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We’ve invited some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most inspiring tech founders, leaders and creators, to chat about taking their tech to the world, and the challenges and triumphs they’ve experienced along the way. From a gothic fishing game that's become a global hit, to a world leading medtech solution for gastric dysfunction; from beautiful brand tracking software, to a sustainable nanocellulose hydrogel derived from seaweed, and more... Join us as we discover how New Zealand technology is building a better tomorrow.

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We’ve invited some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most inspiring tech founders, leaders and creators, to chat about taking their tech to the world, and the challenges and triumphs they’ve experienced along the way. From a gothic fishing game that's become a global hit, to a world leading medtech solution for gastric dysfunction; from beautiful brand tracking software, to a sustainable nanocellulose hydrogel derived from seaweed, and more... Join us as we discover how New Zealand technology is building a better tomorrow.

    See Tomorrow First | Dave Rouse, Co-Founder and CEO of CarbonClick

    See Tomorrow First | Dave Rouse, Co-Founder and CEO of CarbonClick

    In the next episode of the STF podcast, we sat down with Dave Rouse, CEO and Co-founder of CarbonClick. 

    CarbonClick is a climatetech SaaS platform that empowers businesses to integrate carbon offsetting in a simple, meaningful and transparent way, designed as a tool to support companies on their decarbonisation journey. Their vision is to inspire 1 billion clicks for a cooler planet. 

    In this conversation, Dave takes us through CarbonClick's journey from launching in New Zealand to bringing on global clients within their first month. We discussed how the company’s focus on transparency is a key differentiator that helps them build trust with their customers around the world, and how leaning into New Zealand’s reputation for care for the environment is helping CarbonClick to grow. 

    With plenty of plans for growth in the future, the future is looking bright for CarbonClick. 

    • 26 min
    See Tomorrow First | Alliv Samson, Co-Founder and CGO of Kami

    See Tomorrow First | Alliv Samson, Co-Founder and CGO of Kami

    We were delighted to have Alliv Samson, Co-Founder and CGO (Chief Growth Officer) join us to share Kami’s journey.

    Kami is a New Zealand edtech company that is transforming the way students and teachers engage and collaborate with learning resources. Alongside her three co-founders, Alliv’s has grown Kami’s user base to more than 40 million people across 180 countries.

    In this inspiring conversation, Alliv takes us through Kami's inception and how the founding team’s unrelenting dedication to meeting their customers’ needs has been a key ingredient to their success. 

    We discuss the big decisions they made during the pandemic which led to 1200% growth, and how they maintain a competitive edge as a New Zealand-based company with a global customer-base.

    • 31 min
    See Tomorrow First live at Techweek | New Zealand's Space Sector

    See Tomorrow First live at Techweek | New Zealand's Space Sector

    At the launch of Techweek24, CEO of NZ Story David Downs sat down with 2 leaders in the NZ space sector to talk about how NZ ingenuity is shaping humanity's future in space. Our panellists were:

    Morgan Connaughton, Director of Comms, Rocket Lab

    Stefan Powell, CEO and CTO, Dawn Aerospace

    Aotearoa is home to space tech innovation that’s rapidly putting us on the international space map, in fact, we’re the 4th largest player in space in the world.

    We  have the world’s first fully private orbital launch site, capable of 120 launches a year. Our space innovators have developed a rapidly reusable, rocket-powered space aircaft as well as a fuel-free, solar-powered satellite control and propulsion system. We partner internationally on world-leading research to reduce climate change, minimise space debris, and gather data to improve life on earth.

    All this is backed by an agile space industry that empowers us to think bigger, move faster, aim higher.

    • 24 min
    See Tomorrow First live at Techweek | New Zealand's Games Sector

    See Tomorrow First live at Techweek | New Zealand's Games Sector

    At the launch of Techweek24, CEO of NZ Story David Downs sat down with 3 leaders in the NZ gaming sector to talk about how they're taking NZ creativity global. Our panellists were:

    Sam Ramlu, CEO and Co-Founder of Method, Mighty Eyes and Mad Carnival

    Mario Wynands, CEO and Co-Founder of PikPok

    Antony Blackett, BDM of Synty Studios



    New Zealand’s gaming sector is booming, in fact it’s poised to become a billion-dollar industry in the next few years.

    Our rich history of creativity and ingenuity is the foundation of our globally competitive gaming industry. New Zealanders are behind some of the world’s most downloaded games, and our games studios draw on award-winning visual effects expertise and the latest technology to create immersive, impactful games and content, and to supply the world’s best 3D art packs to developers all over the planet.

    • 34 min
    See Tomorrow First | Toby Littin, CEO and Co-Founder of Parkable

    See Tomorrow First | Toby Littin, CEO and Co-Founder of Parkable

    It was excellent to kick-off Season 2 of the podcast by sitting down with Toby Littin, Co-Founder and CEO of Parkable.

    Parkable is a marketplace and SaaS solution that aims to make parking painless and profitable. Toby was one of 3 founders who came together in 2015, united in the knowledge that parking is a universally terrible experience, with an ambitious goal to build a company that would make it better for everyone.

    Toby believes that better parking has a part to play in a more sustainable future, and he and his growing team are scaling globally with that vision, operating in the US, UK, Australia and Europe.

    This insightful and wide ranging conversation spanned from the company’s origins, to its pivot to SaaS, to the importance of team culture when scaling to the world, and what Parkable’s customers love about working with them. Toby shared Parkable’s story with such honesty and humour, we hope you enjoy the conversation as much we did. 

    • 29 min
    See Tomorrow First | Dr Brian Ward, founder and CEO of Aroa Biosurgery

    See Tomorrow First | Dr Brian Ward, founder and CEO of Aroa Biosurgery

    Join us as we talk to Doctor Brian Ward, founder and CEO of Aroa; a soft-tissue regeneration BioTech company that develops, manufactures and distributes medical and surgical products to improve healing in complex wounds and soft tissue reconstruction.

    Brian steps us through Aroa’s beginnings, from investigating and developing a ruminant forestomach extracellular matrix (ECM) technology, through to the company’s global presence today. He shares the challenges faced in the life sciences sector, especially around raising capital and regulatory considerations, and how Aroa has navigated these to scale and make regenerative healing available to people worldwide.

    Hear more from New Zealand’s inspiring tech innovators intent on building a better tomorrow by listening to other episodes in this series. Listen to unique founding stories, from beautiful brand tracking software and a widely acclaimed gothic fishing game, to a seaweed-derived sustainable nanocellulose hydrogel -  an ingenious green alternative to petroleum-based polymers.

    • 28 min

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