James Trevelyan

What in your business are you most grateful about?

My great grandfather was a late-in-life start-up entrepreneur in the insurance industry. His sons built on his ideas and bequeathed sufficient funds for some in my generation to launch their start-ups without having to raise capital for the early stages. My wife’s family introduced me to South Asia and the immense pent-up demand for products that improve life there. Third, Paul Polak for a lecture on starting new ventures: he said make sure your innovation will benefit millions of people and experience their need for it first-hand. Finally, for the privilege to lead a great team with people with commitment to our vision, to provide as many people as possible with affordable, sustainable air-conditioned comfort with the least possible energy.

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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