HOW DO YOU JUG­GLE THIS VEN­TURE WITH WORK?

Buha­giar:

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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.

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