About

Welcome to the New Zealand Tech Podcast. Each episode Paul Spain is joined by a number of guests to discuss what’s happening in the world of gadgets, technology, consumer electronics and the internet. Topics cover both international and locally focussed products and news.

In the past we’ve reviewed everything from personal iPhone controlled flying drones through to latest car tech from Ford. We’ve attended numerous events including the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The NZ Tech Podcast theme music/intro audio is provided by DJ/Producer Tim Richards.

 

History

The first NZ Tech Podcast episode was recorded by Paul Spain and Bradley Borrows in early 2011. Soon after Paul Spain and Skip Parker produced the first studio recorded episode. Episode 3 saw Paul, Brad and Skip team up and it also marked the first time that the NZ Tech Podcast hit the coveted #1 position on the iTunes NZ Podcast chart.

During March/April 2012 the format of the NZ Tech Podcast changed to feature more guests as Brad and Skip stepped aside from regular involvement in the podcast.

 

Paul Spain

Paul Spain has a long history in the Technology and Social Media space in New Zealand.

Paul is founder of Gorilla Technology, who launched NZ’s first full service IT managed services programme in 2000. Paul also launched NZ’s first social network WorldDJ.com in 2002 – a site that attracted some 300,000 members and drew attention for it’s internationally ground breaking personalisation engine. Today sites such as Facebook.com use similar concepts to deliver personalised advertising to their members.

Paul is also behind Cloud Labs (online services and cloud technology solutions such as Office 365) and Global Voice Media which is the publisher of the NZ Tech Podcast. He can be found on Twitter: @paulspain

 

Guests

Since launching the NZ Tech Podcast has featured many guests in our interviews and studio discussions. A sampling of these includes:

  • Alan Mulally – CEO – Ford
  • Alec Ross – Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – US State Department
  • Dai Henwood – Comedian
  • Derek Handley – Co-founder, The Hyperfactory
  • Ed Bott – ZDNet
  • Emily Banks – Associate Managing Editor – Mashable.com
  • Gabe Gravening – AMD
  • Gregory Lee – President and CEO, Samsung Asia
  • Jim Pisz – Corporate Manager, North American Business Strategy, Toyota USA
  • John Greenhough – CTO, Crown Fibre Holdings
  • John Lai – Founder – Social Media NZ
  • Joshua Topolsky – Editor in Chief – The Verge (ex Engadget)
  • Kim Dotcom, Mega.co.nz
  • Nathan Mercer – Microsoft NZ
  • Mark Rushworth – CEO, Pacific Fibre
  • Mary Jo Foley – ZDNet
  • Mitch Olson – Co-founder, Outsmart/Smallworlds
  • Neil Hand – Dell
  • Nilay Patel – The Verge
  • Paul Boshoff – GM, Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard NZ
  • Paul Brislen – CEO, TUANZ
  • Paul Thurrott, Winsupersite/Windows Weekly
  • Peter Maire – CEO, Fusion Electronics
  • Raffi Krikorian – Twitter
  • Rod Drury – CEO/Founder, Xero
  • Roland Ng – Hewlett-Packard
  • Russell Stanners – CEO, Vodafone NZ
  • Scott Hanselman – Microsoft
  • Simon Gamble – Co-founder, Mako Networks
  • Tim Fraser and Jeremy Geros – GoVocab
  • Tom Merritt – TWiT.tv
  • Tony Baird – Chief Network Officer, Vodafone NZ
  • Xzibit – Rapper, Actor, Host of MTV’s ‘Pimp My Ride’
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