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Humble beginnings inspired a voracious entrepreneurial streak, and Kogan is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to his startup, Kogan.com, a wildly successful online retailer.
Hey, what are you doing here? You’re supposed to be working and to top it off you’ve also been caught doing your Christmas shopping...
"Up until now, full feature smart phones have only been for the rich. We want to make technology more affordable for everyone. Before today, a decent smart phone would set you back over $500. For most people, that's more than a week's salary.” Kogan is playing in the mobile market and, we all know what that means! Disruption is afoot!
This year marks a departure for Anthill and Ruslan Kogan, who hits the big 3-0 next month. An occasion for sadness, you say. Frankly, we at Anthill couldn't be happier. As we see it, one new spot on the 30sub30 for another Australian wunderkind just opened up. Besides, we're pretty sure the founder of Kogan Technologies, Australia's number one online electronics retailer, isn't leaving the headlines anytime soon.
In a move so bold that it seems to channel Peter Daicos’ penchant for the unexpected, Australian retailer Kogan and Collingwood FC together have announced the world’s first club-branded TV. The 42-inch HD LED television, available exclusively from the Kogan website, is no slouch either. The Collingwood-branded TV features the Magpies’ logo on the front, at the startup screen, and on the clicker.
With the Australian business sector stuck with risk-adverse strategies and stifling of creativity and innovation, Ci2012 also intends to submit its findings and results to the Australian government for consideration.
Kogan’s new low-cost dongle brings Internet connectivity and powerful features of Android 4.0, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, to your television. Plug in the dongle into the TV’s HDMI port and watch the transformation.
Ruslan Kogan is seen as a big disrupter in Australia’s consumer electronics industry. He talks down entrenched brick-and-mortar rivals, and talks up his own nascent brands. But there's one thing you gotta concede. Kogan, an immigrant from Belarus, puts his money where his mouth is.
"People ask me how I manage to work over 100 hours a week," Ruslan Kogan says. "I tell them: I don't work; I live this stuff." For the 28-year-old creator of the wildly successful online consumer electronics company that bears his name, "stuff" is a potent mix of competition, innovation and bravado.
Despite his success, Ruslan Kogan is perhaps best known for the various ways he has intentionally (and sometimes accidentally) courted controversy. Let's face it, Ruslan Kogan is a master at maintaining a high profile, by being both brutally frank and highly entertaining. What's your take? Is Ruslan Kogan a marketing mastermind or precocious punk?
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The world’s first laptop powered Chromium, Google’s operating system, has been released by Ruslan Kogan, beating competitors like Acer and Samsung. “We’ve been able to beat the rest of the world to bring the first commercially available laptop running Google’s Chromium OS,” Kogan said.
In a wide-ranging, two-part interview with The Entourage project, online retail entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan talks about how he got his eponymous enterprise off the ground and predicts the future of online business, mobile Internet and television technology.
Australia’s self-appointed online retail antagonist Ruslan Kogan -- while possibly enjoying a slow day at the office -- has crunched his online traffic numbers to reveal that the most popular names of 2010 online shoppers on the Kogan site were John, Peter, David, Michael and Paul (in addition to some information that you might actually one day use, on how and why Australians shop online).
Retail upstart Kogan is determined to lure Australian shoppers online with discounts on products that are but a twinkle in the manufacturer’s eye. Kogan’s latest innovation, LivePrice, allows consumers to purchase pre-production goods at "up to 50% off the retail price". The further along the retail chain the product is, the smaller the discount.
In this week's interview, Ruslan Kogan, founder and chief executive of Kogan (formerly Kogan Technologies) and recent Anthill 30under30 winner, discusses his take on changes being wrought in retail by direct to public online traders. Word of mouth, service and good value are the keys to success, he says, and his company has just reported a 48 percent quarterly rise in revenue at a time when High Street retailers are feeling the pinch.
Ruslan Kogan, who has run more than 20 businesses since age 12, employs a canny marketing approach that attracts news media attention and plays up the David / Goliath aura. in 2008, he tweaked the government's nose by putting out a "Kevin 37" television and selling it for $900 -- the amount offered to each Australian household under PM Kevin Rudd's stimulus plan. Earlier this year, he stoked the fires of a verbal spat with Gerry Harvey, head of traditional electronics retailer Harvey Norman.
Funny? Hypocritical? Pure viral marketing gold? That's for you to decide. What's more interesting about this public spat is the underlying question it raises. What drives consumers -- expensive television advertisements to establish trust and, therefore, create the ability to sell products at a premium price or the opportunity to purchase online at discount rate?
Ruslan Kogan, 27-year-old founder and CEO of Kogan Technologies, along with other members of the world's first team of Virgin Galactic space tourists yesterday joined Sir Richard Branson in the Mojave Desert for the unveiling of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
The six best entrepreneurs from the Southern Region (Victoria and Tasmania) were named at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Melbourne last Thursday night.