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Common Sense Holdings
Maanda started Common Sense Holdings in 2019. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Common Sense Holdings?
I would have to say I have always wanted to start my own business even from high school. I started a business with a high school friend and we would sell custom basketball shoes. Then my second business was making school sports gear throughout the university. During this period from high school until now, I have been a professional skateboarder, which has helped me travel all over the world. This was also a way I made money through hosting and organizing events.
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I graduated from university as an industrial engineer and also have a diploma in financial management and have worked in various industries such as automotive, media and broadcasting, education, and manufacturing. After five years in the corporate world, I decided to travel and explore more of the world.
The idea to start the company really came when I was on a skateboarding trip in South America (2019) where I traveled on a bus from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Lima (Peru). In total, I traveled 5 countries, 5 584 km which is the same as 5 days 3 hours on a bus altogether. During my bus trips between cities, I had only three things to do: play chess on my app (which did 4,250 chess puzzles during my trip), look outside at the amazing landscape and think about how I wanted to leave the life of a 9 to 5 behind.
My 3rd last day of my trip, I was asked by another traveler what do you do for a living? and I said at the time: “Well my contract ends with the company I work for when I return home. I only have enough six months of money saved to live on. I had been applying to new jobs and have no offers. But since I cannot get a job, the only commonsensical thing to do was to start my own company”.
So when I got back to South Africa, I started my own company called Common Sense Holdings and since then everyday has been a learning experience and I am more motivated than ever to grow the company day by day into an empire.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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