I never finished my university degree, instead dropping out to focus on my then startup Pisces that had been funded in 2000 in the first dotcom boom.Pisces, a messaging company where we had a patented messaging technology I designed, ultimately became a mortgage software provider to around 90% of Australian banks.I woke up in my late 20s realising I wasn't solving the right problem, in the right market with the right people so walked away from Pisces and moved to San Francisco in 2010 with plans to study industrial design
There, instead, I started a new company, Planwise, focused on helping people make better financial decisions in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2007/2008. Whilst there I set up SF Fintech, that went on to become the #1 fintech meetup on the west coast of the US.Planwise created some amazing technology but when it became clear that it needed to be a financial services company to work
I moved it back to Australia and it became the basis for UNO Home Loans. UNO secured major backing from Westpac early on which enabled us to develop the technology, brand and operation to power what is now the #1 Online Mortgage Broker in Australia (as measured by customer satisfaction NPS). Whilst at UNO I designed loanScore, the only technology to have ever won a Good Design Award
We have since spun out the core technology of UNO into a new venture, autologic, to let anyone who wants to build complex logic to power anything to do so with nocode. It is the lowest cost way to power anything. We want to replace coding as the dominant form of building complex logic and in turn enable the automation of everything.
In my spare time I decided to design a new belt, yes, a men's belt, YOKU. A side project for now we have managed to a secure a patent (my second) on our design that enables for a fully interchangeable belt with zero moving parts. I hope it will inspire more people to buy better and buy less. We want greatly reduce the 400 million belts made and sold every year.