As an Australian entrepreneur and ambassador, Ruslan Kogan is known as the entrepreneur behind kogan.com.
Growing up, Ruslan watched his parents struggle to make ends meet in the attempt to give their children opportunities. Ruslan quickly learnt that if he wanted anything, he was to work for it.
Interested in technology early, Ruslan built his first computer at the age of nine. He then began his own entrepreneurial business revolving around abandoned golf balls, washing them and selling them to golfers. His other entrepreneurial pursuits involved a car wash service, mobile phone repair business, and a web design agency.
Holding a Bachelor of Business Systems, Ruslan went on to work in the IT departments of Bosch, General Electric (GE Money), and was a management consultant at Accenture.
Ruslan then quit his corporate life to start kogan.com, with the aim to create a direct-to-consumer online business model. Kogan grew rapidly, becoming the trusted store for the best prices on a wide range of consumer goods.
Ruslan spoke loudly and proudly about online shopping, explaining the benefits to both customers and suppliers.
As an author, Ruslan has contributed to Forbes, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Gizmodo, Business Insider, VentureBeat and News Limited.
He now spends his time helping inspire and inform the next generation of entrepreneurs, speaking at schools, universities, business conferences and community and youth organisations. Ruslan enjoys sharing his experience and insight with budding entrepreneurs around the world.