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3 More Sleeps until Christmas. Beach, Beersies + BBQ’s and what a New Year brings.

3 More Sleeps until Christmas. Beach, Beersies + BBQ’s and what a New Year brings.

It’s that time again. Only 3 more sleeps until Christmas. Things are simultaneously slowing down and speeding up.   I know I’m looking forward to some time away – spent with family and friends – kicking back.   Inevitably I reflect on the past year while also looking ahead with new plans and goals.   2015 has been exciting and challenging all the same. Alike turned 2 this year and is continuing to grow into its own. Some great people and companies have been part of our co-working office this year – from freelance english teaching, to a multinational finance company. There has been a great mix and it seems to only get better as time goes on. It continues to amaze me how inspiring it is to be part of a space with a range of people all working hard creating their own destinies.   2016 already looks like we will see much of the same with some potential big changes on the cards that I’m sure will continue to help everyone currently here as well as those planning a change. A little too soon to go into details but I will keep you posted:)   Thank you to everyone that has been involved with Alike throughout 2015. I hope you have all had a great year too and through any tough times, I hope you have learnt important lessons that help you to evolve and refine both personally and professionally like I have. 2016 – here we come.   Enjoy the sun, water, beersies and bbq’s and I will see you all in the new year!   Ps: Alike will be...
Craig Weise on Co-working Etiquette for The Herald

Craig Weise on Co-working Etiquette for The Herald

I enjoyed reading the etiquette interview with Craig Weise in The Herald last Friday 9th October. Caitlin Sykes has been writing a series of great articles recently in the Business section titled, Co-working Etiquette. Craig is a Managing Director of Armillary Private Capital and is based in Wellington. Armillary decided to launch an Auckland arm of the business in early 2015. They decided to take a private office here at Alike and Craig explains why, as well as his perspective of using Alike as a travelling businessman. Thanks Craig for your time and Caitlin for the great write up! To read the full article, click here....
5 Reasons to Commute on a Scooter or Motorbike.

5 Reasons to Commute on a Scooter or Motorbike.

I mentioned in a previous post that I own a motorbike. To be specific, it’s a 2004 Harley Davidson Sportster. I love it and it only cost me $6K. Other than it looking and feeling rad to ride, it actually doubles as a very smart choice in regards to saving cash and travel time. Below are 5 reasons you should look into commuting on a scooter or motorbike. 1. Petrol is cheap. It costs me approximately $25 to fill up the tank with premium petrol and one tank lasts approximately 150km of city riding. 2. 99% of parking is free. Most car park buildings downtown even have an allocated area for a scooter or motorbike to easily access a park away from cars for free. Britomart Car Park is the only parking building I am aware of that has recently started charging for bikes. Yet, at $6 per day M-F it’s still a lot cheaper than a car. 3. Traffic congestion or “rush hour” is basically irrelevant when riding a scooter or motorbike. You can do whats called Lane Splitting and ride between lanes so that you don’t ever have to get stuck bumper to bumper and will always end up at the front of any traffic light queue.  4. Bang for your buck when buying one is amazing. You can buy a brand new scooter or motorbike with a 125-400cc engine thats leaner licence approved for under $5,000. Try and buy a brand new car in NZ for under $5K – pretty simple, you can’t. Have a look at the range from Colemans Suzuki on K Road –...
Riding the bus: broke mans transport or wise decision making?

Riding the bus: broke mans transport or wise decision making?

I haven’t owned a car for about 3 years now. I have a motorbike which is super efficient on petrol, parking (usually free) and travel time but its not the best in Aucklands winter with the amount of rain we get. I know a lot of people complain about the expensive parking in the CBD or the traffic congestion travelling to and from the city in peak hours. Personally, I think there is always a smarter way to do things. This winter I was adamant that I was going to buy a car to avoid another winter riding my motorbike and coming into the office with wet socks. However, the budget just didn’t stack up to my car dreams so I decided to give riding the bus to Alike a try. Once I pulled in my pride a little and came to the reality I was “a bus rider”, I have realised just how good riding the bus to work actually is for several reasons. Firstly, the HOP card. This wasn’t around the last time I was dedicated to riding the bus. The amount of time it cuts down when people get onto the bus is amazing. The bus literally only needs to stop for about 1 minute to pick up 20 passengers with HOP cards. Back in the day the annoying person was anyone wanting to pay with a $20 note as they slowed the travel time. The bus drivers especially hated these people because they ran out of change so fast. Now its just anyone that doesn’t have a HOP card, unless they are elderly or fresh off the boat,...
Roam funding offer closes in 5 Days.

Roam funding offer closes in 5 Days.

One of the Members in Alike, Armillary Private Capital, run the New Zealand arm of an equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube – the worlds leading investment crowdfunding platform. The NZ arm was setup a couple of months ago with the first round of funding for the startup, Collect proving to be very successful as they reached 235% of the goal. Up next for fund raising is Roam, a peer-to-peer car sharing market place. Roam connects people with cars not in use to people that need them. You can rent your car for extra dollars rather than having it sitting on the street all day. People that don’t have cars can find one that suits them in their area and rent it for the time they need. The model is proven overseas and Roam are bringing it here in the very near future. There are currently only 5 days left on the funding offer so jump over to Crowdcube to get your slice of the pie. If you would like to meet with someone from Armillary, give us a bell here at Alike and we will be happy to introduce you....
Introducing Alike Members – The Music Run

Introducing Alike Members – The Music Run

I figure a good place to start the Alike blog is by profiling a current Alike Member and the great things they are doing for the world. Starting with one of the longer running members – The Music Run. In short, The Music Run is a 5km, untimed fun run followed by a music festival that is rolling out worldwide. Sounds pretty simple right? Yet, the devil is always in the details and execution. When signing up to The Music Run, participants are asked to choose their top playlist they would like to hear while running the 5km. With Spotify as their Official Digital Music Partner, each playlist is then shared and voted for everyday until event day. The 5km is broken into 5 Music Zones of 1km each – playing the top tracks from each genre picked by the contestants. At the end of the run they celebrate and unite by having some good ol’ party times. As with most businesses these days, branding, digital marketing and social media strategies are very important and I think The Music Run are hitting the nail on the head in these areas. Check out their site for some inspiration and we will let you know when registrations open here in New Zealand! If you would like to become a member of Alike, click here:...