Thabiso Tema caught up with Kumalo to learn more about what he calls his legacy project.
It’s almost two years to the day since Kumalo took the bold (some would say crazy step) to walk away from a lofty corporate position, to embark on an ambitious entrepreneurial journey. Although the decision took many by surprise, it had been long in the making.
“I actually made the decision as far back as 2012 that I would leave corporate. I was running along the Charles River in Boston while I was at Harvard on sabbatical. I remember putting it in down in writing and working on a plan to leave corporate.
It was a strange decision because all my life I wanted to be in corporate. All my mentors, the people I admired were all very successful corporate executives. The likes of Sizwe Nxasana, Phuthuma Nhleko, Peter Vundla were all people I looked up and still do to this day,” reflects Kumalo.
“But in my time at Harvard, I was greatly inspired by the people I encountered, some extraordinarily talented entrepreneurs who were changing the world in their own way.”