Entrepreneur Profiles

Entrepreneur Profiles

Dial a Nerd’s enduring success is realising that profits matter more than bright lights and courting equity partners. To grow profits brothers, Colin and Aaron Thornton, have strategically brought their turnover down and today run a simpler, consolidated and more sustainable company. This is their story.

100% year-on-year growth. That’s what brothers Sam and Rob Paddock have been achieving with their online education business, GetSmarter. They’ve tapped into a growing market and formed valuable partnerships with South Africa’s most prestigious academic institutions.

The Creative Counsel is a wild ride. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. And co-founders Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner have radically changed one of the oldest and most traditional industries in modern business.

At 25, Steven Kark read an article about entrepreneurs in the US who were making a huge success installing ATMs in retail centres. He quit his job, cashed in his savings and jumped on a plane. This is how he took an idea everyone said was crazy, and turned it into a R1,2 billion business. By Nadine Todd

From selling phones from the boot of his car in Pretoria, to making and losing millions, Quinton van der Burgh has had his fair share of highs and lows. This self-made billionaire has always remained a risk-taker, and even though those risks haven’t always paid off, he’s kept his eye on the prize.

In celebration on Heritage Day - we've put together a list of Proudly South African businesses that embody our South African Heritage.

Remarkable stories about local entrepreneurs who built big businesses and well known brands up from humble beginnings.

USN might have started small, but Albé Geldenhuys had big plans. It’s taken him 15 years, but he’s built a business that has an international footprint, he’s left both local and international competitors in his dust, and he’s done it through a mix of savvy decisions, costly mistakes, and never slowing down – not for one minute.

A brother and sister team, Adelaide Potgieter and Solomon Potgieter, have overcome many of the obstacles that are common to all start-ups and built a diversified R60 million Mad World business.

Michal ‘Loopy’ Luptak is certainly an unconventional self-starter,while working at a lucrative auditing firm he took the crazy decision to live in Ponte Tower. But this decision would lead to a social entrepreneurial quest with a project that had legs, and a very big heart. By Catherine Bristow and Michal Luptak

South African motorbiking champion Alfie Cox focuses on his business, Alfie Cox Racing, but says racing has stayed in his blood.

One Way Up Productions has some unique stories to tell, including how founders Zaheer Cassim and Dave Mayers built it on some very traditional business principles.

What started as a private boutique has become a fast-growing business built on making women comfortable in their own skin. Liza Clifford, founder of Liza Clifford Professional Bra Fitting Studio discusses how essential a business coach was for her business success and the power of word-of-mouth marketing.

Think Tshabalala and you think Kaizer Chiefs, Bafana Bafana, and the 55th minute goal against Mexico in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. But there’s more to him than soccer talent and his rise to celebrity from humble beginnings. He’s changing the soccer star stereotype by being a forward thinking businessman too.

Start-up success begins with knowing how to market your own brand in cool, unusual and cost-saving ways. Here's how Mongezi Mtati, founder of Wordstart got everyone talking.

ACM Gold’s story spans three continents, and almost a decade of highs and lows. This is the story of how one sibling who paid his way through school, and another who didn’t go to varsity, have built a business with a turnover of R400 million that’s worth more than R3 billion.

What does it take to build a business with an asset base of R2 billion? Ask entrepreneur-extraordinaire Vanessa Gounden.

Aptronics recently celebrated its 22nd anniversary. As with many small businesses, it was started with zero capital and run from a suburban garage.

From a high school dropout determined to take the tech world by storm, to the founder of his own start-up from a garage at 18, and today spearheading the seed funding VC revolution in South Africa, Justin Stanford has always lived his entrepreneurial dream – and now he’s helping other start-ups live theirs as well.
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No business plan, no strategy, no market research and no cash in the bank = a R100 million business. Here's how they did it.


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