From September to December 2015 I participated in an accelerator program. During that time I found myself working out of and visiting the following startup co-working spaces:
During the accelerator program I was based at River City Labs, although I spent much of that time “getting out of the building” and attending the program’s residential component in Sydney at Australian Technology Park. I also visited Hub Melbourne to work with a colleague and caught up on email while waiting for a tour of Galvanize SOMA. I took a few pictures and offer a few tips for those contemplating working in one of these spaces.
Scaling up with a dedicated office
Top floor mezzanine
Room booking etiquette
Rooftop & sunshine
- Participate. The best thing about these spaces is that you get to interact with like minded people who are going through or have gone through a startup experience. There were some great talks at RCL I managed to catch and many I missed due to being out of the building. The good news is that most of the time you don’t need to be a resident of the space to attend these talks.
- Play nice. That is, learn the etiquette of the space quickly. Mostly this is just obvious stuff about cleaning up after yourself. There are booths for your long customer development interviews or arguments with remote collaborators, which means you don’t have to talk loudly in the open plan areas.
- Noise cancelling headphones are a must if you need to reduce distractions, although extended use can mean missing out on (say) serendipitous discovery that you’re trying to solve the same kind of problem as the guy two desks away…
- Oh, and remember, people are very unlikely to steal your idea. In fact you probably have the opposite problem – no one gives a shit about what you’re doing, at least until you can demonstrate traction. So the best thing you can do, especially early, is get as much feedback as possible from all sources.