Startups

The Business Plan Is Dead [Long Live The Business Case]

We are living through the most disruptive period in our history. One only needs to consider companies like AirBNB, uBer, WhatsApp and Tesla to understand how quickly established companies can become disrupted by new entrants into the market.
In today’s digitally enabled business economy, tried and tested approaches to business strategy and planning are simply not designed […]

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The Seven Key Pillars of A Successful Startup Culture [And Why Culture Beats Strategy]

Note: Building a great startup culture is a focus of the StratLab for Startups event.

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Every time. This is especially true in the world of startups. I liken a startup to flying a plane, and then attempting […]

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Digital Kungfu & Startupbootcamp Cape Town [Media Release]

The global industry-focused accelerator Startupbootcamp has recently launched it’s first African based accelerator program. The group has 18 programs across 13 countries and has seen value in now setting up a footprint in Africa.
Startupbootcamp brings together top startups from around the world, a mentor network of renowned industry experts and entrepreneurs and major players in banking, […]

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The Blockchain Breakfast [And 12 Applications for Blockchain Technology]

The blockchain is the arguably the most disruptive invention since the creation of the Internet itself, but the irony is that many entrepreneurs, startups and business executives do not understand the magnitude of the impact that this technology is going to have on the world as we know it.
So why is this the case? Well, […]

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12 Signs Your Business Model May Be Broken [How To Manage Disruptive Technology]

 
The Death of A Business
The death of a business is not like a car crash and as sudden as many tend to presume, but disasters do happen whether you are prepared for them or not.
History shows us that the warning signs for an industry or business are often present 1 – 3 years before disaster […]

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The StratLab Workshop [How To Scale And Grow Your Business]

The fourth industrial revolution has begun. Across all industries, the acceleration of innovation and the velocity of disruption are hard to comprehend or anticipate, even for the best connected and most well informed companies.
There is clear evidence that the technologies that underpin this revolution are creating entirely new ways of serving existing needs and enable […]

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Why Culture Beats Strategy [How To Build A Great Startup Culture]

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Every time. This is especially true in the world of startups. I liken a startup to flying a plane, and then attempting to build the engine in mid-air. The engine in this case is the team and culture that powers the plane, but without the right culture — startup founders can quickly […]

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The R1 Billion Stokvel Opportunity in South Africa

I’ve recently finished reading a book called “The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid” which I highly recommend you read if you are interested in understanding the behaviour of mass market consumers and how brands can create literally make a fortune out of low income earners.
This reminded me of Stokvels that we have here […]

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How to Raise Capital in South Africa

Raising capital for your startup is on of the most common constraints you’ll come across.
Typically, the process of raising capital runs along the angel investor route of friends, family and fools (the three F’s).
I’ve been fortunate enough to raise a moderate amount of angel capital through my immediate network which has helped to “get out of […]

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