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At the beginning of this year, I made the tough decision of leaving a job I loved, a team I loved, family and friends I love, to pursue my dream of making it in New York.

A risky decision some might say…

After 8 years, I made the decision to step down as CEO of Fishburners.

After jumping off the fast-moving train, I had time to stop. And think. And reflect. Something I honestly haven’t done properly since I first started at Fishburners.

Working in the fast-paced world of startups, I was always looking ahead. What new hurdle are we going to overcome, what new product are we going to launch, what new location are we going to expand to, what new team roles do we need to fill… I was forever in ‘what’s next’ mode. …

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This article was originally posted on Smart Company

It’s hard to believe that ‘startup’ was barely a word eight years ago. Our startup community in Australia has grown enormously in that time.

Fishburners was one of the first organizations to the party on the Australian scene in 2011, thanks to the foresight of a team of entrepreneurs including founders Mike Casey and Peter Davison. I had the privilege of being employee number one. …

This article shares 3 important lessons I’ve learned about community-building in my nearly 8 years at Fishburners. Fishburners is Australia’s first and largest coworking community for tech startups. Since opening in 2011, it has supported over 2,000 startups.

How to build an engaged community

One of the most popular questions I’ve been asked over the 7 years I’ve been at Fishburners is, how did you build such an engaging and collaborative community?

Over the years we have had people from around the world come and visit Fishburners and question what our secret sauce is. …


Pandora Shelley

Lover of all things startups, communities and travel.

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