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Business is Boring

Welcome to Business is Boring - a podcast that reckons it's anything but.

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This article was published on 18 May 2016

'Business is Boring' is a new weekly podcast series presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation.

Host Simon Pound aims to prove that business is anything but boring by meeting with innovators and commentators who are focused on the future of New Zealand.

Episode #16 

Sarah Hopkinson on how to sell art

The art business is an interesting one. Gallery owners need to be a cross between managers and agents, looking after their artists and their collectors, and creative ideas as well as 'business'. It’s a whole world that can be a bit opaque to outsiders that Hopkinson Mossman gallery owner Sarah Hopkinson sheds some light on.

 Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Episode #15 

Karen Walker

Karen joined us for a wide-ranging and very instructive enjoyable chat about how, over 20 years, Karen and her partner Mikhail Gherman and her teams have created a real global super-brand.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Episode #14 

Anna Guenther, CEO of PledgeMe

One of the coolest things to happen to business has been the new democratic ways people can get a product, idea or dream off the ground - crowdfunding, We talk to Anna Guenther about how it all begin, and where is it going.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Episode #13 

Nick McFarlane, designer and idea hunter

Creativity is one of those words like innovation that gets thrown around a lot, and we’re always told we need more of it to succeed. But how? Nick McFarlane chats about what it takes to keep landing the big ideas.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Episode #12 -

Ian McCrae, Orion Health CEO

Orion Health is one of the big names in NZ tech, with 1250 staff, operations around the world and a huge role in fostering the tech scene here. What does it take to get to here? What can we do to make more Orions in NZ? What is up with their billboards you might have seen on Khyber Pass in Auckland, ones that have pictures of goats and lines like 'we need more RAM not RAMS!'.....

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Episode #11

Danushka Abesuriya, CEO of Rush Digital

At the recent Hi-Tech awards one of the first awards of the night was the Hi-Tech young achiever award, won by the Danushka Abesuriya - CEO of Rush Digital, a company that is at the pointy end of VR, augmented reality, 360 video and solving interesting problems for brands and businesses.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Business is Boring #10

Bailey Mackey, TV producer

News hit recently that a small NZ production company had sold a television format to Freemantle Media, the world’s biggest tv outfit. To people that watch the people that make TV though it was no surprise, as it came from Pango - a production company run by Bailey Mackey, a producer responsible for Code, The GC and about 20 other shows across all networks and audiences.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Business is Boring #9

Julia Parnell of Notable Pictures and Loading Docs

You could be forgiven for thinking TV is all the bachelor, but if you look a little harder you can find the gems, gems made by people like Julia Parnell. Julia's been named a Woman to Watch by Women in Film and TV, and is fascinating on what it takes to succeed.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Business is Boring #8

Eddy Royal and Jade Tang-Taylor of Curative

How do you run a business that pays the bills, makes beautiful creative work, and changes the world? That’s the question that Jade Tang-Taylor and Eddy Royal are solving with Curative.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Business is Boring #7

Kris Sowersby - Font designer superstar

Kris Sowersby achieves magical weightless export, with not a cow or sheep in sight.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Business is Boring #6

Dion Nash on zigging when others zag

From the Blackcaps to international skincare success, Dion Nash unloads some of the lessons he's learnt along the way.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Business is Boring #5 

Xero managing director Anna Curzon

What’s it like to lead up one of New Zealand’s biggest and most high-profile companies? That’s the challenge facing Anna Curzon, the new(ish) managing director at Xero.

Listen or read a transcript at The Spinoff website.

Business is Boring #4 

Ex-Serato CEO Sam Gribben on his new musical venture, Melodics

Imagine taking a company from before it even being a product to becoming a global leader and a household name amongst anyone who’s ever spun a record, and then starting all over again. That’s what today’s guest, Sam Gribben, is doing.

Have a listen here, download on iTunes, or on Stitcher – or read the transcript on The Spinoff website.

Business in Boring #3

The future of work with career guru Gary Bolles

Failure. Disruption. Start-up. Portfolio. The gig economy. Before they became entries in a game of business-speak bingo these words all had meaning, and a lot of that meaning has come from a man named Gary Bolles.

Have a listen here, download on iTunes, or on Stitcher – or read the transcript on The Spinoff website.

Business is boring #2

Techweek special with Patrick McVeigh and Brittany Teei

Patrick McVeigh is a big cheese at ATEED, an Auckland Council Controlled Organisation that is charged with transforming the local economy. No biggie.

Brittany Teei is a former professional tennis player, who has taken some life lessons from seeing sportspeople without financial skills dealing to make an app to equip kids with financial skills, acquired in a way they enjoy.

Have a listen here, download on iTunes, or on Stitcher – or read the transcript on The Spinoff website.

Business is boring #1

Lilian Grace - Figure.nz

Lillian Grace is founder and CEO of Figure.nz, a company and website that makes New Zealand’s data accessible, relevant and interesting.

Have a listen here, download on iTunes, or on Stitcher - or read the transcript on The Spinoff website.