The Spinoff Business

Business
Jun 16, 2019

The Hamilton-based company making bikes that glide on water

This week we talk to Guy Howard-Willis, formerly of Torpedo7 and now founder of Manta5, the world's first hydrofoil e-bike.

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Business
Jun 8, 2019

The Robin Hood payments system providing a Paywave alternative

This week we talk to Fraser McConnell, co-founder of alternative payments app Choice.

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Business
Jun 2, 2019

The startup tackling online shopping's waste problem

This week we talk to Ming Dapiere, founder of packaging company R3pack which provides compostable and recycled courier options. 

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Business
May 26, 2019

How Taska Prosthetics is changing lives for amputees

This week we talk to Mathew Jury, founder of award-winning company Taska Prosthetics which makes state-of-the-art prosthetic hands for amputees.

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Business
May 18, 2019

Little Yellow Bird: From the military to making ethically-produced clothes

This week we talk to Little Yellow Bird founder Samantha Jones whose social enterprise makes sustainably and ethically-made uniforms and basics. 

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Business
May 14, 2019

Five innovative New Zealand companies you need to know about

The Hi-Tech Awards are fast approaching, but who’ll be deemed the most innovative of them all? We take a closer look at the five nominees for Kiwibank’s Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service award.

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Business
May 11, 2019

How Collaborate matches volunteers with jobs that match their skills

This week, we talk to Collaborate co-founder Poppy Norton who's helped create an app matching charitable organisations with volunteers. 

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Business
May 4, 2019

Melodics is the Duolingo of learning to play music

This week, we talk to Melodics founder Sam Gribben who's created software to help people learn how to play musical instruments. 

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Business
Apr 27, 2019

The headset that allows you to use a computer just by blinking your eyes

This week, we talk to Dr Sarvnaz Taherian who's helped develop technology that allows physically disabled individuals to communicate via blinking.

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Business
Apr 13, 2019

The New Zealand-made menstrual cup taking on the US

In our new Q&A series, we ask innovators and entrepreneurs to tell us about how they turned their ideas into reality. This week, we talk to Hello Cup's Robyn McLean. 

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Business
Mar 30, 2019

Mint Innovation is making e-waste less wasteful

On this week's Primer, we talk to Will Barker from Mint Innovation, a biotech startup recovering valuable metals from electronic waste.

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Business
Feb 27, 2019

The 20 top jobs New Zealanders should be studying for

A study using salary data, employment prospects, skill shortages and training positions suggests aspiring engineers, builders, teachers, midwives and panel beaters are off to a great start.

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Business
Feb 23, 2019

The Christchurch-based startup making caps from scraps

On this week's Primer, we talk to Offcut founder Adrien Taylor who's company takes fabric scraps destined for landfill and turns them into hats instead.

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Business
Feb 16, 2019

The job platform for freelancers that let businesses come to you

On this week's Primer, we talk to Erin Harrison, founder of The Freelance Village.

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Business
Feb 9, 2019

Why Niesh went from a free printing service to an app for student discounts

On this week's Primer, we talk to James Koo, co-founder of student discount and job listings app Niesh.

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Business
Feb 2, 2019

The online workshop helping startups on the cheap, in a single day

On this week's Primer, we talk to brand strategist James Hurman whose latest venture, Storytech, wants to help small businesses work out their elevator pitch in a single day.

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Business
Jan 26, 2019

The luxury pre-mixed cocktail company making negronis for the road

On this week's Primer, we talk to the founders of luxury pre-bottled cocktail company J.M.R. Cocktail & Co.

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Business
Jan 22, 2019

How a Matiere-based swing maker caught a Kardashian’s attention

On this week's Primer, we talk to Solvej (sool-vay) Swings co-founder Jenny Etherington whose business makes sustainable and long-lasting swings for babies and toddlers. 

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Business
Dec 28, 2018

10 classic episodes of NZ’s best business podcast

We ask Business is Boring host Simon Pound to pick 10 of his favourite and most interesting episodes from the past year.

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Business
Dec 15, 2018

The Babysitters Club wants to bring spontaneity back into parents’ lives

On this week's Primer, we talk to Georgia Meek, founder of The Babysitters Club, an online agency connecting families with babysitters.

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Business
Dec 2, 2018

How a local vegan ice cream brand is sweetening the deal for Chinese kids

On this week's Primer, we talk to the co-founder of vegan, low calorie, halal certified ice cream brand WāHiki Creamery which has recently signed a deal to enter the Chinese market. 

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Business
Nov 24, 2018

Kids are doing big things for the books industry – just ask little Unity

On this week's Primer, we talk to Jo McColl about Unity Books Auckland's new offshoot just down the road: children's bookshop little Unity. 

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Business
Nov 16, 2018

How a Wellington photo store plans to get more people shooting with film

On this week's Primer, we talk to Sean Aickin whose Wellington photo store Splendid is hoping to revive film photography in today's digital world. 

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Business
Oct 13, 2018

Self-employed? There’s a platform now that will do your taxes for you

On this week's Primer, we talk to James Fuller whose tech platform, Hnry, takes the admin out of being self-employed.

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Business
Oct 6, 2018

Beach in summer, Bali in winter: How smoothie bowls gave two friends a dream lifestyle

On this week's Primer, we talk to Alexandra Bell, co-founder of smoothie bowl business Soul Boul.

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Business
Sep 29, 2018

How Flo is helping feed kids through fashion

On this week's Primer, we talk to the founder of clothing company Flo which donates a free school lunch to a child in need for every product sold. 

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