2002 when Californian-born, New Zealand local David Moskovitz sold one of the country’s earliest web technology businesses and began to use the proceeds from that sale to help develop New Zealand’s startup ecosystem.
It was while she was travelling around Europe that Mariya Kupriyenko met her cofounder Zoe Platt-Young, a fellow design creative. The pair were both freelancers, and visited and worked from many coworking spaces across Europe as they travelled. At the time, neither had any finite plans to return to Wellington, New Zealand, but eventually both did and were inspired by their experiences freelancing around the world.
The five Australian startups that travelled to Wellington to explore business opportunities have praised the city’s government for helping to create a vibrant startup ecosystem and called on governments around Australia to increase their support for startups.
One of the most interesting initiatives that Creative HQ has been involved in recently would have to be the accelerator program that it ran for employees of the government.
One of the regional leaders in the crowdfunding – specifically equity crowdfunding – space, Wellington based PledgeMe announced this week that it has raised more than NZ$360,000 to continue its growth, helping New Zealand-based creators run both project-based and equity campaigns on the platform. This is the company’s second round of capital raised through its own platform, having raised $100,000 within 23 hours in November last year.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been buzzing around the tech world for years now, but it’s yet to make its way into the public consciousness. In fact, according to a survey of 4000 consumers conducted by Affinnova last year, 87 percent of the general public had never even heard of the term ‘Internet of Things’. But all that means is that startups are working harder to create the thing that gets everyone talking.
In Australia and New Zealand, coworking spaces are looking to differentiate themselves with perks like nap pods, coffee machines, ping pong tables, brainstorming rooms, and even play areas for working mothers with young children. But having a strong and tightly-knit community is the foundation of every successful coworking space.
It shouldn’t have been surprising when I found myself sitting in front of so many women in tech during my visit to its capital Wellington last week, yet I did. The reason I found it surprising is because although Australia is only three hours away from this beautiful windy city, what I found was an ecosystem that was light-years ahead in terms of its diversity and celebration of its female founders and employees.
Wellington based startup Banqer is an online platform that facilitates the teaching of financial education in the classroom in a fun engaging way creating a virtual ‘classroom currency’. Children have their own bank accounts and get a rich online experience in what it means to be in charge of your own personal finances.
It’s difficult to quantify how much and how quickly the New Zealand startup ecosystem has grown in recent years but by all accounts it’s “heaps” and “very quickly”.