My first blog post – The purpose of this all

So what is the purpose of this blog then? And before some of you say its to inflate my ego, i can assure you thats only part of the reason.. 😉

While thinking about our (Optix) 10th birthday this July, i had one of those ‘moments of realisation’. People have always said how well we’ve done and seem to be amazed by the fact that i started Optix at University, without working for anyone else. I’m now 30, Optix is soon to turn 10 and has 12 staff members and a turn over of 400K+.

Lets get one thing clear first, i am not a millionaire and its probably going to be sometime before i get there so I’m not able to explain to you how to achieve a ridiculous state of wealth, nor do i claim that my life is perfect in every possible way. However, I do feel that at a very young age i have done pretty well, starting two companies and being a partner in another. If i can pass on any of the things Ive learnt along the way to budding entrepreneurs then i will be very happy. If I can inspire others to go out and build businesses in the way i have then it can only be a good thing. Being a director of a company can be an incredibly lonely place so in this blog i hope to offer a place to come and realise that you’re not alone.

Can i ask that if you know anyone starting a business, any students of business, any other entrepreneurs or anyone you feel might find it useful or interesting, that you will pass this blog address onto them. Please also share this via your social networks – Facebooks/MySpaces/Twitters etc and help me get my stories out to others…

Just so you know, I wont be blogging every single day as im really quite busy but do intend to keep it as regular as possible within reason…

Oh yes, i almost forgot – Here are the links to some of my businesses and interests:


  1. Kristen on 22nd April 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Great idea Alastair. I look forward to being able to learn from experiences and hope to contribute to it in future.

  2. Chris on 23rd April 2009 at 9:02 am

    Top Idea, it must be hard times for start-ups and young businesses. Interested to see how this develops.

  3. Jon on 4th May 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Great idea for a blog Al. I learnt lessons the hard way with being self-employed.

    Congratulations on hitting the 10 year mark, its a great achievement.

  4. on 9th August 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Great information. It’s really useful. Thanks

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