More break­throughs, please

NZ Business - - FROM THE EDITOR - Glenn H Baker ed­i­tor@nzbusi­

And so it be­gins.

2018 could well be a land­mark year. Will it be the year when the world’s gov­ern­ments fi­nally get se­ri­ous about sav­ing the planet? Re­vers­ing the dam­age caused by decades of ig­no­rance.

Has the mes­sage got through yet that, yes, hu­mankind has stuffed up big-time, and now we have to put things right? Are we past the point of no re­turn?

New tech­nolo­gies hold so much prom­ise – but it takes decades to adopt new ways of do­ing things, and time is not on our side.

Growth for growth’s sake needs re­think­ing – now the fo­cus must be on the cir­cu­lar econ­omy – cre­at­ing prod­ucts that have a use­ful life and a life be­yond that use (next month we’re run­ning an ex­cel­lent piece by the Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Net­work on the sub­ject of the cir­cu­lar econ­omy).

Our cover story this month on the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Christchurch CBD, and some of the busi­nesses brave enough to be part of it, gives us a glimpse of how fu­ture cities and busi­nesses may look like. Al­though it is tak­ing longer than first an­tic­i­pated, there is much to ad­mire in the plan­ning and fore­sight that is go­ing into the Christchurch re­build. And so what does 2018 hold in store for you, as a busi­ness owner? Will this be a break­through year in terms of de­vel­op­ing your busi­ness? Will you fi­nally re­alise your dreams and achieve some truly worth­while busi­ness goals?

If you’re a start-up busi­ness you will find our new se­ries ‘From Garage to Global’ by Mark Loveys a use­ful tool to help you along the way.

De­scribed by the NZ Her­ald as “New Zealand’s most suc­cess­ful se­rial soft­ware en­tre­pre­neur”, Mark was the orig­i­nal de­vel­oper of Ex­onet, which was sold to So­lu­tion 6, then MYOB, and is now Aus­trala­sia’s most widely used midrange busi­ness soft­ware.

Mark also founded Datasquirt and En­prise Group and be­came CEO of two-yearold on­line billing por­tal Data­gate in 2015 – which he’s now driv­ing into the North Amer­i­can mar­ket. I think you’ll agree that he’s well-qual­i­fied to pen the se­ries. En­joy the read, and here’s wish­ing you a break­through year!

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