Make Money Mondays

Uber’s Justin Spratt opens up about money

My mom held it all together for us… it was pretty tough, my mom had to work two jobs…

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

My mother got divorced the year Mandela was released… She came back to the country she loved… I came back to help her set up the house, but I ended up hanging around…

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

I read Fortune and The Economist from the age of 14.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays” feature.

This week he interviewed Uber Head of Business for Sub-Saharan Africa Justin Spratt.

Spratt is a famed ICT and advertising guru.

Before joining Uber more than a year ago he was the Chief Growth Officer at integrated digital marketing agency Quirk Group.

What is it about money that keeps Spratt up at night?

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

No! [when asked if Uber in South Africa will go the way of London].

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

Uber [in South Africa] provides income for a lot of mouths.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

I grew up in Sydney. I have an Australian father and a South African mother.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

My dad had a lot of jobs… he was an IBM PC salesman… it allowed us to get one of the first IBM PCs in Australia in the household.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

My parents instilled in me the value of saving.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

My aunts taught me the value of money, and about business…

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

I invest to varying degrees of success.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

I invest mostly in American tech stocks; stuff that I know.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

Property is not my friend!

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

Warren Buffett’s investment methodology is waning.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

I have been given stock grants in Uber.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

I believe Uber is truly transformative.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

My first investment was in a nightclub.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

What I’ll never do again is try to be an entrepreneur by proxy.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

The best thing I’ve done with money is buy tech stocks.

Justin Spratt, Uber Sub-Saharan Africa

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