Professional background and technical experience
The early years
After graduating from Christchurch Polytechnic with a Certificate in Business computing in 1999, I migrated to Wellington where I worked in several government departments. Initially my work focused on desktop application development, office automation and database systems.
As the dot com bubble grew, my work shifted into the web space where I worked in a startup creating dynamic and data driven web platform for online retail (ecommerce as it was called). It was in this role that I began to develop my digital design capabilities and user interface web development skills.
Leaving the pack
Inevitably I decided it was time to do the 'startup' thing myself and partnered with a good friend to create a web platform for data sharing, online retail and customer management. This was more of a lifestyle choice than a get rich quick scheme, the technology finally emerging that enabled global connectedness and access for working from anywhere.
The enterprise grew by offering small business web solutions from a Wellington base.
On and off I worked in contract positions and even a 7 year full time position helping companies with similar projects. Designing and building database driven web based applications and software for online business. Some of these projects were quite large, involving teams of many people spread all over the place.
After leaving the city and relocating to my rural retreat I have continued to pursue IT as a lifestyle support and now work to provide small business web solutions and support services to my local community and beyond.