Author Sim Ahmed

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The Kiwi company with an $85 million price tag: the story behind Online Republic
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Long before Online Republic was the Kiwi success story sold to Australia-based Webjet for $85 million, former StopPress writer Sim Ahmed wrote a piece in 2013 telling the story of how the company’s founder Mike Ballantyne discovered success by moving away from ego-stroking digital campaigns and focusing on the unsexy—but increasingly important—realm of search engine marketing. Today, we revisit this tale.

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Owner/Marketer: Elliot O’Donnell
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Elliot O’Donnell (aka Askew One) is a Kiwi street artist who’s transitioning between “just tags on a wall” to legitimate art. And with paintings of Ralph Hotere in Kingsland, work on Queens Wharf and his impressive creations in the Wynyard Quarter, he’s trying hard to turn his passion into a viable business.

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NZ Geographic publisher launching Pro Photographer magazine
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While others are looking apprehensively towards the world of print publishing, the company behind New Zealand Geographic magazine is taking the opportunity to expand its stable. From 5 August, Kohwai Media will publish a bi-monthly photography magazine called Pro Photographer, publisher James Frankham says it’s catered towards those in the photography business.

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Review: IFTTT – automate your digital life
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It’s no hyperbole to say IFTTT has saved the world on multiple occasions from assured destruction … well perhaps it’s a slight hyperbole, but this deceptively simple productivity service has become integral to my digital universe – and without it much of it will fall into a black pit of forgetfulness.

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