Business books you’ll read more than once!

Published: 12th June 2016
I don't read a lot of books, it's just never been something I could get into. Perhaps it's my levels of patience or perhaps it's because I simply just read too much online. I'm a huge fan of reading long articles online though, really well written business, marketing or financial ones, but I know that it will only take me a day to get through them. With that being said, I admire people who read books and whilst I flick around the internet I'm forever coming across people recommending books and I just wish I could commit myself to reading them. ...

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Lessons 5 years into running a business

Published: 9th June 2016
Back in 2013 I wrote a blog post entitled, "5 Things I Wouldn't Change When Starting a Business" which was very well received - thank you. Following this, several people have asked me to write a part two and now that a few years have passed I feel that I've gained some valuable experience that will allow me to add some substance to this part two post. #1 In &...

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One week until eCommerce Africa Confex 2016

Published: 11th February 2016
I think there's no question that the growth of eCommerce in South Africa is growing at an incredible rate. Not only are there eCommerce websites appearing constantly, there is international interest and eCommerce company's are already being bought but key international brands. Throw mCommerce into the equation and we have an industry that is starting to boom. That's very much focusing on the supply side, but with South Africans starting to shop online more than ever, we have a great equilibrium where supply and demand are sitting snuggly together. Heck, I did absolutely all my Christmas shopping without having to leave my desk and having told people about this I know that I wasn't the only one. eCommerce is hot, no need to question that. Personally, I've found that there's a great de...

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Mac Automator: Batching turns me on ;)

Published: 31st January 2016
This evening I came across Mac Automator and I sat here for a while trying to figure out how I've never come across it before. I consider myself a serious super user when it comes to computers and with my programming background I like to think that I am good at finding ways to speed up processes and workflows. With Mac Automator in my back pocket, I'm going to be able to save myself several hours of work every single month when it comes to reporting. See, every month when I send a suite of documents, I have to open the documents to change the dates, then save the documents, convert them to PDF and then close them. Considering that there are often 30 or so, it's a horrible time waster. This is where Automator comes into play. Automator is like those batch creators where you can set up s...

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Where to rent in the Western Cape

Published: 19th January 2016
Having lived in the Western Cape for over a few decades, I feel comfortable saying that my knowledge of the beautiful area is good. Off the back of this, Private Property have asked me to write an article on the best areas of the Western Cape to rent in and although I'm not a properly expert that might play to your advantage because I'm unbiased and am able to give a fair opinion based on my experiences. I grew up in the leafy Southern Suburbs and have lived here for almost all my life, it's where my r...

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The Fintech sector just rocks!

Published: 10th January 2016
I've fallen in love with the fintech market sector, the combination of two of my passions (technology and investing) has me intrigued each time a company launches something new and innovative. For a long time I've felt that the current financial advisor situation is broken, I believe that it's full of people who don't have the average person's best interests at hand, are stuck in old ways or favour those people who have a lot of money already. There literally isn't any one who won't fall into one of these categories especially if you are young. Someone who's 19 and can invest R500 a month because that's all they can afford when they've just left school should not be treated as a small fry because it's these students who could potentially turn into the person who's investing thousands by...

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Profmed: Health Care for Qualified Individuals

Published: 10th December 2015
For as long as I can remember, I've always lived by the motto of "hard work pays off" and that hard work has its rewards. Just like anybody else, I love a good story about someone who struck it lucky, but those are few and far between. Through my career I've interacted and worked with far more people who are successful because of dedication and hard work. I'm not simply referring to financial success or growing a business, I've many friends who've excelled academically and I have huge respect for them. I'm in the process of completing my degree and studying is anything but easy. I've been invited to be involved in a new marketing campaign by a company called Profmed. In a nutshell, Profmed is a company that offers health care to professionals who have obtained a minimum of a four-year d...

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Protect your children on their Android devices

Published: 23rd November 2015
Just a few weeks ago my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our first baby boy. Although it's only been a few weeks, being a technologist has me thinking into the future and wondering how on earth I'll protect him against everything that's out there on the world wide web. In a day and age where everything is happening on mobile devices, it's becoming increasing hard to monitor what a child might be doing on their device and protecting them even harder. Facebook alone attracts 1 billion active users a month via mobile devices, and statistics show that the dominant devices being used by children are powered by Android. It's estimated that by 2017, there will be 1 billion Android devices and with the price of these devices being lower than many competitors, they will be the choice of...

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Startups and funding?

Published: 10th November 2015
Regular followers of my blog will have picked up that I've been doing some writing for the Awethu Project and went into some details about their funding options. I'd like to write a final post on why someone would want to apply for funding and I'm going to do it very much from a personal opinion based on my experience in this field. Several months ago I was invited to be a mentor at the Net Prophet Sparkup! event. At the event I would be available to startups as someone who could advise them and it would wo...

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A business funding option to consider

Published: 6th November 2015
Just a few days ago I introduced you all to the Awethu Project, a company that invests in entrepreneurs with the aim of impacting thousands of people and using entrepreneurship to turn around our unemployment problems in South Africa. Today I felt I would give you a quick break down of how you go about applying for funding. So if you're an entrepreneur looking for funding, you'll want to have a read: It's important to note that this is not just about funding, but also practical entrepreneurship training. If you are looking for funding, the funding amounts range from R2.5 million all the way up to R25 million. There are three options available to entrepreneurs. 1. #AWE250K...

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