One of the benefits of the Internet and ubiquitous communications networks is that you do not have to be in an office to build a business or work on the latest innovative idea.
Many of the best-known technology entrepreneurs started their businesses in their garage or home, and continue to do some of their best work away from the office.
When MyBroadband asked several of South Africa’s top tech entrepreneurs to show us where they work, we received a mixed bag of home office and official workplace photos.
Below is an overview of the workplaces of a number of South Africa’s technology entrepreneurs.
Rupert Bryant, founder of Webafrica and Accommodation Direct CEO, shows us where he does most of his best work.
This is the view from his Clifton home’s office.
Neil Smith, Raru and Take 2 (now Takealot) founder, has a neat workplace at the Raru offices.
All he needs is his PC, two monitors, a 160GB classic iPod, and Bose headphones.
Kobus Ehlers, co-founder at SnapScan, feels comfortable working in an open-plan office among other techies.
Jannie van Zyl, Vodacom’s innovation head and founder of DS Vision, Omnisol, and SNS Consultants, enjoys a glass of wine and the company of a cat in his home office.
Franco Barbalich, the founder and director of Axxess, is rocking an old-school set-up with a white board and plant in his office.
Joe Botha, co-founder and CTO at Octotel and founder of Gust, TrustFabric, Amobia Communications, and Frogfoot Networks, enjoys an open-plan workspace with a widescreen monitor and a great view of Cape Town.
Howard Sackstein, the founder of Saicom Voice Services and Tariffic, has a shark keeping a close eye on his work.