CEO, Founder of THINK thenlive
Jerome Naidoo’s entrepreneurial mindset and the technological knowhow to envision new ideas and steer them from concept to delivery have been nurtured and refined through a multi-disciplined approach to business. Equipped with a big picture vision and a sharp eye for detail, Jerome transforms business concepts from ideas to reality — accommodating budget limitations, tight time frameworks, and critical business image. His career has spanned the successful development of four thriving start-up companies across four diverse industries, with two emerging from out-of-the box thinking and a creative approach to problem solving, need, and demand. Jerome has more than 15 years in the technology and startup space, with an extensive background in physics, computer science, and business development. Jerome founded THINKthenlive (beta: Saybubble) in 2014 and has invested more than two years of his time in personally developing its revolutionary AI architecture based on Python — the same AI software used by Amazon and Netflix. Not only has Jerome created this technology from the ground up, he also singlehandedly manages all facets of the company. From recruiting employees, training staff, and leading team meetings to assisting in the development of the app, building the website, and creating stunning graphics, Jerome successfully executes all of these duties. Before founding THINKthenlive, Jerome was the CEO of Solarworld WA — the fastest growing solar company in Western Australia. In 2013, Jerome led the company to produce a turnover of $2 million dollars in the first year of trading. At Solarworld WA, Jerome supported the local community by focusing on hiring local employees instead of outsourcing the work to offshore call centers. From 2010 to 2013, Jerome was the CEO and Managing Director of FBM R9 Building Material — the world’s strongest insulated building material. At FBM, Jerome was responsible for inventing the industry-changing building material. He used his extensive structural engineering, chemical engineering, and building knowledge to invent, design, test, and certify the product for the building industry. Jerome demonstrated his ability to build strong relationships and develop new partnership and business opportunities in his work at FBM. Jerome’s first startup venture was in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 2004 where he was the CEO and Managing Director of KZN Supastraight Panel and Paint. KZN modified factory-produced automobiles to add custom finishes while still maintaining warranty for their customers. This business was centered on a community-focused business model that enabled weekly food and milk donations to be made to homeless children living in the community. Jerome began his professional career as a Computer Network Technician with IPEX Information Technology Group (IPEX ITG) in 2001. IPEX ITG was Australia’s largest Australian-owned Information Technology Computer Systems Company, with 800 staff located worldwide. Jerome left this company to start his own business as a contractor in the Education sector, where IPEX ITG contracted him in 2002. Jerome has a proven track record of startup success, utilizing his entrepreneurial mindset, engineering knowledge, and marketing strategy to take new ideas to market, refine them through a multi-disciplined approach, and steer them from concept to delivery. Over the span of his career, he has proved that his vast skillset and his drive to succeed produces tangible results.
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