Wayne Atkinson is 50 years old and an entrepreneur who lives in the United Kingdom. Wayne has been a software developer and product designer for 32 years and his fascination with computers started at a very young age.
When Wayne was just 13, disassembling early computer games (Sinclair ZX81, Spectrum and Commodore 64) was a hobby. This produced a taste and a flare for understanding computers, I guess Wayne just had that "it" whatever "it" is that you need to be able to make computers do what you want them to do.
At the age of 18, having self taught programming to a reasonable level, Wayne applied for an assistant's job in the IT dept of a local Steel Company. This was a very bold move as it was around the time that the office environment was getting IBM PC's planted on them and were becoming a strong asset to the working world. Still using MS DOS, Wayne quickly became part of the IT dept and wrote many useful tools such as Bonus Systems and Quotation Systems for the company. Wayne was there five years before everyone was made redundant due to bad management decisions higher up than Wayne's influence.
By this time, Wayne had been supporting five companies around the UK and so Wayne and his manager at the time, decided to combine strengths and form their own company. At the age of 23, Wayne became self employed and a director of his own software company. This new company developed many different software apps for all sorts of businesses, from Time and Attendance to Traceability Systems for the Fresh Fruit Industry.
Five years into the new company, one of Wayne's clients offered a deal for them to quit the company and go and work for the client. This was appealing for Wayne's business partner, but Wayne declined and bought out his partners shares in the business and continued on his own. This is where the real Entrepreneur bug started to take hold. Having worked for himself for 5 years and now 28 years old, Wayne knew at this stage in his life that he wasn’t for the corporate world and finding his own destiny was by far and away more important.
Five more years past with Wayne at the helm of the company. Things were going well, as he bought his first house, had a BMW sports car, all good (back in 1998/9)….until, he made his first managerial mistake.......