When I was a kid, whether it be turning a broken iron into a stove for my tree fort, dabbling in electronics, or fantacising about how I would make fully automated farm equipment, I was always inventing something.
I went to college to study engineering, because it seemed the right course of studies for an inventor. At college I discovered the computer. The idea that invention could be done with just words, that I could solve the parts aquisition problems, motivated me.
As I entered the workforce, I suprised each of my employers with my creativity and productivity. They challenged me to develop technologies, and I did so -- usually more quickly and more effectively than expected. I took a number of products from conception to completion, documentation and passing off to support staff.
At some point a startup Silicone Valley company, Sequoia Data Corporation, hired me sight unseen out of British Columbia, Canada. The technologies I developed for them, ScanFix and FormFix won national awards. These technologies are still marketed today by ...
In 1999, I returned to Canada, got married and started a family. I spent a number of years pursuing an even better forms processing solution -- a solution that I called DocuGenie. This technology got off to a good start with a sale to the United States Department of Justice, as it was the only technology they could find that could process the class of documents that they were dealing with, such as phone bills. I am very proud of DocuGenie, as it truly was innovative and effective. However, though the technology was excellent, the marketing was not as effective.
I developed a relationship with Axacore, Inc., which processes documents for insurance companies. With Axacore, I have produced a wide variety of custom and unique solutions.
However, it is hard to hold a creative mind down. Whether it be for my own personal use, or to share with the world, I keep coming up with interesting innovations. These innovations are far beyond the limits of software. Some are hardware related. Some are very low teck. Some are business models, or numeric models. All are practical. I have begun to pursue business partnerships to take some of these technologies to market.