“I always had a dream to get into financial services. I think it was the glitz and glamour that Hollywood put on stockbroking. Some of the movies made in the eighties attracted me at first, but as I understood it more, there was a huge amount of attraction around what doors could be opened.”
And it certainly opened doors for John, who got his first job in financial services 15 years ago after calling the CEO of a stockbroking firm ‘pretty much every day for three months’ until he gave him a job.
“I was opening envelopes, stuffing envelopes, and doing data entry and worked my way up to the derivatives desk before becoming an adviser. Working in all those areas, you start to see what’s missing in a sector.”
For John, the missing pieces were transparency and equality. After becoming fed up with the limited access everyday Australians had to grow their wealth, John launched Superhero with co-founder Wayne Baskin, giving Australians a revolutionary way to invest their super (pension) in their chosen shares and exchange-traded funds.
“I had this great idea to build a super fund that would make Super transparent and give people control and would be live in three months. I had a 15-page document, and it was all going great. I went and had a chat with Wayne and said hey, this is what I'm doing. Can you be an adviser? And he said you’re not going to be live in three months. I don’t want to be your adviser. I was feeling a bit deflated, but then he said, I want to be your co-founder. So the rollercoaster went straight back up again.”