Idealog Year in Review: Board Dynamics founder and CEO Henri Eliot

Idealog Year in Review: Board Dynamics founder and CEO Henri Eliot

In the latest edition of our series asking some of Aotearoa’s best-known businesspeople and visionaries to take a step back and offer their insights on how the past year has gone and how the future might unfold, we chat with Board Dynamics founder and CEO Henri Eliot.

Favourite innovation that isn’t yours? 

Tesla Electric Car. I want one!

Favourite innovation that is yours? 

Board Dynamics Online Board Review Tool.

Most interesting launch/innovation/trend/thing of the year?

Virtual Reality which will lead to a Virtual Economy in 2017.

Lamest launch/innovation/trend/thing of the year? 

The “TV Hat” that helps you watch videos on your iPhone or iPod more efficiently and hands-free.

Most promising New Zealand company/companies?

Cloud-based scheduling software company Timely.


Does Jennifer Lawrence count in the film Passengers or Silver Linings Playbook?


Donald Trump is the obvious one, but I would say Vladimir Putin.

Best stoush?

Joseph Parker the heavyweight champion of the world!

Your own biggest success? 

Getting married to Jane and having two lovely boys (Oliver and Theo).

What’s the biggest mistake innovators/businesses will make in 2017?

A good entrepreneur knows how to delegate, plain and simple. If you try to do everything yourself, you are only setting yourself up for failure.

What do you expect to see in the next five years?  

More electric cars!

What will be dead in the next five years? 

CD’s I hope…long live vinyl records !

What should be invented and/or un-invented? 

Shirts that truly don’t need ironing.

Favourite book/TV show/podcast/album/website/magazine/story/performance enhancing drug of the year?

Favourite book this year: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. TV Show: Suits and (music) listening to Leonard Cohen’s last album.

One piece of tech you’d have on a desert island? 

Wine fridge filled with great wine or my iPad filled with apps. I’m presuming the island has electricity!

Will the robots become sentient and kill us all? (asking for a friend) 

Watching the Humans TV show from the UK scares me a little, but would I love one for cleaning/cooking/driving me around.

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