After a whirlwind year, selling his company Getsmarter to international edtech giant 2U, ringing the bell at NASDAQ and scaling internationally, Sam Paddock is coming to the Heavy Chef stage on the 13th of November.
What: Creating A $100m EdTech Company Out Of Africa
When: Monday 13th November, 6pm - 8:30pm
Who: Sam Paddock, CEO of Getsmarter
Where: Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
How much: R145
Catering: Tasty Joe & Co snacks, yummy Sir Fruit juices, chilled CBC beer and sumptuous Backsberg wine, all complimentary, woop.
Partners: WWC, PayFast, Whipping The Cat, Primedia.
Sam's is truly a remarkable journey:
On May 22, 2017, Sam and Rob Paddock, friends, brothers and effusive founders of the global scaleup Getsmarter, rang the closing bell at Nasdaq, the second largest stock market in the world.
This is an honour previously bestowed on country presidents, business legends and even Bollywood superstars. A cursory glance at the list reads like a Fortune Hall of Fame with names like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Jeff Bezos featuring over the years.
So why were Sam and Rob there?
A few months earlier, the brothers had concluded the final details on a deal with one of the world’s largest EdTech organisations, 2U. The deal was worth a whopping $103b. Not too shabby for a business founded a decade ago on the southern tip of Africa.
On 13th November 2017, Sam Paddock, CEO of Getsmarter, will speak on stage for the first time in public about the deal, the months leading up the transaction - and the origin story of this remarkable South African success story.
Book your seat quick. There are a limited number of tickets available.