Bachelor of Finance ‘12
Co-Founder of Buttons ‘n’ Threads
How did ANU shape you?
ANU not only helped me to look beyond tradition career choices but also prepared me to explore opportunities beyond the scope of my degree.
Though my degree did help me with the setting up the operations of my business the overall development and the exposure I received during my time at ANU proved invaluable when reaching out to people to help us scale our start-up venture.
Life after graduation
I am running a vertically integrated e-commerce menswear brand called Buttons ‘n’ Threads. We specialise in custom tailored clothing for men. At the moment I am in India where our production is based but we are an Australian start-up so soon I’ll be moving back to Australia to handle the front end operation once the back end is functionally strong.
I think my greatest professional moment so far would be going out on my own and starting this venture without any experience in running a business and turning down a graduate position to pursue my passion.
I believe my time at ANU prepared me well to take on challenges that we face as a start-up on a daily basis and I don’t think I would have had the courage to start my own venture if I hadn’t studied at ANU.
Tell us about your ANU learning and community experience
I was always inclined towards studying abroad and had a very keen interest in pursuing a degree in core finance. Having done my research I thought ANU was the best option in terms of its rankings, faculty and student life.
The experience was really good as it gave me a chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures which has played a key role in our business while dealing with our customers. During my time at ANU I was a committee member for FINSOC and volunteered for various University events and also at Fenner Hall.
What about your engagement with ANU as a graduate?
I have tried to stay in touch with most of my finance lecturers and did reach out to inform them of our new venture. They were all very supportive of the idea and my decision to pursue it. My relationship with other ANU alumni has been quite good and I try and stay in touch as much as we can but our work constraints can make it hard at times.
We (me and my business partner Yashas Alur) attend an alumni dinner in New Delhi, India to catch up on current events at the university and have been in touch with the alumni network since the start of our venture. They were kind enough to do a feature on our company and help us reach out to other alumni.
Do you have any career advice for other students?
Never be afraid to follow your passion and believe in yourself no matter what others say.