Meet Our Melbourne Labs Team: Ren Butler

Every WeWork Labs location comes equipped with a feature no other space can replicate: the Labs Manager, your onsite super-connector whose job is to help you fulfill your destiny. Our Labs managers are just as diverse as the Labs and members they lead—a global team with various backgrounds, cultures, interests, and more. In this post, we’re learning a bit about Ren Butler.

Name: Ren Butler

Title: Labs Manager

Lab: 120 Spencer St—Melbourne, Australia

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Curious, energetic, dedicated.

What did you do before you joined WeWork Labs?

I led Team & Community for a small local startup incubator.

What do you like best about working with early-stage startups?

Every day is different. There's always something new and tricky to figure out each week.

What do you do when you’re not helping startups succeed?

I help people find their tastes in the vast and complex world of craft whisky.

What’s your superpower?

I can get almost anyone to talk openly about their passion.

What are some good places to grab a bite to eat near your Lab?

Henry & The Fox is just around the corner. They do great pizzas and if you find yourself there on a weekend, great brunch!

What are your favorite things to do near your Lab?

Go for a nice walk and people watch at Flagstaff gardens, check out what's at the NGV or State Library of Victoria.

What's your most important piece of advice for startups?

Make sure you're always keeping your customers at the center of everything you do. Be sure to keep the data clearly in the context of your customers' perspective.