Zilok Blog

On the Zilok Blog, you’ll find all the news and tips related to Zilok's online peer-to-peer renting services. Whether you’re an individual or a rental professional, the Zilok Blog answers all your questions and invites you to share ideas, experiences, suggestions, frustrations, cooking recipes, good jokes... Does the rental world interest or intrigue you? The Zilok Blog is certainly the place to talk about it!

William, 21, Leeds

Some mates wanted to throw a big party at the Rugby Club, but nobody had a good sound system, and we could never gather enough tables and chairs... Now that we are on Zilok, we can rent anything for our parties, even heaters for the chicks in winter!!

Gina, 29, London

As an events manager, I am often looking for new and different venues or special things to attend my customers' needs. The more people join Zilok, the more options I have, and the more time I save searching for everything online!

Liz, 25, Brighton

I was looking for cheap DIY tools online and found Zilok.co.uk. Not only it saved us the drive to Homebase, but we also saved £300 on tools we'd have nowhere to store, and would never use again. It was nice to spend time and money on dinner instead!!

Lisa, 34, Manchester

For my daughter’s 9th Bday, I wanted an inflatable castle. I googled it, found Zilok.co.uk, and the kids had a blast. Love the concept, keep it up!

Steven, 59, Glasgow

I rent electronic devices and IT systems to small businesses. With my Zilok.co.uk account, I already found 5 new customers and made an extra £2,000. It's a really great way of connecting with new people who need my services.

Zilok on Intruders.tv UK

Thanks to the folks at Intruders.TV, you can now meet Gary Cige, one of the member of the Zilok Team, presenting Zilok and peer-to-peer renting to people in the UK.

What items people put for rent on Zilok? How do you make sure it comes back? What is the response in the countries Zilok is offering its services? Gary answers all that in this video interview:

The video is available in full HD on the Intruders.tv website.

Zilok at The Next Web conference and in the International Herald Tribune

The worldwide Internet scene gathered last week in Amsterdam for The Next Web conference, showcasing the hottest trends and startups in Europe. Zilok was on stage, and in the Herald Tribune columns.

The third edition of The Next Web conference was a unique occasion to bring in one place the VIPs of the Internet from Europe and the United States.

The event was widely covered by the media, you can check the extensive coverage from TechCrunch.com in these posts ( Day 1, Day 2, and wrap-up).

We were also pleased to be the startup that caught the attention of the International Herald Tribune in this article .

Gary, our CEO and founder, gives you a few tips in the article about things you might want to put up for rent: Gary "said the company had expected power tools to be its bread and butter, but was surprised to find that professional-quality photo cameras and baby strollers had turned out to be big hits on the rental market. One guy who happened to have a popcorn machine has rented it out six times and he's paid it off now".

Thanks Gary, now we know what to do with our digital cameras, strollers and pop-corn machines, let's set them free from their closets!

A new look for Zilok Homepage!

Zilok was created for the community. The community wanted more ideas, more examples, more real-life stories. So we created a totally new homepage, with testimonials, items recently rented, and examples of what you'll find on Zilok!

Since we launched, people have given us lots of tips and suggestions about how they would like the website to evolve. We listen, we respond, we adapt, and we appreciate all this valuable feedback and conversation.

So today, we are very proud and happy to present you the new face of Zilok. This new face resembles our community and features the heart of our project: making everything accessible to people at a bargain.

You'll see some of the faces and stories behind the first items that were available on our site, you'll see more examples of cool things to rent for a project, for a weekend, for a visit, you'll see more in-depth stories about Zilok and our community.

This wasn't easy, but we're happy about the result. We hope you are too, and keep on the good work by telling us what you'd like to see changed, updated, or just what you like!

If you'd like to submit your own story about Zilok, contact us! We love to hear from you.

Zilok is people's favorite at the Plugg Internet startup rally

The top of the crop of European Internet startups gathered this week in Brussels for the Plugg conference. Chosen as one of the 20 finalists among high tech startups from 18 countries, Zilok founders rocked the house and received the People's Choice award!

We really appreciate this award, it is definitely the most meaningful to us. We say this often, but our members are what make Zilok a great place for finding great, fun and useful stuff. Our members help shape and reshape the website, suggesting features and categories.

So when we feel the interest of people face to face, it is most rewarding!

Here is what the Plugg Press Release tell us about the event: "Plugg’s Start-Ups Rally, a competition for European companies to showcase the most promising young technology ventures, drew 65 exceptional start-ups from 18 countries. The jury, made up of members of Europe’s leading venture capital firms, incubators and renowned internet experts, selected ultimately 20 semi-finalists who pitched the 300-headed audience on stage at the event. After a highly competitive morning session during which the 20 companies each pitched for 2 minutes, the jury and audience jointly voted 3 finalists (Bragster, Viewdle and Zilok) to the afternoon session, where they got 10 minutes to explain what their business is. The jury finally awarded Viewdle (US / Ukraine / Luxembourg) with the first prize, while Zilok (Belgium) walked away with the People’s Choice Award for getting the best ratings from the audience."

Congratulation to Viewdle.com for the Jury's award.

You can read about it on TechCrunch with this post from Mike Butcher.