Culture and the benefits of being small

A few interesting items have piled up in Moxie’s inbox:

Also The Guardian had an interesting article talking about how great the UK’s technology sector is, including some words on game makers, big data businesses, and how the government and attitudes to business help.

Beyond startups and tech firms

Two articles that caught Moxie’s eye recently and might interest yours:

Nesta, a UK innovation charity, has a project on startups (amongst many other interesting things), trying to broaden the focus on high growth firms beyond the usual digital ventures enabled by venture capital. Read about it. And see also an early product from the project, an interesting set of interviews with twenty high-growth firms.

Daniel Isenberg is in The Economist saying interesting things. Perhaps two interesting things:

  • Focusing only on entrepreneurship in tech firms is a mistake, both because entrepreneurship is much wider than just tech firms, and because all firms are technology firms: “ignoring the opportunities and necessities presented by technology is … no different than ignoring the existence of electricity or cars”; and
  • Focusing on startups may be in error. Scaling up is far harder than starting up, so all the effort on startups is wasted if they do not grow large and make an appreciable impact on the real economy. The headline: “it is very likely that the on-ramp of startups has been jam packed, while the actual speed on the highway has not been impacted at all”, where I take the “actual speed” to mean the rate of improvement in overall economic prosperity in the economy as a whole.

Moxie podcast 9 (on the startup ecosystem) out now

This is the podcast from the ninth Moxie session, held 30 September 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The topic is:

How healthy is the ecosystem for domestic tech-related firms, how does the pipeline look, and how mature is the sector by comparison with earlier times or with other countries? Where should we focus our efforts to improve things? Is it just a question of increasing volumes, or are there still important bits missing from our ICT system, and if so, who can fill the gaps?


  • Andy Hamilton on the substantial challenges that still face tech firms internationalising from New Zealand
  • Lance Wiggs on seeing only part of the picture, and on the value of founder-friendly, smart money
  • Miles Valentine, with observations from years of founding and investing

Interview by Glenn Williams.

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