By Jason

Well I suppose this is where I talk about who or what Mental is and does…

Ok let start with the easy stuff, my name is Jason, I’ve been doing this Internet stuff since 1996, built and worked on hundreds of sites… too many to remember, for thse that I have remembered take a look at the portfoilio page.

I’ve been a developer, architect, designer, hosting manager, account manager, consultant, and everythign in between, I’m the “Internet guy” (or the “mental guy”) for most people that know me.

I started off Internet life back in 1996 when i was at Wang (now gen-i), I went overnight from desktop and server support to the Inernet Team (just two guys from the support services who knew what the Internet and IIS 1.0 (yes there really was a 1.0) was so the team was born…

We begged borrowed anyone else who knew how to spell Internet from within Wang and went looking for work from existing Wang clients, this pretty much turned up nothing apart from a website for Nutricia, an Intranet for Milburn Cement, and but most of our time was spent building the worlds largest (at the time) Intranet for BlueStar (Wang was part of the group at the time), many hours were spent toiling away and many many thousands of dollars poured into the project only for us to get days away from launch and Eric Watson announching the splitting up and sale of BlueStar - oh the joy of it all… :)

I auctaully did two stints at Wang in the late ninety’s, I did a quick six month stint at a web development company called Clearview (became Zivo, which was brought and closed down by Telstra). They were a Coldfusion shop, that was fun after using ASP - NOT, and I worked on a heap of sites, all of which seem to have slipped my mind right now. Hmmm, I remember working on an NZ Navy site… hmm must have been other stuff, anyway I wasn’t enjoying it and Wang asked me to go back so I did…

After spending  a but more time at Wang I eneded up getting an offer from Deloittes Consulting to join them as a e-Business consultant, big company, good to work for, looked good on the CV but nothign to do on a daily basis, we were just numbers on a spreadsheet, the US had told NZ you must have x number of e-Business consultants, so employ they did. I ended up training in Vingette, helping out a small publishing house in Parnell, Retail Media, for their Best Buys website, and not much else really.

I had been doing a bit of contract work on the side for a guy called John Wooding who was getting together with a company called DMD and wanted to know if I wanted to come along too, as not much was happening at Deloittes it was a no brainer. Although I was “back on the tools” as a developer it beat doing nothing everyday…

Unfortuently DMD was another Coldfusion shop so I had the fun of playing with that again, not fun… DMD, and the Internet in general, at the time was simply churning out borchureware websites, mostly simple static five page websites, they did have a couple of good key clients though, namely SKY TV and Line 7 so there was some interesting work in there too.

John Wooding brought his way into DMD and between them formed N4B, this was gonna be a rocky road… John was a great salesman but never checked what could be delivered so we were always chasing what the salesman sold, and most of the time this took much longer to deliver than was costed into the quote so the company was always running at a loss.

Then john found the golden egg so to speak and he got a million dollar contract to build a new multi-national media placement portal. This kept us afloat for a while longer, plenty of travel too, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austrailia visiting all the stake holders and new offices that were set up. Must have taken us a year to part build the site, these guys were sending the investors money as an amazing rate… Then the money stopped coming… Then over night offices around the world closed and the company was no more… N4B were owed some money but we were masivally over budget anyway and it all became too much and John left and DMD came back as it was, I stayed on at DMD.

Things changed once John had left and things went back to the old *DMD Way*, this was pretty much do what clients ask us to do, do it right, and do it quickly, very quickly. We actually ended up with a very small set of *good guys*, guys that could do everything, on any website, and at any time. And we turned out some real good stuff, my role had changed to that of more of a lead/consultant role, meeting with clients getting briefs, writing up specs, and brain storming with clients.

More later…

Come back later for the rest of this story…


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