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Entrepreneur: Founder of Colony Live Marco Broccardo

"The truth is, my story is not a traditional one." That’s how serial entrepreneur and reformed drug addict Marco Broccardo sums up his unconventional background. Broccardo is the 38-year-old CEO and founder of Colony Live, a data analytics platform for radio stations that he started in SA and recently took to the US a nation with 16,000 radio stations. The company’s platform lets stations aggregate text messages, e-mails, and social media interactions from listeners onto a single messaging dashboard, while at the same time tracking and analysing this data to provide useful insights.

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Two South African sisters taking organic skin care products to the world

Growing up, sisters Louiza Rademan and Christine Buchanan were raised in a family that values the ethos of organic products. They would sometimes make lotions and potions as a hobby, so when Buchanan became pregnant with her first son and was dissatisfied with the mass-produced chemically formulated skin care products in the market, Rademan decided to make an all natural bum balm for her nephew.

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Analyse This: Ashburton’s Isabella Mnisi

We analyse Isabella Mnisi co-head of private markets at Ashburton Investments.

If someone came to you tomorrow with R100m to invest in just one company, which would it be?

I would invest it in Shoprite and hope that over time the board progresses to better reflect the demographics of our country.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Being able to read people’s minds. I’m sure it would be both fascinating and daunting to know people’s thoughts.

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Due Diligence: How Nisela Capital’s founder made the moves that mattered

How we made it in Africa’s Due Diligence series asks top players in Africa’s private equity industry about how they are mastering the art and science of profitable dealmaking and fundraising. Doing the due diligence on those who do due diligence for a living.

Where did it all begin?

I started my career with Investec inside the Private Client and Investment Banking team. We serviced wealthy families with net asset values of R250m (US$21.4m) or more and managed both sides of their balance sheets. I then ended up working in a niche looking after some of the bigger, well-known black families, who were involved in a lot of the black empowerment transactions in the early to mid-2000s.

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