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Eran Eyal
Eran Eyal matriculated in 1992, continuing his studies at University of Natal and UNISA towards his B.A. until 1996, during which he worked for Insight Technologies (later to become Logical – the hardware provider arm of Datatech) in technical support and producing animations for industry shows. In 1996 Eran founded One on One Solutions Providers – aimed at providing corporates and executives with bespoke technical consultancy services with clients ranging from the heads of McCarthy Bank to Trencor. Returning to studies in Graphic Design at Natal Technikon in 1998 till 2001, he became inspired by industrial design – specifically reinventing the mobile handset in terms of ergonomics, materials, design approach and marketing. In 2001 Eran raised R250 000 to pursue the Mobile Re-Evolution Project and in 2002 he traveled throughout Europe meeting with the heads of major mobile manufacturers presenting the solution. Continuing his passion for technology, in 2003 he was headhunted by iiyama Benelux, tasked with launching iiyama in South Africa as well as creating relationships with local distributors and representing their interests. In 2004 Eran took a year break to pursue his art skills and became inspired to empower designers. He founded MobileQandA.com with life-long friend Eric Edelstein in 2005, which quickly became the premiere site in South Africa for consumers seeking free timeous educated answers to mobile technology and gadget-related questions as well as supplying informed reviews and opinions. Eric and Eran founded eSquared Fashion in 2006 – a series of fashion stores in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa, focusing on importing amazing and provoking graphic t-shirts from talented designers in Asia and mixing them with the local talent of South African designers. GQ magazine listed the stores in the top 5 stores for men to shop at and the London Underground paper rated the Cape Town store as the coolest store in SA. The dynamic duo proceeded to create Springleap.com, an apparel crowdsourcing website in 2008, which snapped up 2nd place in the The Standard’s Innovation 100 Awards in the retail category not to mention the SA e-commerce awards in 2009 amongst others. In 2009 they raised R4m to develop Evly.com - a SaAS white-label crowdsourcing social media portal solution and multiple new brands powered by the powerful, flexible system as well as launching Ekomi in South Africa. Eran discovered a passion for radio journalism with a strong focus on technology and the internet which he pursued in conjunction with David Donde on Radio 702/Cape Talk simulcast with their show “A Word on Technology” in 2009-2010. He is a registered member of the Cape Town Press Club. Eran has a deep love for Shaolin Kung-Fu and Bagua Zhang as well as playing wooden flutes such as the Shakuhachi, Bansuri, Hocchiku and Kuena. A collector and avid fan of Andrew Walford ceramics, fine teas, coffee and culinary experiences – he loves to travel and take hikes in his gorgeous home city Cape Town as well as abroad: discovering the wonders of cultures and the people who live them.
  • 5 tips about the e-commerce gold rush

    It’s a brave world out there for the intrepid that roll the dice in the hopes of cashing in on the ecommerce 2.0 goldmine. My business partner recently equated the advent of the internet as akin to just that – the great gold rush. Have you used internet banking recently? Did you order your groceries online? 10 years ago these simple tasks we take for granted every day as being “just there” did not exist. Think of the gold rush – sure, the prospectors mined away and some struck it rich, but around the miners and their industry, sprung...

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