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Host Simon Pound interviews entrepreneurs and business leaders. Presented in association with Callaghan Innovation.

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29 July 2021

A new way for startups to raise capital

Jodie Imam and Lance Hodges are the COO and general partner of Tractor Ventures, a group offering debt financing to Australian and New Zealand startups.

Jodie Imam and Lance Hodges are the COO and general partner of Tractor Ventures, a group offering debt financing to Australian and New Zealand startups. Both startup legends in their own right, they tell Simon Pound why they wanted to be part of this new model and how it all… Jodie Imam and Lance Hodges are the COO and general partner of Tractor Ventures, a group offering debt financing to Australian and New Zealand startups. Both startup legends in their own right, they tell Simon Pound why they wanted to be part of this new model and how it all works. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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22 July 2021

How Socialites stays on top of the social media game

Melanie Spencer is the co-CEO of Socialites, a company that’s helping businesses big and small succeed on social media.

Melanie Spencer is the co-CEO of Socialites, a company that’s helping businesses big and small succeed on social media. She joins Simon Pound on Business is Boring this week to talk about her journey, agency culture and staying on top of the rapidly changing social media landscape. Business is Boring… Melanie Spencer is the co-CEO of Socialites, a company that’s helping businesses big and small succeed on social media. She joins Simon Pound on Business is Boring this week to talk about her journey, agency culture and staying on top of the rapidly changing social media landscape. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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15 July 2021

How NZ joined the space club, with Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck

Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck tells Simon Pound about his journey, the importance of perseverance and New Zealand becoming a member of the space club.

Ten years ago, if you said New Zealand would soon be one of the handful of countries in the space club, regularly sending satellites to space and famous for its space industry, you’d probably have been laughed out of the room. But that’s exactly what has happened, and the driving… Ten years ago, if you said New Zealand would soon be one of the handful of countries in the space club, regularly sending satellites to space and famous for its space industry, you’d probably have been laughed out of the room. But that’s exactly what has happened, and the driving force behind this change has been Peter Beck at Rocket Lab. To get the company off the ground he’s had to pull together some of the world’s biggest investors, have international laws changed and successfully pioneer innovations in making and sending rockets that are now industry standards. It was wildly unlikely at most every step, but today Rocket Lab is on the verge of a massive listing on the US stock exchange, and a big shift to larger rockets. To talk about the journey, his perseverance and New Zealand becoming a member of the space club, Simon Pound met Peter Beck at the Rocket Lab’s Mount Wellington HQ. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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8 July 2021

How Multitudes is helping businesses measure and improve team culture

Lauren Peate is the founder and CEO of Multitudes, a New Zealand software company that helps measure and improve companies’ culture and performance.

Lauren Peate is the founder and CEO of Multitudes, a New Zealand software company that helps measure and improve companies’ culture and performance. She came up with the idea while running Ally Skills NZ, a diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy for tech companies. She’s worked in and with startups in… Lauren Peate is the founder and CEO of Multitudes, a New Zealand software company that helps measure and improve companies’ culture and performance. She came up with the idea while running Ally Skills NZ, a diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy for tech companies. She’s worked in and with startups in the Middle East and as a management consultant with Bain & Co in San Francisco, and received a degree in economics from Stanford. To talk about that journey and what Multitudes is here to do, Lauren joined Simon Pound for a chat. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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1 July 2021

Shotgun’s ride from mountain biking brainwave to global business

Shotgun co-founder Dan Necklen joins Simon Pound to talk about designing a new type of kids’ bike seat and taking it to the world.

Shotgun co-founder Dan Necklen joins Simon Pound to talk about designing a new type of kids’ bike seat and taking it to the world. From a couple of mountain biking mates turning over an idea – what if a child could sit between the arms of the rider and have… Shotgun co-founder Dan Necklen joins Simon Pound to talk about designing a new type of kids’ bike seat and taking it to the world. From a couple of mountain biking mates turning over an idea – what if a child could sit between the arms of the rider and have their own set of handlebars – the idea has grown to now be sold all over the world. With new products in the works, the company now has a bigger goal of helping get kids off screens and ultimately raise the next generation of mountain bikers. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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24 June 2021

How to sell a fast growing company, and other tips from an advertising entrepreneur

Jane Ormsby is an online ad industry innovator. She joins Simon Pound to talk about the journey, the future of advertising and share tips for selling a fast growing business.

Jane Ormsby is an online ad industry innovator. She built online advertising inventory network Response Directive into an Australasian market leader before using her online publishing expertise to work with APN (now NZME) as it tackled digital, leading the paywall at The Listener and launching Bite. Her current company is… Jane Ormsby is an online ad industry innovator. She built online advertising inventory network Response Directive into an Australasian market leader before using her online publishing expertise to work with APN (now NZME) as it tackled digital, leading the paywall at The Listener and launching Bite. Her current company is Scroll Media, a network of trusted publishers and advertisers. To talk about the journey, the future of advertising and share tips for selling a business, Jane joined Business is Boring this week for a chat. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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17 June 2021

What Woop does differently with their food boxes

Thomas Dietz is the founder and CEO of Woop – short for world on our plate – a company whose inventive offering has found a strong foothold in the hyper-competitive food box space.

Thomas Dietz is the founder and CEO of Woop – short for world on our plate – a company whose inventive offering has found a strong foothold in the hyper-competitive food box space. He joined Business is Boring this week to talk about his journey from France to New Zealand,… Thomas Dietz is the founder and CEO of Woop – short for world on our plate – a company whose inventive offering has found a strong foothold in the hyper-competitive food box space. He joined Business is Boring this week to talk about his journey from France to New Zealand, and from makeup marketing to food boxes. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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10 June 2021

The ticketing app using booking fees for good

New Zealander Georgia Robertson is the CEO of Humanitix, an Australian ticketing app with a difference.

New Zealander Georgia Robertson is the CEO of Humanitix, an Australian ticketing app with a difference. The company was started by two friends in Sydney, who pooled their resources to make a ticket booking platform that would donate 100% of profits to charity, using the power of better tech to… New Zealander Georgia Robertson is the CEO of Humanitix, an Australian ticketing app with a difference. The company was started by two friends in Sydney, who pooled their resources to make a ticket booking platform that would donate 100% of profits to charity, using the power of better tech to deliver lower costs to customers and clients. Georgia joined Business is Boring this week to tell Simon Pound about working at the intersection of tech and social good. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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3 June 2021

Making wearable tech for astronauts, Olympic athletes and everybody

New Zealand company Myovolt has been at the cutting edge of innovation in wearable technology the last 20 years, with founders Dianne Jones and Steve Leftly working on wearable tech with Nasa, Apple, Adidas and Nike.

New Zealand company Myovolt has been at the cutting edge of innovation in wearable technology the last 20 years, with founders Dianne Jones and Steve Leftly working on wearable tech with Nasa, Apple, Adidas and Nike. Now they’re launching their first major consumer products, a series of devices to help… New Zealand company Myovolt has been at the cutting edge of innovation in wearable technology the last 20 years, with founders Dianne Jones and Steve Leftly working on wearable tech with Nasa, Apple, Adidas and Nike. Now they’re launching their first major consumer products, a series of devices to help with muscle recovery. To talk about Myovolt’s journey, their new range and ongoing innovation, Steve Leftly joined Business is Boring this week. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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27 May 2021

The business and politics of bread

Isabel Pasch is the majority owner of Bread and Butter, bakeries and cafes that focus on traditional sourdough fermentation and using as many locally sourced and organic ingredients as possible.

Isabel Pasch is the majority owner of Bread and Butter, bakeries and cafes that focus on traditional sourdough fermentation and using as many locally sourced and organic ingredients as possible. Unlike most supermarket white bread, which she believes is about as nutritional as a fizzy drink, Isabel’s Bread and Butter… Isabel Pasch is the majority owner of Bread and Butter, bakeries and cafes that focus on traditional sourdough fermentation and using as many locally sourced and organic ingredients as possible. Unlike most supermarket white bread, which she believes is about as nutritional as a fizzy drink, Isabel’s Bread and Butter aims to make bread that’s good for you, your gut, and the planet. To talk about the journey, a mission for sustainable food, the politics of bread and what’s next, Isabel joined Business is Boring this week for a chat. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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20 May 2021

How Rush built the NZ COVID Tracer app in a hurry

Pavan Vyas is the CEO of Rush, makers of NZ COVID Tracer, an app which was brought to market in crisis response speed in 2020 and since improved on to the point it’s been adopted by the NHS in the UK.

If you’re listening to this podcast on a smartphone in New Zealand, chances are you have an app today’s guest helped create – and hopefully you use it every day. Pavan Vyas is the CEO of Rush, makers of NZ COVID Tracer, an app which was brought to market in… If you’re listening to this podcast on a smartphone in New Zealand, chances are you have an app today’s guest helped create – and hopefully you use it every day. Pavan Vyas is the CEO of Rush, makers of NZ COVID Tracer, an app which was brought to market in crisis response speed in 2020 and since improved on to the point it’s been adopted by the NHS in the UK. To talk about how they made the app, and about growing the company to count Google, Disney Plus and Microsoft among its international customers, Rush CEO Pavan Vyas joined Business is Boring for a chat. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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13 May 2021

Compostic’s plan to replace plastic cling wrap

New Zealand has an addiction to using plastic cling wrap – and it goes without saying that’s no good for the environment. Jon Reed’s startup Compostic is out to change that with a range of home compostable cling wrap and other kitchen products.

New Zealand has an addiction to using plastic cling wrap – and it goes without saying that’s no good for the environment. Jon Reed’s startup Compostic is out to change that with a range of home compostable cling wrap and other kitchen products. In the last few years the company… New Zealand has an addiction to using plastic cling wrap – and it goes without saying that’s no good for the environment. Jon Reed’s startup Compostic is out to change that with a range of home compostable cling wrap and other kitchen products. In the last few years the company has grown from a product only available in specialty stores to now be available in most New Zealand supermarkets, along with hundreds in Australia, and now it’s launching into the US market too. CEO and founder Jon Reed joined Business is Boring this week to talk about the journey. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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6 May 2021

The Seinfeld-inspired startup simplifying flower buying

This week on Business is Boring, Simon Pound talks to Vanisha Narsey about how a Jerry Seinfeld routine helped inspire her to start Bouqo, a new platform making flower buying more accessible.

If flowers are so often bought by men, how come florists aren't designed to appeal to them more? That’s the (extremely paraphrased) gist of the Jerry Seinfeld routine that helped inspire Vanisha Narsey to start Bouqo, an online platform that helps people select the right floral solution, see examples of… If flowers are so often bought by men, how come florists aren't designed to appeal to them more? That’s the (extremely paraphrased) gist of the Jerry Seinfeld routine that helped inspire Vanisha Narsey to start Bouqo, an online platform that helps people select the right floral solution, see examples of bouquets at their price point and get them delivered. With 15 florists onboard across Auckland and plans for expansion, Vanisha joined Business is Boring this week to talk about the idea and its development, how it's going and what’s next. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Follow Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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22 April 2021

The NZ company working on a new Covid-19 vaccine

In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Dr Robert Feldman, CEO of Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation, about the fascinating science behind developing a vaccine.Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), brings together some of the top figures in local pharmaceutical, deep tech and life science commercial enterprise. The chair is the managing director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals, and the […]

In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Dr Robert Feldman, CEO of Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation, about the fascinating science behind developing a vaccine. Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), brings together some of the top figures in local pharmaceutical, deep tech and life science commercial enterprise. The chair is the managing… In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Dr Robert Feldman, CEO of Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation, about the fascinating science behind developing a vaccine. Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), brings together some of the top figures in local pharmaceutical, deep tech and life science commercial enterprise. The chair is the managing director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals, and the CEO is Dr Robert Feldman, who has had a career working at Harvard Medical School and Imperial College, London, founding the UK vaccine company Microscience among other enterprises, before moving to New Zealand as Executive Director of Pacific Channel and after that, his own life science consulting company. To talk about the fascinating science behind vaccine research and development, Dr Feldman joined Business is Boring this week. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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15 April 2021

The social enterprise helping create more social enterprises

In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Louise Aitken, CEO of the Ākina Foundation, about how they’re helping social enterprises grow.

In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Louise Aitken, CEO of the Ākina Foundation, about how they're helping social enterprises grow. For the last three years the Ākina Foundation has been delivering a programme in partnership with the government, called The Impact Initiative, focussed on the future of New… In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Louise Aitken, CEO of the Ākina Foundation, about how they're helping social enterprises grow. For the last three years the Ākina Foundation has been delivering a programme in partnership with the government, called The Impact Initiative, focussed on the future of New Zealand’s social enterprises. Ākina runs a range of programmes to help more businesses make money and positive change, to help grow companies’ capability, support them in things like finance and other nuts and bolts of doing business well, and create and demonstrate impact in what they do. The Ākina Foundation is an impact consultancy and impact investor, and to talk about what that means, CEO Louise Aitken joined Business is Boring this week for a chat. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Subscribe and listen to Business is Boring on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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8 April 2021

Fewer than 5% of tradies are women – here’s where to find them

Business is Boring talks to Emma Kaniuk about starting Tradespeople, a directory that lists companies owned and run by women and gender diverse tradies around the country.

Women make up about 10% of all tradespeople in New Zealand, and only about 4% of “on the tools” workers. That's a wild statistic, and part of why this week's guest Emma Kaniuk started Tradespeople – a directory that lists companies owned and run by women and gender diverse tradies… Women make up about 10% of all tradespeople in New Zealand, and only about 4% of “on the tools” workers. That's a wild statistic, and part of why this week's guest Emma Kaniuk started Tradespeople – a directory that lists companies owned and run by women and gender diverse tradies around the country. Emma joined Business is Boring this week to talk about the idea behind the directory and the need it serves. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Subscribe and listen to Business is Boring on Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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1 April 2021

Fix & Fogg is taking NZ nut butters to the world

From humble hole-in-the-wall beginnings, Wellington-based Fix & Fogg is now one of the hottest nut butter companies in the world. Founder and CEO Roman Jewell tells Business is Boring how it all happened.

From humble hole-in-the-wall beginnings, Wellington-based Fix & Fogg is now one of the hottest nut butter companies in the world. Founder and CEO Roman Jewell tells Business is Boring how it all happened. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Subscribe and listen to… From humble hole-in-the-wall beginnings, Wellington-based Fix & Fogg is now one of the hottest nut butter companies in the world. Founder and CEO Roman Jewell tells Business is Boring how it all happened. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Subscribe and listen to Business is Boring through Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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25 March 2021

The NZ non-profit helping prisoners learn to code

Take2 CEO and founder Cam Smith tells Simon Pound about the life-changing work his company does helping ex-prisoners reenter the job market.

Take2 CEO and founder Cam Smith tells Simon Pound about the life-changing work his company does helping ex-prisoners reenter the job market. The job market is tough at the best of times – but for an ex-prisoner without any recognised skills, it can be pretty much impossible. One ground-breaking new… Take2 CEO and founder Cam Smith tells Simon Pound about the life-changing work his company does helping ex-prisoners reenter the job market. The job market is tough at the best of times – but for an ex-prisoner without any recognised skills, it can be pretty much impossible. One ground-breaking new non-profit is out to help change that by helping incarcerated people learn how to code. The goal of equipping prisoners with highly sought-after skills led this week’s guest Cam Smith from an exciting career in impact investment into the world of non-profits, dealing with big government departments and multi-generational societal challenges. To discuss all these big problems and the big ideas needed to help solve them, the Take2 CEO and founder joined Business is Boring this week. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Subscribe and listen to Business is Boring through Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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18 March 2021

The NZ platform where you can rent just about anything

Mutu founder Toby Skilton joins Business is Boring to talk about his vision for a service where people could rent out and borrow things from each other – and how he made it a reality.

Mutu founder Toby Skilton joins Business is Boring to talk about his vision for a service where people could rent out and borrow things from each other – and how he made it a reality. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a service where you could either make money… Mutu founder Toby Skilton joins Business is Boring to talk about his vision for a service where people could rent out and borrow things from each other – and how he made it a reality. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a service where you could either make money by lending out the stuff you own and hardly use, or save money by borrowing things from people near you instead of buying them? That’s the thought today’s guest had a few years ago, and he decided to turn it into a business. Mutu began in Christchurch, and has grown to now help users counter waste and create new income and connections nationwide. Mutu founder and CEO Toby Skilton joined us by Zoom from Christchurch this week to talk about the journey so far, and where he wants to take the business next. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Subscribe and listen to Business is Boring through Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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11 March 2021

Why ZeroJet wants to electrify small boat motors

This week on Business is Boring, Bex Rempel tells Simon Pound about the need to replace petrol motors on boats.

This week on Business is Boring, Bex Rempel tells Simon Pound about the need to replace petrol motors on boats. Did you know that an hour out on a little dinghy with a petrol powered outboard motor is as damaging to the environment as having 38 new cars running the… This week on Business is Boring, Bex Rempel tells Simon Pound about the need to replace petrol motors on boats. Did you know that an hour out on a little dinghy with a petrol powered outboard motor is as damaging to the environment as having 38 new cars running the same time? This is the fact that led New Zealand business ZeroJet to change tack and use their tech to try and replace some of the hundreds of thousands of petrol powered motors on small craft. Even if they only fit 10,000 of their electric motors, it would have the same impact as removing 1.5 million cars from the road. The company’s co-founder and CEO Bex Rempel joined Business is Boring to talk about the environmental impact, being better to our oceans and what they plan to do next. Business is Boring is presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. Subscribe and listen to Business is Boring through Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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