Embracing Change: Non-Traditional Offerings and Their Impact

By Stormy McBride On July 24, 2023 In GCUC AustraliaGCUC APAC

In the dynamic landscape of modern business, embracing innovation is key to staying ahead of the curve and thriving in a competitive environment.

Evolution and adaptability are paramount and embracing innovation is no longer just an opinion but an absolute necessity. As traditional business models continue to adapt, a new wave of niche and non-traditional offerings are reshaping industries and unlocking opportunities for growth.

In this session our speakers will share their takes on non standard flex and coworking offerings, such as subscription-based models, usage-based pricing, and experiential products. We will also explore the benefits and challenges of services like these, and how to evaluate their impact on a community.

Want to learn how to offer, implement, grow and scale these offerings and services in your own ecosystem? Join us for this session. The experts leading this are a wealth of knowledge and are keen to share what they have learned inside of their own four walls.

Meet the speakers

Jared Keen– Jared is a serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor and executive with a proven ability to lead fast paced start-ups and growth companies. Most recently, Jared is the Co-Founder of Salon Lane, an innovative shared workspace solution for independent hair and beauty professionals. Salon Lane has two locations in Sydney and are embarking on a national rollout. Jared also founded Australian proptech company, Rent360, an online marketplace for property management in 2019 and founded and sold Europe’s largest supermarket and pharmacy digital coupon company (Couponstar) to NYSE company, Coupons.com in 2011.

Dan Bailey – As an electrical contractor/tradie himself Dan realised that there was a decent gap in the co-working/flexible workspace/business incubator industry when it came to helping trade based businesses. Tradies operate businesses unique to others, in so much as they require more than a convenient office or flexible work options – they also need storage and options to conduct the technical side of their business. With this in mind he set out to create a facility that provided a low risk stepping stone between working from home and being a the occupant of a commercial property. The result is Tradie HQ – with 20 offices, co-working space and all of the typical flexible work space luxuries, Tradie HQ also boasts multiple storage options, a gym, workshop and podcast studio.

The added features allows a small, trade based business to make a clean break from home working and the ability to create a clear line between work life and home life.

Jillian Kilby – In 2018, Jillian founded The Exchange, a regionally-based social impact innovation organisation that focuses on community and coworking. Jillian bought and renovated an 1880s iconic post office in Dubbo and an old Cordial Factory in Narrabri which have been restored and converted into vibrant coworking spaces. In 2023 she purchased her fourth iconic heritage building that will compliment the coworking space with 4 retail shops and 6 private office suites.

Jillian Kilby is also the Managing Director of The Stable Group, a regional consulting company firmly fixed in its pursuit to leave a legacy of change in regional Australia. She is a Civil Engineer, Australian Sir John Monash Scholar and holds an MBA and Public Policy Masters from Stanford University.

Suzanne Campbell – Suzanne Campbell is passionate about connecting people and space. She is from Berry NSW and is an entrepreneur. She is the CEO and Founder of Vennu® – the easiest way to connect people and space. It is a marketplace that connects community spaces with potential hirers. The sharing economy has changed how the world travels, stays, shops, and works. Vennu is changing the way the world gets together. Aggregating a fragmented market to create an entirely new category – community space.
Suzanne has over 30 years of experience applying digital solutions to solve human problems in leading technology businesses.

She has held executive roles, including Managing Director at MCI Worldcom, General Manager, Unwired, General Manager, at Professional Services, Telstra, and Chief Executive Officer, at the Australian Information Industry Association, the peak body for those in the digital economy.

To hear this session along with many others, buy a ticket to GCUC Australia in partnership with the FWA. The event will be hosted August 2-3 at Flex by ISPT.