How reading and responding to body language can help in business

The ability to read and respondto body language is a powerful tool. From grand gestures to subtle signals, body language is nonverbal communication that subconsciously reveals more than carefully chosen words. Scott Dolce, Head of Growth at property management company :Different, has an interest in body language that he is using to better engage with clients and ultimately win more business deals. We spoke to Scott about some of his tricks of the trade.   How did you become interested in body language?   It started off with an interest around how I could do my job better. I

Support and Success Come From Working Together

Startup founders have cited the help from coworking and mentorship as being most beneficial to their businesses, according to the 2018 Startup Muster Annual Report. Startup Muster’s 2018 report surveyed 1752 respondents in the startup sector, including founders, future founders and those who support the startup ecosystem. The results affirmed much of what we at Desk Space already know: support and success come from working together. Fifty-two per cent of respondents indicated that they worked in a coworking space, with 96 per cent of those respondents indicating they had benefited from help in a coworking space. Mentorship topped the

How overseas start-ups have expanded into the Australian market, based at Desk Space

Overseas tech start-ups often choose coworking spaces when establishing their overseas businesses, providing professional and personal benefits. Desk Space was home to Airbnb and Deliveroo when they launched and expanded in the Australian market. It continues to be home to Yieldify and Airsorted, and has recently welcomed Let’s Do This and Boohoo Group. We spoke to Yieldify and AirSorted about how they established and expanded their businesses in Australia and how coworking at Desk Space has benefited them. Founded by Jay and Meelan Radia in 2013, Yieldify helps online retailers optimise customer conversion rates by providing technology solutions that

Looking for additional financial support for your start-up or small business?

Research by PwCin 2013 found that the Australian tech-startup sector has the potential to contribute $109 billion, or four per cent, of GDP to the Australian economy and 540,000 jobs by 2033. Startups and entrepreneurs are a key of the NSW government’s plan to create new jobs and its Jobs for NSW program report released in 2016 centres on attracting large international companies to NSW, providing funding for local and regional SMEs and accelerating the growth of startups. There are a range of State and Federal government grants and initiatives that providefinancial support for small businesses and startups, as

HealthBank: coined a disruptor before it’s even launched

Desk Space Case Study: HealthBank has already been coined a disruptor before it’s even launched     Healthcare has traditionally been a face-to-face service, but telehealth alternative HealthBank is providing an online platform that’s beneficial to both patients and practitioners. HealthBank has already been coined a disruptor in the health industry and recognised by Westpac as a Business of Tomorrow. We spoke to Desk Space member Robbie Clark about the development of the telehealth venture.  Robbie has workedin private practice as a dietitian for 10 years and is passionate about preventative treatment. Based on his own experiences and by

Get the Best Out of Lean Start-up and Design Thinking

Design thinking and lean start-up are human-centric methods to create successful products using systematic, low-risk pathways designed to meet customer needs. Two Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty members: Stefanos Zenios, Investment Group of Santa Barbara Professor of Entrepreneurship and Matthew Glickman, lecturer in management and founder of BabyCenter and Merced Systems offer insights about where design thinking and lean start-up intersect and how to get the best out of both. “Every start-up is a series of hypotheses,” says Zenios. “Lean start-up provides a rigorous framework that you use to prove or disprove as many of these hypotheses as possible at

Why People Are Thriving In Co-working Spaces

Do you work better in a co-working space compared to a traditional office? Here’s why. If you’re a member of a co-working space chances are you are more productive, find greater meaning and purpose in your work and feel like you are part of a community, compared with those who do their jobs in traditional offices. In fact, research has foundthat people thrive (experience a sense of vitality and learning) in co-working spaces at higher levels than those in regular offices. So, what makes co-working spaces so effective in helping people thrive? Co-working aids productivity Co-workers have greater autonomy

Alex Lawson + ARLO BLAK: Building a brand with design

Design and social media are key components of establishing a retail brand. We spoke to Desk Space member Alex Lawson about the importance of branding and the power of social media in establishing her business, ARLO BLAK.   Alex established ARLO BLAK in November 2016. ARLO BLAK Activated Charcoal Powderis a chemical-free ultra-fine black powder that can be used for a multitude of purposes, including teeth whitener, face mask and detox drink. “In an age of toxin overload, I realised there was a gap in the Australian market for a versatile, all-natural alternative product and decided to launch my

3 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

The start-up process is about learning, both firsthand and vicariously. Reading is one of the best ways to learn from others’ experiences and allows us to become better entrepreneurs. We spoke to Steven Arthur, founder of Desk Space, about the top three books every emerging and established entrepreneur should read. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Eric Ries 2011 The Lean Startup is based on Eric Ries’ premise that start-ups should treat their product and business like an experiment, continuously testing, adapting and adjusting their vision before it’s too late. Ries developed

How to use Gerber’s “lemonade stand” prototype

Insights from Joe Gerber: How to prototype a business Prototypes are one of the most important steps in the design process. Can prototyping also be applied to the business design process? A prototype is a first or preliminary version of a design from which other forms are developed. The goal of a prototype is to test products and ideas before investing too much time and money into the final product. We use prototypes in creating and refining products and services. Can we also use them to create and refine businesses? Prototyping helps you quickly and cheaply explore possible alternatives