We’ve spent a few minutes with Jason, founder of Veya, in our latest blog introducing the startups that have joined our latest accelerator cohort.
Q: Who is the founder behind Veya, and what is your background?
A: I am the sole founder and have a background in process automation, mainly in the financial services sector. In addition I am a Landlord and have been the owner of an Estate Agency too.
Q: Tell us the story behind your startup – why did you start your company?
A: On Halloween 2013 my youngest Daughter was born and as part of the ‘family finances’ check I had the realisation that I had no plan in place for my pension for my silver fox years. After some research we decided that property investing and becoming a Landlord was the way to go.
Whilst we managed to build a successful portfolio the process took significantly longer than expected and the main reason was that we weren’t finding out key decision factors until very late in the transaction (i.e. short leasehold meant our chosen lender wouldn’t proceed) which meant we lost significant amounts of time and money and I knew there had to be a better way of providing critical decision making information much earlier in the process to save the heartache we went through.
Q: What does success look like for you?
A: If Veya can increase the successful number of property purchases by just 1% annually and reduce the average time to buy and sell by 10% this would be a massive success as these improvements would help everyone involved in buying, selling or providing professional services considerably.
Q: What’s your biggest achievement so far?
A: Working on a large transition project for the Singaporean government put me way outside my comfort zone, yet the result was that we built an amazing team which delivered on time to over 4000 users and resulted in us being showcased in the Singapore Government news! This experience made me develop many new skills that have been instrumental to my personal development as well as the development of Veya.
Q: What are your plans for your startup over the next six months?
A: To have our core platform offering into the market where it can start to deliver improvements. We also plan to grow the team to help with our ambitious, but achievable plans!
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself?
A: I finally fulfilled a childhood dream of owning a Harley Davidson at the age of 44. I love the history of how the brand built a massive cult following and how it makes you feel when riding it – even my eldest daughter has taken an interest and now rides pillion at every opportunity!