What is the 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians.
Each year, we invite our readers to nominate young Australian entrepreneurs deserving of recognition for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. More.
Shanti Korporaal, NSW (b. 1989)
Name: Shanti Korporaal
Age: 24 (Born: November 1989)
Known for: eintellego Networks
Shanti Korporaal, started her first business at just 15. “I used to do contract bookkeeping and specialised in fixing up SMEs and NFPs accounts when they had a bad bookkeeper or accountant mess up their books. I did very well and had five contractors working for me.”
Fast forward to today, she is now bringing the ISP mentality to the larger corporate networks with eintellego Networks which she started in 2012. “It’s about introducing new cutting edge networking technology into the stagnant corporate world.”
“Large businesses are increasingly getting more global with offices in many countries that all need to talk to each other, but they currently do this with very dated and expensive equipment. We turn these networks around making them more efficient and affordable.”
Shanti says her greatest sales achievement so far with eintellego Networks has been turning a $1,000 consulting gig into a two-year $25,000 contract. “I’ve actually done that twice — fixing up a company’s books and then staying on to do regular work.”
Shanti, who has been a 30under30 runner-up for three years in a row, revealed that since entering last year, she has not only been building three businesses — eintellego Networks (large networks), v4Now (buying and selling IPv4), and Niisch (inspiring and implementing future technology into large corporates) but also been writing two books.
Woah! Talk about being a busy bee…
About what drives her as an entrepreneur, Shanti, who employs 14 people in 3 countries, said it all comes down to two motivations. “I love tech and I love what it’s helping us achieve – making companies more efficient and run smoother just by implementing better tech.”
“I also have a dream to work with people in developing countries, such as Cambodia, to get education and skills that they wouldn’t normally have,” she added.
“Currently we hire staff in Cambodia from a place that trains young adults who have come from rural villages, we partner with them to help build up the skills in Cambodia.”
Anthill asks: Shanti Korporaal, what’s your super power?
People trust me and open up to me really quickly. I seem to be able to win people over without thinking about it. I naturally seem to be able to read people and understand what they want, so people just agree with me and trust me.
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