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Innovation in New Zealand - the good guys

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Apr-2010 22:26

It seems my previous post about innovation in New Zealand got some interesting comments. I also have to say it actually should be a bit clearer in the fact that most of the comments (and the post itself) is geared towards telecommunications companies.

One of the comments in that post was "I think the flaw isn't the innovation, it's the idea that large companies/corporations can innovate. I'd say it's a rare one that does. Real innovation requires cross-pollination, which is typically provided by generalists rather than specialists. That, and the lack of rigid business systems (large organisations require rigid systems to function) allow for the sort of dabbling (and provide the sort of desperation) that produces innovation, at least in my experience." (lightweight)

What a great comment. To celebrate it I will post below a few links to New Zealand companies I believe are creating innovative solutions, models and businesses:

Aptimize: Ed, Derek and their team created a piece of software every web admin should look at - even more now that Google confirmed page load speed is a factor in search results ranking. Obviously you should start with a good set of database model, scripts coding, but Aptimize will automatically apply best practices to website pages.

Powershop: The first marketplace for electricity where users can purchase power via a web interface, plan usage, set goals, work through consumption.

ProjectX: John Clegg and team do a great job creating online maps and data visualisation tools. And what's more they work hard every year to bring the Summer of Code to New Zealand.

Silverstripe: They've done a brilliant job of creating a true open source CMS product and exporting the product all over the world.

Xero: Bussines accounting with style. Rod Drury came up with a vision (which he share a little with us months before going live) and is taking over the word (New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom) with their easy to use, intuitive web-based accounting package.

What do these companies have in common? It seems they are all small companies, which seems to be in line with the comment above.

What companies you see innovating in New Zealand? Links drops are acceptable providing they are really to innovative businesses (spam as usual will be removed).

Disclaimer: We use Aptimize on Geekzone on a special license. The Geekzone case study in their website is based on actual numbers. I switched to Powershop a couple of months before it became public, while still in beta but get no special "mates rates". I use Xero for my company accounts, but get not special "mates rates".

UPDATE: Added Silverstripe to the list.



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