Visited Penang in Malaysia and spent a few weeks researching the kernel of the idea and forming a concept.
The key was to find a way to balance two ‘goods’ for society:
(1) The good of unlocking access to globally competitive talent for small to medium businesses in Australia.
(2) The good of using opportunity as a way to unlock the door to a better future for young people in developing countries.
We then visited the Philippines and fell in love with Makati, which eventually led to the decision to start up in the Philippines and relocate the family.
On October 1 2010 Flat Planet was incorporated in Sydney.
Our first office was the garage under the mother-in-law’s house in Sydney working on plastic trestle tables. It was from here we made our first sales calls, won our first client, and made a decision to hire in the Philippines a young lady named Princess who, on November 29, became employee #1.