What we're all about!
Photo of owner Mike and his daughter, Georgie. Photo by Justyn.
Oh hey, how's it going?! My name is Mike, and I run the store :)
This page is an opportunity to tell you a little bit about me, the store, and my approach in general. If you're interested, that is 🤣If not, here's a cat fighting Godzilla to look at instead.
Let's start with the store!
Speedcube.co.nz was started in early 2016 by Oliver Jenks, former NZ 3x3 single record holder under the original name Cubes 4 Kiwis, but soon after getting started, Oliver approached speedcube.com.au with a partnership idea. Soon after, speedcube.co.nz was born. You can read more about Oliver and the company's early days here!
I took over the store on the auspicious date of March 1st 2020, 25 days before the country went into level 4 lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Fun times! After the first two months under its new ownership, the store had spent more days in lockdown and not shipping than it had at normal operation! What a top lol!
Well, I'm a dad, I'm a husband, and I freaking love solving cubes! I grew up in the North East of Scotland and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand with my then-fiancee back in 2012.
I have a very strange CV, although my kind friends assure me it's better to call it diverse! I was a musician for 15 years (a drummer, bang! bang!), I've managed restaurants, I've managed app development, I've presented breakfast radio, I've run loyalty schemes, I've run a youth charity, I've presented, edited and project managed a podcast, I've put on a heap of events and I currently work as a small business consultant. Essentially I love projects, strategy, planning, community development, content creation and working with young people.
Is that enough? I feel like that's enough. Let's talk about something else.
About my approach!
As I mentioned, I really enjoy working with young people, and specifically I believe in the positive benefits of turning active online communities of passionate young people into physical communities. The benefits are growing young people’s sense of identity and belonging, contributing to better mental health outcomes, plus of course growing speedcubing because speedcubing is awesome!
I helped bring the first ever official speedcube competition to the South island in 2017, and at the same time I started New Zealand's longest running speedcube club, Christchurch Speedcubers. I'm proud to say that two of our members, Jasper and Dwyane, are now Speedcube.co.nz Supreme Team members, and two of the fastest solvers in the country!
I'm pretty excited to be working in this space, and I have a lot of cool ideas which I'll be getting on with over the next few years :)