The co-founder of New Zealand success story, Shakti Mat, is currently on a photo shoot for Bird Shirts, the company which is the brainchild of his partner Arna McAvoy. He’s invested in the company but is taking a backseat on the shoot, letting McAvoy take the wheel. He simply donates his midsection to show off the merchandise.
He sighs a little bit, reflecting on the last 10 years of his life - the success of Shakti, future endeavours and what it all means in the grand scheme of things.
The 28 year old Christchurch entrepreneur doesn’t look a traditional businessman. He’s wearing a Bird Shirts’ hoodie. A moustache hides a smile, the kind of smile that suggests he knows something you don’t, until you look closer and examine the warmth underneath.
And maybe he does. From growing up on a small farm in Leeston with limited access to the internet, to a rocky road of entrepreneurship that has taken him across the world, he’s spent the time during Covid sitting back and thinking about what it’s all for.
“I think in your twenties you tend to think a good life is committing yourself to a good cause and changing the world.
“But as you get older your world shrinks. I care a lot about my girlfriend and my family and friends. Maybe a good life doesn’t have to be a grand life. Maybe it’s just being a good partner, a good friend, a good son.”