Jindou tells us about his UX/UI superpowers and how one book changed his view on wealth, leading him to cofound his business, HappyCo.
HappyCo is a proptech company providing real-time operations software for property portfolios. Founded in Adelaide, the company is now global, with headquarters in San Francisco.
Unofficially, I worked as a kitchen hand at a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant in Darwin. The owner, a family friend, said he desperately needed help and brought me in to start work on a Friday. On Saturday, he said he no longer desperately needed help.
Officially, my first job was working for an all you can eat Buffet restaurant called Function at the Mirage in Adelaide. I quickly learned how hard it was to earn money and how wasteful I was as a kid.
I have the ability to visualise a problem and turn it into a piece of software with incredible UI/UX. I’m really great at being able to “think like the end-user” and put myself in their shoes (especially if it’s a user with very low computer literacy). I think this is a result of growing up in a household where my parents were constantly asking me to “fix the internet” or any computer technologies.
Speaking of the internet. I think that having access to the internet on airplanes is mind-blasting!
I mean, I remember a time not that long ago where I had dial up internet and it was so bad that if someone tried to use the telephone it would disconnect the internet!!!
I picked up a book called “Rich Dad Poor Dad” in my early twenties. And I read it from cover to cover in a day. I did not completely understand all the concepts it was teaching at the time but I did realize that building wealth was something that was not “taught” in my household. Coming from a blue-collar, working-class family, financial literacy was such a foreign concept.
After reading that book it sparked a journey of trying to understand and learn as much as I could about wealth and led me to invest in Real Estate. Which eventually led me to start HappyCo.
If I said “Rich Dad Poor Dad” would that be cheating? Okay, how about Ray Dalio’s How The Economic Machine Works in 30 minutes video.
It provides great insight into a complex concept such as how the world works. And for simple minds like mine, I need people to dumb it down for me.
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