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Kiwi Landing Pad – SF

If you or any of your advisee companies is heading to do business in San Francisco or Silicon Valley the Kiwi Landing pad is the best place to be.

“Kiwi Landing Pad was established to help selected New Zealand tech companies establish and grow their business in the USA.
Supported by prominent tech investors and the New Zealand Government our organisation offers serviced office facilities in the heart of SOMA, home to many of the world’s leading tech and internet organisations.
Kiwi Landing Pad was established to help selected New Zealand tech companies establish and grow their business in the USA.
Landing Pad tenants gain the benefits of an established office facility and access to a wealth of experience and networks in the US business and investment community.”
Who is there already? – check out residents VendHQ, Mako and Xero to name 3 .
The actual physical street address isLevel 1,
880 Harrison Street
San Francisco
CA 94107
Here is a programme that might help you or a company you know.

What could a month in San Francisco do for your business / idea ?

Kiwi Landing Pad (KLP) and Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) have collaborated to provide the opportunity for a group of aspiring entrepreneurs to spend 4 weeks based in San Francisco immersed in presentations and networking with the startup community of Silicon Valley.

Participants will be flown to San Francisco, where they’ll have access to the The Kiwi Landing Pad facilities and meeting rooms, as well as tailored sessions on how to successfully enter the U.S. market, get funding, find a partner, or otherwise get their business to the next level.

Who is it for?

– Entrepreneurs looking to expand their business to the U.S.
– Tech companies looking to accelerate their business plans for funding / customers / distributors in the USA
– Entrepreneurs with a bright idea they want to get off the ground that needs market validation / research in the USA.

How do I apply?

It’s pretty simple first, you need to:

Click here to download the application form.

Feel free to add videos, graphics, or any additional materials you feel your need to get your message across.

Once finished, send your application to:


6 Ideas that Might Help the NZ economy?

Nice to see that the NZX has finally has a blog and is using WordPress so that is good too. They launched today with Economy on the edge: Swan dive or belly flop?

I must say that I like the list of positive actions from NZX chief Mark Weldon titles below go there to read the full version at NZX and David Skilling of the New Zealand Institute.

We need insightful leadership and the risk in NZ is that the general election fudges the short term for vote catching when we should be taking a longer term view.

“Political parties were not adequately discussing it and were instead playing “tick tack” over small amounts of money to taxpayers that will only fund consumption.” Source:NZX

Weldon was at McKinsey and is a qualified economist in the hot seat so his (and Davids”) suggestions make the RB and other look a bit sleepy.

NZX Economy on the edge: Swan dive or belly flop? blog post

  1. Defer all provisional tax payments for next 24 months.
  2. 100 per cent depreciation of capital investment.
  3. Bring talented Kiwis home.
  4. Attract new firms to New Zealand.
  5. Retain the R&;D tax credit, to ensure that R&D investment is made in New Zealand.
  6. Converting KiwiSaver, currently a voluntary scheme, into a compulsory retirement savings plan.

From Economy on the edge: Swan dive or belly flop? A draft strategy for coming out of the crisis stronger –Download Full Document and have a read. Only 18 pages

Good for Mecca and other intertested parties to go write a few comments over there.

Rod Drury already has.

Rod Drury Says:
October 10th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

“Finally some leadership and ideas.

Having just returned from the US and the UK it is so frustrating that this election is about rearranging the deck chairs and not about a coherent plan for really moving New Zealand. The rest of the world is investing and using technology to get ahead and we are quickly becoming Fiji with Snow as David likes to say. We’re blowing our competitive advantage of being small enough to just get stuff done.

I agree with the R&D policy concerns. It was becoming more about rearranging expenses than stimulating new R&D. The IRD was slowly killing it anyway.

Some of these ideas feel a bit radical to happen quickly but fantastic that ideas are at last being thrown around and discussed.

Maybe this crisis is the catalyst to wake some people up. We all want better schools and hospitals but to get those things some of us have to focus on growing the pie and not just how we slice it up. Time for John to step up. I’m nervous we may head for another 3 years of inward focus at a key time where technology changes everything.

Rod Drury

Over to you guys. I’ve had my own crack in New Business Paradigm Needed