HOW DO YOU JUGGLE THIS VENTURE WITH WORK?
I have been working full time on the Canary with Gus for the past 18 months, which has involved assisting Gus in the development of the hardware itself, in addition to tackling the commercial aspects of the business. Working as the chief executive, I have been undertaking the corporate structuring, intellectual property strategy and execution, supplier relations, accounting and taxation, foreign exchange management, capital raising, marketing and sales development. I also work 30 hours a week part time as a graphic designer to support myself.
Our fourth and final year at uni was huge, between driving Canary forward, writing a thesis, completing course work and undertaking an internship. Just before we graduated we were privileged to be selected in the QUT Bluebox accelerator program which ran across the Christmas break. From then on it’s pretty much been 8am to 5pm at the office, and 24/7 replying to emails and thinking about the Canary. As chief technology officer I deal with the technical aspects of the design process from initial drawings to sourcing and arranging prototypes and testing and certification. I’m also working 30 hours a week as a duty manager of a local pub just to keep out of trouble and finance this venture.