Thoughts

The key to starting a successful business in South Africa – shared

Normally I spend Mondays investigating some of the things I’ve thought about over the weekend – work and personally related.  This last Monday I did a few searches for what I was looking for and sent off some email inquiries and made a few phone calls. They ranged from looking at internal microblogging platforms which…

Why it’s sad that people think Avatar is such a great film

I went to watch Avatar in 3D last night. It’s a pretty long movie, and the sensory experience is unlike anything I’ve experienced before.  It had my brain working so intensely that I couldn’t fall asleep until 3am this morning.  The 3D affects are brilliant, and I can’t wait for the day ordinary television is…

My Stock Picks of 2010

Through the unsettling times of the credit crunch, huge opportunities opened up on the local stock market.  The problem was that most investors were so burned by the downturn that that wouldn’t consider getting back in after March 2009. But before most could clear their eyes, the JSE was up 26%, mostly influenced by net…

2009 – The Year of the Pretender | The Salesman

The year started out with sleepless nights. Not due to worry, but rather, excessive heat.  Having moved back to Johannesburg after 7 strong years in Pretoria, I took residence in what used to be the garage at my parents’ house.  Bloody hot. Mosquitoes. Hadedas from 4am. This frustration was tempered with the value of returning…

South Africa does not have a skills shortage – It doesnt know how to manage those skills!

Having spent the year working on and in my and Dave’s startups, Penguin Tutoring, Silver Apple and Webmarketing – and now leaving them to take on a brilliant position in SA’s leading Bank, I have a few insights to share with fellow South African startups. We hear that there is a shortage of skills in…

Thoughts on Joost

Think Joost, and think back over those memorable rugby moments that come to mind.  A number of Rugby World Cups. 2nd most capped rugby player in SA. Try saving tackles on Jona Lomu. Playing alongside fellow greats – Andre Joubert, Francois Pienaar, Mark Andrews, Chester Williams. Skipping first lectures at Tuks to watch the Blue…

What is your meaning of winning?

I have just finished reading “Games Foxes Play” which breaks business down into being seen as a game. First it defines the “Rules of the game” and then spends the rest of the book looking at “Playing the game”. It is written by two South African authors, and I was most impressed with it. Based…