Nick Jerrat | Computer Engineer | Tech Entrepreneur

Nick Jerrat | Computer Engineer | Tech Entrepreneur

Thanks for stopping by my website. I'm the founder of IdeaBank and Publish My Web.

I've been working in technology now for over 20 years. On this page I go into some detail about my background. You may prefer to find out how I can help.

I currently live in Melbourne, with frequent visits to my home town of Perth, Australia.

Visit to facebook (2016)

I trained as an engineer, completing a bachelor and master degree by research in Electrical & Computer Engineering, from Curtin University. In 2000 I began a six year adventure as a research engineer in the Electrical Engineering department at Curtin, working on research into image compression and solar powered camera systems.

After leaving the university in 2007, I launched IdeaBank. IdeaBank initially focused on web design and SEO, before splitting off to form Publish My Web, a web design company now with 6 staff and 200 active website clients across Australia and New Zealand. Some of my favourite designs include Sunshine Iris, Safe Haven and Courtney Jayne.

I'm the tech lead in two new startups, project management recruitment platform PMRecruit, and solar finance and install company DisGen.

I manage websites for business leaders like Brad Rosser, former right-hand man to Richard Branson; Peter Irvine, co-founder of Gloria Jeans Coffees; Tony Gattari, Australia's marketing expert at Achievers Group; and Bri Williams, Melbourne's Behavioural Economics guru.

First office at Curtin (2001)

I've worked on diverse research and technology projects, with organisations including the University of Sydney, LandCorp, Department of Agriculture (WA), Australian Institute of Management (AIM), The Independent School Counsellors' Association (WA), and the Laser Franchise Group. However, for the most part I have worked with SME and new entrepreneurs.

In 2011, I sold a small virtual business, Thesis Edit, which continues to provide editing services to students all over the world.

I've got many startup scars and war stories, having been involved in my fair share that didn't make it.

Career Highlights

  • In 2002-2004, I coded a novel image wavelet compression codec in C with no libraries, for Windows and Texas Instruments digital signal processors. For this work I was awarded a master degree by research, receiving a commendation from the chancellor for research into wireless image compression.
  • I secured 400k in grants while at Curtin University to build a solar powered, wireless camera system for deployment on rural properties. I led a team of four to implement the first prototype of this system on a Perth property in 2005. I completed and demonstrated a second version in 2013 on a farm in Williams, WA.
  • I was part of the founding team to launch AuQuest in 2005, a company designing world leading hand-held gold detectors. Involved in many facets of the business, including writing patents, websites, marketing materials, demonstrations around Australia, as well as hand soldering detectors!
  • I launched in 2006, an online thesis editing service, providing editing services to students all around the world. ThesisEdit was sold in May 2011 to a US based document editing company.
  • I founded IdeaBank in 2006, creating hundreds of websites and technology solutions for our clients, from intranets to booking systems, e-commerce portals to automated online marketing.
  • I launched Publish My Web in 2012, to manage the growing web-design client base of IdeaBank.