Two strong drives in my life fuel my passion as an entrepreneur: Creativity and Helping People. Turning an idea into reality is one of my greatest joys - whether it is a new software system or a new business venture, creativity makes me come alive. Helping others to achieve their goals, or to improve their lives is a strong motivator for me. Entrepreneurship allows me to do this by finding a need and filling it.
Having long dreamed of being an Entrepreneur as a young man, I am very excited to be able to follow this path in my life. I made the leap shortly after finishing my degree at UofC when my long-time friend convinced me to partner with him in a web development firm. Even though I had no business education or training and very little work experience I jumped at the opportunity. We learned a lot quickly and had a great deal of fun working on our new venture. A few years later, we hadn't become the astronomical success we imagined we would. I did, however, discover some important principles of business through the lessons our business taught me and through the intense personal study I engaged in throughout this time. I am now very excited to put this experience to work on Webamorphosis.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Calgary in June 2003 (even though I had finished my courses in April 2002. My distaste for bureaucracy and forms and my excitement to move on to the next phase of my life caused me to ignore the minor step of applying for my degree. I'm still not sure why the university doesn't have a computer program that automatically determines when students have finished all the requirements for their degrees and generates the resulting parchments). Joking aside, I very much enjoyed my studies - in particular, my courses on human computer interaction where I studied how to make software more user-friendly (an ongoing pursuit in all my software development projects).
Previous to my UofC experience I took a year to travel to Europe and study at a Bible school in Germany. This was incredibly enriching and I would highly recommend it to anyone who feels they need to expand their horizons and grow spiritually.
However, like most people, I have discovered that my formal education hardly scratched the surface of what I actually need to know to excel in my career and my business. To combat this, I am continually devouring as much new material on business and Internet technology as I can handle - so if you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!