More than 30 years in the entrepreneurial space with over 30 successful startups and strong financial services, retail, telecoms and media experience
It is said that some people are born entrepreneurs. In my case, I was only 12 when I started my first business, in fact so young that my driver!
I’ve been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures and blue chip companies across 10 countries - forming start-ups and SMEs; to launching Twangoo in South Africa in 2011, later bought by Groupon to become one of the most popular group buying sites on the African continent.
I have worked across Africa, the UK and Central and Eastern Europe - including extensive experience in developing markets such as Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Croatia. These days I can be found investing and consulting on number of projects and investments that incorporate my experience in start-ups and technology.
Entrepreneurship, technology and people drive me. I live for change, a fast pace and realising opportunity. I thrive on challenges and getting things done.
I’m a strong advocate of lean start-ups, with a quick build from concept to execution based on experience, talent and insight. The lean start-up methodology and exit-centric focus have always served me, from when I started and sold my first business in university, to selling Twangoo to Groupon in 125 days and becoming their South African CEO.
I have strengths in systems, processes and execution. I have an intense interest in what makes businesses thrive and am motivated by the opportunities that technology represents, particularly in Africa.
We believe that start ups that live and breath the following traits are bound for success, and as such like to partner with them:
Clarity of purpose: Are able to summarize the company’s business in 30 seconds.
Large markets: Looking to solve problems in existing markets poised for rapid growth or change.
Focus: Customers will only buy a simple product with a singular value proposition.
Think differently: Constantly challenge conventional wisdom. Take the contrarian route. Create novel solutions and outwit the competition.
Exceptional teams: All team members are the smartest or most clever in their domain. They have a AAA founder leading a AAA team.
Frugality: Ability to find the secret to scale before
Agility: Stealth and speed will usually help beat large companies.