Dream Job Diary – Chris Prendergast, founder of JamStack

On this week’s Dream Job Diary, we’re thrilled to be featuring an innovative entrepreneur in the music technology space; Chris Prendergast, founder of Jamstack.  

Chris Prendergast was a science teacher/local musician when he came up with the idea to create a portable amp that attaches to any electric guitar/bass. His goal was to create a device that would allow musicians to effortlessly record, create backtracks, drum loops and effects in a simple affordable and accessible way.  And so Jamstack was born.  Jamstack is a portable amp with the capability to connect to any standard electric guitar body using the existing strap button.  This handy device lets budding and veteran musicians alike record and produce music, all with the use of their smartphones.

Chris knew he was onto something with his idea.  His notion was reinforced when, in 2017, he raised over $400,000 in crowdfunding:  clearly the world agreed that Jamstack needed to be made!  With the funds he raised, Chris was able to hire a design company to create a prototype, create videos of the prototype and start production. JamStack is just about to release worldwide, and orders have already begun!

We got the chance to chat with Chris about his idea, his company, and how he made his dream job a reality.

 

What is your official title?

President of Jamstack

 

How did you get into your current line of work?

Mostly crowd funding was my launching platform, and then investment, but when you’re the founder, I guess you make your line of work.

 

Did you go to school/get training for your dream job?

I studied engineering and teaching. Both have helped alot, but more of a bonus then anything.

 

Before you created your dream job, what was the best job you had?

I taught waterskiing and waker-boarding and drove the boat at a beautiful summer camp.

 

What was your most hated job?

That’s tough, most of my jobs have had a tough and rewarding side, I’ll go with demolition of a shady motel

 

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

Working at the Ed Tech startup I left recently, creating workshops for students across Canada

 

What accomplishment/achievement are you most proud of?

Probably starting manufacturing of a physical product, not an easy task

 

What advice do you have for someone who wants to find their dream job but hasn’t yet?

Focus on LEARNING and perspectives, if every opportunity maximizes your learning, you’ll fall into something great.

 

www.jamstack.io

 

Jeannie Reid
Jeannie Reid is the Director of Music City North, an independent booking company for shows, tours as well as Soundtrack of the City, a mini-festival that runs 4 times a year in downtown Toronto. Jeannie's love and passion for music is what motivates her to be a vocal advocate for Toronto's music scene. Jeannie also facilitates a music industry group that was started by Barb Sedun, called BS Fridays. When Jeannie is not at shows, she's traveling or spending time with animals.