"I was always trying to hustle some cash somehow or somewhere."
Peter Ramsay’s entrepreneurial spirit was evident at a young age.
As a boy growing up in Wellington, he went door-to-door trying to convince his neighbours to buy random stuff he had made.
Having dyslexia made it tough for Mr Ramsay to learn in a big classroom, which caused him to "hate school".
However, the condition helped him to focus his studies on something he was passionate about — entrepreneurship.
His first real dabble in the entrepreneurial world was the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), a programme run for secondary school pupils to create their own businesses.
His YES group created a coloured roll-on surfboard wax, similar to deodorant.
"Having it as a roll-on form made it much easier to apply and people could make art on the bottom of their surfboard."
The group was a regional finalist but Mr Ramsay and another member decided not to take the business any further and sold out.
"New Year’s was coming up and I needed a bit of money," he said, laughing.
The last member left went on to sell the product to surf and clothing company Billabong for an undisclosed sum.
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