As a child I spent all my time on computers, programming them or making games. I thought I would get bored if I studied that at university. I chose ship science at Southampton because it was a good course and I would be able to windsurf. I was heavily involved in the windsurf and ski club. I was on the committee for both and competed a lot. Some of the guys I used to compete with are now on the world tour.
I moved to Perth, Australia after graduating, and started earning money that I wanted to invest in something. I taught myself how to invest in the stock market and was appalled at how hard it was and how difficult for someone with a technical background like myself. It took me six months to make my first transaction. I started building tools to help me invest, and a few friends saw them and thought they were cool. That got me thinking.
At school I sold sunglasses that I ordered from China and, at Southampton, I made money through building web sites for people. There were societies around entrepreneurship but I just wanted to do it, rather than talk about it. Also I was pretty distracted with windsurfing. It was in Perth that I started to have the itch to run my own business, and I knew I had these programming skills that I wasn’t using.