Paul Clarke (Founder)
For many years I kept thinking: "If I was working for myself I could do that IT project for a third of the price in half the time!" - so that's what I did.
With over 18 years experience in helping organizations produce innovative software and websites, perhaps I could help you too? That's me in the photo. I live with my wife (Jenny) and son (Caleb) in the fair city of Worcester.
I've loved computers and maps since I was nine years old so it's only natural I ended up turning two of my hobbies into a day job. Graduating with a degree in Geography (First Class), and an MSc (Distinction) in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) I joined QinetiQ, a leading Defence and Technology specialist, in 2000 as a scientific researcher and GIS consultant. I soon realised the potential of the web for rapidly designing simple-to-use applications and had a strong feeling this was the future of computing (which proved right). So, I began using new web technologies for a range of Defence, Security and Industrial clients and haven't looked back since. In 2006 I won British Telecom's mash-up competition with an off-the-wall travel application called "the Random Day Out Generator". I've also set up a successful "Find your nearest store" web service for businesses called Blipstar. It's used by hundreds of people all around the world - check out our portfolio for more info.
I've always wanted to work for myself and after an interesting 2009 (it's a long story...) I decided to take the plunge. So, on 1st January 2010 I left my stable, sensible job and became self-employed as an IT consultant, specialising in web design and mapping applications. And I love it.
Experience and skills
I've worked on all types of projects, solo and in teams. Self-direction and motivation have always come naturally to me, as long as the work was interesting.
- Excellent technical knowledge of web technologies (in a down-to-earth kind of way).
- Experience of having bright ideas (easy) and actually making them happen (not easy).
- All things geospatial (MSc in GIS).
- Outstanding presentation and information visualization skills (presenting complex ideas in a simple to understand way).
- 100% success rate in 'getting the job done' (all projects, large and small, completed on time and to budget).
Things I like (in no particular order)
- Not having to commute, wear a suit or waste time in pointless meetings.
- Getting paid to do my hobby.
- Working with interesting people from across the globe.
- Open Source initiatives.
- Simple solutions to complex problems.
- How quickly it's possible to knock-up decent web apps.
- The privilege of having a family.
- Most types of sweets and chocolate.
- Living in England.
- Watching a film that makes you think for days afterwards.
- Making new friends, spending time with old ones.
- Listening to a new song which makes the hairs of your neck stand on end.
- Cool architecture - be it old or new.
- Shafts of sunlight breaking through the clouds.
- A refreshing cup of tea. Or pint of real ale.
- Being a follower of Christ (the most anti-religious, counter-cultural fellow ever).
- Snorkelling at coral reefs in Egypt.
- That feeling of "all is well with the world".
And many other things.
Things I don't like
- Bureaucracy, red-tape and management-speak.
- The quasi-religious status of "celebrity".
- Feeling tired.
- Chasing up invoices.
- Being a "salesman" (not my forte so I leave it to the experts).
- Sweaty cheese.
I'm very fortunate to have a job I really love doing. I design, create, host, improve and maintain web apps. I'm up for pretty much any IT project that sounds challenging, do-able and fun. My design ethos is "keep things simple".