Who am I?

I was born and bred in Hamilton, New Zealand, and in early 2005 I made the decision to move to Europe.

Between 2005 and 2008, I lived between Helsinki, Finland and Nice, France. During that time, I also spent a couple of months each in Thailand, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Japan.

On 27 November, 2008, I moved to Mumbai, India (I couldn't have picked a more unfortunate date to arrive!) and I now spend my time in India having started this really interesting thing called "Hayai".

Work and Goals

I set up my first company in 2004 in New Zealand, and in 2007 set up a branch office in Finland. In 2009, I came up with the idea to start an ISP in India (which has a presence in NZ as well but the situation there doesn't allow us to do what we want). We launched Hayai on 26 October, 2011.

These days I am 98% focused on Hayai India and 2% focused on other things, and were hoping this idea will spread through the Pacific Islands, Nepal - and hell, the rest of the developing world - over the next few years. Ultimately, I'd like Hayai to serve Broadband to "the other 3 billion".

Things I like

Golf, Tennis, Karate, Cycling, Driving, Travelling, Learning Languages, listening to and playing music, photography. Stand up Comedy.

Sound and sight are important to me. Love food (both the cooking and the eating). And my hands. People, Cultures and Languages. (Free and) Open Source Software.

Things I don't like

Where do I begin?

Things I don't like (and hopefully, can actually change!)

I'll have to think about that. It's a much less exhaustive list, I promise.

Things I spend way too much time obsessing over

International Business, Venture Capital, Finance. Economics, Taxation (weird, I know), International Law, eLearning, Mobile Devices, User Interface Design, Making stuff work, keeping stuff working and usability.

Other interests (business and otherwise)

Tourism, "anti" Tourism, Hotels/Hospitality, Relaxation, Meditation, Health, Electronics, Sound and Video production and effects, Trains (and travelling by train), Going places.

My views on education

I like to tinker, and despite my past views on education (I disliked school), I'm big on education, but not necessarily traditional school - I appreciate people who are self-taught, because I think it shows that they're motivated.

Things that get my adrenaline pumping

I love to drive, fast. I love fast cars, I love the the Autobahn, and I've driven quite a few I *loved* driving at fairly excessive speed on it. I prefer German cars to Italian (but not BMW).

Music

Put simply? Very varied. I like a wide variety of music from all around the world. Not a big fan of "Top 40" or most of the other garbage that's produced these days but otherwise I'm not so fussy.

Books

The last fiction book I read was "The Asian Connection", by Glenn Carley. This is not a coincidence - its my dad's third book. He has a couple of new ones out but I've not read them yet.

Am currently reading "How to win friends and influence people", having finished "How to stop worrying and start living" both by Dale Carnegie. I keep "The Teaching of Buddha" handy and I'm working my way through "The Human Brain" by Susan Greenfield.

Otherwise I stick to informational stuff like newspapers, certain types of magazines such as National Geographic, Harvard Business Review and whatever else I find interesting.

TV/Movies

I don't watch TV much, but I keep a variety of shows handy, mostly British - my favourites include QI (Quite Interesting), Mock the Week and Top Gear. I also keep several documentaries handy for whatever topic-du-jour I found interesting that day, with topics ranging from health to money, politics, religion, the future, science, space, disasters, technology, travel and weapons/martial arts.

I stream a huge amount of media from all sorts of sources, including but not limited to Guba, Vimeo, Dailymotion, TED.com, BBC World, CNET/ZDNet and TVNZ. Oh, and Youtube (because they're so special to us at Hayai).

I enjoy films such as Koyaanisqatsi and it's sequels and films like it. I like anything that really makes me go "wow" - which unfortunately is not that many movies, but something that makes me think or something that inspires me is a good start. I really enjoyed both of the 1 Giant Leap films.

Quotable Quotations:

Sometimes I get what I want. Sometimes I don't get what I want. And sometimes I get what I never expected. -Ramesh S. Balsekar

If someone is standing in line in front of me at the cafe, and they can't decide what they want in the half an hour it took to get to the register, I should be allowed to kill them.

While some people drink at the fountain of wisdom, others merely gargle.

I lost my head when I found my heart... I act stupid, due to cupid...

Women should have labels on their foreheads that say 'Government Health Warning: women can seriously damage your brains, genitals, current account, confidence, razor blades, and good standing among your friends'.

"The only difference between the women I've dated and Charles Manson is that Manson has the decency to look like a nut case when you first meet him." --Richard Jeni

If my father is Welsh and my mother is Hungarian what does that make me? Well-Hung.

A slashdot post citing references? You, my friend, are way out of line. --Slashdot user #318230

Ah yes, how dare we obey our own laws. You ignorant fool, it doesn't matter if what we do in Canada is illegal in the USA, it matters if it's illegal in Canada. Want to change it? Too fucking bad. It's our country, you have your own. --Slashdot user #989335

Happiness is only real when shared.

"Never invite vegetarians to BBQ's, it's like inviting lesbians to a dick sucking festival." --Eddie Olavarrieta

...There's a lot of porn piling up on the internet... it doesn't download itself! -House, M.D.

"Why are you suspicious?"
"Because it's either that, or accept that you've done something nice. Then I have to deal with the Horsemen and the rain of fire, and the end of days".
-House M.D.

Witch, n. (1) An ugly and repulsive old woman, in a wicked league with the devil. (2) A beautiful and attractive young woman, in wickedness a league beyond the devil.

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect; it just means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections.

"Come to the edge", we said; and they said "No, it's too high".
"Come to the edge", we said; and they said "No, we will fall".
"Come to the edge", we said; and they very reluctantly came.
And we pushed. And they flew.

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind." - Albert Einstein

New Rule: If you're going to insist on making movies based on crappy, old television shows, when you have to give everyone in the Cinema a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember the reason something was a television show in the first place is the idea wasn't good enough to be a movie.

If the thought of something makes me giggle for longer than 15 seconds, I am to assume that I am not allowed to do it. --Slashdot user #213164