Just the other day our Prime Minister was asked (on Stuff’s live chat) what our most important growth industries were. His reply: food, tech manufacturing, and film making.
None of those scale as well as software.
It’s fantastic that without any particular incentive we’re building great software exporting companies (Vend, Xero, Marker Metro, our incredible NZ iOS devs, just to name a few). But I can’t help but feel that there’s massive opportunity there if we embrace it with more purpose than we are doing now.
I don’t mean incubators and start-up competitions. I mean incentives to get more people to become software developers, more kids to learn to code, and more companies to export bits & bytes.
Our tech sector is second only to dairy for export dollars, and it’s only getting better (as Lance recently points out)
Which would you rather have? 90 million human-equivalent shit-machines, or another few thousand nerds coding away in trendy offices?