Sky’s the limit for new start-up

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By MATTHEW MCKEW

A group of software developers is hoping to provide a local service to entrepreneurs looking for a global reach.

Former cop turned tech guru Duncan Faulkner and his team of two others had come toward the end of their app-making projects when he decided to ‘‘keep the band together’’ and create Southern Software.

Faulkner says most software companies are based overseas, with the nearest to the Queenstown Lakes in Dunedin.

‘‘When you are building software it’s not that different from building a house, you want to sit down with a coffee and discuss the architecture and tools.’’

His team is looking to create apps for new and existing companies who want to provide a service online.

‘‘It’s not really online shops, it’s solving little niche problems, but because you can sell on scale it is a viable business — things like a voicemail app.

‘‘Everyone hates listening to voicemail, but then suddenly, thanks to an app, you can scroll through the messages in text form.’’

Faulkner’s already launched three apps — healthy and safety app Auditz, corporate discrimination app Equall and community-driven warning app Sandfly Map.

He says the feedback’s been good so far on the new business and there are already four projects underway within the first week of operation.

‘‘We are seeing more and more young — and old — entrepreneurs with tech ideas and some of them are bloody good.

‘‘We want to keep coding, developing and take what we’ve learnt to go and provide that service to them.’’

Faulkner says in the last five years there’s been a real move towards tech start-ups in Queenstown and an influx of tech gurus, meaning a move away from a tourism-based economy is achievable.

‘‘Tourism, for example bungy is limited by the number of people you can attach to the bridge per day, whereas the exciting thing with tech … is there is no limit to how much money a company can make,’’ he says.

matthew.mckew@scene.co.nz