Thoughts

How to make a million bucks in South Africa

Having worked for the last three years alongside some of the smartest and wealthiest people in the country through my time on the RMB Class Of programme, I’ve come to realise that it’s rather easy to become wealthy. It takes just two simple ingredients – patience and discipline. There’s no need to think up the…

My take on the bank with the lowest fees

I have a gripe about all the chatter regarding the bank with the lowest fees. Say, hypothetically, that you’ve been diagnosed with a severe but benign tumour in a part of your body that’s difficult to operate on – let’s say, in your brain. Which surgeon are you going to pick to perform your operation…

The difference between working for a corporate and getting a job at a corporate

The landscape of the working world is most interesting. For every industry, the value chain consists of a vast array of one man bands, small start-ups, SMMEs, large corporates, multinationals and in cases, large institutions. For each of these, there  is a spread of people, talent and the way business gets done. The entrepreneur in…

Living a dog’s life

I’ve been thinking a little about the luxury that we have in being able to plan for the future. The ability to fill out our little Google calendars with plans for dinner, seeing friends, participating in sports events and going on holidays. Some people cross days off the calendar on their desk in anticipation of…

People: More fragile than initially thought

Speaking from my perspective, when I drive around the city, my contact with the poor is mostly through beggars at the robot. My contact with less privileged people is mostly through contact with my domestic worker and gardener. I don’t know if I am fortunate or unfortunate to work indoors, only coming into contact with…

The virtue of consistency

“One. Two. Three.” What comes next? “Four,” I hear you say? But what about Three, because the best predictor of tomorrow is today. Or perhaps it is Two, where we average out the past and take the view of the mean? Or is it One? Because as much as things change, they tend to always…

2010 – The year of…

Every year we say how the “year has just flown.”  But every year it does, even more so than the year prior. I’m still amazed that it is just a few short days to Christmas, and haven’t really given too much thought processing the happenings of 2010. Here’s some of what was significant for me…

Housemate | Playmate required

Guys and gals, I’m looking for a new roomie for 2011. The playmate from 2010 has had to leave the mansion and I’m taking applications for those looking to stay over from January 2011 for at least the next year. I live in a very secure complex in Dennis Road, Atholl. It’s a huge 3…

Who is your business backing as its intellectual venture capital?

The buzz words around the entrepreneurial space are “venture capital” and “private equity”. It’s every startup’s dream to have an investor put funding towards their new idea, or recently launched venture. The money provided sees ideas take flight, the original inventors or entrepreneurs successful, and the PE or VC business making a killing. I’ve been…

Where do astronauts hang out?

Think he’s running a “tab”? Or when his friends arrive he’ll start “shifting” it?