My name is Paul Galatis. I'm an entrepreneur and Galatis Group is the company through which I explore various business endeavours - from starting new companies to consulting and sharing stories of my experiences to date. The name was born years ago in a moment of overzealous, youth-fuelled enthusiasm when I convinced myself that referring to me, myself and I in the plural was a good idea. But for now, I can assure you, it's still only me. Below is a little info on the ventures I'm currently engaged in.
In 2008 I joined Yuppiechef.com as a partner & director. It is an e-commerce business my two friends Andrew Smith and Shane Dryden started in 2006. Over the past seven years we have grown the business from a team of four to a team of more than eighty-five employees today. In that time Yuppiechef.com has become South Africa's most highly awarded e-commerce store, having won Best eCommerce Site every year from 2010 - 2014 at the South African eCommerce Awards.
We've learnt many lessons along the way. Our journey of having taken an e-commerce idea from inception through to full scale operation makes our experience somewhat unique. In addition to immersing ourselves in the full gamut of the e-commerce landscape including design, development, marketing, customer service, social media and e-commerce operations, we've spent many hours exploring what is required to build and lead great teams - and it is great teams that we believe are the building blocks of all great businesses.
Today I'm a non-executive director at Yuppiechef.com. I spend a few days a month in the office catching up and working with individuals and teams, contributing where I can while doing my best to stay out the way of the great work everyone is doing. I can often be found telling the Yuppiechef story, be it at a conference, in a lecture hall, in a consulting session or to small group of interested people on a tour of our offices, where I share some of the more interesting learnings from our journey to date.
My latest venture is a business called The Names & Faces Company. We make simple, visual contact directories for organisations, special groups and schools to help the people within them get to know their peers and make contact. This is not a new communication tool. It is not another social network. The world knows we don't need another one of those. It is simply an attempt to revive the neglected staff directories of old that today live in depths of most organisations' clunky, inaccessible intranets. Find out more about what we do here.
If you'd like to get in touch to share ideas, explore the possibility of working together, hear stories or compare battle wounds, feel free to drop me a line. I regularly spend anything from a handful of hours to a handful of days discussing interesting things with interesting people.