'Kogan is still growing exponentially every single month. We don't think consumer spending has slowed down, we think people are becoming more frugal with how they spend their money. Consumers now have tools such as Google at their fingertips to very quickly do research and find objective information about the products they are considering. All this means is shoppers look everywhere for the best deal to ensure they make an educated purchase.'
One of the last things Kogan does before he finally closes his eyes on the day is to step out onto his balcony for a cigarette and gaze over the Melbourne skyline - if he's in the country of course, which isn't guaranteed since he claims to spend at least half the year overseas. It's a completely different vantage point than the one he had as a boy, when at the age of five he was uprooted from his native Russia to be transported to Australia and the life of new immigrants.
Although his father was an engineer in Russia, and his mother worked in the health sector, they took a range of jobs when they first came to Australia from delivering pizzas and pamphlets to cleaning local cafes. Neither of them had ever run a business, so Kogan's drive isn't inherited, but it may be learned.
'I was recently at an entrepreneur of the year type awards - of all the finalists it was interesting that three out of three finalists had a Russian surname. The presenter asked why - I said I didn't know - maybe (it was) something to do with vodka.