You may recognise CodeBase from our Lab Bytes newsletter. They have been bringing you the very latest content to shape your business over the last few months. But who are they? What makes them tick?
We speak to Steven Drost, Director at CodeBase, who shares his experience of working in a fast-growth start-up and the challenges they have faced over the last few years.
What’s an average day like at CodeBase?
A day could kick off with one of our coffee mornings, such as Creative Circles, which is a chance for the creative industries to connect with techies. This could lead to a UX/UI Office Hours in our Hotdesking area, alongside showing potential tenants the spaces we offer. In the afternoon, we often have one-on-one time for our tenants with either investors or mentors. We spend most of the rest of our time talking to tenants - understanding their needs and connecting them to the support they require. The day normally ends with one of our evening meetups, focusing either on a specific technology, marketing or business growth, normally over some beer and pizza. Never a dull moment!
What have been your biggest challenges to get where you are today?
The challenges we’ve faced have been the same that all start-ups go through - extremely rapid growth, implementing and optimising processes, and occasionally overextending ourselves. We’ve become very good at triage over the years, and spend much more time focused on projects that have a tangible benefit to us and the community.
Tell us more about Office Hours – what can people expect?
The Office Hours are a chance to be open about what’s holding you and your business back, and what you need help with. Between the CodeBase team (who are all geeks for start-up content) and our network of mentors, we’ll know the right person to give you perspective and advice on the problems you’re facing.
What tips do you have for entrepreneurs starting out?
Embed yourself in a network that is working in the same industry as you - take advice from those who have recently built successful companies. Spend time talking to your potential customers, understand their pain points. Finally, always be learning. Lab Bytes is a great way to stay in the loop, but don’t stop there - there’s a wealth of information out there.