Justin Spratt Head of Business, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber
Justin currently leads the Business Development function across Sub-Saharan Africa at Uber. Previously, he was Chief Growth Officer of Quirk, leading revenue in excess of R200m out of 5 offices from London to Cape Town. Prior to this role he led the starting and build-out of the Africa portfolio for the group.
Justin has a technical background, having run the mobile and wireless businesses at Internet Solutions. Before this he was a product strategist in the cloud software business unit. Justin also spent 2 years running the company’s largest client account portfolio, representing over 10% of the company’s revenue, at the time ~R200m.
Growing up in Australia, Justin’s parents worked at IBM and Microsoft, which meant he was fortunate to have access to one of the few early PCs in the country, circa 1987, at the age of 10, where he picked up some programming skills and became an avid PC gamer. Justin has also been blogging since 1998, before it the term ‘blogging’ was coined. Justin continues to write extensively on startups, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing.
Prior to Internet Solutions, Justin started his own network security technology business that he sold to BCX. Before his foray into technology, he worked for the investment bank Morgan Stanley in fixed income trading, based in London.
Justin studied Economics and Finance (Cum Laude), with Honours in Financial Derivatives. He then later went on to study an MBA (Strategy and Finance) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. In addition, he has lectured Macro Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy & Technology at GIBS.
Justin co-founded web start-up incubator IS Labs while at Internet Solutions, designed to accelerate web technology businesses. He also founded the not-for-profit GeekRetreat, bringing geeks together over weekends to help communities through technology. He has sat on the advisory boards of JoziHub and TechInBraam, both aimed at drawing investment and training into the technology start-up scene in Johannesburg.
Justin also mentors extensively; he is currently working for TechStars on the Barclays FinTch and Virgin MediaTech programmes in London. Justin holds board positions and is a shareholder in several web technology companies.