Putting your own piece of real estate on the line to provide enough financial capital to start up a business would give anyone the motivation to be successful. Tyson Garrett found himself in a similar situation in mid-2003, when he and two others, Scott Crane and Michael Baker, decided to set up security consultancy, ThinkSecure.
“A couple of customers really motivated us to start up our own business,” Garrett said. “We thought we would give it a go and it’s been quite successful since.
“Fairly rudimentary to us was survival, because there’s no motivation like there is when your house is on the line.”
The idea of starting up a business was not without worries – especially when you consider the startling statistic that around 95 per cent of new businesses fail in the first five years.
“We thought if we’re going to make mistakes, they might as well have been on our own back and if it all doesn’t work out, we thought we could always get a job,” Garrett said. “We backed up our skills and it motivated us to take care of our customers and give them good value service. Thankfully they thought the same.”
The first job Garrett had was flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s and the company is one of his customers today. He got involved in the world of IT while completing his commerce degree at Macquarie University. After hours, he was doing support work for Telstra BigPond, mainly dealing with its online gaming network.
“I was playing computer games and getting paid for it,” he said. “I thought it was a really good job.”
Right before completing his degree, Garrett was approached by a friend and asked if he was interested in working at Com Tech Communications.
“For me a great ambition at the time was to work somewhere like that,” he said. “I basically got the job I wanted when I finished my degree. To be successful in the job you do, you’ve got to have passion within it.
“I would go home at night and play around with computers and do computer certifications after hours instead of doing my Bachelor of Commerce studies. It was a sign that I should have been doing IT the whole way through.”
Four years after starting up ThinkSecure, it was bought by one of its customers, Infoplex, in July last year. Garrett now takes charge of the ThinkSecure business unit and is responsible for its eight staff, sales activities, vendor relationships and partnerships as well as customer delivery.