London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Founded 2+ startups
I have founded Secly, an InfoSec startup to pursue ideas for developing next-gen internet and cyber security solutions for internet businesses and home consumers.
Secly is coming very soon ... contact me today (all skills required) to be part of an exciting new journey!
More about me...
I am an experienced internet & mobile technology entrepreneur of over 21 years.
Having graduated from UMIST with an honours degree in Computation in 1989, I went on to work in IT for the likes of Logica, Reuters and Deutsche Bank.
I first programmed a computer back in 1982 & published my first website in 1996. Then following a quick detour as a diving instructor & running my own scuba training business, in 1999 I launched my first tech startup from the dining room and grew it in a couple of years into a mult-million pound business with over 30 staff. Easily.co.uk was the world's first affordable domain name company where I pretty much invented the web-based DNS control panel and established one of the internet's first successful affiliate schemes for growing online sales. Easily went on to also be a leading UK web hosting & email service provider before we made a successful exit in 2004; one of the few dot-com era successes.
I setup Lab2.Biz in 2001 as a platform to visualise new tech ideas & grow them from the lab into successful businesses.
The earliest Lab2 idea came in 2001 for a simple self-service platform to help small businesses send bulk SMS. iTagg has since grown to be a successful digital agency helping businesses with consultancy, managed bureau and development services in order to get the best from SMS within their communications & marketing. iTagg are SMS experts and have helped thousands of businesses send over 1 billion SMS since launch in 2001. I am the technical architect behind iTagg's large-scale SMS delivery platform and the business vision that continues to push iTagg forward.
JFDI (Just f* Do it!) - my old lecturer drilled this into me many moons ago
May 1989 - September 1994
Project manager for client system using Xerox computer with very early graphical interface. Developer on proper programming languages like Cobol and Pascal. Database programmer for Channel Tunnel project. Confidential software project at IBM headquarters in Portsmouth.
August 1994 - November 1994
PADI Scuba Diving Instructor
World of Scuba
July 1994 - July 1997
Setup and ran my own scuba diving instruction company in London, employing several other instructors (part-time whilst consulting for Bankers Trust). Began exploring ideas for an internet based diving travel information service and as part of this created my first website as well as an offline html resource promoting worldwide diving destinations which was published on a 3.5 inch floppy disk on the cover of Diver magazine ... in 1996
Bond trading desk & back office systems support
Bankers Trust (later Deutsche Bank)
November 1994 - May 1999
Cobol and Pascal. All good proper old fashioned programming. Taught myself about the web and html during this time.
Developer and Project Manager
2 web development companies (contract)
May 1999 - September 1999
First experience of developing html, php and mysql in a work environment, having taught myself during previous couple of years.
Founder and CEO
September 1999 - January 2004
Founded my first tech startup Easily.co.uk in 1999 and took it from the dining room table to a mult-million pound internet business with dozens of staff within the first 12 months. In mid-1999, having invested in a few very expensive domain names for myself (anyone want englandvgermany.co.uk!), I had one of those moments of realisation that domain names should be sold for under £10 instead of hundred pounds, which was the going rate at the time. For the next 2 months I built the Easily.co.uk website (originally called Easywebnames) and with a tiny 100 word article in New Media Age in September 1999, my plan of needing to sell 250 domains per month to survive went crazy. Within months I'd taken on 3 other founding members and we were selling 2,000 domain names "per day". We were the first affordable domain name seller in the UK (and possibly the world), pioneering a new way of selling domain names online. All at a time when everybody was going dotcom mad; no matter what your crazy idea was for a web business, you needed a domain name for it! Among a few other firsts, I pretty much invented the web-based DNS control panel and established one of the internet's first successful affiliate schemes for growing online sales. Easily went on to also be one of the first UK web hosting & email service providers, again offering web hosting for under a tenner and email accounts for SME's and consumers many years before Google got in on the act. 30+ staff later, successfully coming through the global bursting of the dotcom bubble and permanent offices in Farringdon - leading the fashion for London being a startup capital of the world. We did it all and became one of the truly successful DotCom era startups, before exiting in 2004 with a sale to Netbenefit so we could realise some of our other tech dreams.
Founder and Director
December 2001 - Today
In 2001 created a simple self-service platform to help small businesses send bulk SMS. iTagg has since grown to be a successful digital agency helping businesses with consultancy, managed bureau and development services in order to get the best from SMS within their communications & marketing. iTagg are SMS experts and have helped thousands of businesses send over 1 billion SMS since launch in 2001. I am the technical architect behind iTagg's large-scale SMS delivery platform and the business vision that continues to push iTagg forward.
UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology)
Computation BSc (Hons)
1986 - 1989
Kelsterton Technical College
National Diploma in Computer Studies (Distinction)
1984 - 1986
Manchester University Institute of Science and Technology
The Office Group, London
2017 - Today