Serge Belamant is an entrepreneur figure like no other. He was born in France, and moved to South Africa in his early teens. His professional career took off in no time, and by 1991 he had forever changed many of the banking systems an average individual takes for granted. He founded Net1 UEPS Technologies, which once it partnered with Visa, lead to the creation of the chip cards that nearly every consumer uses to this day. However, it was a new digital payment system for transferring Welfare grants across countries that really put the spotlight on him. In a recent Ideamensch interview, he expands on how career path developed to this point.
The most recent venture was brought to him by his son. Zilch Technologies is a company that specializes in mobile game technology. The combination of his son’s IT engineering skills and his personal information network and knowledge, was the perfect recipe for a successful 21st century company. The conception of ideas involves starting with how it works fundamentally, then attempting to understand why the average consumer would want to advantage of that idea if it was available. If it passes this test, then prototypes are developed within no time. Serge Belamant cites his need to understand everything even to the smallest detail, as a quality to his success.
As an industry veteran, Serge Belamant has nailed down his daily routine to near perfection. It all begins with a list of tasks to be done, and what will be required to complete each item. Beyond that, he takes time to catch up on the news. Staying in the know is a vital piece to keeping a company ahead of the curve. The afternoon period is spent on passive activities. He particularly enjoys chess and math problems. At the end of the day, keeping a fresh head capable of critical is the most important aspect to keep in mind.
Serge Belamant is one of the greatest innovators in the modern era. While many consumers will not realize the impact he left on their lives, his technological creations will never die.