Securing other sources of income is a key component of taking back control.From an early age I had an interest in entrepreneurship and have persued many different activities over the years below is a summary.
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This was a project I worked for about year. I was trying to change the way people conduct research on the internet by building a software plugin that could work with wordpress. The plugin was designed to add structure to research an promote group learning. Details around the concept can be found here. To assist with the development I founded a meet up where we met to get to the bottom of issues. After a year of trying to change the world I decided that I really needed to focus on changing my world a bit more with something a bit more pragmatic. I removed the custom software from the site and what remains is a disjointed record of the meetings and my software development journey.
This is where I am putting projects that I don’t have the energy or resources to develop further. A few months ago I made the decision that anything in this bucket should be published and given away to anyone who feels they can a make a go of my ideas. Please contact me if you would like more information
My career has spanned engineering, software sales, marketing and analytics during this time I have had many other entrepreneurial ventures. below are some highlights in reverse chronological order
Aires Software During the period of 2007-2009 I was collaborating with the owners and almost joined into a part ownership arrangement. I created the current website and also spent a few days cold calling and worked on sales and marketing strategy.
Detroit Underground 1998 I was working in software sales at this time and my work took me to live in Detroit for 6 months during which I developed a forum in ASP that was used for posting location and times of raves in Detroit. It had a life of its own and was quite impressive really.
BusNet In 1996 I developed a software application written in Visual Basic designed to teach the profit and loss account and balance sheet to students in the form of a game. This was my first software application I had a student programmer work on this. This lost focus when I started my career as a software sales person.
Selling drinks, chocolates & bubblegum in the playground when I was 12 years old. This was very successful after time I stopped selling cans as they were heavy in favour of nearly 100% bubble-gum. At its height I was buying bubble-gum in bulk from the corner shop who was buying boxes in specially for me. The huge success caused an outcry however due to the large amounts of bubblegum being found around school. A special assembly was called and it was banned with strict penalties of possession. I had a sports bag full of bubble-gum at the time (contraband) . This meant I had to wind this up. Later a tuck shop was opened up which was the final nail for in the coffin for this venture.
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