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Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. Presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation.

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Simon Pound speaks with innovators and commentators focused on the future of New Zealand. Presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation.

    The Seinfeld-inspired startup simplifying flower buying

    The Seinfeld-inspired startup simplifying flower buying

    If flowers are so often bought by men, how come florists aren't designed to appeal to them more? That’s the (extremely paraphrased) gist of the Jerry Seinfeld routine that helped inspire Vanisha Narsey to start Bouqo, an online platform that helps people select the right floral solution, see examples of bouquets at their price point and get them delivered. With 15 florists onboard across Auckland and plans for expansion, Vanisha joined Business is Boring this week to talk about the idea and its development, how it's going and what’s next.
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    The NZ company working on a new Covid-19 vaccine

    The NZ company working on a new Covid-19 vaccine

    In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Dr Robert Feldman, CEO of Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation, about the fascinating science behind developing a vaccine.


    Covid-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), brings together some of the top figures in local pharmaceutical, deep tech and life science commercial enterprise. The chair is the managing director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals, and the CEO is Dr Robert Feldman, who has had a career working at Harvard Medical School and Imperial College, London, founding the UK vaccine company Microscience among other enterprises, before moving to New Zealand as Executive Director of Pacific Channel and after that, his own life science consulting company.


    To talk about the fascinating science behind vaccine research and development, Dr Feldman joined Business is Boring this week.


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    The social enterprise helping create more social enterprises

    The social enterprise helping create more social enterprises

    In this week’s episode, Simon Pound talks to Louise Aitken, CEO of the Ākina Foundation, about how they're helping social enterprises grow.


    For the last three years the Ākina Foundation has been delivering a programme in partnership with the government, called The Impact Initiative, focussed on the future of New Zealand’s social enterprises. Ākina runs a range of programmes to help more businesses make money and positive change, to help grow companies’ capability, support them in things like finance and other nuts and bolts of doing business well, and create and demonstrate impact in what they do.


    The Ākina Foundation is an impact consultancy and impact investor, and to talk about what that means, CEO Louise Aitken joined Business is Boring this week for a chat.


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    Fewer than 5% of tradies are women – here’s where to find them

    Fewer than 5% of tradies are women – here’s where to find them

    Women make up about 10% of all tradespeople in New Zealand, and only about 4% of “on the tools” workers. That's a wild statistic, and part of why this week's guest Emma Kaniuk started Tradespeople – a directory that lists companies owned and run by women and gender diverse tradies around the country. Emma joined Business is Boring this week to talk about the idea behind the directory and the need it serves.


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    Fix & Fogg is taking NZ nut butters to the world

    Fix & Fogg is taking NZ nut butters to the world

    From humble hole-in-the-wall beginnings, Wellington-based Fix & Fogg is now one of the hottest nut butter companies in the world. Founder and CEO Roman Jewell tells Business is Boring how it all happened.


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    The NZ non-profit helping prisoners learn to code

    The NZ non-profit helping prisoners learn to code

    The job market is tough at the best of times – but for an ex-prisoner without any recognised skills, it can be pretty much impossible. One ground-breaking new non-profit is out to help change that by helping incarcerated people learn how to code.

    The goal of equipping prisoners with highly sought-after skills led this week’s guest Cam Smith from an exciting career in impact investment into the world of non-profits, dealing with big government departments and multi-generational societal challenges.

    To discuss all these big problems and the big ideas needed to help solve them, the Take2 CEO and founder joined Business is Boring this week.
     
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Good for business owners and employees

Just listened to the building great teams podcast and loved it. Think this would be a good regular podcast for an employee or job seeker that hopes to contribute more at work or climb the ladder, someone who wants to go into business on their own or someone in business already who needs inspiration. Sophisticated and in depth but also totally digestible for the newbie looking to up his game. Good insight into the history of NZ business, but applicable for people around the world.

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