Stripe comes to New Zealand!

We’re delighted to announce that Webstock 16 sponsor, Stripe, is now open in private beta for New Zealand businesses. We talked with Susan Wu, Market Lead for Stripe Australia and New Zealand, about this.

Webstock: So, give us the quick overview of what Stripe is, what you do, and the changes you’re making.

Stripe: Stripe is a set of tools for building and running an internet business. We help businesses accept payments from anyone, anywhere, and build new kinds of companies like Kickstarter or Lyft.

From marketplaces and mobile apps to online storefronts and subscription services, Stripe simplifies complex financial flows. Beyond just processing a payment, our growing stack helps businesses with everything from accounting, billing and paying out to third parties, to fraud protection and optimising for mobile. The Stripe dashboard helps users manage their businesses in real time.

Part of the promise of the internet is that physical location should be largely irrelevant. When it comes to buying or selling online today, we’re still a long way from realising this. Stripe aims to make that happen. By reducing the barriers to starting and operating a business regardless of location or means, Stripe hopes to bring more would-be companies online and accelerate the internet economy. Internally we say our goal is to increase the GDP of the internet.

Webstock: One thing a lot of people love about Stripe is the ease of use. Compared to, well, just about anything else to do with credit cards transactions. Was that a conscious point of differentiation right from the start?

Stripe: Absolutely! Having built and launched software on the internet for years, our founders — Patrick and John — experienced the difficulty of accepting online payments first-hand. They often opted to give the product away for free, rather than go through the time and pain of setting up a merchant account and gateway online.

On almost every front, it was becoming easier to build and launch an online business. Payments, however, remained dominated by clunky legacy players. It seemed clear that there should be a developer-focused, instant-setup payment platform that would scale to any size. That’s really where it all began.

Webstock: The big news for Webstock is that Stripe has just opened a private beta for New Zealand customers! Firstly, what took you so long getting here? 😉 Secondly, what does this mean from NZ businesses and how do they become part of this?

Stripe: Sorry we kept you waiting! 🙂 We try to be pretty thoughtful in our approach to new markets we enter, and that often means that things may take a little longer than we’d like. That said, we’re really excited to announce that we are now in private beta in NZ!

Any NZ business can now sign up to our waiting list on We’ll be issuing local invites and accepting merchants over the course of the coming weeks and months. Once we’re fully launched, any business will be able to sign up for Stripe and begin accepting money in just a few minutes. We’d love to hear from any NZ businesses that are keen to learn more, so feel free to say hi to the Stripe team at Webstock or drop us a line on with any questions!

Webstock: We’re delighted to have Stripe as a sponsor for Webstock! How did you hear about Webstock and tell us a little about why you’re supporting it.

Stripe: Webstock’s reputation as one of the coolest events in the tech industry has spread far and wide. We’re unapologetic in believing the internet matters and share Webstock’s appreciation for the web and those who craft it.

We fundamentally believe that developers are changing the world and that’s why we’ve always put them first. Endless new kinds of businesses, services, and creative undertakings are now possible — however, 20 years into the web, we’ve still explored only a small fraction of the web’s potential. Like Webstock, we’re focused on advancing the internet and making it a more inclusive place for everyone. We’re genuinely thrilled to support Webstock (especially as you reach your 10th birthday!) and are really looking forward to supporting the local NZ tech community.

Webstock: Another item in the “pretty exciting news” category, is the just announced partnership with Xero. Can you tell us a little about how that came about and what it means?

Stripe: Yes! Pretty exciting indeed 🙂 After many requests from both Stripe and Xero users, we’ve teamed up to make it even easier for Xero users to accept credit and debit card payments from their customers. Now, whenever someone signs up for Xero, they can be automatically provided with a Stripe account. By enabling their Stripe account, Xero users will be able to attach a “Pay with Credit Card” button to any invoice and seamlessly receive payment from their customers no matter where they are in the world. We’re really happy to announce the partnership and look forward to developing some cool new integrations in the not-so-distant future. You can read more about it here.

Thanks Susan! Great to have Stripe as part of Webstock 16.

Eats to eat and drinks to drink at Webstock 2016

Your nourishment and sustenance while at Webstock’s main event on Thursday and Friday is very important to us.

Much of the food available will be locally and sustainably sourced, and at least half of all offerings at meal times will be gluten free and vegetarian.

There will also be a sizeable range of organic, plant based, vegan, dairy free and nut free options.

Amongst other things, we’ll have…


For the workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday at Shed 6, our friends at Peoples Coffee will be there serving up fine cups of joe: delicious, unlimited and free!

Mojo Coffee, Webstock’s coffee partner at the St James, will be brewing up more ways than one to get your fix. They’ll be serving delicious coffee from their fancy new café downstairs or join them upstairs and enjoy alternative brew methods like batch brew filter coffee, chilled cold brew and Steampunk single origin coffee.

Please feel free to bring your Webstock Coffee Receptacle should you have one, for continuous refills.

Cola, Juice & Water

We’ll have a selection of organic fairtrade Karma Colas, kombucha, and organic juices from Almighty, who contribute 3c from every bottle sold to help dig vege gardens in schools and teach kids to cook with fresh, healthy produce.

These beverages will be available all day.

Plus there will be water stations aplenty, situated around the venue to help keep hydration at optimal levels. Bring along your Webstock water bottle from last year why don’t you!


In celebration of Webstock’s special 10th anniversary, Garage Project are back again and this time, have conjured up something a lil’ different.

Brewed with a carefully chosen selection of high citrus New Zealand and American hops, ‘red’ malts, black pepper and ruby grapefruit, this ale careers off the tracks in a beautiful mess of juicy citrus sour, sweet malt and bitter aromatic hops. Something thought provoking for the mind and stimulating for the taste buds.

Garage Project beer o’clock will take place at afternoon tea time, both days. Beers will also be available on Thursday evening, and at the Webstock After Party.

We would say something about drinking responsibly here, but we know you know that already.

Ice Cream

Back by popular demand, we’ll be serving tasty ice cream and non- dairy frozen treats. From the Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery, we have ice cream pops in the following flavours:

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter – milk chocolate ice cream with Fix and Fogg peanut butter and white chocolate clusters (gluten free and egg free)
  • Stroopwafel – cinnamon ice cream with Montfoort stroopwafel bits (nut free)
  • Cherry Pie – creamy vanilla ice cream with Doughmomma cherry pie lling swirled throughout (gluten free, nut free and egg free)

We’ve also got Little Island, New Zealand’s first coconut-based ice cream. It’s vegan, dairy free, nut free and soy free. Available throughout day in vanilla bean chocolate, mango and banana bean flavours.

Tacos & Dumplings

On Thursday, after the last talk of the day, and before Startup Alley, a cash bar will be in operation. And thanks to La Boca Loca and House of Dumplings, a delightful assortment of tasty treats will be available for purchase.

La Boca Loca will be serving tacos (gluten free) in meat or vegetarian varieties. They use fresh, responsibly produced, sustainable cuisine, and organic produce whenever possible.

House of Dumplings will also have a selection of their moreish morsels – handmade from scratch in Wellington using the recipes and techniques passed down from generations of dumpling makers. They use locally sourced, 100% natural, free range, and MSG free ingredients.

There will be eftpos.


And to celebrate the Webstock Week that was, there’s a post match function taking place in the St James, across several spaces. There’ll be an excellent assortment of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and lashings of hearty food to keep you hydrated, nourished and in the party kind of mood.


BNZ Start-Up Alley ’16 finalists

Wow! Our fifth Start-up Alley, in conjunction with BNZ! There was a great range of entries and some really strong applications. In the end, we had to choose six finalists. Here they are…

Good luck everyone!


“This is an amazing opportunity. Givahoy is an ambitious startup looking to enable safe, easy and fun app-based proximity microtransactions in a cashless world, primarily for charities.

But that’s just the start…”
Jim Boutcher – Givahoy



“We’re honoured and humbled to be selected amongst the finalists for Webstock Start-up Alley ’16. Can’t wait to see you all down in Welly! 🙂

Kandid is a mutually beneficial platform for New Zealand’s best developers and companies, to keep up to date and connect with the tech industry.”
Ezra Keddell – Kandid


Leaping Tiger

Leaping Tiger
“On behalf of the team at Leaping Tiger we are honoured to be selected as a finalist in BNZ’s Startup Alley!

Leaping Tiger is shaping a future for gamers where anonymity and faceless usernames are no longer commonplace. Wherever you are in the world you can find new friends, local communities and events – all in your local area. We are excited to share more about our vision with you this February.”
Jordan Lilley – Leaping Tiger


Little Yellow Bird

Little Yellow Bird
“We’re so excited to be a finalist in this years BNZ Startup Alley and introducing our products to even more people in 2016.”
Samantha Jones – Little Yellow Bird



“The Vizbot team are super excited to be selected as finalists for the BNZ Start-Up Alley 2016. Smart, simple building consents are another step closer to becoming a reality!”
Matt Cobham – Vizbot


Wireless Guard

Wireless Guard
“Wireless Guard is thrilled to be part of BNZ’s Start-up Alley and share our new smart security device with the Webstock’16 community.”
Taylor Howatson – Wireless Guard

Seven things: Jason Webley

1) Who are you?
I’m a musician and storyteller from the town of Everett, Washington, which is a town about thirty miles outside Seattle.

2) What do you do?
I used to tour around all the time stomping and screaming songs. But these days I’ve been building a houseboat, fixing up some old houses and cabins, and occasionally making up songs about giraffes and dead people.

3) How did you end up here?
Which “here” do you mean? This unlikely and lovely plane of existence, or Webstock? I’m still figuring out the first one, but I’m at Webstock because when my friend Amanda Palmer was performing here in 2011, she somehow convinced them that a scraggly accordion player who doesn’t really like social media would be a good fit. And this year they were kind and crazy enough to invite me back!

4) What are the most important issues currently in your field?
There’s a lot of talk about whether it is possible to make a living off of music in a world where fewer people are paying for music. I’m more concerned with how to make music something special and rare in a world where music is everywhere all the time. I suppose these things are not entirely unrelated.

5) Tell us more about your talk at Webstock – why should folks come listen?
Why should folks come listen? Maybe they shouldn’t actually. I mean – my talk is at the end of the day, they’ll be tired, wanting to get to dinner or something.

6) Who are your greatest influences?
There are so many! Here are a couple –

Herman Hesse. His writings did something to me – caused an almost hallucinogenic disorientation with ultimately a very specific spiritual trajectory. At a fragile point, it helped me find my path.

Lois Jameson. My sixth grade teacher. She was one of the first people to ever really inspire me to be a creative person and live an unconventional life. She gave me lots of encouragement early on, but what resonates more now is that she was very perceptive about some of my faults. She died shortly after I was lucky enough to be in her class and I think of her quite often still.

7) Tell us three things you love (eg movies, albums, songs, poems, artifacts) and why.
I love so many things!
You have to narrow it down!
Hmmm…. I’ll just pick a category, how about Tall Things?!

Watts Towers
These sculptures were built outside Los Angeles by a single man over the course of decades. Nobody knows why he built them. After he left, the city wanted to tear them down, but somehow they still stand. I wept when I first went there – it struck me as one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen – something about the mad tenacity of creation.

“The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child” by Carl Sandburg
This is from a collection of children’s fairy tales called “Rootabaga Stories”. The stories feature vegetables and accordions and all of my favorite things, but this little story, overflowing with heartbreak and whimsy, is the one I always come back to.

I want one.
Jason and giraffe

After Partying

To celebrate the Webstock Week that was, the fine folks at Serato are putting on a shindig at the grand Embassy Theatre on Friday night. Thanks Serato!

There’ll be lashings of hearty food, an excellent assortment of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and The Amazing Travelling Photobooth will be in action to capture your precious party memories.

There’ll be spaces for listening and conversing, and spaces for dancing and getting your jiggle on. Smooth sounds and eclectic, atmospheric electric boogaloo will be provided by DJs Jizmatron and Coco Solid.

Doors open at 5.30pm and we’ll go till late. You’ll need your nametag to get in.

(You are welcome to buy a ticket for your special someone if you’d like to bring ’em along. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased  from the registration desk anytime after 10am.)