It didn’t take long for Sam Ovens to realize he was not particularly suited for any sort of traditional approach in the academic or professional world. Sam quickly recognized the limitations inherent in the corporate world and immediately took action to make sure he was able to enjoy the life he had imagined, even if that meant making some short-term sacrifices.
The native of Auckland, New Zealand, was living out of his parents’ garage when he founded OVENS International, but this Spartan living arrangement would not last very long. OVENS International, a digital marketing consulting firm, was an immediate success in New Zealand and Australia, providing Sam with the kind of capital necessary to not only reinvest in OVENS International, but to also pursue another startup venture.
That second venture was SnapInspect, a digital application that is now used in 16 countries by property inspectors seeking to eliminate some of the more time-consuming aspects of their responsibilities. The application’s popularity also made it quite valuable, so Sam sold the company for a tidy profit and devoted the entirety of his focus to OVENS International, which has since expanded to include e-learning services and training programs. Given the success of his varied entrepreneurial ventures, Sam was able to move to the United States, living and working in Manhattan.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
Yes, the term made its way over to New Zealand rather quickly all things considered. I try to express my steez at all times, and I am quite proud of how this particular mindset has benefited me both personally and professionally.
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
My dreams were mostly based on what I wanted to do when I wasn’t working, so my dream occupation was the one that offered freedom as well as financial security.
Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
After finding the corporate world completely uninspiring, I took it upon myself to be the sole person responsible for my success.
What is one current trend that excites you?
I see more and more people pursuing entrepreneurship as a response to the unrewarding corporate positions that exist as the alternative.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is taking a company founded in my parents’ garage in New Zealand and creating something capable of generating $10 million in earnings in just four years.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
I am in awe of social media and have used it in so many different ways in digital marketing campaigns. As popular as it is, it is still an unbelievably untapped resource.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
Yes, I would have skipped working in the corporate world altogether and immediately adhered to my own philosophies rather than those created by others.
What do you see for the future?
I see boundless opportunities in the future, and I look forward to each and every one.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
Taking your future into your own hands is quite possibly the most rewarding thing you will ever do.