Lamar – BiGYEC Member Profile

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Lamar has been coming to the club for over a year now. We caught up with him to find out a little bit more about him.

What’s your name and what are you interested in?

I’m Lamar from Silverdale school.  I like computers and I enjoy repairing them or troubleshooting to help people solve problems with IT.  I love modifying things and enjoy writing computer code.  I love games…I make them too. Away from computers, I enjoy playing Chess, as well as Basketball, cycling, BMX and free-riding.

Why did you come to the BiGYEC?

I came as a result of a presentation at school, because I wanted to find out about running a business.

How did you get into IT?

I’ve always been interested in what they can do.  My earliest memory of IT is helping my mum with her computer when I was 5 years old.

How do you use sites like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.?

I use Facebook and Twitter to promote my YouTube channel, which shows gaming videos and tutorials, including tips about using Minecraft to develop your own games.

Why are you interested in business?

Because I want to do my own thing.  My business is repairing computers  – www.liteshadow.tk – and I have just moved into premises on Spital Hill, sharing a shop with a family friend who sells clothing.

How do you manage to do your Business as well as school work?

With difficulty!  It is hard to balance time, especially when business is buzzing and a teacher gives out homework.

What have you learnt from making mistakes?

I was too early for a meeting to collect a laptop once, because the clocks had moved forward one hour.  I had to leave and miss the meeting, so I lost the customer.  I haven’t missed a meeting since!

Is it important to have good role models?

Yes.  My role models are Bill Gates and Richard Branson because they started from scratch. They weren’t experts when they started out but became so as their businesses developed.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I see my business growing with more branches and with me doing less hands-on work in computer repairs.  I would love to do more game design when an opportunity comes along (or when a brilliant idea comes to me)!

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