James Trevelyan

If you were starting your business from scratch today, what would be the biggest change?

Invention and starting a business is a journey intertwined with our other lives. History never repeats … though sometimes we perceive repeating patterns. Therefore, nothing would be the same. Yet, if I were starting out today without the knowledge gained on my journey with so many other people who joined me as companions, I would still have to learn everything.

Given our warming climate and my advancing age, the biggest change would be to make more haste, but still slowly. Learning takes time.

About James Trevelyan

James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and start-up entrepreneur. As founder and inventor of Close Comfort, he is introducing new energy-saving, low emissions air conditioning technology for a global market. His research on engineering practice helped define the Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His books “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and “Learning Engineering Practice” are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. He is best known internationally for pioneering research on sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He has worked as an expert witness on several significant intellectual property matters in Australia and internationally. He has also managed his family investment portfolio for several decades and has advised family investment companies in the UK and Australia.

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