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Jason Levin
Jason Levin exited a business in 2016, after 20 years building marketing agencies, and fell straight back into the start-up space. Part of that re-entry involved asking some questions about the SA ecosystem, which turned into a full-blown report and discussion paper. He also has some new investments and mentorships in marketing and B2B services.
  • Mimecast founder on how he turned down R30 000 deal only to sell for R20m

    South African Peter Bauer, who just over 18 months ago listed his email management startup Mimecast on the Nasdaq, once turned down a R30 000 offer for his then business in the late 1990s, only to sell it a few months later for R20-million. Mimecast, which Bauer started in 2003 with fellow South African Neil Murray, listed on the Nasdaq in November 2015. The company's stock price has since doubled and trades at about $24 per share, bringing its total market cap to $1.2-billion. In the late 1990s, after selling his stake in a school stationery and goods supplier and after having travelled a...