Cousins Brandon Muller and James Coetzee share a passion for two things in life: entrepreneurship and internet. Having started their business, Quick Connect Wireless as students, these boys don’t see their company as a service provider, as much as a provider of infinite possibilities to the masses.
From an early age managerial chartered accountant Brandon Muller and business manager James Coetzee knew they were going to go together in business, it was quite expected stemming from a family of entrepreneurs. Before even thinking about internet, the cousins experimented with various ventures, including starting a coupon business and importing sunglasses for selling. “We have a long list of projects that flopped, but we also have very successful ones,” James jokes. As students the cousins started developing their latest venture Quick Connect Wireless by supplying residential complexes the luxuries of wifi. Today, a mere handful of years later the business has developed so far that it is supplying Oppikoppi, one of the world’s largest music festivals with wireless internet.
To Brandon, who still works part-time as financial consultant in Cape Town, the business serves a dual purpose. “I love the thrill of building a business from scratch up to the point that it could be managed on its own,” he explains that his dream for Quick Connect is to be bought up one day and managed without him, “but on the other hand I have a great passion for the internet industry. I see internet as a tool of infinite possibilities, and I love being able to give that tool to people.” Looking to the future, both Brandon and James see the themselves working on new projects with Quick Connect Wireless being run by new hands. “I do however want to stay in the internet industry,” James adds eagerly, “if I had a dream it would be to connect the whole world, just because of all the possibilities it represents.” Neither of the pair are skilled in IT or the technical aspects of internet, but both are intoxicated with the whimsical, magical opportunities the field offers.
What makes Quick Connect stand apart from other internet providers is that they provide service that goes over and above than merely providing internet, according to James. “We want to build on top of just providing internet. We know one day the world will be connected, so the question is, what more can we do? And our answer is to provide service to densely congested spaces,” he explains. “Our goal is to keep things as simple and clean as possible. No logins, passwords, no waiting,” Brandon adds.
The cousins came in contact with MEDO after being urged to do so by their contacts at the Branson Institute. “We pride ourselves on chasing down all opportunities, and with MEDO we realised the importance of being in contact with other entrepreneurs,” Brandon furthers. On that point James adds, “At MEDO the opportunities we’re offered are definitely amazing. In terms of exposure we couldn’t have asked for more.”
These cousins are definitely on their way to the big leagues, whether it be with Quick Connect Wireless or a new venture in the future. “If I can give any entrepreneur a tip it would be to go for it. It’s not the entrepreneur that fails, it’s the idea, and everything has to fail sometime,” Brandon explains his entrepreneurial philosophy.
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