Just One Lap was founded in 2011 as an independent source of free, unbiased trading and investment education. Through free-to-attend webcasts and live events, founder and media personality Simon Brown and a number of expert guests have been sharing knowledge, hard-won through experience, at no cost to the user.

In 2015, Just One Lap broadened its reach by adding jargon-free financial and investment education to the mix. We hope to present information that is easy to understand at any level. We want to empower each user, regardless of their financial situation, to take charge of their financial well-being. If you are not sure where to begin this journey, start here.

The team

Simon Brown - Just One Lap founderSimon Brown is a market commentator, educator, trader and investor. Developing a keen interest in trading during the mid-1990s, Simon learned his market lessons at the School of Hard Knocks.

Throughout his career, he has launched a number of successful trading and market-related businesses. With each venture he became increasingly aware of a huge gap for free and readily-available financial education.

Since 2002, Simon has been honing his educational prowess on various platforms, ranging from his own business, SAWarrants, to Standard Online Share Trading (OST). His educational experience culminated in a desire to offer free, trustworthy education and thus Just One Lap was born.

Simon is a well-known and trusted market commentator. He shares his views in the media, writes for Finweek, host a morning show on Moneyweb and is a co-host of The Week That Was on BusinessDay TV. He also hosts and produces JSE Direct, a weekly podcast in which he comments on significant movements in the market and conducts interviews with noteworthy players in the South African landscape. He publicly discloses his portfolio here.

In addition to his Just One Lap work, Simon offers training on behalf of various large financial institutions. He is also an engaging and entertaining public speaker and master of ceremonies.

Reach Simon by email at simon@justonelap.com, or on Twitter @SimonPB for public speaking requests and educational training.

Kristia van Heerden - Just One Lap CEOAward-winning financial journalist Kristia van Heerden joined Just One Lap in 2015 as CEO. Before joining the team, she was a writer and online editor at Finweek.

Her journey into the financial world started with a major financial misstep. As a result of financial ignorance, she became heavily indebted at a young age. She managed to break free of her financial burden through access to education and with the support of her family. Understanding the huge emotional impact of out of control finances, she became passionate about sharing her experience. Through Just One Lap, she has offered support, encouragement and education to those who are trying to change their financial destiny.

Kristia left Just One Lap in March 2021 to head up the education division at a global listed broker. She will always be missed and while she’s no longer an active contributor to Just One Lap she remains a close associate, and of course, her past contributions continue to educate and entertain our users.

Meet the team!

Every month, the Just One Lap team offers free educational seminars in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. If you'd like to meet the team, subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out where we'll be next.

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