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Brightrock's Schalk Malan: How we created a business worth R1.4bn in just five years

Brightrock's Schalk Malan: How we created a business worth R1.4bn in just five years

When four of Discovery's senior execs left the building five years ago to live their own entrepreneurial dream, even they had little idea of how successful their disruptive start-up would become. Yesterday their company, Brightrock, sold a 53% stake to SA financial services major Sanlam for a hefty R707m. I have a front row seat to the Brightrock story, and have been privileged to have them as an advertiser on Biznews virtually from the outset of our own start-up. But this is the first time I've had the chance to find out from CEO Schalk Malan how the Four Musketeers and their team that now numbers 350 staff managed to create such a valuable business in such a short time. What follows is a masterclass in turning a disruptive startup into a major contender. - Alec Hogg

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