Young Melbourn entrepreneur launches social media site to leave a legacy for future generations
PUBLISHED: 12:06 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:59 09 February 2016
A 23-year-old entrepreneur from Melbourn says his education in the village taught him to be 'inquisitive' and confident - skills which have been instrumental in helping him realise his potential.
Thomas Staley, who now lives in Fowlmere, launched his business Loggacy on Friday with partner Dominic Jackson, a computer science student at the University of Sheffield.
The social media site encourages users to create an autobiography of their life – to inform future generations of who they were.
Thomas said: “Loggacy was born from my personal desire to never be forgotten.
“It’s a desire that came from a sadness that people look at black and white photos of their ancestors and wonder what they have achieved, what they have experienced and what they have seen.
“I founded Loggacy with the intention of attaching a story to these photos, connecting generations of families and friends through a safe and secure digital platform.”
Thomas wants users to record the most ‘poignant moments of their lives’, which would then be shared with close family members and friends, as he believes other social network sites have become ‘impersonal and convoluted’ with irrelevant information.
His vision is more one of milestone moments than users posting constant updates of nights out and pictures of what they had for lunch – a symptom of the internet generation.
Thomas went to primary school and secondary school in Melbourn, then went on to studying his A-levels at Hills Road Sixth Form, before becoming a university student in Leeds.
He said: “My education at Melbourn taught me to be inquisitive, my teachers instilling in me the notion that I should always strive to excel in an attempt realise my potential.
“I carried the attitude that ‘I could achieve anything if I put my mind to it’ forward to my studies at Hills Road and then onto the University of Leeds where I came up with the idea for Loggacy.
“I believe that it was the confidence that I had gained at an earlier stage in my education that allowed me to secure an enterprise scholarship with the university, that then ultimately enabled the business to become a reality.”
The website went live on Friday, which Thomas described as an ‘exciting and nerve-wracking’ experience, with the technological glitches involved.
As it is in the early stages, Thomas says it is hard to gauge how many people have signed up already, but, he said, the pair have had really positive feedback from family and friends about the project.
If you want to sign up, or find out more about Thomas’ business venture, then visit the website here.