Back in the year 2000, I got a request to help automate the statistical data gathering for a hockey pool. This marked the start of a collaboration with the person who approached me and his partner (who was also the founder of the hockey pool).
This collaboration later turned into a small business focused on curating sports statistics. We provided users with an easy-to-use web interface to create customized queries, with the goal of tapping into the growing Pro-Line product in Canada.
Then, in 2001, the organization where the person who approached me and I worked dissolved. We saw this as an opportunity and decided to try to turn our small collaboration into something bigger.
Because of our limited initial revenues I took up software contracting under our business name to supplement our resources. Any extra money I made beyond covering my salary went into marketing to drive growth and boost our revenue.
I worked as a contractor for several years in the telecommunications and insurance sectors, where my responsibilities encompassed web technologies, desktop applications, and even a mobile device prototype for a government agency.
As the business grew, it gradually became self-sustaining. This allowed me to work on it full-time alongside my partners and more colleagues. Of course, this journey had its share of challenges, as is common for startups. Some of these challenges led me to step back from my ownership role to better manage stress.
From its modest beginnings with the original trio, the startup has now become a significant enterprise with over 100 employees and worldwide affiliates.
Looking back on what I’ve achieved and contributed in this journey fills me with pride. But now I’m entering a phase of semi-retirement. However, not one for sitting idle, and believing that I still have more to offer, I founded Daptl. This new venture aims to explore the possibility of taking up contracting opportunities once again, revisiting a path I once walked.
Nova Scotia-based software developer with a rich history in entrepreneurship and technology. In the year 2000, embarked on a collaborative journey to automate statistical data gathering for a hockey pool, which later evolved into a thriving business focused on curating sports statistics.
Through strategic contracting in various sectors, including telecommunications and insurance, contributed to the growth of the startup, eventually expanding it to a significant enterprise with over 100 employees and worldwide affiliates.
Now, in the phase of semi-retirement, founded 'Daptl' to explore new contracting opportunities, adding another chapter to an already impressive career.