The Fishburners collaborative working space for start-ups and investors is using funding from the NSW Government and Ninefold to increase its productivity by improving its internet connection and implementing a wireless network.
The NSW Government has provided $20,000 in funding to Fishburners, but the co-working space would not disclose how much Ninefold had provided.
The not-for-profit organisation was operating on an ADSL connection, which was supplying the internet for the 100 entrepreneurs working in its Sydney office. However, it did "get over used at times", according to Fishburners director David Vandenberg, so that the co-working firm decided an upgrade was in order.
It thought about fibre, but it would have cost $60,000, according to Vandenberg, so Fishburners settled on a BigAir wireless broadband connection instead, which he said would provide symmetrical 50Mbps.
With the entrepreneurs using the space to bootstrap their start-ups heavily using cloud services, the previous 1Mbps upload speed just wasn't cutting it.
"People were deliberately light on the use of Skype," he said, so the 50 times faster upload speed would be extremely welcome.
The organisation will also be installing a wireless network with the help of consulting and some technical expertise from Ninefold. It has also bought a large enterprise printer to replace the little multifunction colour laser printer that the entrepreneurs had been using.
Fishburners is now also included in Ninefold's Cloud Booster program, which offers its co-working residents free credit for cloud computing and storage to the value of $300 per month for a year.
The Ninefold Cloud Booster Program also involves Pollenizer, Startmate, AngelCube, Innovation Bay and the York Butter Factory.