Brendon Raw is a South Africa-based software developer based, IT developer and investor in the Energy Technology, Property and Digital Media spaces. After completing a BCom in IT systems from Durban University, Mr Raw moved to London, where at the age of 24 he became lead developer for one of the hottest internet companies of its day – excite@home. He moved on to become BP’s leading application developer, where he created a number of mission-critical commodity trading systems that are still in use today. The attempts by BP to improve on his Access FrontEnd SQL backend system that largely ran the exposure of BP’s multi-billion dollar trading operation, failed as part of a $100 million project. He wrote a full budget tracking system for the Royal Bank of Scotland's project office tracking hundreds of projects, with advanced reporting capabilities.
Brendon was a founding investor in Quirk e-Marketing, which was successfully sold to WPP, the world’s biggest advertising agency in 2012, at a price of R400 million. He is the IT driving force behind Africa New Energies, along with Shakes Motsilili, where he has coded much of the algorithm that potentially triples the probability of finding Natural Gas at 1/10th of the cost of the competition. ANE looks like to be Brendon’s second successful exit, where an offer for $500 million (R6.5 billion) has been rejected. Other energy technology investments include the Prophecy system which at the time, created the world’s lowest cost solar irradiation monitor, enabling household microsystems to measure and forecast energy production for the first time. He has also created a smart energy metering system for Contour, a market leader in prepaid electricity in South Africa.