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How to set-up your business in Perth without the overheads

Australia has many attractive features that any business owner would want to expand into. Perth is one of these great gems. Tipped to be the next economic hotspot, Perth could be one of the 50 biggest urban contributors to growth, adding the best part of $241 billion to global economic activity. However, this gold mind of a city is a 5+ hour flight from most of Australia’s other, major cities. How will you make it work?

It’s common knowledge that the internet has had a monumental impact on the business world. One of these key features is the ability to have flexible workspaces within your business’ landscape. This means that working remotely has become a very real possibility, in turn changing the game for the entire industry. Not only does a virtual office, such as Servcorp virtual offices in Perth, save you a lot of money in staff costs as an employer, but it also helps to make for a more flexible working environment.

If you’re a business owner, you might be struggling with managing your freelance, contract or remote work team, but you need to know that it doesn’t have to be tough. The use of remote working tools, virtual office solutions and great communication will all work in your favour to save you time and money and will work to make running your business easier.

Project management savings

Using remote workers means that you’ll be able to save money whilst taking advantage of highly skilled workers around the world. Often, this will cost you less than using someone from your local area! Plus, when you have a diverse team of workers you can draw on the skills sets that they have and enjoy the benefits of a team of skilled remote workers who have a lot to offer. They glue that will make this situation thrive is having open communication. Tolls of the trade to help you in this regard are messaging services Slack or Jira Taskforce. As well as this, a remote office means that your company will positioned in one of the iconic, trustworthy buildings of Perth – such as Brookfield Place or AMP Tower.

Team savings

A virtual office and remote workers mean that you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a flexible team who are only paid for the hours they work. You won’t be paying for time standing around the watercooler or office chats! However, it is important to remember that social interaction is essential in developing a good work culture, so you will need to make sure that there is plenty of effective communication within your team to make sure they are working well together. A good way to keep the team engaged is to hold regular meetings with the group and ensure that everyone is up to date with the business’ proceedings. If your remote team are all based in the same city, you may want to consider hiring the boardroom at your virtual office space and getting the whole team together for a catch up.

Training savings

With the freedom of a virtual office, you will be able to hire remote workers with specific skill sets for specific projects. This means you won’t have a surplus of unnecessary staff. If you need a graphic designer twice a year – you only need to hire them twice a year! Make sure you speak to your virtual staff and your remote workers openly about the opportunities for upskilling and extra training if it’s needed – and be open with your communication as a means to getting the best out of them.

Source: http://www.new-startups.com/start-a-business-in-perth/

Safeplicity: Protect everything

In a few sentences, tell us what your start-up is all about!:

With constant data leak & hack stories, worries about NSA spying, and general uncertainty about data security, we make it possible for normal people to password-protect and encrypt their data with military grade encryption, without any IT skills whatsoever. Safeplicity finally makes encryption available for everyone.

When was your startup founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?:

Technically the company was founded in 2007, whilst the founders were still at university. However, the company was dormant for quite a while, and we are just releasing the Safeplicity now.

Let us know a bit about your team, who are the key team members and what is their role?:

The key team members are a group of computer scientists that met whilst studying at Cambridge University (UK) and is now working hard on developing the software and ensuring top-notch unbreakable security.

If applicable, what is your growth like? And what milestones has your startup achieved so far?:

We have finally finished developing Safeplicity and have received positive reviews from early adopters. We are now working hard on getting mass-adoption.

Why did you choose this particular idea and concept to build your start-up on?:

When we met at Cambridge, we were horrified to find that none of our friends had any real protection for any of the data on their computers – not for lack of wanting, but because they simply didn’t know how. That’s is why we decided to address the problem

Do you have any customer feedback on your product and/or service that you could share?:

Yes we do! Here is the most recent customer feedback we received yesterday
Safeplicity seems to be a perfect program for my needs.

As a writer and an artist I can protect my work, easily. As well as personal stuff…

Are you looking for funding or are you open to partnership opportunities, and if so, what’s the best way for people to get in contact with you?:

Yes, we are eager for partnership opportunities and would love to hear from you. You can get in contact with us by email to contact@safeplicity.com.

Finally, do you have any other comments or information about your product that you would like to add?:

You can use Safeplicity not just to password-protect your folders, but can even make them completely disappear with the “hide” feature, so that no one knows that you have them!

Also, if you tend to forget passwords, please make sure you use the password reminder feature, as your data is encrypted, and without your password there will be no way to recover it.

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Source: http://www.new-startups.com/safeplicity/

AdCat: Generate perfect-sized, up-to-date ad images for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

In a few sentences, tell us what your start-up is all about!:

Upload a single picture to get perfect-sized, up-to-date ad images for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It’s 100% free, no signup is required, and it takes seconds!

When was your startup founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?:

2016

Why did you choose this particular idea and concept to build your start-up on?:

Our pain was in having to Google search different ad creative sizes that seem to change every year, and then go into Illustrator to create separate artboards for all the specific ad sizes. AdCat lets you upload one image, crop, and download perfect-sized ad images.

Curious to see if others experience this problem, and if you find this useful. If you run paid ad campaigns on more than one social channel, I’d love to get your feedback! 

Do you have any customer feedback on your product and/or service that you could share?:

People love it so far and are interested in premium features. Seems like we’ve hit a pain point.

Are you looking for funding or are you open to partnership opportunities, and if so, what’s the best way for people to get in contact with you?:

manu@adcat.io

Finally, do you have any other comments or information about your product that you would like to add?:

Always looking for feedback on the product. We’re trying to build something people really want.

Social Media Profiles: 

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Source: http://www.new-startups.com/adcat/

Mcity: Self-driving startups head east

The first “city” built for self-driving vehicle development isn’t in Silicon Valley, it’s in Michigan. MCity is basically a big playground for autonomous vehicles, and naturally it’s attracting the attention of startups that want to make it big in this new field. So much attention, in fact, that some West Coast companies are shipping employees out east.

Three different California-based autonomy startups are setting up bases in MCity, the Detroit Free Press reports. Zendrive relies on phone sensors to monitor driving behavior, which can be used for improving driver safety. PolySync created a system that programmers can use to perform functions efficiently. Civil Maps has a 3D-mapping system that will be used to help self-driving cars navigate around town.

The startups will be sending employees to TechLab, which gives startups access to University of Michigan resources, including its own experts and the giant test facility known as Mcity. The goal is to create a collaborative, not competitive, environment to help foster the development of autonomous vehicles. There’s also the potential to recruit UM students into these fledgling businesses.

“TechLab at Mcity represents a learning opportunity for engineering students that is uniquely available at UM,” said Thomas Frank, executive director of UM’s Center for Entrepreneurship, in a statement. “We are expanding this program because the demand from both emerging companies and students interested in participating is extremely high.”

Zendrive was the first of these three companies to establish roots in Michigan, working with UM’s Center for Entrepreneurship last year and bringing a few UM summer interns into the fold. Civil Maps has a connection to this part of Michigan, as well – Ford recently invested $6.6 million in the mapping startup.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/bright-lights-mcity-self-driving-startups-head-east/