ShapeShifter

How Ivan Epstein turned a South African software company into a world-beater

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The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed President at Sage International Ivan Epstein for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Sage International is the parent of Sage One, maker of accounting and payroll software and sponsor of the annual 702/CapeTalk Small Business Awards.

Ivan Epstein cofounded Softline Group (former name of Sage South Africa) in 1988.

Softline Group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997.

Sage International employs around 14 000 people.

Epstein received the Ernst and Young “South Africa’s Best Entrepreneur” award in 1999/2000.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

At the time small businesses were still doing their accounting manually.

Ivan Epstein, Sage International

I remember saying to my partner, ‘Maybe we should go into the fax business?’

Ivan Epstein, Sage International

There’s no lack of ingenuity in South Africa!

Ivan Epstein, Sage International

Technology today can come out of a small garage in the middle of the Karoo.

Ivan Epstein, Sage International

South Africa will produce some great entrepreneurs still.

Ivan Epstein, Sage International

Sage One is developed in South Africa for the world.

Ivan Epstein, Sage International

We bootstrapped our way into a profitable situation.

Ivan Epstein, Sage International

The Millennials is an amazing generation coming through.

Ivan Epstein, Sage International

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