Pubished by Kimberly wells on 19/08/2020 @ 11:55pmEST
Welcome back to another Gyroscopic blog! Last time we introduced you to one of our founders, Chris, and this week we want you to meet Waun! We want to highlight one of our amazing founders and his perspective on Gyroscopic and building communities.
Waun is one of the founders of Gyroscopic and is also our CTO. A Trent Alumni with a track record of being heavily involved in the Trent Community. Waun co-founded Trent’s annual Hackathon. The event allows programmers of all skill levels to collaborate and innovate, with Trent Computer Science faculty and students, local business owners, and mentors from some of the world’s leading tech companies onsite to help guide programmers along the way.
He had little business experience before joining the co-founding team but had a passion for innovation, community-building and everything to do with technology.
Since we’re out of office due to COVID-19, I had the opportunity to interview Waun over Discord, and he had a lot to say about his favourite moments in his professional career and what it’s like being a leader of a startup company.
“It’s funny I didn’t start in tech at all. Most of my professional career was in the military. I was in the infantry and did no technical stuff. I was in biochemistry at Trent and had an interest in chemistry and math & then I took a computer science course. That’s what changed everything for me.
I wasn't planning on getting into tech. I only realized I was passionate about tech after I took a computer science course and could make it my career. I learned about leadership & work ethic from the military and have been able to apply it in my position at Gyroscopic.
I took one summer off from the military and worked at Communitech, and I got to work with incubators and accelerators. I worked with TD as a Data Science & Analytics Associate; we got to implement new data science initiatives and improve current processes.
My full plan was to be in the military, that was something that has always interested me, but that one course completely changed my direction”.
“It’s more recent, but I’m proud of the way we handled the COVID-19 situation. At the beginning of COVID-19, there were a lot of worries about what was going to happen. The founders all came together to do everything we could. We didn’t want to lay off anybody; taking care of our employees was our primary concern. I’m happy we were able to do our employees right, as a leader being able to take care of your people during uncertain times is rewarding for everybody. Coming from the military one of the lessons I remember was that your workers are the most important part of your business. Treat them right, and they’ll treat you right.”.
“Right now we’re working on LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), and it’s the second internal project we’ve done. The first one we did was Siftr, and I think LIMS allows us to kind of stand on the shoulders of ourselves and observe the lessons that we've learned. It also allowed some growth on our end, and our new developers take the skills they have from other projects to make this product better. With LIMS, this will aid in automating our client’s tedious laboratory testing processes with a custom lab management platform.
It’s fun because we can engineer more innovative products. Create technology to leverage specific features. We can build a concise-type product where we're not limited by things like limited finance, tight timelines and other things.
So I'm hopeful about that one. We have a great team behind it. And there's a lot of great things to come”.
Siftr was the first internal Gyroscopic project. Keep an eye out for it in the future!
“It’s been an exciting journey so far. The best thing is that we align on a lot of things I think are essential. We have the same value propositions and can bring that into our company culture. We innovate and create purpose in our work and refuse to do it at the expense of anyone else. We focus heavily to make sure the dignity of the employee is upheld, the client is happy, and we want to bring growth through hard work, by whatever means.
It’s been easy to make high-level decisions because we know the outcome will always be the same. We understand there will be conflict, all startups have disagreements, but that’s one of our strengths as a founding team. We’re good at handling it and making sure it doesn’t affect business”.
“ I would love it if Gyroscopic was an incubator and a centre for opportunity and innovation. Allowing more than just companies you know in the technology space and making it more accessible to smaller companies. I want to ensure that students and people that are passionate about technology know they can kind of come through our gates. Whether that is a co-op student, internship or a full-time employee, understanding that we're a company that appreciates the actual fine art that is the creation of software. They can come to us to learn, and we can learn from them, and they can help us in developing what we want to be.
Gyroscopic will be an excellent place for students, new grads, and professionals to come work on their skills. And then also a place that everyone knows if they are curious about technology businesses they can come to observe”.
“I want to create a much better pipeline as well for the actual connection between Trent and us and focusing on Trent students then opening up to Fleming. I want Gyroscopic to be involved with community centres.
We want to let people know at Trent University that this is a skill that we want to help you harness. We want to make sure that we're helping you get to that place. We don't want to hold your hand forever, we want you to do whatever you want to do, but come through our gates at least let us help you and you help us by teaching.
So I want to do more events. Once we get a couple more employees that are a little more comfortable at speaking publicly, I would want to take a couple with me to try to talk at Trent. I also want to help more with the Hackathon, and I want to get some get more interns, more co-ops.
Hopefully if COVID-19 tones down, I definitely would like to open up our ability to attend other school's hackathons with some of our team here and teach there.
Just helping the greater community of engineers and technology people and people are interested in entering the digital work field”.
If you want to learn more about our fantastic team, stay tuned for more blog updates! We have an incredible team and can’t wait for you all to meet them and hear what we’ve been up to!