Young Pan-Americanist takes on the tech industry
Computer Science graduate, Lesley Ncube makes a debut in the tech industry with the launch of his own smartphone.
Inspired by booming tech companies at the young age of 14, Ncube was inspired to pursue the world of technology and develop something of his own.
“I fell in love with technology and I started to follow up on how these companies were being built from scratch,” said Ncube. Whilst studying computer science at the University of Tshwane, Ncube created his own tech business called Thatha (which means “take” in IsiZulu) where he sold technical items on his online store. Later he created his smartphone which we now know as the Shumiphone.
“The name Shumi means ten in IsiZulu that comes from the soccer position I used to play when I was younger, so I thought that would be something that many people could relate to” He added.
Ncube said his main goal is to create a business that will make an impact in the society and uplift Africa and African businesses. “We want to achieve something as big as Google, Apple, and Microsoft here in South Africa. That’s the vision for the company, we don’t just want to make money we want to really make a difference and impact in the global teach sector,” said Ncube.
Ncube advises aspiring entrepreneurs to peruse their dreams and start small then build from there. He also stressed the importance of creating products that have high quality and value in order for your target market to receive it well.
“You don’t need to wait till you have a million to start, you can start with that little that you have, then try to build your company from there,” advised Ncube.