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Co-working boom, but no room

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Nearly three-quarters of start-ups are now based in co-working spaces, up from half a year ago, according to a major survey of founders, and the sites are running out of room.

The arrival of international co-working brands such as Rocketspace and WeWork have helped popularise the concept, according to Brad Delamare, general manager of Tank Stream Labs, which rents desks and hosts networking events for 90 companies across nearly 3000 square metres (sqm) on Bridge St in Sydney’s CBD.

“Co-working has become the natural option for start-ups before they’re big enough to rent their own offices. The contacts and growth you get out of it speak for themselves,” Mr Delamare said, pointing to professional services marketplace Expert360 as recent “graduate” from his space after growing too big for it.

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Chris Brycki Founder of Stockspot Reveals His Best Lessons In Investment & Shares

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It’s been 21 years since I made my first investment on January 1st 1996. At the time I was 10 years old. Not your standard primary school hobby.

I was sport obsessed and starting to realise girls weren’t as annoying as I thought, but for some some reason I quickly became fascinated by what made share prices go up and down.

Neither of my parents worked in finance but I was lucky that my dad had some shares in his self managed super fund and decided to teach me and my brother some of the basics. He let us choose a stock from the newspaper and gave us $1,000 (which later, to my dismay, I found out was only theoretical).

I had a few stock market wins, a few losses and I was hooked!

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Chris Brycki Founder of Stockspot Reveals His Best Lessons In Investment & Shares

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It’s been 21 years since I made my first investment on January 1st 1996. At the time I was 10 years old. Not your standard primary school hobby.

I was sport obsessed and starting to realise girls weren’t as annoying as I thought, but for some some reason I quickly became fascinated by what made share prices go up and down.

Neither of my parents worked in finance but I was lucky that my dad had some shares in his self managed super fund and decided to teach me and my brother some of the basics. He let us choose a stock from the newspaper and gave us $1,000 (which later, to my dismay, I found out was only theoretical).

I had a few stock market wins, a few losses and I was hooked!

Continue reading..

Bonjoro allows businesses to send personalised video messages to customers upon sign up

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Regardless of industry, connecting with customers is one of the greatest challenges that businesses face. This is particularly difficult within a competitive market, where it can be difficult for a consumer to separate each brand beyond their logo and tagline.

To help make their mark on a customer, it’s become the norm for businesses to send direct emails out thanking patrons for their time, signup, or purchase. More often than not, however, these ‘personal’ emails are nothing more than an automated block of text which end up at the bottom of a customer’s third email address amongst a pile of dozens of others just like it.

Bonjoro is a mobile app looking to renew the way businesses tackle engagement by allowing them to send quick, personal video messages directly to their customers.

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Leadership in Innovation Report 2016 by Tank Stream Labs

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Tank Stream Labs has today released its ‘Leadership in Innovation’ report, surveying startups around the country, which shows that our startup sector is growing and providing an outsized contribution to economic growth.

The report, Leadership in Innovation Report 2016, shows that although almost three quarters of respondents have been operating for less than three years, almost half are already selling to markets around the world.

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The report also provides an insight into the startup sector’s contribution to economic growth. More than 60 per cent of respondents said they employ three or more people, with 46 per cent of companies having grown their revenue by more than 20 per cent in the past 12 months.

The report also focussed on take-up within the startup community of Government grants and programs.

While the report showed relatively low levels of collaboration between the startup sector and research organisations such as universities and the CSIRO, around one in four startups said they have a significant Government client or end user.

As noted recently, there are a number of initiatives launched by both the Federal and State Governments to help bridge the gap for early stage startups who find Government programs and procurement guidelines too complex and daunting. This will be a major focus for the sector in 2017.

The report also shows that Government policy matters. Although 40 per cent of respondents said it has become easier to raise capital in Australia during the past 12 months, there is much demand for Crowd Sourced Equity Funding rules to be passed, after having been delayed in Parliament.

Although almost one in four respondents said they disagree that Australia has a capable and educated workforce from which to find new employees, policies to help retain employees are working. One in five respondents said they have used changes to Employee Share Ownership Schemes to retain employees.

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Thanks again for everyone who took part in this year’s survey – it’s an important basis for engaging with and lobbying for the policies that will help the sector continue to grow.

Bradley Delamare
CEO, Tank Stream Labs

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Five critical lessons for growth from a startup CEO

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“When I look back over the past few years since I launched a SaaS startup, the most valuable lessons have come from making mistakes and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

I’ve learnt many lessons along the way, but I think some were more potent and more business-critical than others.

To help you focus on the critical stuff and avoid some of my mistakes, I’ve put together a list of my top five lessons that will help you to become a more effective CEO and accelerate your startup.”

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