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Rowan Simpson
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2015 Annual Report Exhausted, Invigorated, Excited In the 1960s, while their husbands were en route to the moon, the wives of the Apollo astronauts got sick of journalists asking how they were feeling, so came up with the collective non-answer of: “proud,…

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Continuing my New Years Eve tradition, here are some favourite tweets from the year just been. Enjoy! Don't forget to like us on Facebook. And in real life too, if you're so inclined, but mostly on Facebook. — Rowan Simpson (@rowansimpson) February 9,…

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New Blog Post: TOBI

After five years as a director at Vend, yesterday was my final meeting. I’ve written here about a number of milestones in the Vend journey to date: from the bike ride where I first got the pitch, the announcement of our first investment round, Vaughan…

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Blog Post: #RedPeak, Distinctly From New Zealand (Please Share!)

What story will you tell? We are the No. 8 wire nation. We believe we can do anything. This has some big upsides. It means we have more than our fair share of inventors and innovators. But, sadly, it also means we are sometimes far too slow to engage…

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Dear John, It seems my last letter struck a chord with many. I didn’t set out to advance a movement. I wasn’t even the first to write about the Red Peak flag after the current shortlist was announced. I was simply expressing my disappointment at the…

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John, I’ve watched your video which describes the reasons you believe we should change the flag. I am one of the many New Zealanders who strongly agree with you. I know there are some who have dismissed this whole process as a waste of money and a…

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New Blog Post: Level Up

“I wake up in the morning unsure of whether I want to savour the world or save the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” — E.B. White I was recently invited to travel to Israel as part of a delegation organised by Square Peg Capital and the…

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Here is a video of a short talk I gave recently at Xero to the students in the Wellington Summer of Tech program: This talk is based on my 2012 blog post called Be A Good Dictator, which was based on my keynote at Gather in Auckland from earlier that…

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New Blog Post: Anything vs Everything

We’ve been brought up to believe we can do anything. It’s a powerful and important message. But, many of us have mistakenly interpreted that to mean we can do everything. We want to have our cake, get lots of likes on the photo of our cake, eat it, and…

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New Blog Post: Most People

This is based on a talk I gave at the end of last year to the prefects at my old school, Rongotai College. I really enjoyed meeting them and hearing a bit about how they think, and would be keen to do this again, if there is an opportunity. Let me know if…
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