2015

The Landscape Hunter – exhibition in Cape Town

The Landscape Hunter – exhibition in Cape Town

If you’re in Cape Town, drive to Sea Point and check out Thomas Ferreira’s exhibition – a solo exhibition titled The Landscape Hunter. It’s a collection of some incredible images of landscape photography that he’s assembled from touring across the globe, including New Zealand, USA, Chile and South Africa. The most appealing thing for me…

Crowdsourcing innovation

Crowdsourcing innovation

When I worked as an investment banker, one of the insights that became clear to me very early on was that banks have transformed very quickly into technology businesses. What used to be an industry with relational managers and bank balance sheets offering very vanilla products has now become a very technology-centric industry with multiple…

The next commodity supercycle involves something we all already own

The next commodity supercycle involves something we all already own

The commodity supercycle which started in the early 2000s, saw the prices of physical commodities such as food, metals, fuel and chemicals rise as demand from emerging markets outstripped demand. A slowing global economy has recently seen a rapid slide of commodity prices, having severe impacts on global economic markets, job security and emerging market…

My love-hate relationship with entrepreneurship

My love-hate relationship with entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is the poster-child of the economy – consensus appears to be that running your own business is the ultimate pinnacle of a career – full of fun and the secret to untold riches. That might be the truth for a very few entrepreneurs, but there’s also a dark, lonely and extremely challenging side to…

What is Google Deep Dream?

I didnt know until a few months ago that you could put an image into Google search and it will tell you what’s in the picture and find similar pictures for you. Patson, the man that makes us coffee at the office, told me how he’s found a spider at his house and wanted to…

Innovation – the intersection of science and the humanities

I recently gave a guest speaker address a leading media company, where I looked at the aspects of why a business should innovate, how to go about it and how best to lead it. Best captured by Walter Isaacson, “The next phase of the digital revolution will bring a true fusion of technology with the…

Weekend in Paris? Do these things

As part of our epic six week honeymoon, we spent just over a week in Paris. It’s every bit the romantic city that you read about. Paris is always a good idea, so when you decide to go, here are some of our highlights. We’re very into our food, exercise and commercio-hipster experiences. We’re also South Africans…

Get behind MTN Qhubeka during the Tour de France

Cast your mind back to some significant athletic event in your life. Whether it was the U/10 100m dash in primary school or your first Ironman, one of the key ingredients in keeping your own morale and energy high is having the support of a wife, mom, dad or close friend on the sideline cheering…

A change agent for South African entrepreneurs

Between 2009 and 2013, I worked at Rand Merchant Bank on their Class Of programme – rotating through various divisions to learn the workings of an investment bank. The Class Of mandate was to bring alternate and entrepreneurial thinking to the table and question the status quo. We were lucky to have access to the…

Cycling up the Alpe d’Huez

If you’ve watched highlights of the Tour de France, the mountain stages in the French Alps are always where the the battles are lost and won. Nicole and I have just spent a month on honeymoon in France, and on our way back to Paris from the Riviera, I jumped at the opportunity to climb…