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What is 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year’s batch of nominees was extensive and impressive. So much so that we believe several young talents who didn’t snag 30under30 top honours still deserve your attention and recognition. We call them our Up-and-Comers. More.
Owen McCrink, VIC (b. 1988)
Name: Owen McCrink
Age: 23 (Born: February 1988)
Where do neglected or unused cell phones go to die? Yes, “landfill” is one acceptable answer. But 23-year-old Owen McCrink has given us a more Earth-friendly response: ReGadget.
The online business, launched in April, allows people to exchange phones, cameras, laptops, portable music players and game consoles for cash. ReGadget then either finds a new owner for the device (the preferred fate) or ensures the gadget is properly recycled.
McCrink says in the first three months of existence, ReGadget has bought hundreds of devices and paid out more than $25,000. The business has two employees, including a programmer who started as a contractor for McCrink. “We can now bounce ideas off each other and keep improving our systems.”
ReGadget users search the site for their gadget brand and type. They fill in details about their device, and the site calculates a price (is the user isn’t happy with that price, he or she can request a new one). The user completes the checkout process, and is sent a prepaid shipping bag. Once the ReGadget folks receive the shipped device, the user is paid.
McCrink says he always has had a passion for online-based business. It shows in the way he approaches marketing for ReGadget. He will patrol forums and blogs, name-dropping his company and its services when the subject of seen-better-days devices comes up. “Once some people have used the service, they can promise to others how great we are,” he says.
He makes it a goal to surround himself with interesting and influential people. “It’s a lot easier to accelerate when you can leverage people you can connect with,” he says. “And they love helping young businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Anthill asks: Owen McCrink, what motivates you?
“I’m driven by a desire to be independent, to not rely on payroll each week for a salary. I’d rather be responsible for creating my own.”
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