Jared Pillai – Digital Maverick
Jared started his career selling snacks in grade 6 and employed a student in high school to sell for him, dropped out of college, with one of his first jobs sweeping floors and packing boxes into shipping containers for export, He saw a gap and invented a product called TodPod and put over R1.5million of his own money into that product, maxing credit cards and overdrafts and even selling his car to fly to Germany to showcase this product at a toy fair, which didn’t sell, further went onto Big Break Legacy TV show being a runner up and falling short of getting R5million investment, then went onto Dragons Den and got a R1million rand investment, He failed at several businesses and now His successful career includes experience in retail on global brands such as AB InBev, BMW, Total, Durex, Dettol, Scholl, Strepsils, Nugget, Mr Min, Air Wick, Veet, Finish (having worked with retailers including Dis-Chem, PNP, Clicks, Takealot, Woolworths & Makro) and Finance (Dialdirect, 1st For Women, Budget Insurance, Hippo.co.za, Outsurance, Hollard & King Price).
Passionate about Digital Transformation and eCommerce
Chairman of the internet marketing association of South Africa, Jared Pillai currently holds a diploma in digital marketing management, a diploma in social media marketing and a certified inbound marketing professional through Hubspot University. Jared Pillai’s specialties include: Advertising, Marketing, Sales, Business Development, E-Commerce, Product Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, SEM, CRM, Web development, App development, IT infrastructure, Technology systems, Account Management, Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, Online Brand Management and Product Innovation.

Jared Pillai Portfolio

Dragon's Den

Jared Pillai who is the CEO / Co-founder of Million Baby and the inventor of the TodPod was an investee on Dragon’s Den South Africa.

While sitting in church one Sunday, Jared the founder of TodPod noticed many children are getting bored, irritable and uninterested while distracting their parents. The thought of seeing an obvious need of a product was a primary motivator for action. “What if I could keep the children occupied, safely and comfortably seated with their books, toys and crayons within reach?”. This was the beginning of an incredible adventure.

The TODPOD was born – Your Child’s Best Friend. One simple bag to carry toys, coloring books, crayons, play dough etc, and VIOLA, believe it or not, the bag can quickly and easily be converted into a table and chair.

The TodPod is a 3 in 1 multi-functional bag that converts into a table and chair for a child. It has been designed as an activity station to ease everyday life for families with children – inside as well as outside the home.


Management Consultant
  • Media – Strategy | Planning | Buying
  • Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Digital Transformation
  • Website development
  • Public Speaking
  • Hosting
  • Domain Registrations


Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information

Email: info@robustmarketing.co.za

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