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Business is Boring is a weekly business podcast series hosted by Simon Pound and presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation.

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4 June 2020

Business is Boring with Rachel Taulelei from Kono

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 Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono.Demand for New Zealand produce overseas is currently up. Our country’s careful and healthy […]

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 Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono. Demand for New Zealand produce overseas is currently… 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 Rachel Taulelei, CEO of Kono. Demand for New Zealand produce overseas is currently up. Our country's careful and healthy management of the pandemic has shone a light on our products internationally as people want high-quality food and beverage made with Papatuanuku (Earth) in mind. One of these producers is Kono, a whānau-owned Māori food and beverage business led by Rachel Taulelei. It sells food, wine, and produce all around the globe, from wines you know like Tohu to Annie’s fruit bars. Before taking on the role of CEO, Taulelei founded Yellow Brick Road, a company selling the best seafood to top hospitality operators, and was the New Zealand trade commissioner in Los Angeles. Today, she's on the prime minister’s Business Advisory Council and even talked to the PM for her series Conversations through Covid-19. To talk about what being a whānau-owned business means and her hopes for the rebuild post-Covid-19, Taulelei joined us on the podcast this week. Either download this episodehave a listen or via Spotify, subscribe through iTunes (RSS feed).

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15 May 2020

Business is Boring with Emily Miller-Sharma from Ruby

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 Emily Miller-Sharma, general manager at Ruby.One of the nicest things to come out of lockdown is a reconnection […]

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 Emily Miller-Sharma, general manager at Ruby. One of the nicest things to come…

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 Emily Miller-Sharma, general manager at Ruby.

One of the nicest things to come out of lockdown is a reconnection to creating – whether it’s making bread, growing plants or, for followers of local fashion label Ruby at least, online sewing classes.

A lot of work goes into creating clothes from a strip of fabric. Patterns are like a 3d jigsaw puzzle, and require a lot of maths. Fit and draping are a kind of magic. And all those human touches can get forgotten when clothing is made for fast-fashion chain brands.

With the fashion industry in a precarious place due to Covid-19, we chatted to Emily Miller-Sharma, general manager at Ruby. She's one of the driving forces behind Mindful NZ, an industry body bringing together local producers to advocate for better standards of traceability and to create locally appropriate codes of conduct to find out what the industry is facing. Miller-Sharma talks about initiatives like apprentices and moving towards more sustainable choices throughout the business, and tells the story of Ruby.

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7 May 2020

Business is Boring with Asantha Wijeyeratne from PaySauce

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 […]

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… 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, PaySauce was born. PaySauce has been in the news lately with its offer of a free "essentials" payroll solution, PaySimple, for New Zealand businesses affected by Covid-19. Its successful right issue brought on board its first institutional investor. To talk about the journey, what this disrupted world means for business, and how his work in the community helped lead to a Queen’s Service Medal, Wijeyeratne joined us by Zoom from Sri Lanka where he was visiting family at the beginning of lockdown. Either download this episodehave a listen below or via Spotify, subscribe through iTunes (RSS feed).

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30 April 2020

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

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 the editor of Homestyle magazine Alice Lines and chairman of the Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) Nicholas Burrowes.With the […]

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 the editor of Homestyle magazine Alice Lines and chairman of the Magazine Publishers… 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 the editor of Homestyle magazine Alice Lines and chairman of the Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) Nicholas Burrowes. 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. But 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 is Home-style, the magazine edited by Alice Lines and managed by her partner Nicholas Burrowes who is also chairman of the Magazine Publishers Association. Both joined the podcast this week to talk about their journey and the climate for magazines right now. Either download this episodehave a listen below or via Spotify, subscribe through iTunes (RSS feed).

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23 April 2020

Business is Boring with Mel Lewis from Ultrella

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 […]

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…
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 runs a crystal under their arm occasionally to help with odour, while some 'natural' mixtures have so much rosemary and coconut oil that you end up smelling like a body odour lamb roast. While tackling an endurance 100km challenge, Mel Lewis needed something that worked but wasn’t full of nasties. She figured there had to be a better option to what she could find, so she applied for a research grant through Callaghan Innovation, got it, and partnered with a product development expert to create Ultrella, featuring a range of natural products that act like a natural botox, suppressing perspiration without the need for aluminium. To talk about what Ultrella is doing today and its place in the new world, Mel Lewis joined us by Zoom for a chat.

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16 April 2020

Business is Boring with Matthew Chapman from Chapman CG

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. Much of the whole world is remote working at the moment and for […]

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. Much of the whole world is remote working… 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. Much of the whole world is remote working at the moment and for some, that transition hasn't been easy. So this week, Simon Pound spoke to someone who's not only made remote working work for him but has also built a business with a remote-first focus. 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 built an eco-resort island in remote Indonesia, founded one of the toughest ultra races in the world (the Snowman Race in Bhutan) and now calls a very special property in Muriwai home. To talk about the journey, his tips for remote working, and why he chose to live in New Zealand, Chapman joined us by Zoom from Auckland’s west coast. Either download this episodehave a listen below or via Spotify, subscribe through iTunes (RSS feed).

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9 April 2020

Business is Boring with Pat MacFie from Manaaki

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 we have another special podcast highlighting some of the support and services out […]

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 we have another special podcast highlighting some… 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 we have another special podcast highlighting some of the support and services out there to help businesses adapt in these unprecedented times. Pat MacFie is the co-founder 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 them up to experts. 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 years and running global media for the company. To talk about stepping out of our local big blue and into Indigo, his amazing team, and how you can access Manaaki, Pat joined us for a chat.

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2 April 2020

How you can access $2000 of specialist help for your business

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 […]

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… 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 crisis. 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 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 there are special services covering current needs like continuity planning and HR – and you don't need to match funds to access up to $2000 of specialist by-the-hour advice. RBPN can also connect you to mentors and make introductions to people that could help you and your business grow. To talk through her journey into helping business, what the network is, what help is out there and how you can get it, Kirstin joined Business is Boring for a chat. Head along to the Regional Business Partners Network website to see what help is available for you.

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27 March 2020

How Nanogirl built a lockdown-ready online learning platform in three days

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 […]

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… 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. And that's what the Business is Boring podcast will be focusing on for now. On this episode, I 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, experiment making, science cookbook authoring alter-ego. With a PhD in engineering specialising in nanotechnology, and a love for sparking interest in science, Dickinson has worked to increase the quality of our national conversation through media appearances, a Herald column and live events – events that can’t happen for the foreseeable future. Faced with this drop in income and uncertainty for her team, Dickinson's spirit of invention and experimentation kicked in. The team pivoted over the course of three days to create an online learning platform that can help kids stuck at home experiment with items found around the house and learn through doing. With a lesson every weekday, for only a dollar a day 'and a buy one give one' model, it’s already finding a loyal audience. To talk the journey to here and getting the new venture up and running while also stepping up to share quality information in the media, Dr Michelle Dickinson joined the podcast, recorded on the first day of level four lockdown restrictions in New Zealand. You can find her new venture at Nanogirl's Lab.  

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19 March 2020

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

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.Please note: This episode was recorded Tuesday morning […]

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. Please note:… 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.
Please note: This episode was recorded Tuesday morning before the government assistance package was announced. If you're in business, check out what help you can get here.
If you own a business, work for a business, or even just love the world of business, then you're probably having a pretty trying time right now. The news of Covid-19 feels like the opening credits of a disaster movie. 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 chief financial officer at Flight Centre at the age of 28. He went on to lead a $100m organisation, run the turnaround of Barkers, and then become a coach in the corner of great local businesses with 38 clients landing on the Deloitte Fast 50. I took part in one of his workshops and working with Zac has helped me get a clearer picture of business more than anything else I’ve done. Along with his wife, Sip, he runs Business Changing and the Nurture Change events, and with his experience in business we thought he was just the person to get on to talk about how to navigate business in 2020.

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12 March 2020

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

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 […]

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… 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’re Nelson’s Van Dyke family, you get the Chia Sisters – a company billed as producing New Zealand’s most nutritious and sustainable juices and seeds. Chia Sisters is award-winning for its nutritional benefits and commitment to sustainability. Its founders have been lauded on the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list, named as part of the inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Asia Pacific Leaders, and have done some pretty cool stuff like put solar panels on their roof to more than double the power needed for their solar juicery and giving the excess back to the grid. To talk about how good business and sustainable practices can work together and what’s next for Chia Sisters, Florence and Chloe Van Dyke joined Simon Pound on Business is Boring.

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5 March 2020

Business is Boring with Grace Stratton from All is for All

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 […]

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… 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 considerations might be. For years, the choice has either been to stay invisible or be patronised, but one super cool Kiwi business has blown up over the last few 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. Co-founder Grace Stratton has been a powerful communicator on the issue, talking to companies, speaking on the TEDx stage, and being named as one of InStyle magazine's top 50 Badass Women. To talk about what’s involved in starting a business in an industry that is chronically underinvested, Grace Stratton joined Business is Boring.

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27 February 2020

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

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 Andrea Watson, Sparrows CEO and founder, and Simon Yarrow, who leads Callaghan Innovation’s agritech team.Agricultural exports are such […]

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 Andrea Watson, Sparrows CEO and founder, and Simon Yarrow, who leads Callaghan Innovation’s… 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 Andrea Watson, Sparrows CEO and founder, 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 evokeAG hosted 65 Kiwi delegates in Melbourne. Among the New Zealand companies represented in Melbourne was Sparrows whose purpose is to cut food waste by using smart sensors and data to keep track of where everything is, where it’s meant to be and at what temperature and for how long. It’s leading to less product being written off, which is a huge problem in the food industry. Andrea Watson, Sparrows CEO and founder, and Simon Yarrow, who leads Callaghan Innovation’s agritech team, joined Business is Boring this week.

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20 February 2020

Business is Boring with Pranav Chopra from Nemi Teas

Host Simon Pound talks to Pranav Chopra, founder and CEO of refugee-supporting tea company 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 […]

Host Simon Pound talks to Pranav Chopra, founder and CEO of refugee-supporting tea company 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… Host Simon Pound talks to Pranav Chopra, founder and CEO of refugee-supporting tea company 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 growing business addressing a growing problem, and helping to drive the idea that you can vote for the kind of world you want to live in with every dollar you spend. To talk about social enterprise, the Nemi Teas journey and what’s next for the brand, founder and CEO Pranav Chopra joined the podcast.

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13 February 2020

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

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 …

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… 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 Ogilvie and Nick Landsman joined Business is Boring this week to talk about what goes into creating a dining experience and how in hospitality – a notoriously fickle industry – opening a restaurant is never as easy as it seems. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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4 February 2020

Business is Boring with Jimmy Hayes from Minaal

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 …

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… 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, global success, taking on an industry with massive incumbents, and the power of the crowd, Jimmy Hayes joined us for a half hour chat. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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29 January 2020

Business is Boring with Morris Pita from EmergencyQ

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 Emerg…

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… 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 departments can better prioritise working on the highest-need cases. The app is the idea of Morris Pita, who gained an MBA at Oxford, was involved in delivering some of the biggest clean energy generation projects in the country, and became a consultant working on significant Māori economic development projects. To talk the journey, the goals of EmergencyQ and economic development, Pita joined Business is Boring for a chat. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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22 January 2020

Business is Boring with Greg Brebner from Blunt Umbrellas

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 Blun…

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… 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 the podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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15 January 2020

Business is Boring with Bridie Picot from Wrappy and Thing Industries

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 …

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… 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 Pillow and a chair with no seat. From this Bridie has launched Wrappy, a design-led gift-wrap business, and also The Shack, an artfully composed rental project in upstate New York. To talk making it in the Big Apple and turning ideas into reality we caught up with Bridie in the studio on a visit home. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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8 January 2020

Business is Boring with Mike Taylor

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 o…

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… 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 under management that has returned $350m to its clients. Mike Taylor, founder of Pie Funds, turned his $3000 and some other funds into $200k, attracting investment enough to go out on his own. Then the financial crisis hit. He battled through, bought while the getting was good, and was able to build his way to some of the best returns in the business. Today they are involved in funds management, wealth advisory and Juno KiwiSaver, which offers a low-fee model that they are now challenging the industry to match. I got to know Mike when I did some writing for his company, and was amazed at his story, so it is a great pleasure to welcome him as a guest on Business is Boring. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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