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  • 12th April 2018: Not A Real Job Podcast
    Dr Julia Charity was interviewed on the Podcast series, Not A Real Job, and explained how her Digital Hotel Business has become a full time job for her.
  • 15th March 2018: Accommodation still available
    Despite an estimated 60,000 people expected to visit Dunedin during Easter, plenty of accommodation is still available in the city, providers say.
    Otago Motel Association executive member Michael Young, who owns 858 on George Street, said accommodation was still available at the city’s motels over the weekend, as many people had booked before they secured concert tickets and ended up changing their bookings.
  • 2nd February 2018: Digital Hotel Opens in Dunedin
    Dunedin Entrepreneur Dr Julia Charity was interviewed by Jeff Harford on the Oarsome Morning Show about her Digital Hotel business.
    Julia tells us about the story behind Look After Me and her latest intitiative in Dunedin.
  • 25th January 2018: Digital hotel site seeks rooms in Dunedin houses
    A Dunedin entrepreneur is launching a campaign to increase the city’s accommodation capacity for major concerts and sporting events by giving homeowners a slice of the action.
    Dr Julia Charity, a scientist, entrepreneur and recent arrival in the city, is launching a “Sharin’ for Sheeran” campaign, creating a digital hotel under the umbrella of her nationwide Look After Me accommodation network.
  • 27th January 2018: Scientist finds her calling in homestay businesses
    Dunedin entrepreneur Julia Charity has come up with the novel concept of a "pop-up" digital 1000-bed hotel in the city to cope with the influx of visitors during major events.
    Dr Charity is now looking for at least 400 homeowners willing to host guests for summer events, such as the Ed Sheeran concerts, and beyond.
  • 8 February 2018: World's First Digital Hotel Officially Declared Open
    The evening of Thursday 8 February saw Dunedin’s heritage listed Penthouse on Stafford street, staging the launch of the world’s first completely digital hotel.
    Entrepreneur, Dr Julia Charity, launched her new digital hotel, with the help of the Mayor of Dunedin, His Worship Dave Cull, and actress Rebecca Gibney. Homeowners can now take advantage of a new web-based platform, to offer their spare rooms and the comfort of their homes for hire.
  • 30 May 2015: 10 questions with Tourism entrepreneur
    This month, NZ Entrepreneur Magazine talks to Dr Julia Charity – Founder of a Peer-to-Peer accommodation platform where guests can book accommodation with like minded hosts. Now the largest and fastest growing Homestay Network in New Zealand, we ask Julia how she got started, what it’s really like to be an Entrepreneur in New Zealand and her hopes and dreams for the future.
  • 3 June 2015: Waikato Homeowners opening up hearts and home for fieldays
    Waikato homeowners are being urged to embrace NZ’s farming community as they pour into the city and help bridge the shortfall in beds needed for Fieldays, the Southern hemisphere's largest agricultural showpiece festival coming to Mystery Creek and FIFA U20 World cup this month.
  • 4 June 2015: Few spaces remain as Fieldays near
    Accommodation is filling up as farmers and football fans prepare to pour into Hamilton next week.An overlap of Fieldays and the Fifa U-20s World Cup has seen much of the accommodation snapped up, but there are still some rooms remaining in the city's motel sector.
  • 9 June 2015:Car sharing business 'part of transport solution'
    As a student of transport engineering Oscar Ellison was aware there were lots of cars sitting idle in driveways, but the point was further hit home when he bought his own first car.
  • 10 June 2015: NZ Business Herald - Q&A With Look After Me Founder, Julia Charity
    NZ Business Reporter Caitlin Sykes interviews scientist-turned Entrepreneur Dr Julia Charity, who founded an on-line market place where guests can book homely accommodation all over New Zealand.
  • 21 June 2015: NZ Business Herald - Disruptors Ten Apps that will change the world
    Look After Me, an online marketplace where guests stay with homeowners who have empty rooms. Guests can book accommodation with hosts who have shared interests.
  • 24 August 2015: Rotorua City News - 'Look After Me or AirBnB in New Zealand?
    Rotorua City News spoke recently to Julia Charity, Founder of Look After Me, New Zealand's accommodation network.
    Julia explains why Look After Me specialy describes how the local council has got behind her and discusses inplications for the tourism industry of New Zealand.
  • 10 September 2015: Rotorua Daily Post - Seven local entries make final cut in Innovation Awards
    Seven entries from the Bay of Plenty have made it into the finals of the New Zealand Innovation Awards with the winners being named on October 21.
    The finalists include Ubco, Scion, Rhondium, Roholm, Terax 2013 and Look After Me, with Alistair Scarfe, head of Robotics Plus, named in the Young New Zealand Innovator category.
  • 30 September 2015: Bay of Plenty Times - Small business heroes show courage and ingenuity
    Two Rotorua businesses have been named as national finalists in The David Awards for 2015.
    Ros Morshead, of Morshead Law is a finalist in the ‘Most Outstanding Lifestyle Business’ for her work in epitomising the ability to use technology to integrate business and lifestyle.
    Scoop Independent News, Small business show courage and Ingenuity Dr Julia Charity who founded Look After Me – an online market place for accommodation, is a finalist for ‘The Solo Meo Award’ which recognises a business owner who runs their business single-handedly.
    Look After Me is also a finalist for the ‘Most Outstanding Triumph over Adversity’ in recognition for success in spite of challenges beyond the usual.
  • 09 October 2015: Rotorua Daily Post - Impressive pitch wins award
    Disabled Diving NZ's Hielke Oppers inspired the 100 plus crowd and the judges to win both Best Social Enterprise Pitch and the People's Choice Award at Rotorua X's Start-up Pitch night.
    Julia Charity's Look After Me won Best Commercial Pitch at the event, held this week. Both took a share of the $8000 prize pool of business support services, mentoring and training.
  • 23 April 2016 : Rotorua Daily Post - Flexible Hours perk of remote works for Entrepreneurs
    Recent research shows at least 70 per cent of Kiwis want to work remotely or at least telecommute part-time.
    Some Rotorua residents tell us how they’ve made the shift from corporate life to the world of working from home.
  • 22 January 2017: National Radio New Zealand - Older Entrepreneurs
    The average aged of an Entrepreneur founding a Start up is 26, but recent research suggests some of our most successful entrepreneurs are older than that.
    We talk to Jude Benedict, the founder of Kiwi Klips, Paul Spence, found of domain register I want my Name and Julia Charity, the force behind kiwi accommodation network Look After Me - all who demonstrated it's never too late to get started.
  • 1 August 2017: NZ Business Magazine: Yours to Share
    New Zealand's Sharing Economy is growing steadily and is an increasingly tempting option for people wanting to dip their toes into micro-business ownership. NZBusiness reviews this disruptive model and introduces some its latest players.
  • 15 August 2017: Accommodation Network Appoints new Director
    Rotorua-founded business, Look After Me, has announced the appointment of a new Director with effect from 1 August 2017.
    With over 55 years experience in New Zealand’s tourism industry, Mike Johnson brings a wealth of experience, including twenty-five years owning an international tourism marketing company and involvement with national tourism bodies.
  • 8 November 2017: The People Profiting from the Sharing Economy
    The 'sharing economy" is the catchy and aspirational name for a rapidly-expanding form of business.
    It's also misleading because very few people in the sharing economy are actually sharing. The term usually covers commercial arrangements in which ordinary people earn an income from hiring out assets like spare rooms, baches, cars, camper vans, and bikes to other ordinary people with the deals arranged though online marketplaces.
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