Serge Belamant is the founder of Zilch Technology Limited. The idea behind Zilch came from a conversation he was having with his son about how influential social media is, and how it can be used to provide young people with financial products through an interface they understand, the mobile phone. Such a personalized financial solution would link their spending and saving habits while providing data for improving their financial situation. An expert with patents in blockchain technology, Serge Belamant studied computer science at Witwatersrand University before forming his first company Net1 UEPS Technologies in 1989. Since then he has worked with many companies in different sectors such as finance, medicine, engineering, and computer science. One of his biggest achievements is creating the technology behind chip-enabled credit and debit cards – chip offline pre-authorized card. View Serge Belamant’s profile at Linkedin.
Thoughts on Success
Serge Belamant believes that to be successful, continuous learning is necessary. The one factor that makes continuous learning easy is coming to terms with the reality that there are things you do not know. The desire to learn and understand things is the path to growth. Above all, no single thing makes people successful. Instead, it is a combination of factors. According to Serge Belamant, profitability comes after success. If it comes too early, one becomes limited by lacking perspective. As such, failure is part of the learning curve. Hard lessons have to be learned before success comes along. Even for companies that seem to have been instant successes, time and effort went into setting themselves up to accomplish such a feat. People should also not forget that in trying to do anything great, doubt will always be there. However, it is okay to doubt. It spurs you into showing yourself that you genuinely believe in what you are working on. Many products have failed because of poor execution or entering the market at the wrong time.
The Art of Selling
For any business, the first customer is usually the one who comes up with the idea. This person has to buy into whatever they are doing before selling it to other people. The selling stage of the final product to other people is hard work. However, you have to keep going but know when to cut your losses and move onto other things. There are new marketing trends, but word of mouth still remains the number driving factor of sales. People always tell others of the products and services they like even if it is through social media platforms.
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