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The Dilemma of Being a Non-Technical Founder in an All Tech World

At Blackball, we often meet founders with ideas for great new software products and I enjoy talking with them about how to develop and scale their platform as they take on the ...

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Why Small Businesses Need an Innovation Strategy

Interestingly over the years, the term "innovation strategy" may have been something for corporates or the ‘in’ or ‘cool’ companies. What small-to-medium sized business owners ...

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Why Would You Ever Create a Startup? (The Odds Are Horrible …)

What causes a founder to start their business? What do supporters or wider members of the ecosystem say to these founders when they are starting?

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Ready-Made Meal Business has Right Ingredients for Success

  The way we’re eating is changing – more and more of us are opting for a home-cooked ready to eat idea, either fully prepared or part of a meal that can be added to, like a ...

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How to Create Commercial Value for Your Business: 10 Focus Areas

We business owners often get so buried in the day to day, that we forget the myriad of essential building blocks required to be kept in check, in order to create, build, ...

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Sustainable Success: IdealCup’s Path to Becoming a Market-Leading Kiwi Business

Steph Fry is the co-founder of IdealCup, a New Zealand-designed and made reusable cup, made in Wellington. IdealCup have been in business for just under 10 years and in that ...

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Customer Experiences: The Sustainable Competitive Edge

In the business world everyone is always looking for that extra something – the product or technology that will give them that competitive edge. But no matter what is found, ...

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Champion New Zealander: A Tribute to Ian Elliott, 1946-2019

I first met Ian Elliott when he came on The Icehouse AGRI3 (agribusiness) programme. Immediately I knew we had someone who knew more than us all combined. We connected as two ...

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The Icehouse Annual Letter 2018

Hi Icehousers It’s The Icehouse Annual Letter time – yep, its coming to the end of 2018! It’s time again for us to look back on the year that’s been, look forward to the year ...

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Four Financial Tips to Take On Board in 2019

Haven’t quite got your head around the financial numbers in your business? Or sick of a silent room and nodding heads when sharing financial reports with your senior leaders? ...

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