OLIVER JENKS


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OLIVER JENKS is a New Zealander entrepreneur. OLIVER started Speedcube New Zealand in 2016 and is based in Canterbury.[1]

OLIVER JENKS, founder of  Speedcube New ZealandOLIVER JENKS, founder of Speedcube New Zealand

Company

Speedcube New Zealand

Instagram

@Oliverthejenks (246 followers)

Career

Early Career

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Speedcube New Zealand

OLIVER started Speedcube New Zealand in 2016. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on Speedcube New Zealand?

After I graduated high school in Melbourne, Australia in 2015, I didn’t really have any idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had been pulled into a million different directions, Physics, Music, Air traffic control, to name but a few.

> If you don’t continuously work on the little things, it’ll come across as messy and present an unprofessional image to your customers.

I was well into solving puzzles at this point, and had attended my first speedcubing competitions, but hadn’t really considered it to be anything more than a hobby at this point.

Fast-Forward to 2016, whence I commenced full time work to start saving some money and moved back to New Zealand. It wasn’t an overly glamorous job, working in a furniture distribution warehouse. But I believe it gained me valuable skills in large-scale inventory management, working together with people to accomplish tasks and perhaps providing a holistic view of how all the different elements of a business function together.

Around this time I made the discovery that there was no dedicated online store for this niche market in New Zealand. Finding this gap in the market was very exciting, as from my time living in Australia, I was familiar with speedcube.com.au, the primary speedcubing store in Australia, having purchased from them myself several times. I knew they were large enough to have a Brick and Mortar store, so there was obviously money to be made in the industry.

At the time I just wanted to find a way to make a little side income to finance my travel costs so I could attend speedcubing competitions over the world. Since the inception of the company in mid-2016, It has financially enabled me to travel to Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Argentina, UAE, Malaysia and Cuba as well as Australia many times. I think it’s safe to say I surpassed my wildest dreams when I started the business.

Source [1]

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