Brendan Knowles always liked tinkering with PCs as a kid. Little did he know then that his fascination with computers would one day lead to a career as a software developer and an entrepreneur.

The 37-year-old has spent the last few years consulting for various companies, primarily doing contract software development, as well as creating an SaaS (Software as a Service) offering on behalf of his own company, Logic Software Ltd.

Brendan pursued programming at his high school, Tawa College.

“It felt like something which I enjoyed and could see myself making a career of doing.”

He decided to enrol in a Diploma in Business Computing at the Central Institute of Technology in Upper Hutt.

“From early on in my career I learned to love the idea that the software/tools I created had the potential to make a significant difference in the efficiency and productivity of others.

“The thing I still love is hearing from a customer that what I’ve built has made their life that much easier.”

Brendan says this is what motivates him most – that, and a desire to create.

With a wife and two young kids in tow, he says he’s also driven to provide a good income and opportunities for his family. They live in Tauranga.

“The only part I struggle with, and it’s entirely self-inflicted, is those days my brain hurts since I’m juggling too many balls. This happens frequently since I always have a number of interests and projects on the go. But variety is the spice of life!”

Brendan loves the flexibility of his job.

“The great thing about software development is it’s now possible for those of us who are driven self-starters to avoid being tied to an office. Next year we plan to go on a big trip as a family and I can earn an income during the downtime from wherever in the world we find ourselves.”

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