It was a foggy early Tuesday morning in the summer of 1997 when I first entered the world.
My childhood was spent selling whatever I could to make money. I was a typical entrepreneurial kid. From mowing lawns to lemonade stands, I did whatever it took.
Around the age of 6, I began teaching myself to code. I began freelancing by the time I was 12. I spent multiple years discovering the world of development and design.
I slowly began to get bored with the world of code. I always had a passion for music, but I was self-aware enough to know I had no talent to sing or play instruments. Following my true passion of entrepreneurship, I began to produce live events and festivals. Even though not many of them got fully executed, I had one event get approved and a lease signed with the City of Penticton when I was 13.
The next few years of my teen years I spent working with building my company Fresh Entertainment Group. I worked with various musicians as an artist manager, booking agent, and go-to person to make albums, events, and tours happen.
When I was 16 I launched what I consider my first 'startup', Taste Locally. It was a pro-local marketing company focused on the culinary industry. We designed and sold decks of playing cards that doubled as discounts to local restaurants. You can read about its beginnings here. Over the course of 18 months, we launched two decks in Kelowna and expanded to a second city, Victoria, BC. Unfortunately, we ultimately failed in our mission.
When Taste Locally ended, I was left with some debts to repay. I got a job in my last year of highschool doing graphic design for a local startup. After 14 months with them, I became the lead UI/UX designer and developer of Biznas. We specialized in cloud-based enterprise application development. Recently I've moved back into building my business full time.
I now spend my time as the CEO of BeckerX Inc., which houses MedConnect, Sailboat Studio, and parts of Finale. Additionally, I serve as the CEO of MedConnect and an Associate Principal of Finale.