Keall’s Tech Power List

March 3rd, 2010 at 5:17 pm by David Farrar

Chris Keall at NBR (sub needed) blogs his for the tech sector. Some of his picks are:

  • 1 Bill English, Finance and Infrastructure Minister
  • 2 Steven Joyce, Comms and IT Minister
  • 3 Paul Reynolds, Telecom CEO
  • 4 Matt Crockett, Telecom Wholesale CE
  • 6 Russell Stanners, Vodafone CEO
  • 8 Ralph Chivers, Telecom GM of Govt and industry relations
  • 10 Tex Edwards, Founder of 2Degrees
  • 11 Rod Drury, Xero CEO
  • 12 Allan Freeth, Telstra-Clear CEO
  • 13 Mark Ratcliffe, Telecom Chorus CE
  • 16 Ross Patterson, Telecommunications Commissioner
  • 17 Ernie Newman, TUANZ CEO
  • 18 Simon Mackenzie, Vector CEO
  • 22 Keith Manch, DIA Deputy Secretary Regulation & Compliance
  • 23 Peter Dengate-Thrush, ICANN Chairman
  • 25 Matthew and Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Creative Freedom Foundation founders

Personally I would have the Telco Commissioner much much higher up the list, and I would also have Bruce Parkes the MED Deputy Secretary on there. But an interesting selection.

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6 Responses to “Keall’s Tech Power List”

  1. petal (705 comments) says:

    Right now Paul Reynolds is in charge of a hollowed out pumpkin. You can’t keep taking 600M-800M annual profits our of NZ and continue to under invest in infrastructure without it caving in at some stage.

    The power grid will be next. We have had enough warnings. The bill keeps going up while the investment in infrastructure remains minimal.

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  2. francis (712 comments) says:

    Interesting to see Tex up there.

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,211 comments) says:

    No idea of accuracy but indictment of a country when politicians are the top 2 on such a list.

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  4. NeillR (349 comments) says:

    Where’s your name, DPF? Given that you were quoted in parliament i would have thought you’d have been on there?

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  5. Chris Keall (2 comments) says:

    The Power List has now been sexed up with some pics, links and sentences that don’t stop part way through.

    Fair call on Parkes, but overall I was trying to emphasise the distinction between those who have input into policy discussions and policy implementation, and the deciders.

    Also, I often want to punch Tex as much as the next man, but he was one of the prime movers getting a new telco off the ground, which is a big thing by any measure.

    And, with others, he also did a lot to move debate about a bunch of arcane regulatory issues toward the mainstream.

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/opinion/chris-keall/the-25-most-powerful-people-tech

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  6. adamsmith1922 (889 comments) says:

    What was his definition of power?

    This is not a good list.

    In terms of influence Dengate-Thrush should be higher

    This is a very parochial selection with a focus on telcos and not on the potential for technology

    English a joke

    Rod Drury is a self promoter not a true influencer I would suggest.

    Where are the entrepreneurs making advances in the tech sector globally, and don’t offer up Drury. I am fed up with Xero reps calling me to sign up. I have told them no, many, many times and yet still they call with their irritaing spiel. Now Xero are running mindless radio ads claiming Xero is sexy. Since when were accounting systems sexy. Hype not substance.

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