Shortly after our public beta release there was a flurry of interest and articles, but we were a little crazy with speaking to people about our software for local food.
In that time, the awesome New Startups online magazine covered our story, and we’ve never had the chance to point people their way till now. So, check out New Startups – they ‘collect a wide range of bright new ideas from around the globe with the intents of keeping you up to date on incredible emerging businesses, offering our reviews, and providing a place to meet & engage in discussions.’
“It’s astonishing how much of our everyday uses are highly dependent on cheap oil. The food systems in our culture are without exception, and evolved over the last 30 years that is also centralized and fragile. More so then ever we face obstacles and challenges never seen before and will only be more overwhelming in the next 30 years without startups standing up and making new technologies to help, in relation to energy prices, population increase and environmental health.”READ MORE HERE
The very excellent New Zealand business magazine, Idealog, has an interesting mix of Technology, Startup & ‘Forward looking ventures’ flavour.
If you were to pick up a copy of the March edition, then flick your way through their interesting stories of New Zealand business innovation, and find your way to page 64, then you’ll find a page on our Local Food Startup Challenge.
We really like this story by Rebeka White (also deputy editor of the excellent Good Magazine) as it strikes a balanced tone about the wider aims of the Local Food Startup Challenge, and the benefits for startup food distributors, small farms & artisan producers.
We’ll update this article with a link to the article online when it’s published on Idealog’s site, so those of you who don’t get Idealog in your country can read the full article too.
Whilst we’ve not even full announced our coming challenge ourselves yet, we decided to give a little of the inside scoop to our friends at Unlimited Magazine.
We’re excited to soon announce the challenge fully, which will give you the opportunity to build that Local Food business that you’ve always wanted to get started, or add a little dose of rocket fuel to your business if you’re under a year old still.
We’re stoked to be able to support the grass roots local food movement with an exciting bunch of partners behind us. The site will be live at http://challenge.buckybox.com soon – but if you’re super keen to be on the inside track, you can sign up for more information there now.
One thing we realised yesterday is that the change we wanted to see, is already starting to occur. Whilst chatting to a particularly inspirational local food distributor in New Zealand, he told us “I realised that the software would cost upwards of 10’s of thousands of dollars to build, and was almost ready to give up on the idea, but then I opened the paper and read that Herald article, and thought ‘Hallelujah!’ someone’s already doing it! I had to get in touch, and it’s exactly what I need, at a tiny fraction of the cost of what it would cost to do it myself.”
The press this week continues with more coverage of our launch in the National press here in New Zealand.
Big thanks to the team at The Dominion Post who covered the launch with a story about the rise of the “Locavore” in New Zealand. We definitely see a rising awareness in people here, wanting to know where their food is from, and wanting to support local growers and better, healthier forms of agriculture. It’s great to see! We believe we need to bring the trend out of just the “gourmands and ethically aware eaters” and into the mainstream, and a big factor in that is always cost. If we strip out the expensive middlemen, and make the small scale distribution efficient, and we believe we can do that – that’s our aim!
There’s a tip of the hat to Enspiral, our social innovation incubator – our friends & colleagues. We really appreciated all the support, encouragement & expertise they’ve offered us in the last few months especially to get us to our Public Beta launch.
Easy to use software created by the company help automate billing data transport and logistics, addition of production. With this, Bucky Box hopes to boost decentralized food system – small farms organic food in particular. In the company’s website, owners can manage the company, reducing the time spent on administration to a maximum of two hours weekly.