ACCIDENTAL SUCCESS IN LITTLE TOKYO
4 September 2015, Written by Laura Daquino
JOCK Fairweather didn't even know what a co-working space was when he opened Little Tokyo Two. Nine months later, the 25-year-old former shoe designer has two Brisbane spaces bursting at the seams.
It's worlds apart from the past, when Fairweather admits he 'wasn't really helping anyone at all'.
"Since year four, I had wanted to make women's shoes," says Fairweather.
"It's just something I'd always wanted to do. Making shoes is totally selfish though, they don't really help anyone at all. In actual fact, women's shoes often cause nothing but problems."
"It withered me down to the death."
These days, Fairweather only keeps good company.
"The criteria is you must be personable because we don't accept antisocial behaviour of any kind.
"It's allowed us to attract curious, good people who like the fact we don't engage in flashy advertising and encourage them to come here themselves, and also offer mentorship from what I believe to be 17 of the best businesspeople in Australia - including a former Microsoft CFO, ex-BP executive, ex-Energex CEO and two Google Glass representatives - who all do it for free.
"The way I have structure the whole place is through staggered risk," says Fairweather.
"The lease of the restaurant basically covers my mortgage repayments, permanent offices have outgoings, permanent desks cover a bit of outgoings and then there's floating members.