The Icehouse Blog

Icehouse Picks: June 2014

Icehouse Updates

BIQ Barometer Video Playlist

Check out our BIQ Barometer video playlist on YouTube. It includes a video on what the BIQ Barometer is all about and videos from the launch. Created by 90SecondsTV. Check it out here.

GridAKL Opening Night Highlights and Launch Video

Check out the awesome highlights reel from the opening night of GridAKL. Created by GridAKL residents 90secondstv. Check it out here.

Entrepreneurs bring diversity of thought

For some people, "networking" is a mystery and for others it's a chore. But for our, Icehouse Board member, Claudia Batten, who was last night named the youngest winner of the supreme award at the World Class New Zealand Awards, it has been both a professional passion and a way to give back to the entrepreneurial community.

Read the full article here.

Interesting Reads & Things to Note

New Zealand Startup Scene

"In order to outflank our competitors from around the world, a 'global from day one' mindset has been the backbone of our most successful industries." These are the words of Rod Drury, CEO of Xero, in his article in the Wall Street Journal on New Zealand's Startup Scene. Read it  here.

Our Chinese Friends - Metro Magazine

The Wynyard Quarter on the waterfront is being revitalised  with Chinese money. A lot of it. Charles Hamlin tracks how Auckland’s “Three Musketeers” wooed China’s Billionaires’ Club. See a copy of the article here.

Rowan Simpson - What are ya?

An interesting read where Rowan Simpson delving into what makes you qualified and who you are in respects to a title. Read the blog post here.

What your price says about your business

What do your prices say about you? Would your customers say your product or service is affordable? Value for money? Expensive but worth it? Or is it a steal? Interesting article from one of our business coaches Zac de Silva on what your prices say about your business. Read it here.

A Conversation with Matt Mullenweg Event

Welcome Matt Mullenweg to New Zealand for a special conversation with the local tech and WordPress community. Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder & CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Jetpack. Additionally, Matt is a principal and founder of Audrey Capital, an investment and research company. He has been recognized for his leadership and success by Forbes, Time, BusinessWeek, INC., PC World, and Vanity Fair.

Event Details
7pm on Wednesday 18th June at Raye Freedman Arts Centre

Tickets are free but need to be booked and are running out! Get your tickets here.

Snowball Effect Founders

The founders of Snowball Effect, Simeon Burnett, Francis Reid & Richard Allen release an interesting blog post. Snowball Effect aims to be New Zealand’s leading equity crowdfunding platform. Their vision is a New Zealand economy, fuelled by emerging businesses, backed by everyday Kiwi investors. So this blog post answers what really motivated them to found Snowball Effect. Read the full blog post here.

Callaghan Innovation Boost

Callaghan Innovation is giving 15 manufacturing and services companies a boost with R&D growth grants totaling more than $21 million over the next three years.

Great to see two of our Alumni and ICE Angels companies are in the mix: Manuka Health New Zealand (ICE Angels Investee), Nexus6 (Icehouse startup Alumni & ICE Angels investee), PowerbyProxi (Icehouse startup alumni). Read the full story here.

Attitude of staff key to thriving company 

RED Steel managing director/owner Bob Hawley said he had "absolutely no business training at all" when he bought his business in 2002 but says workplace camaraderie is what sets his business apart. Read the full article here.