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  • 5 things startups can learn from bodybuilding champion Phil Heath

    Phil Heath is the current face of professional super heavyweight bodybuilding. A two-time, back-to-back Mr. Olympia, Heath has pushed the limits of the human physique to its extreme. It takes a special type of drive, some would say "crazy", to make it in the sport of bodybuilding. Heath embodies this drive as well as the unrelenting spirit found in many an entrepreneur taking on the challenges of building a business from scratch. Whether you're sculpting a physique, or crafting a business, the lessons learned on the way to success are often similar. The pivot: if it does come, embrace it Heath once...

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    Explore Data Science Academy, Alphacode seeks aspiring SA fintech entrepreneurs

    Do you have an idea that could make you South Africa’s most successful fintech entrepreneur? Are you looking to acquire the skills to launch a data-driven fintech business? Then Explore 10X is looking for you. The Explore Data Science Academy (Edsa) and Rand Merchant Investments (RMI) fintech division, AlphaCode, have announced a 12-month data science and business skills programme for 20 aspirant South African future fintech entrepreneurs. Successful candidates will go through an intensive six-month data science-training programme, where they will learn how to design a 10X business along with the core digital skills needed to build a fintech organisation. This...

  • Entrepreneurs Bootcamp launches with free online courses for entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is a collection of nine free courses covering different aspects of entrepreneurship, designed by leading South African entrepreneurs. It's all kinds of brilliant and well worth a look. The project was designed for the Cape Town branch of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) by online education company GetSmarter, with sponsorship from Van Schaik Publishers. The courses on offer include “Identifying opportunities”, “The legal environment”, “Effective marketing” and “Management and growth”. According to Sam Paddock, Managing Director at GetSmarter, “These 9 courses have been designed specifically for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. We’ve recorded over 90 video interviews with some of...

  • 5 clever growth hacking techniques to inspire your startup

    "The growth hacker is the new VP of Marketing. Growth hackers are a hybrid of marketer and coder, one who looks at the traditional question of ‘How do I get customers for my product’ and answers with A/B tests, landing pages, viral factor, email deliverability, and Open Graph. On top of this, they layer the discipline of direct marketing, with its emphasis on quantitative measurement, scenario modelling via spreadsheets, and a lot of database queries. If a startup is a pre-product/market fit, growth hackers can make sure virality is embedded at the core of a product. After product/market fit,...

  • What shutting down my business taught me about running one

    This article is for you. So you can learn from my mistakes and go on to make some of your very own. My sense is that if we can start to share our business mistakes without fear, we can learn faster, fail with more flair, and generally get better at running businesses, managing people and making a difference. I shut down my PR agency in November last year. It’s taken some time to get my ego out of way so that I could unravel exactly where I went wrong. So here, just for you, at the six-months-after-shutdown mark are...

  • Hot SA tech startups from towns and rural communities head to the UK

    We recently introduced you to 18 entrepreneurs hand-picked by BT Global Services and MEDO from towns, townships and rural communities across South Africa. The group competed to secure their place on a trade visit to the United Kingdom in April later this year. The selected entrepreneurs will spend a week in the UK participating in training programmes, networking events and business and investor pitches. After a final pitching session to top level executives, we now know who made the cut. According to Judi Sandrock, CEO of MEDO says that although all the teams were well prepared and delivered business pitches...

  • China’s startup scene needs more Angel investors says tech mogul Lei Jun

    Lei Jun wears many hats -- he’s Xiaomi CEO, the board chair at Kingsoft and an Angel investor -- and is one of the most respected figures in China’s tech industry. As one of the wildly successful Xiaomi co-founders, he’s also someone worth listening to when it comes to China’s startup scene. In a recent interview, the Beijing News asked him what he thought the differences were between Silicon Valley and China. Here’s what he said: The biggest difference in the startup environment between and the US is that China doesn’t have enough Angel investors, and there is...

  • CitiDoc: an exciting platform for doctors, now they just need to use it

    Choosing a healthcare provider can be a tough call. It is always advised to learn about a doctor first before jumping into this, the most delicate of relationships. The main port of call for many a would-be-patient is going on the recommendation of an already trusted doctor or a friend (of a friend) - after all, everyone always has the best doctor or specialist that you "just have to see, no really, he's excellent". Subsequently, the last route people generally seek out is medical directories or ratings sites, especially in less internet-prevalent places such as South Africa, where I would argue that traditional directories...

  • Why (almost) every startup should be working from home

    Marissa Mayer may have decided that working from home doesn’t work anymore for Yahoo, but that doesn’t mean that working from home isn’t the best option out there for some tech companies. And for startups it seems like a no-brainer. Here’s why: No rent, no utilities. This is big, obvious reason that everyone should already know: if your team works from home, you don’t have to rent office space or pay for anything like heat, internet connections, electricity, phone lines, or anything else like that. There’s a big expense that just vanished from your budget. Poof! Good home workers are self-starters,...

  • 2go and iROKING partner to bring Nigerian music to millions

    Nigerian music service iROKING is partnering with South African-born instant messenger and social network 2go to bring free Nigerian music downloads from the likes of Timaya, Flavour and Burna Boy to the more than 9 million active 2go users across Nigeria. 2go, a service who's popularity rivals that of Facebook in Nigeria, becomes the second South African startup iROKING has partnered with in recent times. In late 2012, iROKING joined forces with traveller information company, GoMetro to bring its music catalogue to South African commuters. The mobi site, built by iROKING, will deliver Afrobeats tunes to 2go users....

  • Put that Schadenfreude on hold, Silicon Valley is still king

    Silicon Valley reported 226 private company acquisitions in 2012, well ahead of New York with 100 deals, and leagues ahead of any other US tech hub, reports PrivCo, which tracks such deals. The Silicon Valley region, including the wider San Francisco Bay Area, recorded 226 private company sales in 2012, next was New York with a surprising 100 deals, which ousted Boston and its 62 deals, LA had 55, and Seattle's 43 narrowly beat Austin's 40 deals and Washington D.C.'s 39. Silicon Valley companies dominated as the top acquirers in 2012 with Facebook tied with Google at 16 deals, Twitter...

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