Stirring Up the US Market

“Challenging older, slower companies is all in a day’s work to many technology start-ups – and nowhere more so than in New Zealand,” says dual Canadian/New Zealand citizen Andrew Ferrier, currently the chair of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. “In my observation, companies from New Zealand, recently named Forbes ‘Best Country for Business’, share a cultural focus on speed to market and problem-solving. For example, Xero, which makes accounting software for small businesses, is emerging as the number one challenger to Quickbooks in the U.S. market. Xero, co-founder and New Zealand serial entrepreneur, Rod Drury (pictured), asserts that for Internet-based businesses, the paradigm is ‘the fast eats the slow,’ and company size – or home-market size – is no longer a determining factor in success.”


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Allbirds Puts a Label on Fashion’s Climate Impact

Allbirds Puts a Label on Fashion’s Climate Impact

Allbirds’ sustainability lead Hana Kajimura talks to The Guardian’s Nadra Nittle about why the company, founded by New Zealander Tim Brown and American Joey Zwillinger, uses carbon labelling to raise consumer…