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  • Further spotlighting the Wallabies Woes ,
  • Like wo has tapes anyway? Or even a tape recorder? Or a tape player? Or a fax? ,
  • RH: respect the opportunity you have @Cannes_Lions,
  • Kraft: Stay humble. Work hard. What happened yesterday has no relevance to today or next week. Don't wait for chance. @Cannes_Lions,
  • RH: companies matter in terms of getting stories out to people. @Cannes_Lions,
  • RH points to Trad media co's entering OTT ... @Cannes_Lions,
  • Kraft: nothing bad happens that doesn't have some good associated with it @Cannes_Lions,
  • Kraft: Eventually will be a NFL team in London @Cannes_Lions,
  • Kraft: The future is OTT - which means goodbye TV as we know it. Mobile + streaming + integration with games = winner @Cannes_Lions,
  • Kraft is concerned middle class not doing as well as they should. So right @Cannes_Lions,
  • The hard thing and the right thing are the same thing. Kraft @Cannes_Lions,
  • Practice patience. Never make a change unless you have something better. Kraft @Cannes_Lions,
  • Great orgs are built on inspired talent that is difficult to manage, sometimes large in confidence and ego, strong: Kraft at @Cannes_Lions,
  • The best tend to be the most creative - and tend to be the most difficult. As a leader you must learn to live with that. Kraft @Cannes_Lions,
  • Cannes debate underway.,
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Adding Xeros to the Xero…

Congrats to Rod & the team at Xero on getting their listing away. Rod’s leadership has demonstrated that great tech ventures can get funded in NZ outside of the VC market. I’ve been concerned for sometime that the only path for a NZ tech start-up seeking serious money is the VC (I’m a part-time VC). 

Here we see another avenue opening up. Diversity in funding sources will drive prosperity by ensuring more businesses are adequately funded to make it to market.

Is this something that could be done with this degree of success in the US market? The listing of a pre-revenue company? Doubt it.

I’ve played a bit with Xero and as a very frustrated user of competitive solutions really liked it. For me online financial solutions have always been less about the logistics of finance – I get other folks to do that. What this is about is business literacy – the ability to clue in to what your business is doing and why. To do this you need to be able to read and comprehend the numbers easily.

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