How would you define a techie?
Someone that sees technology as a solution to any problem. Don’t get tech lovers and techies mixed up.
How has tech improved your life?
I love to ask a lot of questions and there are no questions that cannot be answered in today’s way. That’s why Google is one of my favorite tech companies after the great Apple of course.
How can technology be used to improve Trinidad?
Technology could solve a lot of the issues we are facing from crime to garbage collection. If more technology is used to monitor our boarders we will see massive reduction in illegal items entering the country. If we use international recycling technology we will be able to produce more energy to power our homes, businesses and reduce the amount of garbage that is dropped at our landfills. That’s just two quick examples of how technology can be used to improve TT.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
At present I am working on a huge project within the local pet industry so I really see myself developing my company within the next 5 years, working on new solution to improve the care and health of pets within the region.
Who is your favourite tech youtuber?
TED (Science and Technology) is really one of my main tech youtubers because one can really get a sense of what is to come within technology since alot of tech leaders present at TED.
Why did you choose to be a tech entrepreneur?
I started my work career with a small technology company in Central Trinidad that has now moved to Canada and since then I noticed how technology changes peoples lives and when my opportunity came to offer my solution to a problem, back in 2009, I fell in love with the business of technology.
Can a chromebook replace a laptop for you?
Again I love Google as company but I am from the old school tech club. Chromebooks are awesome. I love the concept but I love the flexibility that my Laptop or Mac offers me. Simply because software developers have been developing for Windows and Mac for over 20 years and the platforms are tried and tested. So no, chromebook won’t replace my laptop or Mac anytime soon but I love them.
Tell us anything about yourself.
I am the CEO and Cofounder of T&T’s first pet care technology company called Wagging Brands Ltd. I am currently 26 years old and I have been in business for over 7 years now.
Most prized gadget you own?
This question is a hard one but it comes down to my iPhone and my many hard drives since all my life work are on them.
What tech would you like to own?
The Baxter Robot and a Tesla Model X.
Tell us about your startup and current projects.
As I mentioned before I am the CEO of Wagging Brands Ltd, a pet care technology company. Currently we offer two products. One is WaggingPal (http://waggingpal.com), T&T’s first pet finder app in conjunction with TTSPCA. It allows the shelters to promote their pets that are up for adoption directly to public 24/7. We also offer our premium pet care subscription service called WaggingBox (https://waggingbox.com). This service allows pet owners to treat they pets to premium products and at a fraction of the price and it also allows pet parents to subscription to a monthly pet care box filled with 4 – 5 items to keep your pet happy.
The best advice you have received?
The best advice I received was from a former employer he said, “whatever you are doing you will never fail. Experience could never be marked with a past or fail grade. It’s a continuous journey.” So even when I failed at my last two projects, parts of those projects are alive today in Wagging Brands and the experience has made me into what I am today.
Which person in tech would you like to meet?
I would love to meet Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, but Steve Jobs (RIP) would have topped my list.
What sports teams do you support?
I am not a big sports fan but I have been well indoctrinated by my friends in college to support Chelsea so I do to this day.
10 fish are in a tank, 2 drown, 4 swim away and 3 die. How many fish are left?
7 fishes are left only 3 die. They can’t drown and they can’t swim away.
What tech event would you like to attend?
Well its surprising you ask me that since Wagging Brands has invited to attend the Europe Web Summit 2016 in Lisbon. We are currently looking for some corporate partners to help us reach to the submit in order to display our product WaggingPal. We are willing to also display and place all our sponsors logos on our flyers and display any products that can tie in with our app. (Eg: Phones, Tablets, Laptops etc.) All interested companies can contact me at tgray [at] waggingbrands.com for more information.
How would you invest a million dollars?
I would invest a million dollars into our company’s research and development unit so that we can release some awesome new products that will further improve the lives of pets within our region.
What future technology interests you?
Robotic technology interests me the most at present since I see a lot of everyday services that can be given to a robot which can work alongside humans. #BaxterRobot
Should we be worried about the advancement of Artificial Intelligence? Why/Why not?
No we shouldn’t be worried about advancement of Artificial Intelligence since we are the creators and once you are the creator you have the control. so no, I am not worried at all.
What question would you ask the next techie?
I would ask a next techie what problem have you been experiencing? You know you can come up with a solution for that right? Is your problem, fix it.