Graduate Factory is an EdTech company bringing fresh thinking to the education sector.
We believe that it's all about students. They are faced with a vast range of options for education, and with complex and difficult decisions about their future. We are providing solutions to make the transition from high school to universtity a smooth one.
Our company is based in New Zealand, and we are passionate about spreading our tools to the rest of the world. Our factory floor boasts a dynamic team of entrepreneurs and academics, who bring fresh new thinking to the education sector.
Julian is a web developer, based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Together with Franz, Julian is the tech side of Graduate Factory. Julian is a Computer Science graduate from the University of Otago and also an avid (addicted!) gamer. His other hobbies include hockey and anime. Julian is focused on bringing something new and exciting to the internet - hence his involvement in No Major Drama.
Paul Hansen is a co-inventor, with Franz Ombler, of 1000Minds, which provides the algorithm at the heart of No Major Drama. His other fun-filled activities include being an associate professor of Economics at the University of Otago. Once a fanatical medium wave surfer, he hopes to reprioritize his life back towards such sensuous pleasures again soon – when No Major Drama becomes a slobbering success!
Franz is the other co-inventor of 1000Minds and he enjoys applying its technology in a wide range of areas. Based in Windy Wellington, New Zealand, Franz spends his free time pruning the roses, picking plums, and diving for crayfish, pāua, scallops and the occasional wreck. With his family, Franz is actively engaged in learning Te Reo (Māori language) and supporting others to learn as well via He Kupu o te Rā.
Lisa is a novelist and columnist who lives in Dunedin, New Zealand with a large economist. After working in theatre for five years as well as running a successful innovation competition, in 2009 she became a full-time writer. In 2010 Lisa won the Qantas Humour/Satire Award and in 2011 she won MPA Journalist of the Year Lifestyle category.
Alex is a graphic and interface designer who lives in sunny Dunedin, the cultural capital of New Zealand. As well as his involvement in No Major Drama, Alex is the founder of Chopchop Design. He also teaches design spasmodically at the University of Otago. When not working, he can be found juggling small children, an acoustic guitar and a neurotic terrier.