I ticked an item off my bucket list in March 2015 and travelled to Austin, Texas to attend the South By Southwest conference. While in Austin I worked at and visited a number of locations including Vuka and Capital Factory. I returned to New Zealand inspired by the thought of having that kind of working environment in my home town.
Coworking is the natural progression from the cloud-based tools I evangelised (which created the mobility and efficiency to work anywhere) to the workspace in which modern business thrives. A place where individuals can not only do their work, but network and find serendipity with others that makes great projects flourish.
During the last couple of years I co-founded some startups, two of which are beany.biz and eye-fly.co. Both are growing fast and now occupy me full time as their CTO and lead software developer. These projects wouldn’t be what they are without the diverse range of extraordinary people who collaborate on them. They’re all staffed by people who work irregular hours, from locations around the globe. The reason they work so well is that the individuals involved are not tied into conventional workspaces and timetables. We’re results driven and always on the lookout for new ideas and new people to work with.
The Kloud Collective coworking space was born from these ideals and having seen other spaces working so well. Just check out Tauranga for a coworking boom! Currently 4 coworking spaces in the CBD area alone (thanks so much to Ignition for helping me get started!)
It’s a way to foster new businesses and new ideas. To have individuals connect and be a hub to energise the local community.
Come see us: 41 Horomatangi Street, Taupo. Phone 0800 255 683
“…instead of attracting one 200 person business, we should attract 200 one-person businesses” – Ryan Coonerty, Mayor of Santa Cruz.