Randy Micallef has probably had more business ventures in his 32 years than most people could have in several lifetimes.
The Barrie entrepreneur's story was profiled in the Globe and Mail's Report on Business after Micallef declared bankruptcy at age 19 and was $50,000 in debt.
He eventually went to college, climbed his way out of that financial hole and now owns Inkco Ltd., a marketing and media agency set to bring its first item to market.
The product is The Goby, an ultra-thin, foldable, wireless pocket computer keyboard that weighs .13 kg.
"This one is the smallest one on the market right now and the most powerful, foldable keyboard," said Micallef.
"It's great, especially for travellers."
Most keyboards for tablets plug right into the tablet but Micallef says The Goby is compact and convenient with blue tooth compatibility - and it fits in your pocket.
The keyboard, which comes in six colours, will launch September 26 with online sales.
Then Micallef will try to get the gadget in big box stores.
He has lived in Barrie for 26 years, became an award winning real estate agent and has tried a wide variety of businesses along the way to his success.
"I've been self employed since I was 19 and I'm 32 now," he said. "I started off with a small distribution company. I did events and promotions, opened a restaurant in Barrie, an oxygen therapy company, real estate and now we've gone into this."
"I've kept kind of busy over the years," he said with a laugh.
The Goby retails for 69.99 which includes keyboard, chargers, carrying bag and a stand for your phone.
To learn more about The Goby visit www.gobyboard.com
The company is accepting pre-orders now.