StartupDigest Offers Event Buffet

It has been a busy year, but I always manage to keep some time free for an important project close to my heart. It involves curating content for the New Zealand StartupDigest. The weekly publication provides a quick reference summary of all the best start-up, technology and innovation events across New Zealand.

StartupDigest was co-founded by Chris McCann who describes himself as an “entrepreneurial activist”. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Chris has managed to motivate around 50 writers, entrepreneurs and fellow activists from around the globe to contribute all of the event content that goes into the various digests each week. It’s a much needed (free) service that helps everybody to connect within the tech start-up ecosystem.

You can subscribe to StartupDigest by selecting a country, city or university community that interests you. It is also possible to subscribe to specific verticals such as green tech or mobile, for example. This week’s NZ StartupDigest is available here. If you have any start-up, technology or innovation related events coming up in 2011 we’d love to hear about it. There is no cost for listing an event and it’s a great way to connect with hundreds of people interested in the tech start-up scene.

The Hills Are Alive

The hills of Wellington may not be alive with the sound of music as such, but they are home to some of New Zealand’s coolest emerging technology sector companies.

Providing a network forum for entrepreneurs to connect with investors, future employees and other innovators is part of what we do at Unlimited Potential. This week IN-Business magazine published its fantabulous SmartNZ technology supplement and were kind enough to include an article penned by yours truly. In the article I talk about the resurgence of tech entrepreneurship and how we can enjoy New Zealand’s lifestyle whilst scaling our businesses globally.

The publication leans heavily on the people and events happening in the technology scene around the Greater Wellington region and is a beacon of light for those of us working within smaller tech companies. Being an entrepreneur has its ups and downs and we all need a little dose of inspiration at times. Tim Collins and the team at IN-Business have done an outstanding job with SmartNZ and I would highly recommend grabbing a hard copy or checking out the digital version of the magazine.

The article I wrote for SmartNZ also mentions Startup Digest, a weekly listing of startup, innovation and technology events. If you would like to subscribe to the New Zealand digest or find out how to get your tech event or product launch listed, you can find this week’s edition here.

ION e-Letter May/June 2010

GeniusNet is proud to host the ION e-Letter. ION is New Zealand’s original virtual community forum for innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors and investors. 

ION is kindly supported by EGL, Revera and iWantMyName.

During 2010 we are moving to an opt-in newsletter format for ION. Through our relationship with Silicon Valley based theStartupDigest.com we can now offer you a weekly digest update of tech/biz/startup events across New Zealand. To check out the latest NZ digest, follow this short link:

http://iwmn.me/1gOw4A

Hit the subscription button within the digest to get a weekly update of events in New Zealand and please let us know if you have a technology, innovation or startup event or a cool product launch that you wish to promote. Also, if you are heading offshore on company business, don’t forget to check out other regional Startup Digest event listings.

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ION e-Letter March/April 2010

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ION is kindly supported by EGL, Revera and iWantMyName.

During 2010 we are moving to an opt-in newsletter format. Through our relationship with Silicon Valley based theStartupDigest.com we can now offer you a weekly digest update of tech/biz/startup events across New Zealand. To check out the latest NZ digest, follow this short link:

http://eepurl.com/oky5

Follow the subscription button within the digest to get a weekly update of events in New Zealand and please let us know if you have a technology, innovation or startup event or a cool product launch that you wish to promote. Also, if you are heading offshore on company business, don’t forget to check out other regional Startup Digest event listings.

Why are we doing this? This is ION’s 8th year and it has never been more important to share knowledge and connect. Small businesses (especially knowledge based ventures) are leading the world out of recession. Connectors such as ION play an important role.

You can follow ION on Twitter now too!

Keep in touch and please share this with others.

ION e-Letter Jan/Feb 2010

GeniusNet is proud to host the ION e-Letter. ION is New Zealand’s original virtual community forum for innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors and investors. February and March are looking like hot months for tech, business and innovation events all over New Zealand.

ION is kindly supported by EGL, Revera and iWantMyName.

Collaboration with Start-Up Digest

We are thrilled to announce that our New Zealand biz/tech event listings will be shouted out globally from this month.  TEDxSV social media strategist and Silicon Valley based entrepreneur Chris McCann also runs the highly acclaimed The StartUp Digest and has now included New Zealand event listings within his service offering. It’s more important than ever for New Zealand tech companies to connect offshore and especially in the U.S. market, so if you have an upcoming event or are a technology start-up with a launch announcement – please contact ION about it so we can share.

Don’t forget to sign up for The StartUp Digest to find out about global biz/tech events if you are heading offshore to promote your business.

Webstock – Wellington – 15-19 February

Design, development, mobile, usability, content, community, open data, innovation & inspiration. 5 full-on days. 13 hands-on workshops. 24 kickass international speakers. 24 must-see presentations including Kevin Rose (Digg) and Eric Ries (Lean StartUps guy).

http://www.webstock.org.nz/

Eric Ries Workshop – Webstock – Wellington – 15th February

The Lean Startup: a disciplined approach to imagining, designing, and building new products. Through case studies, exercises, and discussions, Eric Ries will guide entrepreneurs of all stripes through the key areas that determine success for startups: product, engineering, QA, marketing, and business strategy.

http://www.webstock.org.nz/10/programme/workshops.php#ries

NZICT Meeting – Wellington – 16th February

Andy Lark is a director of technology venture capital firm No 8 Ventures and sits on the board of Xero. He also chairs the NZTE technology beachhead in the U.S. market. Andy will speak about a number of themes covering ICT, marketing and communications.

http://www.ict.org.nz/index.php/02022010_wellington-members-meeting/

SKANZ 2010 Conference – Auckland 16-18 February

Reviews recent developments with the Square Kilometre Array, a next generation radio telescope project aimed at probing the universe with a much greater degree of resolution than before. 

http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/computing–mathematical-sciences/skanz-2010-conference

Accelerate 2010 – Hawkes Bay – 17th February

Interactive one day session for management, founders and investors of high growth New Zealand technology companies. Features ex-pat Kiwi Andy Lark (senior exec at Dell). Good food, wine and music plus workshops covering strategy, marketing and funding. [Sold out – but may consider individual late applications]

http://www.0to60.com/
 

Escalator – Power Pitching – Various venues from 18th February

Interactive workshop where you will learn what investors are looking for in an investor pitch. The course helps you to refine your company “pitch”.

http://angelassociation.trainingplatform.co.nz/courses/1-power-pitching

Mentors Needed for E-Day – Wellington – Tuesday 23 February  

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) needs some mentors for an E-Day. The E-Day will kick off this year’s YES programme in the Wellington region. About 60 student companies are taking part and they need 30 mentors. YES in Wellington is managed by the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce.

1.30- 2.45pm. Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Ground Floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University.

Distiller Event – Dunedin – Thursday 25 February

Technology start-up incubator Distiller is holding a meetup with guest presenters at South Bar, Frederick Street, Dunedin.

http://thedistiller.org/

Activate Networking Event – Wellington – Thursday 25 February

Want to activate your business or idea? Activate’s mission is to find Wellington’s most talented entrepreneurs and give them the skills, know-how and networks to get their dreams off the ground and their businesses humming. Mingle with Wellington’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and hear from some amazing businesses already on the journey.

Venue: Smith the Grocer, Old Bank Arcade  RSVP: By Monday 22 February to: activate [at} growwellington (dot) co [dot) nz

2010 Shanghai Expo Workshop – Wellington – 26 February

The Wellington City Council invites interested parties to attend a workshop on the 2010 Shanghai Expo. The workshop is a chance to learn more about Wellington City Council’s ideas on sending a delegation to the Shanghai Expo – and the potential opportunities for your business. RSVP by 19th Feb.

More details here >>

Damsel’s Den – Wellington – 9th March

Unlimited Potential  and Angel HQ matchmake angel investors with technology geeks and cool startup founders. Special guest Bill Payne, engineer, entrepreneur and technology investor.

http://up.org.nz/damsels-den-201/

Planet 2010 Conference Launchpad – Auckland 12-13 March Telecommunications industry event offering 10 start-up companies the chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. The winner will receive $70,000 worth of IT, marketing, legal and accounting services.

http://www.planet2010.co.nz/launchpad/

Spark 2010 Launch – Auckland – 18 March

The University of Auckland Business School Entrepreneurship Challenge kicks off with a launch event on 18th March 5.30pm. 

http://www.spark.auckland.ac.nz/


NZBio Conference – Auckland 22-24 March

The annual showcase for New Zealand’s life sciences sector. Attracting innovators, entrepreneurs and investors from across the agriculture, food, health and biofuel industries.

http://www.nzbio2010.co.nz/home

CloudCamp Wellington – 26th March

CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas.

http://www.cloudcamp.org/wellington

Want to add your tech/biz/startup event? Contact us @ Twitter or post a comment below.

ION e-Letter Nov/Dec 2009

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Lots of stuff happening early in 2010, so here goes…

LCA2010 and Multicore Computing Miniconf

LCA2010 is a fun and informal technical conference for Linux and open source fans. If you are interested in multicore and parallel computing then come along to the MiniConf at the Linux conference. Registrations close in a few days for the event which kicks off in Wellington on 18th January.

Summer of Code Tech Start-Up Panel

If you are in the Capital for LCA2010, why not take your lunch break at the TechTalks panel session, also on the 18th January. This one hour seminar will feature a number of local speakers closely involved in funding and building new ventures.

Bloggers Predictions to the Fore

Unlimited Potential once again brings you the Bloggers PredICT event from the glittering starlight lounge at the Wellington Chamber. StrICTly tongue-in-cheek this event promises to enrage, enthrall and entertain. See last years players defend the indefensible and this years seers gaze into their murky crystal balls to predict developments on the information technology scene.

Registrations are essential for this 28th January event.

Accelerate 2010 Already A Winner

Rod Drury makes no apologies for the fact that he likes to surround himself with sharp players that operate at the highest levels in business. Accelerate 2010 is a one day event in Hawkes Bay covering marketing, strategy and funding for high growth technology businesses, whilst entertaining guests with the best in Kiwi wine, food and music.

The fact that the event sold out early illustrates just how under-served this market is currently. Entrepreneurs are in need of some inspiration right now! But we hear that organisers are still holding a small number of places, if you can make a good case. Let’s hope 0-to-60 becomes a regular (and larger) event on the technology calendar.

A Decade of New Media

If they can’t squeeze you into Accelerate and you are into digital media marketing and advertising, you might like to head across the Tasman to this special event from the outstanding XMediaLab team. Media2010 looks at building marketing strategies and digital communities around brands.

Ries and Rose Top Stellar Webstock Cast

The February 15-19 event in Wellington is pulling out all the stops to provide a stunning gallery of web design and development superstars. Webstock will feature three days of workshops followed by two days of conference proper. Over twenty international speakers will be involved including famed Silicon Valley start-up advisor Eric Ries, Kevin Rose – founder of Digg, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and John Resig, creator of the jQuery.

NZ/Australia Investment Forum

Investment New Zealand and AusTrade are tasked with attracting foreign direct investment into their respective nations. They are jointly facilitating a two day forum in Auckland commencing 10th March, which will provide an overview of opportunities to investors interested in the Australia-New Zealand region. The conference brings together companies seeking investment, corporate and government leaders and academic researchers.

Kiwi to Organise Regional CloudCamps

Canterbury based technology entrepreneur and blogger Ben Kepes has recently been appointed CloudCamp organiser for the Australia/New Zealand region. CloudCamp is a rapidly growing movement that provides events for I.T. professionals and vendors interested in the business of providing “cloud based” computing services. We hear that a major regional event is planned for Sydney on the 4th of March.

W2W Goes Nationwide in 2010

Unlimited Potential’s annual technology showcase is aimed at cultivating the entrepreneurial ecosystem for emerging tech ventures. Included in this year’s stellar speaker line-up was Read Write Web founder Richard MacManus, McDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year John Watt and Ben Young author, entrepreneur and social media guru.

The event revolves around pitches from local tech entrepreneurs and presentations from the cutting edge of ICT research and then promoting those pitches to a global audience through a video channel with the help of KEA.

In 2010 W2W will be opened up to selected tech companies from throughout New Zealand. Watch this space.

iwantmynameION Spotlight – Amberdms

Amberdms is an open source billing software solution provider aiming at professionals and small enterprises that need to take care of billing, time-keeping and client invoicing. The company, which also does software development and Linux consulting was recently featured in this detailed article.

Got an enterprising Kiwi tech story to share? I want your name! ION Spotlight is kindly supported by iWantMyName New Zealand’s most innovative global domain registrar.

ION e-Letter August/September 2009

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W2W W0W

The magic that is Wellington to the World returns on the 17th of November. Unlimited Potential are once again managing this annual technology showcase aimed at further cultivating the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Included in this year’s stellar speaker line-up are Read Write Web founder Richard MacManus, McDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year John Watt and Ben Young author, entrepreneur and social media guru. The event revolves around pitches from local tech entrepreneurs and presentations from the cutting edge of ICT research.

The central theme for W2W is “going global from New Zealand” so video content from the event is circulated to KEA‘s global network. Entrepreneurs from last year actually received phone calls from investors in the United States after seeing the online video content. Business intelligence software developer Futrix secured direct assistance from W2W co-sponsor UKTI to establish a market presence in Europe, after they presented at last year’s event.

Registrations are essential for this key event that aims to build bridges between technology innovators, entrepreneurs and investors.

http://www.up.org.nz/w2w09/

EDTalks Symposium

If you are planning to head to the capital for W2W, why not stay on for EdTalks the following day? The symposium will attract educators and officialdom from around New Zealand to hear about technology, learning, creativity and innovation. The programme looks great if you are in this field.

http://www.core-ed.net/edtalks-symposium

Icehouse Fast Pitch 2009

Fast Pitch is a real-life Dragon’s Den style business pitch competition for Kiwi entrepreneurs. Last year’s winner of the Best Funding Opportunity for Investors category was Sam Ng from Wellington. His company, Optimal Workshop, develops specialised feedback to enable software developers a way of getting and following-up feedback from end users. The programme offers pitching workshops and personal coaching and is great value at only $85.

Multicore Computing MiniConf

Interested in multicore and parallel computing? Come along to the MiniConf at the Linux conference in January. Multicore and parallel computing is an emerging area that promises to spawn some of the high growth businesses of the future. If you are a technology entrepreneur or investor, computing science researcher or software developer, the miniconf may well be of interest.

iwantmynameION Spotlight – Beetil

Beetil is a web-based service management solution by Wellington developers YouDo. Based around the ITIL framework, Beetil provides a seamless and easy to use framework for I.T. support and compliance. YouDo co-founder Dan Lee says that Beetil simplifies service management for small and medium enterprises who aren’t looking for a highly complex system. Beetil not only handles fault management, but also compliance around software changes. Users can also control customer access permissions through a unique portal set-up.

http://www.beetil.com/

Got an enterprising Kiwi tech story to share? I want your name! ION Spotlight is kindly supported by iWantMyName New Zealand’s most innovative global domain registrar.

ION Homepage Makeover

In case you have been wondering what has happened to our homepage – fear not. During October we plan to spend some time tidying up the site and returning it to its former glory. In the meantime you can still reach the ION forum here.

Got an event or story related to innovation or entrepreneurship in New Zealand? We’d love to place it in our bi-monthly newsletter. Reply to this blog or catch up on Twitter @GeniusNet.

ION e-Letter June/July

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WordPress Founder to Visit

Local WordCamp organisers are delighted that WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg will be keynote speaker at their mini-conference on 8th-9th August in Wellington. Matt launched the WP parent company at the tender age of 21. WordPress powers some of the world’s most influential blog sites and his Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur success story is a fascinating one. Event updates can be found on Twitter @wordcampnz.

http://wordcamp.org.nz/

Virtual Expo Matchmakes ICT Jobs with Employees

Demand for  high end technical staff seems to be continuing in New Zealand despite the recession according to VirtualExpoNZ, who promoted their virtual showcase environment with a free expo to assist technology sector firms identify employees from around the globe. New Zealand technology success stories Endace and CatalystIT and recruiter 920 were amongst the participants. The online event was held on Thursday July 16th but short presentations from industry insiders are still available on the expo site. And if you need a global showcase for your product range, get in touch with the VirtualExpoNZ team to see how they can help.

http://www.virtualdemo.co.nz/exponz/

ION Spotlight – PocketSmith

Basic budgeting and financial management is not that hard, says PocketSmith co-founder Jason Leong, but the tools that are currently available are just not that easy to use. With this in mind, his Dunedin based developer team set out to create an online application that could help people sort out their finances. Pocketsmith recently got a very positive review in Lifehacker a well known gadget lovers blog and continues to build on their success in attracting users. The service looks particularly valuable for small businesses that need to pay close attention to cashflow forecasting.

Got an enterprising Kiwi tech story to share? I want your name! ION Spotlight is kindly supported by iWantMyName New Zealand’s most innovative global domain registrar.

Geeks Gather for Games and Gadgets Fest

Unlimited Potential will present the annual Gadgets, Games and Geeks festival on Monday 24th August. The event especially welcomes start-up companies who wish to show off their new games or gadgets. A special guest speaker will be announced shortly. For updates follow @upnz on Twitter. Details on how to participate as an exhibitor or attendee are available here:

http://www.up.org.nz/ggg-09/

The Best Ideas Are Free

Marketing entrepreneur and self-styled digital optimist Ben Young has launched his first book. Described as a series of inspirational rants, Ben has many anecdotes and words of advice for folks looking to launch the next big thing.

http://www.bwagy.com/books/

ICEHOUSE Open Days

Auckland incubator the ICEHOUSE are running an open day jam packed full of useful business seminars and presentations aimed at assisting new ventures to the next level. If you can spare the afternoon of 29th July you won’t be disappointed. Learn about what an incubator can offer your business and hear some war stories from those who went before. All activities are free including a networking session in the evening.

http://www.theicehouse.co.nz/

ION Member Profile – Aaron Davidson

Aaron was one of our very first sign-ups way back when. He is CEO of Simworks  an Auckland company established in 2001 and specialising in the development of innovative applications for mobile devices. Notably the company built and successfully distributed an early Symbian anti-virus application. There are now about 1.5 million users of Simworks anti-virus software across a number of platforms. Another Kiwi tech success story.

ION Homepage

You may have noticed that the ION homepage has had a change of venue. Due to a server being decommissioned at Auckland University we needed to quickly move our front page to a temporary WordPress site. All of the current forum and login links are available on the new page in the meantime however.

ION e-Letter March/April 2009

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XMediaLab Sails into Auckland

The wonderful XMediaLab returns to New Zealand with a three day event in Auckland this year. After last years tremendous success it is encouraging to see XMediaLab returning to host another event focussed on commercialisation of ideas. With the support of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Friday 22nd May sees a full day seminar open to anyone interested in high tech entrepreneurship, followed by a weekend coaching session for selected start-up ventures. In terms of relationship building and knowledge sharing, quite possibly the most valuable annual event on the innovation and entrepreneurship seminar calendar.

Internet Must Encapsulate Social Values

Technology is not neutral and web designers cannot afford to sit on the fence when it comes to building socio-technical systems says Massey University researcher Brian Whitworth. Designers must “enable virtue” in a web context because the Internet relies on trust and technology devoid of values will otherwise run rampant. Dr Whitworth has published a handbook of social-technical design for web designers working in the area of social networking systems.

New .TEL Domains Perfect for Small Business

Thousands of small businesses are currently missing out on the benefits of an Internet presence because they don’t want the hassle and cost of developing and maintaining a website. But the new .TEL domains changes all that with a global virtual telephone book. Each of the new domains comes with a free and secure website upon which the domain owner can publish a short profile plus keep any contact information such as phone number, social networking pages and related links fully updated. Wellington based registrar iWantMyName is currently the only New Zealand provider of .TEL domains.

UP3D

Unlimited Potential, Wellington’s leading provider of networking events to the ICT community, is hosting UP3D on Friday 24th April. UP3D will feature Gavin Lennox, CEO of Nextspace and Dr Steven Mills from the Geospatial Research Centre who will show off some of their toys and talk about how they are engaging with the local technology industry to facilitate new ventures and collaborations. Please register for this event as places are limited.

Adept Offers Prize for Inventors

Auckland plastics and medical device manufacturer Adept has embraced crowd-sourcing of innovation and is offering its resources to the winner of a competition for a new humanitarian product. The winning idea will get $50,000 worth of help, including design, development and regulatory expertise. A medical and plastics-based product would best suit Adept’s expertise, says managing director Murray Fenton, but other products would be considered. Find out more on Bizchat.

[We also hear that a separate but major initiative is in the pipeline to support emerging technology businesses specifically involved in the health sector. Keep an eye on the GeniusNet blog for more details coming very soon.]

ION Spotlight – Learning Source

Petone based Learning Source is rapidly gaining attention as a provider of service management software for the training sector. The company provides the Software-as-a-Service application to trainers, industry bodies and other software companies. Microsoft were so impressed by the technology that they have included Learning Source in their BizSpark programme which assists developers to connect with customers and grow their market. Learning Source is embarking on a road tour around New Zealand to demo the application to potential users and connect with industry in general. More details can be found on the Learning Source blog.

Got an enterprising Kiwi tech story to share? I want your name! ION Spotlight is kindly supported by iWantMyName.

Hi-Tech Start-Ups Brewing at the Distiller

Dunedin’s tech network The Distiller has been named as a finalist in this year’s PWC Hitech Awards. Established by local tech entrepreneurs the Distiller was set up to bust the myth that failure is the quickest road to learning, says PocketSmith co-founder and Distiller advocate Francois Bondiguel. By providing a focus point it is hoped that tech company founders can share knowledge assist one another to overcome hurdles as they work towards launching their products on the world stage.

IONise Yourself

Don’t forget to check out the ION forum. Join the conversation on NZ’s original social network for innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors and investors.

ION e-Letter Jan/Feb 2009

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Making Sense of Social Media

We think 2009 will be the year of communities, so businesses need good advice when it comes to devising social media strategy. Navigating corporate blogs, twittering and online community development are rapidly becoming core activities for marketers in both small and larger businesses. But there seems to be an explosion of “social media consultants” bursting onto the scene. Who can you trust? ION member Simon Young offers advice through his company iJump and has loads of free resources available on the iJump TV site. Well worth a look.

BizChat Offers Sound Advice to SMEs

Speaking of community sites – serial entrepreneur and technology columnist/blogger Ben Kepes has launched a free online community that provides advice and knowledge sharing for New Zealand’s small and medium enterprises. Got a question about GST? Need help with your export documentation? Struggling with a curly HR problem? Chances are you can get an answer to your question on the BizChat forum from resident experts or from other forum users.

Your Shiny New Online Business

Do you have a brilliant idea for a new online business in 2009 but not sure how to get started? Get in touch with GeniusNet and we will help you formulate your idea. We’ve got access to skilled web developers, social media experts, data hosting suppliers and project management people. And if we can’t help, we will probably know someone in our network who can.

Kiwi Tech Appraises Video Evangelism

Last year’s W2W event saw local tech firms promoting themselves at a live demo session and through videos exported onto YouTube. With talks from both entrepreneurs and technology researchers, the half day event attracted media and investor interest. Organisers hope to repeat W2W again in November this year and are looking for cutting edge tech firms to audition and project partners/supporters. Presenters must be able to clearly articulate a value proposition that entails a globally scalable, NZ owned and built technology opportunity.

iPhone innovation impresses

An iPhone application that allows users to search for and register domains on the go has had thousands of downloads from Apple’s App Store. Wellington based web technology developer ideegeo Group Limited launched the iPhone app to promote its new domain registrar site iWantMyName. The iPhone tool not only differentiates the registrar in a competitive marketplace, but also demonstrates Kiwi expertise in translating e-commerce applications into a mobile setting. The company is also launching an Erlang user group because of its success in rolling out very high volume, low latency e-commerce solutions using this emerging programming language.

Real Life Networks Important Too

Virtual communities are spreading like wildfire and we are proud to say that ION was one of the earliest in NZ. But it’s important to get out from behind your PC or laptop sometimes and go meet real people. That’s how you build trust. Wellington ICT network Unlimited Potential has loads of networking events planned for 2009. If you want to promote your tech venture or a networking event through ION, please log in and post on the ION forum or let us know by reply with a comment below. Happy to help.

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