It seems only yesterday that were were opening the doors at the new BizDojo Wellington. And then only a few months later we welcomed our residents into the expanded space so it seemed only fair to mention Wellington, especially if kittens are involved.
The following story is of a brand new business venture that as we speak is only a few days old.It may or may not be a success. We are excited to see.
What it illustrates though is how a collaborative and supportive environment like the BizDojo is the cauldron of skills and people where amazing initiatives like this one can and do explode into life, in this case literally overnight.
Modern entrepreneurship comes with many uncertainties. As a company grows, these risks generally evolve, and can be mitigated. We talk with with the CEO of our most recent BizDojo graduate to learn how coworking offsets some of these risks, and how that changes over time.
As you probably know, GridAKL moved house at the end of last year into our beautiful new home in the Lysaght Building. Since then, we’ve been getting used to the new space, Dojo-ifying it, and working through plenty of new systems and processes with the new space, partners and suppliers. And, throughout all of this, business as usual hasn’t slowed at all for BizDojo and our team!
Recently it has been all hands on deck in Auckland, as the BizDojo AKL team rallied together to make sure the GridAKL Hub move from 132 Halsey Street to 101 Pakenham Street West was a smooth one for all the folks that matter - the residents.
This meant that the entire team, across BizDojo Auckland were involved hands on, with our Community Manager Sarin jumping over to GridAKL in the weeks preceding to project manage the move, and make sure all the i's were dotted and the t's crossed. It seemed only natural that we asked her to write a few words on the move, and when she (jokingly) suggested that these words take the form of a rhyming ode - who were we to get in the way ...
With all the growth and excitement currently surrounding both the Auckland and Wellington communities, we’ve found ourselves needing to grow the Dojo family to deal with all the added responsibility. Here we have a wee interview with one of our newest members, DK, who’s joined us in Wellington to help with activations and all things awesome including the brand spanking new Collider WGTN...
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate we are taking up the challenge/call from our friends at Kiwi Connect to highlight some #NewFaces. Young people who are wrangling business and generally being awesome within our community! Today we meet Anna Guenther , and we met Kiran Patel, Sarah and Aston earlier this week!
As the BizDojo Wellington becomes a tech hub, a home of innovation and a neutral space for fast growing ideas & companies to collide and collaborate the team have been on overdrive getting the space ready for the Collider launch.
It’s not been easy. A new team, doubling our floor space all at the same time as programming our tech and digital programmes while ramping up our community activations & events. We’re knackered...
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate we are taking up the challenge/call from our friends at Kiwi Connect to highlight some #NewFaces. Young people who are wrangling business and generally being awesome within our community! Today we meet Kiran Patel who works out of BizDojo Auckland, and we met Sarah and Aston earlier this week!
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate we are taking up the challenge/call from our friends at Kiwi Connect to highlight some #NewFaces. Young people who are wrangling business and generally being awesome within our community! Today we meet Sarah Guejdi, and yesterday we met Aston Wells.
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate we are taking up the challenge/call from our friends at Kiwi Connect to highlight some #NewFaces. Young people who are wrangling business and generally being awesome within our community! For even more follow the hashtags #Newfaces and #GEW2015 on social this week.
As civil aviation authorities grapple with developing drone regulations in short order, tech-centric workplaces are also being forced to consider new policies on drones as they become cheaper and more ubiquitous in the tech world.
Motion Capture or mocap is one of those technologies that you may (like me) associate strictly with animated films and Andy Circus. But mocap s becoming more ubiquitous as minds open and costs of implementation come down. We had a chat to Harry Silver from Colab about the what and why of MoCap as he and the rest of the Colab team prepare for the 2015 Motion Capture Symposium.
It’s a Friday afternoon when I turn up at the new Melodics HQ in Kingsland. I’m here to visit co-founder Sam Gribben and his team, recent graduates of The BizDojo Auckland. Gribben, ex-CEO of DJ software giant Serato, began incubating his startup idea at the Dojo in August 2014. By November, he’d formed the company, and in December was raising investment rounds. This January, roughly ten months after his initial idea, he began developing the product that is launching this week.
A glass of bubbles in hand, a girlfriend and I sunk into our chairs comparing work horror stories. The time her former boss made her go in at 11pm because he ‘may or may not have left a sensitive document on his desk’ or the time I started work everyday at 5am for 3 weeks as we finalised some designs with someone in a different time zone from us, only to scrap the project entirely in the next 6 months before it went into production…
Fail fast. It’s a startup mantra. It speaks to risk-taking, but more pertinently, it speaks to experimentation. Try something new; if it doesn’t work, try something else new. And for heaven’s sake, don’t let the fact that you’ve never seen it before stop you from just giving it a go.
At the BizDojo, we see collaboration as a metric of community health. But how do we determine what is more or less collaborative? Is it the number of people involved? Is it the amount of time each member contributes? Is it how many different skillsets are at play? We can measure the number of projects that come about that involve multiple Dojo residents, but true collaboration is when an outcome is a unique product of their work together. Not advising, not contracting, but devising… together.
We just keep getting the raddest humans joining our team. The personalities here at BizDojo constantly remind me that people do not and cannot fit within a pre-established box. We have an Activation Manager with trapeze silks, a Comms and Branding superstar who fosters abused Guinea Pigs ( if ”fosters” means keeps and loves them forever), and a Community Assistant who is also a damn fine personal trainer, just to name a few. Wellington’s new Regional Manager Jessica Manins is no exception. She is a woman of many many talents, having played a key managerial role in the international expansion and growth of online talent community StarNow, on top of her own acting and theatre success born through a passion and love for the creative arts.
Talk to any community manager in a coworking space about their biggest day to day frustrations and they’ll all tell you the same thing: it’s the mother*&%$#@! dishwasher. Loading it, turning it on, emptying it… for those of us in the trenches, the struggle is real. At the BizDojo Auckland, I have waged a war on Dishwasher Apathy since starting here nearly two years ago, and I’ve picked up some good strategies along the way.
For those of you who haven’t visited BizDojo’s greener pastures down in Wellington (haha) it’s about time you did. The Wellington culture lends itself to a vibrant, bustling and well connected hub for innovation and technology, and we are lucky enough to host some of the coolest startups in our space!