gavinA professional in video and image editing, volumetric display technology, laser cutting, 3D printing, oracle database admin, rapid prototyping, graphics workflows, format conversion, data visualization.

Business Website: Voxiebox.com

Tell us how you first got involved in with New Venture Institute…
We completed MEGA in 2013 and shortly after heard about NVI, this happened to coincide with us looking for a place to rapid prototype, and develop our hardware, and the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at Tonsley ticked all the boxes.

Why did you decide to join a co-working/incubator space?
We feel that a co-working gives us a great opportunity to network with others, whilst at the same time allowing us the flexibility use to use private rooms and lab spaces when necessary. Being able to have a different view out the window whenever I choose is a bonus!  We have been working out of the cloud for several years and are 100% paperless, so wifi and coffee are all we need, and thankfully there’s an unlimited supply of both at NVI.

What do you do for work?
I’m the CTO at Voxiebox, makers of the Voxiebox Holographic Display. I spend most of my time doing technical design, R&D, Prototyping, Holographic Content Creation, patent writing and various other business related tasks.

Why is entrepreneurship important?
I don’t think it important to everybody, but to me it represents the opportunity to do something I love for a living, following my dreams, and being excited to get up in morning to go to work, its that feeling of satisfaction of reading those tacky inspirational posters, and thinking “hey, I’m actually doing that” , but the best thing is being able to write “Inventor” as occupation on forms, as that’s something I’ve always wanted to be.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at a co-working space?
I spend time with my amazingly supportive wife Kate, and two adorable Girls, Annie and Isla, ride my MTB in the local trails, and play guitar and piano.

What’s one thing about you we’d never learn just by chatting you up at the coffee bar?
In 1985, at the age of 13, I wrote in my diary that by the year 2000 Holographic TV would be invented and I’d be married and be driving an Electric Ferrari.  I’m still waiting on the Ferarri…

What do you do to keep yourself balanced?
I don’t keep balanced. Do you have any suggestions?

What issues about the current world get you ‘fired up’?
The unimaginable disparity between the worlds richest and poorest people and the untold billions being spent on weapons research.

Who are the two people you would most like to meet and why?
Elon Musk because he has the drive and vision to challenge conventional thinking and Michael Palin, just because I think he’d have loads of great stories to tell.

What is the best piece of career advice you have received?
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve imagined”  , I received this advice from a fridge magnet, and its better advice than any careers advisor ever gave me.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about embarking on a start-up?
Do everything right from the beginning, legal, accountancy, cloud based storage, encryption of IP, don’t think “I’d do that later”.  Plan your days, set goals, use Jira, celebrate wins, and learn from mistakes.