Manchester, UK, 13th July 2018
A rare strain of pneumonia forced him to retire from professional drumming with international touring artists and very nearly killed him. While recovering, Louis-James explored new technologies to help share personalised music content. He hit upon a brand new and creative way of sharing secure content, completing transactions and ensuring traceability – VCode® and the secure cloud-based portal, the VPlatform®.
What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?
Since I can remember, I wanted to make a positive impact on the world. I started small – I was a sole trader in web development from 17 and ran my band’s website. Now, I’m rolling out my concept, VCode and VPlatform, which is set to revolutionise consumer interaction, security, and traceability in a number of industries. To me, my most significant accomplishment isn’t just one thing; it’s having my ideas being picked up around the world as we begin to work with companies from all around.
Who/what inspires you?
I’m on the autistic spectrum so I sometimes get slightly obsessive, but it’s certainly not a bad thing. I’m motivated to be and do the best that I can. The business is growing and we still have a long way to go but I get up each morning ready for the next challenge.
How has living/working in Manchester helped you achieve your goals?
Being based in Manchester, with its thriving tech scene, we’ve been able to benefit from being surrounded by other up-and-coming businesses and technology companies, pooling our knowledge to support each other’s continued growth. I’ve loved seeing the tech community here grow over the past few years and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes and being involved in it!
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
I’d tell myself to try and see the light in every situation. Life can be hard, especially when you’re trying to break boundaries, so just do your best and make the most of what you have. Don’t give up.
What are your business goals for 2018?
We’ve got a great foundation in place, but now we’re ready to take VSTE further. I’ve recently been named Science and Technology Ambassador for Zimbabwe, where we aim to help rebuild the broken economy by bringing in systems to combat issues with counterfeiting, border control and tax collection. I hope to see a real impact being made in the country, and for this to be replicated with large technological integrations with major brands and governments in the near future.
Where do you see yourself in twenty years’ time?
I see myself leading VSTE from a creative standpoint. I’m an innovator and inventor by nature, so I can see myself as Head of Innovation. With hopefully more time on my hands, I’d also like to spend more of it helping other entrepreneurs to grow their concepts and expand my work with charities, such as KidScan Children’s Cancer Trust and Cancer Research UK, who I’m currently an Ambassador for.