The memories of our first bid for a tender still haunt me sometimes.
I recall working day and night with our team to have all the documents ready. You could imagine the pressure, exposed by the emotions of excitement, that each and every one of us experienced. The one too many cups of coffee, and the large amounts of money spent just
to have the opportunity to pitch made for an unforgettable experience!
My partner and I, along with our small team of dedicated employees had been short-listed to bid for a tender. We were the smallest company out of the four, and we had our eyes trained on the biggest information technology tender of that time. And when the time to submit the documentation came, I remember being stuck in traffic watching the milliseconds, seconds and minutes go by. And upon the strike of the deadline time, whilst I was moments away from handing in, I cried. I literally cried. And that moment is only one of many I have experienced thus far in my journey of being an entrepreneur.
I went to a university in Johannesburg to study information systems. I have this odd passion for gadgets and technology, so my interest in the programme only seemed natural. Though excited at first, along the course of my studying career I had to make the decision to put it on hold. I had to follow my music. The choices may have seemed rather romantic, and indeed because I was as yet an unknown name in the market, I struggled to make money. So I started working for Dimension Data.
Having to choose between my passion for technology and and my passion for DJing was not easy, because I believed that the two ideas could be merged. However, the free time i managed to get from my nine to five was never enough for my career as a DJ. But all of that is in the past now.
Apart from the radio show I host on SABC’s 5fm, I own my own productions company, Milkshake Productions, as well as Moro Technologies, an ICT Technologies company that incorporates a 360-degree vision for all things technology, with its head offices based in Botswana. And because of my inability to be constantly in Botswana, my partner (who manages the Botswana office) and I opened a small office in Johannesburg for me to manage. The office runs the smaller projects of the firm, with much of my interests focused on training the staff to provide premium support to both our local and global clients, such as Microsoft.
It is just really passion that drives me. I could never say that I knew that I would make it because nothing is guaranteed; all I ever knew and probably will ever know is that I love what I do – and I work with great passion. For me, success is not about waiting for someone to have that opinion of me, its about me being me.
Information fascinates me, especially the ease for the ordinary person to attain it these days; it’s unfathomable. Just think about it, in a couple of years careers that didn’t exist before will be created as technology develops. Imagine what can be done in a couple of years from now. I am just happy to be a part of it in some way. With our company growing throughout the SADC Region, doing what we can for the business and for Africa, I am excited about what is to come!
The times have changed for Africa. The times have changed for the young visionary who has a passion and the skill for something other than the ordinary. I am living on the edge!
I am Youngpreneur