YOU AND YOUR OHANA
What is your name?
Where were you raised?
Where is your ohana originally from?
Do you come from a family of entrepreneurs or have people close to you who have encouraged and supported your entrepreneurship?
I come from a family of educators and craftsmen.
What is the name of your business?
The Time Repair Corporation
What is the best way to contact you/your business?
Social media DMs or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your business have a website and/or social media presence? If so, please provide a link/s.
How long has your business been in operation?
Established in 2050/2020
Where is your business located today?
What products and/or services does your business provide?
Educational materials and workshops for schools, custom workshops for sustainability and professional development for businesses, and consulting services. We are also building remote escape rooms with Pakotarinat.fi.
Please describe your business in 1-2 sentences.
So that no one has to fear the future, we are tackling globally scaled sustainability problems through education and empowerment.
Why do you do what you do?
I like finding solutions to community problems and bringing people, technology, and education together. Also, time travel.
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
When did you first think of starting this business?
Late 2018 I started planning and putting together a company meant to operate and work for sustainability. “Old Paul” in 2050 sent a message that forming the Time Repair Corporation in the future is too late, so I got started right away. Nobody ever tells you that the hardest thing about starting a company is figuring out time travel.
What type of experiences (education, work, life) were most important in shaping the skills you use to run your business today?
My work in edtech, IT, and engineering have all been pointing in the same direction. In order to fix big problems we have to focus on projects that involve and empower everyone together. So I went back to the family business, “unorthodox education”!
YOUR BUSINESS TODAY
In what stage of development is your business: pre-formation, early stage, growing, or mature?
Do you have employees? If so, how many?
We have a team of volunteers, a board, and an ambitious Temporal Troubleshooter.
Are you working to get your business to the next stage in development? If so, where are you in that development?
As we launch successful projects that can support themselves I intend to build small teams that can independently operate and coordinate in different regions. The idea is to build three person teams consisting of a sustainability person, an educator, and a business person. Once we have built a network of these independent cells, coordinating global initiatives will become significantly simpler.
What is the greatest challenge you have experienced as an entrepreneur?
I set the bar especially high by demanding that this business meets my values. That means no investors, sustainable operations, projects that benefit communities, partnerships based on collaborative value, and most importantly, wages, benefits, and employee development that change the existing economic model by showing what is possible.
How did you overcome that challenge? (Or are you still working through it?)
People believe in the work that we are doing and the way that we are doing it. While we are still working through challenges in meeting the standards we value, I have not been alone in my efforts at any point.
THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS
How do you envision your business in the future?
I want people to feel like they are a part of this organization, whether they are students, parents, teachers, or community members. When someone has a crazy idea or a daydream that just might be useful, I want them to know where they can find all the resources they need to get started that very day. Of course we are also planning for content development to make the most of new technologies, passive technologies from the past, and the understated ideas of the present.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE, PLEASE TELL US ABOUT A HOBBY, INTEREST, OR TALENT YOU NURTURE OUTSIDE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
I love to create things, 3D design, cardboard prototyping, and practical electronics bring me joy. In a perfect world I could silently tend a bar during the afternoon listening to people’s problems and head out back to my workshop at night to build solutions for them. Because our world is a little more complex, and our needs greater, I am doing my best to make my skills hobbies and talents shine to inspire and empower others.