Business Is Boring

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Sinopse

Host Simon Pound talks to some of New Zealand's most exciting innovators in an effort to prove that business isn't boring.

Episódios

  • Business is Boring with Asantha Wijeyeratne from PaySauce

    Business is Boring with Asantha Wijeyeratne from PaySauce

    07/05/2020 Duração: 36min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Asantha Wijeyeratne from PaySauce.Recently, local employment solutions provider PaySauce announced it had raised more than $5 million in a recent rights offer to allow it to grow its offering here and around the world.Its CEO, Asantha Wijeyeratne, has built multiple million-dollar businesses in this space since coming to New Zealand in 1988 as a young accountant. Wijeyeratne saw that the payroll system could be done better and launched an early technology solution in 1995 called SmartBooks. Later know as SmartPayroll it grew to process a good portion of New Zealand business payrolls before eventually being sold to local tech giant Datacom in 2013.But there was still an itch to innovate in the space again with a mobile-first offering that took advantage of emerging tech. So in 2014, P

  • Business is Boring with Alice Lines and Nicholas Burrowes from Homestyle magazine

    Business is Boring with Alice Lines and Nicholas Burrowes from Homestyle magazine

    30/04/2020 Duração: 28min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Alice Lines from Homestyle magazine and Nicholas Burrowes, chairman of the Magazine Publishers Association.With the abrupt shutdown of Bauer media's New Zealand titles, we got a glimpse into the challenges of running magazines in this new media environment.Many commentators wondered if the foreign-based owners of Bauer used the crisis as an opportunity to bail out of a hard market. Whatever the reason, hundreds of jobs and many esteemed mastheads are no longer in operation and no longer contributing to and commenting on our culture.So what does it take to run magazines locally? What is involved in creating something people love to spend time with? And what does the new business reality mean for the sustainability of the titles we love?One local title that has grown over recent years

  • Business is Boring with Mel Lewis from Ultrella

    Business is Boring with Mel Lewis from Ultrella

    23/04/2020 Duração: 31min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Mel Lewis from Ultrella. Every day a lot of people get up and apply a layer of aluminium to a sensitive area of skin that acts to regulate heat and moisture in the body. Aluminium isn't something you’d normally find in the body, but because it blocks a bit of moisture and smell we roll and spray it into our underarms without thinking.Natural deodorant hasn’t always had the best image. Everyone probably knows someone they can smell at five paces who told them they run a crystal under their arm occasionally to help with odour. Some 'natural' mixtures have so much rosemary and coconut oil that you end up smelling like a body odour lamb roast.Mel Lewis was tackling an endurance 100km challenge, and needed something that worked but that wasn’t full of nasties. She figured there had t

  • Business is Boring with Matthew Chapman from Chapman CG

    Business is Boring with Matthew Chapman from Chapman CG

    15/04/2020 Duração: 30min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Matthew Chapman from Chapman CG. Matthew Chapman, founder of HR search company ChapmanCG, has grown his business to the point that it’s attracted significant investment from a listed Japanese company. In addition to building ChapmanCG, he’s also helped build an eco-resort island in remote Indonesia, and was part of a global team that founded one of the toughest ultra races in the world (the Snowman Race in Bhutan) and now splits his time between Singapore and his farm in Muriwai, New Zealand.To talk the journey, tips for remote work and enduring, and why he chose and is optimistic for NZ, Matthew Chapman joined us by zoom from Auckland’s west coast.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Business is Boring with Pat MacFie from Manaaki

    Business is Boring with Pat MacFie from Manaaki

    09/04/2020 Duração: 01h02min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Pat MacFie from Manaaki.This week another special podcast highlights some of the support and services out there to help businesses adapt in these unprecedented times.Pat MacFie is one of the founders of local agency Indigo and one of the driving forces behind Manaaki.io, a platform that helps give support to local businesses trying to navigate Covid-19 by linking up experts to answer questions from the business community. It's a great service, with some of the biggest names in Aotearoa's business scene volunteering their time. His company turned Manaaki around as a concept and launched the website in just days, and now they're busy making content that's having an impact on Kiwi businesses.Many in the tech scene will know MacFie for his role growing the Xero brand across pivotal

  • Business is Boring with Kristin Mead from Regional Business Partners Network

    Business is Boring with Kristin Mead from Regional Business Partners Network

    02/04/2020 Duração: 19min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Kirstin Mead from the Regional Business Partners' Network.Business owners around the country will have been watching to see what the government is doing to help with the massive disruption caused by Covid-19. One of the things that's been offered is extra funding to support business, through the Regional Business Partners Network. This funding allows for mentoring and support so businesses can make plans to get through this. But what is the RBPN? How can you access it? Is it for you? and what help is available?This week we are chatting to one of the Regional Business Partners in this network, Kirstin Mead, who has been working with the programme for the last three years, helping companies in the Bay of Plenty access advice, support, and matched funds to grow their businesses. Now the

  • Business is boring with Dr Michelle Dickinson about her new online learning platform

    Business is boring with Dr Michelle Dickinson about her new online learning platform

    26/03/2020 Duração: 58min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) about her new online learning platform.There are a lot of businesses right now looking at a completely changed future. Many people working in events or in industries relying on travel and tourism especially. What do you do when you look at the next six months and all your revenue is gone?For some, there will be no easy answer, and we really feel for you. For others there may be ways you can change your offering and do something new with your skillset. On Business is Boring today we speak with one of New Zealand’s top science communicators, who you may have recently seen working and talking with the Prime Minister to help share awareness and information around COVID-19.Dr Michelle Dickinson is well known as Nanogirl, her science communicating

  • Business is Boring with Zac De Silva from Business Changing and Nurture Change

    Business is Boring with Zac De Silva from Business Changing and Nurture Change

    19/03/2020 Duração: 46min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to business coach Zac De Silva from Business Changing and Nurture Change.If you own a business, work in business, or even just love the world of business then you are probably having a pretty trying time right now. The news of Covid-19 feels like the opening credits of a disaster movie. They're showing how things went downhill to explain why we now can't touch each other or buy loo roll. We’re having historic losses on the stock markets, borders are closing, and the outlook for the future is all a bit unprecedented. A lot of businesses will be looking for help and advice.This week's podcast guest, Zac De Silva, is one of the top rated business coaches in the world. His background is in accountancy, and he was CFO of Flight Centre at the age of 28. He went on to lead a $100m or

  • Business is Boring with Florence and Chloe Van Dyke from Chia Sisters

    Business is Boring with Florence and Chloe Van Dyke from Chia Sisters

    11/03/2020 Duração: 27min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Florence and Chloe Van Dyke from Chia Sisters.What happens if you combine neuroscience, herbal medicine and a family with more than its share of national champion athletes? If you are Nelson’s Van Dyke family you get Chia Sisters – a company billed as New Zealand’s most nutritious and sustainable juices and seeds.Chia Sisters is award winning for its nutrition and commitment to sustainability. Its founders have been lauded on the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list, named Obama Foundation Asia Pacific Leaders and have done some pretty cool stuff like put solar panels on their roof, more-than-doubling the power needed for their solar juicery and giving the excess back to the grid.To talk about how good business and sustainable practise can work together and what's next for Chia Sisters, Flor

  • Business is Boring with Grace Stratton from All is for All

    Business is Boring with Grace Stratton from All is for All

    04/03/2020 Duração: 45min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Grace Stratton from All is for All. Around a quarter of New Zealanders have accessibility considerations, but very few things in our society are built with much thought for what those might be.For years, the choice has been either stay invisible or be patronised. But one super cool Kiwi business has blown up over the last couple of years by saying – in great big letters on their tote bag – " fuck the status quo."All is for All came to many people’s attention with its trailblazing fashion shoots using diverse models. It’s continued to grow into an advocacy and accessibility consultancy, helping brands like The Warehouse better understand a good section of their customers and design their stores accordingly.Founder Grace Stratton has been a powerful communicator for the issue, tal

  • Business is Boring with Andrea Watson from Sparrows and Simon Yarrow from Callaghan Innovation

    Business is Boring with Andrea Watson from Sparrows and Simon Yarrow from Callaghan Innovation

    26/02/2020 Duração: 28min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Sparrows CEO and founder Andrea Watson and Simon Yarrow, who leads Callaghan Innovation’s agritech team.Agricultural exports are such a huge part of New Zealand's economy and it's important that we make the most of technology to help tackle some of the challenges in the sector.Earlier this month Asia Pacific agritech conference evoke AG hosted 65 Kiwi delegates in Melbourne, and among the Kiwi companies represented was Sparrows. Their purpose is to cut food waste by using smart sensors and data to keep track of where everything is and where it’s meant to be, at what temperature and for how long. It’s leading to less product being written off, a huge problem in the food industry.Sparrows CEO and founder Andrea Watson and Simon Yarrow, who leads Callaghan Innovation’s agritech team joi

  • Business is Boring with Pranav Chopra from Nemi Teas

    Business is Boring with Pranav Chopra from Nemi Teas

    20/02/2020 Duração: 28min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Pranav Chopra, Founder and CEO of Nemi Teas.On Business is Boring this week, Simon Pound speaks with a Kiwi entrepreneur who's changing lives for refugees in London through the power of tea and community.Imagine escaping a war zone to come to a country only to find the job market shut. That is the reality for many refugees, and it led this week’s guest to leave a comfortable corporate life to create a company in London providing openings for refugees looking for employment.Nemi Teas creates employment opportunities right across their business, with the first steps being running chai stalls at festivals and markets. They sell their tea through retail and wholesale, and are plastic free, using innovative materials and techniques to keep the nasty stuff out of their product. It’s a

  • Business is Boring with Emma Ogilvie and Nick Landsman from Bar Céleste

    Business is Boring with Emma Ogilvie and Nick Landsman from Bar Céleste

    13/02/2020 Duração: 40min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Emma Ogilvie and Nick Landsman from Bar Céleste.You’ve probably seen their food on Instagram: people ripping into a whole flounder doused in delicious butter, the late-night filet o' market fish, the pop-ups and the restaurant full of patrons drinking orange wines and spritzes.For a new spot, Bar Céleste has been received extremely well. It was named the best new opening of 2019 by Viva, reviewed glowingly by Metro, and is now a fixture and favourite of food influencer EatLitFood.If you haven’t been yet, you might wonder what’s so different about this 'neo-bistro' idea. Inspired by a new style of dining that's grown in France, it's where the idea for Bar Céleste began. Brought together by the team behind the La Pêche pop-ups that happened first in Paris and then around Auckland, Emma

  • Business is Boring with Jimmy Hayes from Minaal

    Business is Boring with Jimmy Hayes from Minaal

    04/02/2020 Duração: 38min

    This week's podcast guest is a Kiwi making a big impact on the global travel scene. You might remember a few years ago, a couple of NZ lads blew up on kickstarter with their clever carry-on bag.  With a short fun video and a cool traveller friendly bit of kit, full of compartments and tech device friendliness, they landed more than ten times their target and then managed to deliver  -on time -that much larger than expected order.Then, they did it again with their second bag, outperforming even the success of the first time. The brand is Minaal, a much loved essential for many travellers, and with its premium features, community of supporters and minimalist design, it has become a global hit. The two founders landed on the idea as a way to continue a life lived abroad, and it’s still working - with this week’s podcast guest, co-founder Jimmy Hayes in Auckland on a trip back from Japan, one of their biggest markets and one of his home bases.To talk making a dream into a life,

  • Business is Boring with Morris Pita from EmergencyQ

    Business is Boring with Morris Pita from EmergencyQ

    29/01/2020 Duração: 31min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Morris Pita from EmergencyQ.You might have been unlucky enough to have been sitting with a kid at an emergency department, wondering just how long it might take and if you were even in the right place. It's not a nice feeling, or a very productive one, and it turns out that a lot of people in the queue ahead of you, and maybe even you, might not be best served at that place.This insight helped lead this week’s podcast guest to take a side-step from a successful academic and business career into software entrepreneurship. He made an app called EmergencyQ that works with DHBs and emergency and community health providers to make sure everyone gets the fastest, most appropriate care for their needs.It's saving millions of dollars, countless hours, and meaning stretched emergency departme

  • Business is Boring with Greg Brebner from Blunt Umbrellas

    Business is Boring with Greg Brebner from Blunt Umbrellas

    22/01/2020 Duração: 31min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Greg Brebner from Blunt Umbrellas.This week on the podcast, a business that began with the realisation that umbrellas really sucked, that's grown into a business turning the industry inside-out. Blunt Umbrellas sell brollies for 5-10 times more than the market, are found in countries all around the world, and have now sold over a million units of their signature styles.Through fashion collaborations, a lot of market building, and clever design they have created their own section of the market for their wind proof, strong, beautifully designed umbrellas, that won’t take your eye out or be heading straight to landfill after seeing some weather.To talk about making an idea into reality, the importance of a clear vision, and loving bad weather, creator and inventor Greig Brebner joined t

  • Business is Boring with Bridie Picot from Wrappy and Thing Industries

    Business is Boring with Bridie Picot from Wrappy and Thing Industries

    15/01/2020 Duração: 21min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Bridie Picot, founder of Thing Industries and Wrappy.This week’s podcast is a chat about turning cool ideas into great businesses, around day-jobs and responsibilities, and having those products be picked up by some of the great taste arbiters in the world. Bridie Picot started out in New Zealand, and then went to London and New York, working at some of the most influential ad agencies in the world. Around the edges she always had an interest in design, thoughtful and warm characterful pieces. She turned this love into Thing Industries, a partnership with a New Zealand based designer. The brand grew, running fashion collaborations, was named the maker of the year by local title Urbis, and was featured in Wallpaper* and in the New York Times for its playful products like the Banana Pi

  • Business is Boring with Mike Taylor

    Business is Boring with Mike Taylor

    08/01/2020 Duração: 32min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Mike Taylor, founder of Pie Funds.On this week's Business is Boring, host Simon Pound talks to a founder and chief investment officer who has taken a company from starting with a small loan to having a billion under management in just over a decade.If you were a uni student around the year 2000 you might remember that you could draw down student loans, ostensibly for living, but we would all know stories of people who turned them into trips, parties or other forms of massive future liability. I went to a study trip in Russia on mine and resented the debt for the next twenty years. But how many people do you know who were onto-it enough to use that opportunity as the seed capital to kickstart an investment career? One that now means this week's podcast guest runs a company with $1b un

  • Business is Boring with Bruce Turner and Thomas Rowe from Urbanaut

    Business is Boring with Bruce Turner and Thomas Rowe from Urbanaut

    23/12/2019 Duração: 27min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks to Bruce Turner and Thomas Rowe from Urbanaut Brewing Co. There are probably a few people listening that have kept up with friends from school and kicked around some business ideas. Maybe even some that have enjoyed the odd beer together and thought about making some. But how many people actually go ahead and make it happen?That is the founding story of today's company, Urbanaut. It came about after three friends bought the worst house in Auckland, turning into one of the best, so they could fund their very own brewery in Kingsland.The three friends came from Marton - malt growing country, so it seemed fitting that they would open their own brewery, and now their brand is blowing up.Two of the co-founders, managing director and chief brewer Bruce Turner and sales director Thomas Ro

  • Business is Boring with Robyn McLean from The Hello Cup

    Business is Boring with Robyn McLean from The Hello Cup

    18/12/2019 Duração: 32min

    Business is Boring is a weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Host Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. This week he talks toRobyn McLean, co-founder of The Hello Cup. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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