If there is one thing one can learn from South Africa’s top technology entrepreneurs, it’s that you are never too young or too old to start a successful business.
Many of South Africa’s top technology entrepreneurs, including Vinny Lingham, Matthew Tagg, and Rob Stokes, started successful tech ventures while they were still very young.
Other local tech entrepreneurs, like Herman Heunis and John Holdsworth, founded successful businesses once they had some experience under their belt.
MyBroadband caught up with some of South Africa’s successful technology entrepreneurs to look at when they founded their most successful ventures, and what they did before they were successful business owners.
When people started their businesses
It is hardly surprising that many technology entrepreneurs started their businesses when they were still young. However, this is not the case with all tech business owners.
Many entrepreneurs opened their most successful businesses when they were older, using their experience to avoid common pitfalls and optimise their chances of success.
The following infographic provides an overview of when some of South Africa’s top technology entrepreneurs stated their biggest businesses.
What they did before starting their businesses
There is a common denominator when looking at technology entrepreneurs – they love technology.
However, what is less homogeneous is what these business founders did before they started their first venture.
Local tech entrepreneurs had a wide range of jobs before they started their first business, ranging from salesmen to a deckhand on super yachts.
The following image gives an overview of what SA’s top tech entrepreneurs did before they started their first tech venture.
Other businesses which they founded
A common thread in the lives of successful technology entrepreneurs is that they typically start many businesses: some successful, others not.
All entrepreneurs who MyBroadband spoke to gave the same advice: failures are part of business. Learn from it, and use this knowledge in future ventures.
The following infographic shows the businesses founded by some of South Africa’s serial entrepreneurs.