I’m a 23 year old Sydney-sider (originally from Port Macquarie) with a passion for digital design and development, particularly within the financial services sector. I’m an entrepreneur by nature, having started two companies by the age of 22; one being successful and the other not so much. My passion lies in taking data-driven products to market.
I’m also keen on architectural design and motorcars having held a racing license and rebuilt a 1976 Holden Gemini SL from the ground up.
Around the time I turned 13, I became interested in object oriented programming. A few years later having learned the basics of Objective-C over a summer break I built and published a four function calculator that ran on an iPod Touch. By the time I was 16 I had built dozens of Python applications, most of which were text-based games and potential returns calculators.
When I was studying in my final year of school, I was reading into high frequency trading (HFT) and became interested. As I was finishing up my Higher School Certificate, I started TwelveLabs (initially called ShareWatch) which was a company that aimed to provide HFT strategies to retail customers through using a series of highly customisable rules and trade execution queues. We gained interest from the big investment banks however the product wasn’t that desirable to everyday investors.
At age 20, I sold my stake in TwelveLabs and left the platform in the hands of a US investment team so I could start my Bachelors degree in Design Computing at the University of Sydney. While I attended university part-time, I worked full-time at the at the award-winning design agency, Deepend within both a solutions architect and technical sales capacity. In my time at Deepend I architected a supply chain platform for a $80m+ pharmaceutical business as well as managed incoming new business averaging $500k a month.
At 22 I took a hiatus from university; left Deepend and started Whaley, a free, global investing platform for ordinary people where they could invest like the ‘whales’. Alongside co-founder, we raised an angel investment of $100k and gained support from some of the best minds in Australia’s financial services sector. Whaley was my second attempt at starting a business and while it didn’t get off the ground, I learned plenty about taking a complicated financial services product to a highly regulated market.
After Whaley, I served as the Chief Technology Officer at H2 Ventures and responsible for architecting, designing and building several platforms for the accelerator business as well as data tools for ongoing portfolio management.