Ask Accommodation Direct CEO and Webafrica founder Rupert Bryant Anything

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Welcome to MyBroadband’s latest “Ask Anything” discussion, where Accommodation Direct CEO and Webafrica founder Rupert Bryant anything will answer your questions.

--Read more about Rupert here

--Visit Accommodation Direct here

There are some basic Ask Anything rules. A summary:

  • One question per post. If you have multiple questions, use multiple posts.
  • No personal attacks
  • No support questions
  • No unsavoury questions
  • No trolling
  • No “Why don’t you answer my question?” posts
  • Keep it clean and civil, and ensure the discussion is constructive

Please post your questions in this thread. Rupert will start to answer your questions this morning.

Please do not post in this thread after 12h00.

We are giving away a 7-inch Android tablet and a mystery gadget to the two best questions.
 
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What made you think you could run a company at the age of fourteen, and were you surprised when it was a success? What did your parents say at the time?
 

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Looking back at your time at Webafrica, what do you think you and Matthew did well, and what do you think you could have done better?
 
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Why do you feel you can take on Airbnb in South Africa? What gives Accommodation Direct an advantage?
I want to know this as well, what makes Accommodation Direct a better value option?

Considering AirBnb gives you a global footprint and part of using it is the more you use it the better your ratings are, more chance of getting better bookings for your establishment and perhaps better accommodation when traveling yourself.

That's why people get locked into an ecosystem, you establish a reputation, airbnb allows that reputation to be global, which is very attractive, moving to another platform means you have to start from scratch and in this situation local only.
 

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Hi Rupert

The passion behind leaving school early to venture into something was very daring.
Many children even adults wish they could do the same.

What were your biggest personal challenges you had to overcome to get where your are today.

Warm Regards
 

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Further to this, how did your startup impact your family, social life, and relationship with the people that you were growing up with? Have you changed as a result?
 

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Would the advice be different if the 14 yo was your child?
 

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