Tech Spotlight: ZoolaFix
Ever traveled to a new city looking for the best nightclubs and bars just to find yourself turning up more duds than gems? Well that’s probably because you didn’t have the inside scoop on the trendiest places to go. But now the game has changed! Forget about spending endless hours on yelp, departures, trip advisor and looking through dozens of hashtags on instagram…now you can simply book an expert nightlife concierge host with Zoola Fix!
What is Zoola Fix?
Zoola Fix is a community marketplace connecting local partygoers (called Fixers) with guests wanting authentic nightlife experiences. For a fee, Fixers enable guests to party like locals by designing and leading them on tailor-made nights out, queueing for drinks and checking in coats along the way. Whether it’s dancing for hours at the biggest dance parties or rubbing shoulders with high society at exclusive members’ clubs, there’s a Fixer for everyone.
What gave you the idea?
After partying in over thirty countries I was frustrated at feeling like an outsider. I didn’t want to get caught by another tourist trap nightspot or waste any more time standing in lines only to be turned away at the door. I wanted to party like a local wherever I went and learned that with nightlife, who you know is just as important as what you know. I knew that having a local accomplice was the answer.
How will someone in or visiting Miami benefit from using Zoola Fix?
If you’re not fully in tune with Miami’s nightlife, want to experience somewhere new or planning a big occasion – perhaps a birthday or bachelor/bachelorette party – Zoola Fix is your answer. Our Fixers take the hassle out of any night and create moments you’ll never forget. On the other hand, if they’re an astute local partygoer they can sign up to become one of our Fixers. As a Fixer they can meet and form friendships with people from around the world while getting paid to party.
How many cities are you currently in?
40 and counting.
Wow, 40 cities already! Where will Zoola be in 5 Years?
In five years I would like Zoola Fix to have changed the way people approach socialising when they travel. Eventually I think we can support a community of millions, with thousands of guests being hosted on any given night.
What’s your next big idea?
Next we want to build iOS and Android apps to make the service more seamless and instantaneous. It’s a natural progression that we think will really help drive growth.
Founder Profile: Richard Walker-Smith
He’s a 27 year old serial entrepreneur, born and raised in London. Once a British champion gymnast, he experimented with entrepreneurship whilst at school and later dropped out of university to satisfy his tireless entrepreneurial appetite. Zoola Fix is the fourth company he has founded under the Zoola brand. A previous incarnation spearheaded a nationwide craze by introducing fish pedicures to the UK in 2010. He grew the company to 12 branches and 60 employees. Another organised a series of underground dance parties and threw debaucherous bashes for the likes of Cirque du Soleil; this paved the way for Zoola Fix. As a long-standing nightlife and travel enthusiast, Zoola Fix is as much a labour of love for Richard as it is a business.