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Wed 19 Mar 2003
An Enterprise Centre - The Mac Way
Category : Commentary/EnterpriseCentre.txt
I've been thinking about this idea for some time. It goes back to when we were starting our business nine years ago and looking for a place to work out from. There were certain things we needed: Internet access (though that was new then), a bright cosy place that had a buzz of enterprise, and people around who were also starting their businesses (because you really could use that camaraderie).
We found such a place at first (The Ballot Business Centre which we remembered fondly but which had since closed down) and wandered around after that for quite a long while - until we bought this place we're now in at Shenton Way. It's quite a bit bigger than we need. It'll give me a chance to try this out.
I'm inviting designers (web or graphics or even designers of new businesses) to come and share this space with us. I'm pricing this at $450 per month per person, inclusive of utilities, maintenance, and Internet access via Airport. I've got three rooms which can take two to three people each comfortably. And I've got a couple of partitioned spaces which can be taken for $380. And a big conference room.
What I've always wanted to do is to encourage people to use Macs to build their businesses on. Every business is an IT business now; so we ought to find the best tools. We're nowhere near exhausting the possibilities. In fact, I don't think we've ever really started.
So I'm starting this enterprise centre, so to speak, Mac-style. I've a vision of people doing interesting things, and we've an understanding of the technology that we really want to share with people who will come and work here with us.
It may or may not work. But in my mind, I can see the possibilities and the kind of buzz that comes from coming to work at an interesting place. I've got a name for it - Roadstead - which means a harbour or a refuge or a sanctuary, before you launch out into the open roads. I even know how this will scale if it works. But it may need time for the concept to gell. Please call me at 96312460 or e-mail me if anyone is interested.