Interviews

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Digital diva

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Digital diva

There’s one Kiwi businesswoman who knows which buttons to press when it comes to mobile technology based solutions. In fact, she thrives on the constant evolution of the online sphere, giving people what they want, when they want it. Davina Richards talks to Jenene Crossan about her new business model which literally gives women power in the palm of their hand.   Shooting for the stars Jenene had me at “I had never created anything”. Of course, everyone has to start somewhere, but I’m amazed how this woman has solidified herself as a...

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The Edge Of Innovation

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The Edge Of Innovation

Eco-systems, adapt or die, viruses, bugs. We’re talking nature right? Wrong. For Geraldine McBride it’s strictly business. A kiwi born and bred, Geraldine McBride has worked her way through the business world from IBM New Zealand’s class of ‘95 to starting her own company while sitting on the board of various others. From this you may assume that she studied business, economics perhaps. But you would be wrong. McBride’s career started in the world of zoology, or frogs to be exact, and she naturally progressed from there. Her past roles...

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Finding Flavour

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Finding Flavour

Vinturi wine aerator Wine which has been allowed to breathe tastes better. As wine breathes, it opens up, and releases its intended aromas and flavours. Traditionally, decanters were used to aerate wine. However, decanting is time consuming, cumbersome, and inconvenient. Vinturi’s patented design delivers perfect aeration in the time it takes to pour a glass. Simply hold Vinturi over a glass and pour the wine. It draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. You’ll notice a...

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Jeremy Bendall

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Jeremy Bendall

Serving up potential By Sandy Galland “Serving those that need help is my game and in so doing, it is better to first seek to understand than be understood.” This was one of the many pearls of wisdom divulged during my conversation with Jeremy Bendall; passionate businessman and mentor, sports, youth and community advocate. It has always been said that if you want something done, ask a busy person. With this said, if you want results then Jeremy is your go-to guy. “I am passionate about helping people succeed — I hate to see Kiwis fail when...

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Scott Unsworth

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Scott Unsworth

Natural design Success starts with a dream and for Scott Unsworth, founder of international sportswear brand Orca, the dream has never changed. Sandy Galland talks to Scott to discover more about the man who was forced to give up pro-sports, but who has still managed to dominate sports arenas the world over in ways he never thought possible. “I have always liked to win. I am very determined and competitive… I just don’t like coming second,” says Scott. Throughout our conversation this sheer determination is evident and despite hitting the...

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Tony Faulkenstein

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Tony Faulkenstein

Walking on water By Zoë George Sitting outside on a mild autumn day drinking lattes, with golden leaves swirling around and the sun on our backs — a perfectly relaxed setting to find out who the man behind all that entrepreneurial talent really is. Some say you’ve made it if you have the three Bs — the BMW, the bach and the boat. “I don’t have the Beemer, the bach or the boat, I don’t have any of them,” says businessman Tony Falkenstein. “I guess I haven’t made it!” That statement couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to Tony, who...

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Mike Moore

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Mike Moore

Moore’s law Sandy Galland searches out Mike Moore to discover what it is a former PM does to fill his days. The name Mike Moore conjures up many an image. While once he was a regular in our media as director general of the World Trade Organisation, and for a short stint our Prime Minister, he has held many a position of power in opposition and in government. Today he is not an unknown visitor to our TV’s, but what is it Mike has been doing with his time since he left the international spotlight in 2002? For one he has been busy writing...

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John Hart

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John Hart

Black days and silver linings Principles guide us, discipline drives us and passion fires us. If John Hart had to pick one of these three attributes as having more importance or dominance than another, it would be passion. Hart is a man of discipline and principle, with a monstrous dose of passion mixed in. Stir it up with a healthy dose of balance and this, he believes, is the recipe for winning. Sandy Galland talks with one of the most controversial All Blacks’ coaches in modern history. But, as is so often the way, that’s just a tiny part...

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Gareth Morgan

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Gareth Morgan

Uncharted waters Gareth Morgan is a man who needs little introduction. He is a direct, sharp shooter known for delivering the facts as he sees them… sugar coating not included. Sandy Galland goes fishing for information on his philosophy on life, success and the flagging wealth of the ordinary Kiwi. As our multitude of economic woes continue to snowball, New Zealanders have been too slow in responding, says our country’s highest profile economic commentator, well-known columnist, author, television debater, public speaker and biker. Last year...

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Andy Hamilton

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Andy Hamilton

Trading Places Small and medium enterprises make up 97 percent of our business landscape. These companies are packed to the brim with extraordinary people. Yet as a nation we are slipping further down the OECD productivity scale. Why? And more importantly how do we start climbing out of the doldrums? Sandy Galland seeks the opinion of The Icehouse CEO Andy Hamilton on how to overcome our fear of success (or is that failure?), our place in the business world and what each and every SME can do to contribute positively to the economy. “We have...

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