I was born in Gillingham in Kent on 3rd of June 1986. It was the date of a world cup final and the doctors kept running out of the room to keep track of the score. I grew up in Chatham, going to a catholic primary school and then a catholic comprehensive school.
I remember being around primitive commodore green screen computers from when I was a toddler and they immediately fascinated me, my first experience of Microsoft Paint in Windows 3.1 was enchanting, it was the beginning of a love affair that would last my whole life.
I helped my aunt set up a online shopping site, Expatboxes.com, when I was a kid and it ended up doing quite well at the time, we were in the paper and on TV with it which was super exciting, she sold it in the end and it hasn’t changed since.
During my childhood I lived in lots of different places, from Budapest in Hungary to Starnberg in southern Germany - staying in them each for several months at a time whilst my cousin received therapy for cerebral palsy at various clinics. Flying over to meet them as an unaccompanied minor from when I was 7 was unbelievably exciting!
The first time I saw the very concept for the smart car on the evening news when I was a kid I knew I had to have one, I started selling watches online, building websites for people and working in a supermarket until I finally had saved up enough money.
In the end I got impatient and got one of these when I was 16, it was a death trap and the brake cables snapped on me twice but it was still amazing fun.
After no research whatsoever I decided upon going to the University of Portsmouth, I had never been to Portsmouth before I moved there. To be honest I think it was the design of their prospectus that sold it to me.
I was there for a few years, starting off doing a brand new degree called Enterprise in eBusiness which I hated and dropped out of eventually switching to a innovative new degree program they were running where you got your degree whilst running your own company.
I decided to set up LinQ and started developing mobile software for package delivery, it was the moment I first became totally hooked on being my own boss and totally determined my life would always revolve around the tech business. Technology’s power to change people’s lives is magical to me.
After time at Portsmouth I eventually decided to move to Brighton with two friends from university where I stayed for 5 years until 2012.
I just realised I have gone way over the word limit, but anyway - you get the idea.
Anyway fast forward to today and I run PageHub and live in London, it is always a rollercoaster but I wouldnt want to be doing anything else :-)