Ecosystem

See what's happening in our community of innovators and ground-breakers.

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Can AI Help Your Business?

As buzzwords go, it’s hard to escape AI. And it’s even harder to avoid in everyday life. From the portrait mode selection on your smartphone to getting to your next meeting using a navigation app,...
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How SMEs Can Make A Professional Website

You’ll be surprised how many small businesses still don’t have an online presence in 2019. Recent research shows it could be as much as 36% (Clutch).
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Where Can Owners Turn For Advice and Learning?

As the owner of a small business, you’re probably used to doing most things yourself. Overseeing every aspect of your growing organisation is exhausting, demanding and can be a lonely experience....
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New Zealand’s Big Shot at Boosting Productivity

Every time I visit New Zealand, I’m amazed at how a country with a population the size of a Beijing suburb continues to achieve so much on the world stage. 
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How to grow your team, and how to know if you’re ready to!

Are you a sole founder or owner-manager looking to recruit your first employee? Congratulations on making that leap! You’re ready to hire if you simply don’t have time to manage all your work...
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Four Steps to Protect Yourself as a Business Owner

If you read our blog about paying yourself as a business owner earlier this month, you’ll want to know what comes next – what steps to take to protect your finances as your business evolves.
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Six Tips on Business Etiquette with Overseas Clients

Every Kiwi business owner understands the value of export. We’re an island nation (well, two), with a relatively small population, so it’s hard to survive and thrive on the ‘generosity’ of our...
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How to Pay Yourself as a Business Owner

Doing something you love and getting rich from it is a wonderful dream. However, when it comes to paying yourself, it’s surprising how many business owners don’t know where to begin.
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One of the coolest CEO roles in NZ up for grabs as Andy Hamilton signals next move

After 18 years as the founding CEO of The Icehouse, Andy Hamilton has today signalled his intent to continue broadening his passion for growing New Zealand businesses by transitioning onto the board...
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After nearly 20 years, it’s time for a change…

In another day in the life of The Icehouse and the cause to help Kiwi business owners and founders reach their potential, after more than 18 years I will be transitioning out of my role as CEO and...
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Test, Measure, Change: Influencing Go Rentals as a Managing Director - James Dalglish

This is Part 2 of our Good Business series, where we interview Icehouse alumni on their business journey, what up-skilling means to them, and advice they would give to other Kiwi SME (Small and...
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How Your Core Brand Values Make Your Business Distinctive, Meaningful and Relatable

Have you ever discussed with your team what your collective business beliefs are and what things your company stands against?  It’s a good exercise and should lead to discussion, debate and...
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People and Culture Matter: 3 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Business Results

I am often asked “What should I do around people and culture that will help grow my business?”. It’s a great question because for many businesses their investment in people through wages, etc...
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The Show Will Go On: R&V’s Rise to a Flagship Festival

Rhythm and Vines is New Zealand’s leading three-day music festival held in Gisborne, popularly known as the first festival in the world to bring in the New Year. Hamish Pinkham co-founded the...
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The Importance of Future-Proofing Your Business

Taking a futuristic view of your organisation, what would you look back on that you would be most proud of with what you have accomplished? Will it just be about the bottom line or will it be about...
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The Icehouse Conference 2019: Photos

Photos from The Icehouse Conference 2019 on Thursday 23 May! A day for alumni with the theme Gearing Up for the Future. 
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Roger Federer Has a Coach. Is That a Sign of Weakness?

Roger Federer has a coach. Is that a sign of weakness? I certainly don’t think so.
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Having Transparency, Integrity and Sustainability in Business - Steph Fry

This is Part 1 of our Good Business series, where we interview Icehouse alumni on their business journey, what up-skilling means to them, and advice they would give to other Kiwi SME (Small and...
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James Dalglish: Driving Go Rentals to NZ Tourism Success

GO Rentals is New Zealand’s largest independent car rental operator, with branches located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and most recently Dunedin.  Managing Director James...
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