Congratulations to the finalists announced last week for the 2007 NZ Hi-Tech Awards. Its a great list of finalists that comprises some of the most dynamic organisations and individuals in the NZ tech sector. As a first time committee member for the event, and having only recently returned to NZ, the breadth of innovation represented across a near record number of entries was impressive stuff. Here at No 8 Ventures were pleased to see OpenCloud on the shortlist for both the Innovation and Deal categories, a company that has already been recognised in 2007 by winning the international Frost and Sullivan Awards for Product Differentiation Innovation of the Year. The awards night itself is just around the corner and is being held on Saturday 3rd November here in the capital. Looks like it will be a great night of entertainment coupled with the chance to celebrate some successes across the industry. Hope to see you there! .