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Superdraft Collapses

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  1. This company was awful, their reviews were all astroturfed, their platform stinked, their customer service was terrible. They were trying to pivot their company to a new one called Dreamspace, most likely to dodge their awful reputation. They did not deserve to succeed, good stuff!

  2. I don't mind doing Drafting on the side but I only do it now for Good Friends who I know who will pay, or my Builder who needs plans drawn by someone more competent than the Philippines

  3. I had an encounter with super draft trying to get me on their platform to bid work, I'm way too busy completing work coming from my own network so this wasn't of interest to me. In my experience bidding on sites like hi pages and potentially SuperDraft for work is generally low expected value. You are better off not being restricted to workflow from these lead-generating business models and instead, interacting with the broader market through your own business development activities and repeat client work.

  4. I got this email today. I was brought on as a partner a few months ago. Never actually did any work for them, as I'm already very busy. Seemed like a good idea to me and an extra potential revenue stream of my current work in my location dried up. Disappointed for the director's, The people I spoke with seemed nice.

  5. I did an interview with Superdraft to see what they were about – they had a job advertisement on Seek. At the time I looked at their website, they had images in their gallery of buildings taken off other architects' websites. I picked up on this because I was familiar with some of the buildings and the real architects behind them, and those were not the architects that were working for them. So I immediately knew they were disingenuous in their business dealings – I contacted some of those firms to notify them. Don't feel sorry for them. Maybe they got sued for copyright infringement.

  6. Ditto on steel gal, I've got bridge and tunnel projects where we are shipping steel from Brisbane to Townsville to be galvanised because all plants in SEQ are out of action until Jan 23..

  7. I did a bit of work for them when they first started in Perth it's was worth it to me then, when I first starting out. And then I did a few design sketches for them in Queensland and Jake the founder was a pretty nice guy. Unfortunately the price margins where very tight in the end. They had one architect overseeing the whole business model. So u didn't need to be a register building designer or architect to work for them. I don't think the AIA where too thrilled with there business model undercutting the industry. A few negative and positives for the industry, it was good for young designers willing to have a go. I felt like all the designers fees where going to the sales guys. If u where really efficient and didn't care to much about the overall outcome u could make a living from them.

  8. I QUIT WORKING FOR THEM BACK IN 2018 AFTER 6MTHS BECAUSE THEY WERE 3 MONTHS OUTSTANDING ON INVOICES. THERE WAS BAD SIGNS BACK THEN SO DOESN'T SURPRISE ME AT ALL…..THEY HAD TO GET INVESTORS TO BAIL THEM OUT TO PAY THEIR WORKERS INVOICES NOT LONG AFTER I QUIT………

  9. I was a drafting partner since 2018. Did quite a bit of work back in 2019. Communication within their online platform was garsely with so called Project Managers not having a clue what they're doing. From what I could gather, there were too many overheads within the business structure. Always gloating about their advanced online platform, IT staff, project managers and fancy office on the gold coast. The multi-tierd administration, project management and finance staff seemed ridiculous for the lower value of project work passing through. The majority of fee charged for project work would've been sucked up paying these crazy overheads. Many of my invoices were 6 months overdue. Trying to get them to pay invoices was getting blood from stone. I got them paid eventually by harassing the owner. The owner always used the same excuse – "we're trying to raise capital'. WTF! Capital for what? Partners invoices should be priority as we're the ones doing the hard work! Surely partner invoices are paid for by the fee proceeds from projects! Why is capital raising required to pay invoices! Must've been to pay for their ridiculous overheads and office fitouts. I could see this happening. No surprise really…

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