Politics over people – lessons for the entrepreneur ecosystem

The excitement of a new cabinet or new leadership is waning for the startup ecosystem – we’ve been here before.

Folks it’s groundhog day. We will get our heads around the new order and we will respectfully make the procession to meet the new kids on the block and hear their vision for their portfolio’s that impact on us (innovation, business, trade, investment).

There is a fear that the change is cosmetic, not real. We will realise soon enough that the more things change, the more they stay the same.In the past few years we have seen a revolving door of leaders and ministers affecting our relationships and our expectations. All well intentioned, some delivering change, opportunity, but none in it for the long haul. We know that each new minister brings their own take on things and programs change and agencies realign.

Disruption as a catalyst for change

Disruption is not destruction. Think about it. When a system is jarred into a pattern of response that is not working it will be disrupted, you can’t just meander along and hope for the best. That’s because we know that the status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable and it is urgent to find another way…