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The Silicon Review Asia

An Interview with Priven Reddy, Kagiso Interactive Founder and CEO: ‘We Develop Only High-Quality Mobile Applications that Help Companies and Individuals to Increase Business Productivity and Efficiency’

The Silicon Review
September, 2019

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“We believe in providing forward-thinking creative solutions that yield exceptional results.”

Innovations in technology are expanding not only what can be done with mobile apps, but also increasing their accessibility to a larger number of consumers. The development cost of apps has dropped significantly due to the rise of intuitive app builders. This newfound affordability has allowed nearly any small business to join the mobile revolution.

In light of the foregoing, we’re thrilled to present Kagiso Interactive.

Kagiso Interactive is a leading, web, and mobile applications development agency. With a solid approach to planning, realistic implementation and value, the company delivers customized, results-driven programs to achieve its clients’ specific marketing goals.

Kagiso Interactive was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Durban, South Africa. It has additional office locations in Cape Town, Pretoria; South Africa, U.K, U.S.A, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Dubai, and New Zealand.

Priven Reddy, Kagiso Interactive Founder/CEO, spoke exclusively to The Silicon Review. Below is an excerpt.

Q. What are the factors that make Kagiso Interactive stand out from the competition?

Mobile app developers: Kagiso Interactive is a leading, highly advanced, mobile applications development agency, as mentioned above. We believe in providing forward-thinking creative solutions that yield exceptional results. With a solid approach to planning, realistic implementation and value, we deliver customized, results-driven programs to achieve our clients’ specific marketing goals. Our unique expertise is a dedication to integrating multi-channel marketing solutions — and we accomplish this with the best people, ideas, processes and results. In short, with our team – the difference is our exceptional industry experience.

Q. What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?

We began attracting some clients and even employed a few people. But it was tough. The garage where we worked from flooded every time it rained. We moved into an office block but we weren’t stable yet. After eight months my business partner left, along with most of our employees. With only one employee left, I advised him to find a job at a larger company as well. It was a steep learning curve, but I hung in there. I wanted him to find security, but I was determined to make a go of it for myself. One of my customers, the owner of Tudor Hotel in Durban, offered me some space, furniture and equipment so that I could continue working, and told me I could start paying rent once I brought in revenue.

Q. What’s the best thing that happened to you recently? Either at work or outside of it!

I flew abroad to acquire a license to initiate and operate my company in Estonia.

Q. What other business leaders do you look up to and why?

Mark Zuckerberg is an American technology entrepreneur. He is known for co-founding and leading Facebook. He also co-founded and is a board member of the solar sail spacecraft development project Breakthrough Starshot. He launched Facebook from his dormitory room in 2004, with college roommates. His net worth is estimated to be $55.0 billion. In 2007 at age 23, he became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. As of 2018, he is the only person under 50 in the Forbes 10 richest people list and the only one under 40 in the Top 20 Billionaires list. Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its ‘Person of the Year award’. In December 2016, Zuckerberg was ranked 10th on Forbes list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’.

Q. If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Follow these eight codes and success will be inevitable:

Code 1: Find your inner drive and keep feeding it,

Code 2: The biggest opportunities are found where things are the most difficult,

Code 3: There’s no substitute for hard work,

Code 4: Perseverance always pays off,

Code 5: Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone,

Code 6: Believe in your product, always,

Code 7: Mindpower is real,

Code 8: Never stop learning.

Q. What do you think is the most memorable moment in your career?

The most memorable moment was when I took my first business flight overseas and initiated the company abroad.

Q. If not a business leader, what else you wish to be?

It’s always been my dream to be my own boss and that I have achieved. I don’t see myself in any other field.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish in the long run?

I hope to expand the company, create more job opportunities, develop my staff, and maintain the success of the business.

Priven Reddy: A Formidable Leader

Born in Chatsworth Kzn, Priven Reddy, 37, faced challenges at the age of 11 when his father died and he had to go through a tough upbringing that changed prospects for further education. Despite these challenges, he managed to get a job and worked as a car guard and waiter until he figured he could solve problems in the tech world. He has now established six companies that provide IT solutions in graphic designing, app development, artificial intelligence software, cryptocurrency exchange, transport solutions, and business consultancy. The net worth of his businesses has been reported to be over four billion Rand.

Mr. Reddy believes in following one’s passion, doing the difficult things, hard work, perseverance, courage, confidence, maintaining a positive mental attitude, and continuous learning.

“Our unique expertise is a dedication to integrating multi-channel marketing solutions — and we accomplish this with the best people, ideas, processes, and results. In short, with our team – the difference is our exceptional industry experience.”

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