Welcome to my personal website, where you'll learn a bit more about me and my life's journey. I've always been a tech enthusiast – from tinkering with a C64 as a teenager to working on various software projects throughout my career.
I love spending summers at the cottage in Haliburton with my partner Jess, hanging out with my beagle (@elvisrufflife) and playing piano.
Born in Australia, I spent my early years in the small town of Kurri Kurri, NSW. I was known as the local computer repair guy, and this experience led me to work at a traveling computer market selling replica ink cartridges. While attending college, I expanded my expertise by buying and selling laser printers.
However, my true passion was in software. My first significant project was creating an online training system for a risk management consultancy in 2006-2008. This experience taught me the value of hard work and perseverance.
In 2012, I co-founded Checkout 51, a tech-enabled marketing company in the packaged goods space, which we sold to News Corporation in 2016. After taking some time off to travel and renovate a house, I joined Top Hat in 2019, where I worked on creating a growth narrative and preparing for an IPO or private equity deal.
In 2021, I briefly worked on Gadze Finance with Top Hat's founder, Mike Silagadze, but soon realized that the world of finance wasn't for me. Instead, I decided to pursue my passion project, MappedBy.com. This platform aims to provide crucial data to help users make informed decisions during real estate transactions – something I felt was missing as I went through my own property purchases and sales.
As of 2023, I find myself eager to take on new challenges and explore exciting opportunities. When it comes to my strengths, I consider myself skilled in:
- Building software: I enjoy being hands-on and engaging with all stages of the process.
- Managing teams of 5-20 people: I have a knack for leading small, highly efficient teams.
- Problem-solving: Be it software development or DIY renovation projects, I love finding solutions.
- Connecting with people: I'm adept at bridging gaps between various departments and fostering collaboration.
- Admitting imperfections: I've learned to acknowledge my mistakes and grow from them.
If you're working on something interesting, I'd love to hear about it! Feel free to reach out if there's any way I can be of assistance. I'm always open to new ideas and eager to contribute my skills and experience to help bring them to life.
You can reach me via any of the following. I look forward to hearing from you!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewjohnmcgrath/
- Video call: https://cal.com/andrewmcgrath/30min