Column on Moxie 20 (on Auckland)

Some diary challenges have slowed the podcast production for October and November, but Vaughn Davis is in the NBR with his column on Moxie Session number 20. The topic was:

    Auckland is New Zealand’s only credible claim to a city of global scale. How are we going with this experiment of a single city? What role does Auckland play in national economic development, either as a centre in its own right, or as a launchpad to the world?”

More on it here.


Column on Moxie Session 8 on access to capital

Check out Mr Vaughn Davis’ column on the Moxie Session discussion on access to capital that recently appeared in the NBR.

Sadly it is behind their paywall at present, but we are endeavouring to remedy that. In the meantime here is a PDF copy.

Of course, you can also listen to the podcast, or read the transcript.

Moxie Podcast 8 (on access to capital) out now

This is the podcast from the eighth Moxie session, held 2 September 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The topic is:

How good is access to capital for tech startups and growing firms in New Zealand, what has been fixed, and what remains to be done? Are we destined to be a start-up shop for the world (selling our ideas on at an early stage or accepting that foreign funding means moving head office offshore) or can we really grow businesses of scale from all the way down here?


  • Amelia Wong on the present enthusiasm in public markets
  • Sacha Judd on the general lack of understanding on both the investor and entrepreneur sides of the deal
  • Karl van Randow with observations on the value of capital and the tradeoffs of accepting itBrian Sweeney on brand New Zealand and its role in the world

Interview by Glenn Williams.

Listen or subscribe to the series via iTunes or through the magic of RSS from

Listen now on Mixcloud.

Moxie podcast 1 (on New Zealand’s attractiveness to entrepreneurs) out now

This is the catchup from the very first Moxie Session, held in December 2012.

The topic is:

Why is NZ not yet the destination of choice for the world’s best entrepreneurs


  • Paul Brislen of TUANZ on the need for a vision
  • Vaughn Davis from The Goat Farm on why foreign business-people might like it here
  • Rick Shera of Lowndes Jordan on the struggles of a small place with lots of government and a fear of failure

Interview by Glenn Williams.

Listen or subscribe to the series via iTunes.

Listen now on Mixcloud.