Wash your mouth out!

Wash your mouth out!

Innovation means new or improved.

Innovation means change.

Innovation means…..risk.

The very definition of innovation is to “take an idea or invention and turn it into a good or service that creates value for our customers”.

The definition of risk, “a probability or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss or other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities that may be avoided through preemptive action”.

So, preemptive action currently means, “don’t innovate or the risk of a head lopping is real”.

This must change.

We love to talk about innovation and how well we support it – but ask yourself the question – when was the last time you, or your business, actually innovated something? Bought it or built it, and delivered for consumption?

Are you even ALLOWED to innovate in the workplace? Or is it deemed too “risky”?

So, when did New Zealanders become so fearful?

Well, it wasn’t when Ernest Rutherford invented a method to split the atom.

It wasn’t when AJ Hackett decided to invent a new outdoor gravity entertainment method involving bridges, buildings, great heights and rubber strings woven together to make a stretchy rope.

It wasn’t when a couple of mates who worked selling photocopiers thought a failed payment system was worth another crack. You know, that one called Eftpos.

So, how to be positively preemptive and still innovate?

  1. Know your people, know your customer, know your problem. If you have to LOOK for a problem to solve, you are probably not the right person to solve it.

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing”. Warren Buffett

2.This stuff we all know.

Everyone’s child

“What’s thaaaaaat, I don’t liiiiiiiike it!”.

Experienced parent:

“You haven’t even TASTED it. Try a little bit first, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it”.

Taste a little bit, kinda like a small pilot right?

Refine, taste, refine, measure. Does this work? Will it make customers happy? If yes, congratulations your innovating – if no, guess what? You’ve learnt a whole lot about what your customers do need – you are still winning!

Kiwi’s are particularly harsh poppy choppers – and if you’ve been in the innovation game you’ve probably felt the sharp edge of the loppers.

As a country, we need to stop lopping off the heads of our people for trying something new. Innovation might not be 100% right at the first tasting, but that is the opportunity to add some ingredients and really deliver something awesome.

Odds are, if we like the taste of it, the rest of the world will too.

So here’s the guts of it – if we do not support innovation we will be eating dust, no question.

So next time someone presents you with a “risk”, take a moment to taste it – you can always spit it out!

Annual Royal Society Research Awards evening

Annual Royal Society Research Awards evening

What an honour for RIP Global to be invited by Callaghan Innovation to the Annual Royal Society Research Awards evening, held this year at the beautiful Te Papa, Wellington NZ.

An inspiring evening displaying some of the amazing mahi (work) of our humble, talented, dedicated scientists and researchers across the NZ community. The breath of topics, and the depth of the commitment shown by these quiet achievers was inspiring to see. Congratulations to all the nominees, the winners and their whanau (family) for leading the scientific endeavours of our country.

RIP Expenses – Fully Automated

RIP Expenses – Fully Automated

Definition of automation: A process not needing human intervention.

Welcome to RIP Expenses, the ONLY fully automated Expensing solution in the world.

Relax, we’ve got this.

RIP Global are stoked to partner with NZBN

RIP Global are stoked to partner with NZBN

RIP Global are stoked to partner with NZBN to just make things simple!

What’s the New Zealand Business Number?

It’s a cool new way to uniquely identify your business. It’s a shout out and a thumbs up from the folks in government to say, hey, we know your pain and we’ve done something about it. Now you can update your details in just one place.

Do it once, do it right, so you can get back to business.

Ka pai NZBN.

Is coding the new farming?

Is coding the new farming?

The RIP Global office were thrilled to host The Hon. Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, State Services, and Minister responsible for Ministerial Services and leader of the House.

It was a pleasure to meet with the Minister and discuss the impact a successful, Hi-Technology sector will have on our country economically, socially and environmentally. What we need to do together to future-proof our country.

When the top ten Hi-Tech companies around the world are generating revenues of USD$200-750b, we know we MUST take our seat at the technology table. We MUST muscle up as a country, work as a team, and be committed to getting our country into the lucrative technology game.

What is the New Zealand challenge? Capital, and big customer validation.

Our Hi-Tech exports total NZD$2b. I want NZD$200b, do you?

Most of the big businesses are foreign owned/managed, the hands of the local leaders around technology decisions are pretty much tied – this is why the support from the Labour-led coalition government is critical to building a successful, sustainable exporting machine.

New Zealand has recently slid down the Global Innovation index published by WIPO. This is hugely alarming given technology is the industry of the future – do we have a “hair on fire” problem, about to affect the long term success of our country?

Technology can be built by anyone, anywhere. Wellington, Whangarei, Tolaga Bay or Taupo. University educated or not – technology doesn’t care who you are, or where you’ve come from.

Kiwi’s are just as smart, just as driven, just as ambitious as anyone else. This presents a great opportunity for the Labour-led government to build a framework that supports and promotes NZ Tech innovation to the world.

So let’s imagine if Google was a Kiwi company? What would our communities look like then….?

Coding is the new farming, so let’s #eatwhatwegrow #supportkiwibusiness


RIP Global nominated for the 2018 Wellington Gold Awards!

RIP Global nominated for the 2018 Wellington Gold Awards!

For nearly 20 years the Wellington Gold Awards have shone a light on the creative, innovative and successful businesses in the region.

The team at RIP Global are thrilled and honoured to be included in the Cyber Gold award category, which celebrates local technology creators.

Mel Gollan, CEO and Founder, said “We are so proud to be part of the thriving Wellington business ecosystem, and we’re stoked with the continued support we’ve received from our community. This really is the icing on the cake for what’s been an incredible few months!

She adds “The history of the Gold Awards is significant, the calibre of nominees in our category is top notch. And if you look at past awards, there’s more than one significant winner, so to be included with such a respected group is humbling, thank you!

Past Supreme Winners include Weta Digital, Icebreaker and Flick Electric Co and many more iconic Kiwi companies. The 2018 winners are announced at the awards dinner, which will be held on the 5th July 2018 at TSB Bank Arena.