“WORKING 80-HOUR WEEKS ISN’T COOL”: DIGILANTE’S MD ON MAKING TIME FOR FUN AS HIS AGENCY GROWS

Bonding over a mutual client, their complementary skillsets and a shared love of Guiness, Sydneysiders Kiel Van Daal and Eric O’Brien joined forces for a creative agency that would engage millennials through a marriage of traditional marketing and emerging technologies.

Nearly five years on, it’s clear their approach has paid off. Working with the likes of Rugby Australia, Bethesda, Qudos Bank, NSW Health, Mercedes Benz, Eclipx Group, Chubb Insurance and City of Sydney, Digilante – a portmanteau of ‘digital’ and ‘vigilante’ –  has twiced placed on the BRW Fast Starters list, its annual revenue increasing from $1.5 million to $3.3 million between years one and five.

In addition to serving as Digilante’s Managing Director, Van Daal is also a touring drummer and the incoming President of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) in Sydney. The 30-year-old entrepreneur spoke to Dynamic Business about his partnership with O’Brien , competing against “out-of-touch” multinationals, the importance of creative outlets in business, the life-long health condition that has fuelled his desire to excel and the standout moments from his journey with Digilante. Read more

James Harkness - Dynamic Business - 18 Jan 2018

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