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fSpace Talks – Curve Tomorrow

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Think about the business you have or work at.

What goals does it have in terms of reaching and impacting people?

Curve Tomorrow is a fascinating international business that exists to improve the lives of people by solving challenging problems. Their humble goal is “to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people”.

Mohinder Jaimangal, a founder and director of Curve Tomorrow, readily admits that their goal of 1 billion is incredibly ambitious, but also notes that with the nearby populations of India and Asia, it’s not as farfetched as it might first seem.

Curve Tomorrow was founded in 2009 by a group of university friends in Melbourne, Australia. To understand the business, it’s important to understand a little about these friends and how they came to work together.

After perhaps wisely moving on from dreams of a career as a professional basketball player, Mo studied mechatronics – technology combining software, electronics and mechanical engineering – at The University of Melbourne.

After graduating, he joined Object Consulting, a consultancy that specialized in software development. While expecting to work on robotics, he spent most of his time creating apps for banking and telecommunication clients.

This consultancy led to an interesting role in a decidedly larger company, Holden. Working with a good friend and future cofounder of Curve Tomorrow, Mo helped lead an innovation and development team for Holden and General Motors worldwide.

Working out of Melbourne and GM headquarters in Detroit with eye-popping budgets, Mo worked on concept cars by developing 10-year innovation plans with trend analysis and user interface designs for vehicles of the future.

After Holden, Mo joined Dius, a startup technology company that specialized in pure agile software development. Coming in when there were nine people in the company, Dius has since grown to over 125 employees. It was here Mo experienced the roller coaster ride of how a start-up transitions into a small-medium enterprise.

Throughout all these roles, Mo came to realize the importance of two factors that would influence the direction of his career. One – doing work that contributed a positive social impact, and two – appreciating the value and enjoyment of working with good friends.

Both these elements were present when Mo helped start Bliss, a luxury chocolate label and retail chain in India. In addition to marketing a luxury product, Bliss had significant social reinvestment and worked towards breaking barriers and creating opportunities for the disadvantaged.

This of course led the same university friends combining to create Curve Tomorrow. Now, less than 10 years later, they’ve expanded to have offices in Australia, USA, India, Sri Lanka and France.

Their main focus is currently on healthcare, however they have plans to venture into education and environmental areas as well.

Incorporating best practices from previous businesses, the directors of Curve Tomorrow have implemented three key strategic principles: lean startup, design thinking and agile development. This approach has led to multiple awards, which has raised their profile and opened doors to funding opportunities.

Curve Tomorrow is interesting in that they do not focus on job titles. While each director has a role that relates to responsibilities normally associated with a CEO or CFO, they are in such constant communication that there is substantial overlap. They also promote an open, equal culture where everyone is valued, which is why ‘junior’ or ‘senior’ titles are not used in their company.

Projects range from process automation improvement in hospitals to automating existing research processes. Research into these areas has afforded them full access to all aspects of health care delivery, including even into operating theatres during surgical procedures.

Curve Tomorrow has worked with world-class health organizations around the world to improve efficiencies, solve clinical problems and commercialize intellectual property.

One example is the development of HeadCheckTM, an app that helps parents and coaches recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion in children. Designed by leading child concussion experts in Australia, this app is endorsed by the AFL and is available for free download.

An example of improving efficiencies is their development of a Q-MaxTM, a desktop app that enables a team at the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services to perform research and screening for epigenetic mutations (a genetic condition) more accurately and efficiently.

Q-MaxTM took a practice that routinely took four days to process thousands of samples over multi-step spreadsheet analysis and reduced it to a seamless ten-second task. This new process also eliminated data entry error, which results in better outcomes from the research.

Curve Tomorrow also co-developed PeersTM, an iPad app that is the first digital and objective assessment tool to enable early detection of social disorders in children. Traditional detection processes typically include observing children, documenting findings on a written report, and then inputting the information into a program for analysis. PeersTM is an age appropriate game that children play while being automatically assessed for primary characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. This lets health professionals detect social behaviour problems more quickly and easily, leading to critical early intervention treatments.

It’s work like this that makes it easy to hope Curve Tomorrow reaches their lofty goals as soon as possible.

Check out www.curvetomorrow.com for more information.

fSpace as a finalist

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The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce recently organised another great event, The Fremantle Business Awards for 2016. Held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, a broad and colourful selection of Fremantle’s business community gathered to celebrate their hard work and achievements in business.

The Esplanade Hotel filled up with business owners and entrepreneurs, most of whom looked spectacular having dressed to the theme of the film Casino Royale. Bright lights, classic Bond music, casino ballroom décor and even a shiny new Aston Martin all made the event something to behold.

fSpace was a finalist for the Excellence in Professional Services Awards. Although we didn’t walk away with the award (or drive away in the car), we did leave feeling even more inspired thanks to the other finalists and winners.

fSpace is ready for another year of great community, inspiration and success!

Top Apps for Productivity

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fSpace is a hub for workers in the creative industries, eager to avoid the procrastination traps one might face working from home.Our desks tend to attract people seeking a better atmosphere to achieve higher levels productivity and greater time management throughout their businesses. To any entrepreneur or small business owner, efficiency, productivity and time management are factors you just can’t afford to ignore.

So here at fSpace, we’ve compiled a list of time saving, productivity boosting and idea sorting apps to help you take over the world.

Best of all, they’re free!

Dropbox

With over 400 million people around the world  on Dropbox and over 100,000 businesses on Dropbox Business, there is no better or more secure online storage option that is available for free. Developed by Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston in 2007, Dropbox became established as a fantastic online storage system to place and arrange files that can be accessed anywhere at anytime online via cloud technology. The app also lets you share files to multiple people and work on files simultaneously so its great for those tasks everyone in the office needs access to.

30/30

Developed in 2012, 30/30 is a fantastic time management app which creates small customised to-do lists which require the input of a time limit timer in 5-30 min intervals. This app stems from the theory that the human brain is best focused for 30 minutes increments with short breaks in between and is designed to encourage this work style. Known as the Pomodoro technique, this style of work has been used by students and workers to efficiently complete tasks since it’s development in the 1980’s. Students particularly favour both this technique and app as it is also helpful for retaining information during study. Of course for all you micro-managers, no one is stop you planning out your whole day on the timer.

Evernote

Evernote is a highly recommended note system organiser which can store everything from pictures, sticky notes, audio notes, web pages, PDFs and more. Founded by Stephan Pachikov, the Evernote web service launched on June 24, 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. Like Dropbox, it’s storage system is via the cloud so can be accessed anywhere, from all your devices, but the best thing about this app is its handy tag system which lets you search your notes so you never lose information. It can even scan your pictures or notes to read and transcribe your handwriting.

Ifttt

If This Then That (IfTTT), is an app, for easier use of all your other apps. Created in December 14, 2010 by Linden Tibbets, Ifttt is like a digital personal assistant that can be programmed to respond to certain requests. For example, if an article appears matching your Google search, you are able to preset Ifttt to then save it to Evernote. This app allows you to create simple connections between your platforms, which can be voice controlled, location based and will help you finally gain control over all those out of time consuming apps and organise your work or business with ease.

Trello

Last but not least is the staff here at fSpace’s favourite app. Trello is  used to show a wide variety of different projects and tasks and allows multiple user interactivity for project collaborations and working abroad. You and a selected team of work colleagues can all access the same trello-board where projects are displayed effectively and aesthetically through an interactive board system with attachable cards. Developed in 2014, Trello brings together all the advantages of a social media with your peers at work in a network with the efficiency of a work\activities calendar you all share.

What apps do you use to help with your businesses?

Social Media for Small Business

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Heath Werrett

fSpace’s Sabine was invited to guest lecture to business students last week at Notre Dame’s Fremantle campus about her experiences operating a local small business and how social media has effected her career.

Approximately 25 young students huddled around computers and desks were eager to examine Sabine’s portfolio of inspiring published images and to hear first hand what it was like running two small businesses in today’s digital media landscape.

Talking about her time spent studying photographic design in the Netherlands and traveling the world as a professional photographer before arriving in Sydney, Sabine recalled coming to Australia 11 years ago with no plan, contacts, connections or social media.

She was able to successfully develop her client base in Sydney over three years primarily through face to face meetings and other traditional methods before again moving to Western Australia in 2009 to start all over again, for a second time.

Sabine pointed out the stark difference in business environments between eastern states’ cities such as Melbourne or Sydney to Perth and it’s remote markets which inevitably forced her to rely more heavily on social media as a way to source new clients in WA.

It was actually that sense of isolation which created fSpace,” 

Sabine explained how heavily she initially relied upon social media in the creation of fSpace which was set up in Fremantle’s town centre.

However, she was also quick to point out focusing too much on social media could be challenging.

“Social media is fun to do, but it can be risky., if it’s not done right, it can hurt your business.  I have never had anyone come into fSpace and sign up, saying they heard of us from Facebook.

She said techniques such as word of mouth and referral were still the primary way people found out about fSpace.

To conclude the talk, Sabine raised an important question for students to consider regarding whether it was either more beneficial to invest time and money into learning new social media technologies and producing new content, or to use these resources and invest them into traditional marketing techniques which are proven to be effective.

Ultimately, chatting with Sabine gave students a fantastic opportunity to see how the social media skills they are currently studying translate to the real business world for a local small business owner.

Word & Image by Heath Werrett – fSpace Media