“We were looking for something quirky, different and somehow related to what we do as a business.”
Prior to founding Turrito Networks, Brian Timperley and Louis Jardim gained a combined 25 years experience in the technology and ICT sectors, working at several or the largest Telecom and Technology companies. They noticed most ICT firms were after Enterprise business, the big fish, and ignoring the needs of smaller corporates and mid-market companies. There was a significant gap in servicing these sub-enterprise businesses, who are constantly neglected by South African service providers who are typically uninterested with “smaller” businesses.
As Brian said to Entrepreneur magazine, “We wanted to make our customers feel more important than the big blue chips, by giving them preferential support, pricing and service delivery like they’ve never experienced before.”
After a roller-coaster ride with the usual challenges faced by startups, they gradually refined their business model and eventually found substantial investors: the JSE listed MICROmega group.
As for how they got their name, Louis says, “We were looking for something quirky, different and closely related to what we do as a business.” Since Turrito is a network agnostic connectivity provider – not tied to any one network – the Turritopsis nutricula was the perfect fit. This immortal jellyfish (yes, really immortal), with tentacles reaching out like a network, floating freely [between service providers] and with no physical backbone [but rather that of other network providers]…