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The importance of Character

One of the many headlines calling for a presidential change in the weekend newspaper came from the New York Times Editorial, “It’s time for Zuma to step down”. This editorial joined many other voices in this call. Whether you are a detractor or supporter of the beleaguered president, the overarching appears to be that of [...]

What makes a good business idea a great idea?

I am fortunate to be a facilitator in Pitch and Polish, a national competition helping entrepreneurs to better pitch their business. I am somewhat perplexed though, as many of the competitors believe their business idea is scalable and will easily warrant investment. It is not too difficult to come up with an idea, but is […]

Avoiding Costly Mistakes

In South Africa, we have an aversion to making mistakes. We often associate mistakes with failure. Yet valuable mistakes are well-intentioned errors or failures, not ones born of carelessness. We should make mistakes as early in the development process as possible as a means of exploring as many options as possible. And we should make [...]

Focus on what you have when starting a business

I have asked many people what are the difficulties or challenges facing a new start up? It is interesting to note their answers. Many of them appeared to focus on what they didn’t have or what they couldn’t do. For example, “I don’t have the capital to start”; or, “That business is dependent on who [...]

Consider this before starting a business

Last month I received super feedback from the first column. It appears that there is a strong contingent of people who are either already entrepreneurs or those who want to become entrepreneurs. I salute you and offer this quote by Rob Siltanen as encouragement:- “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. […]

5 Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

It is a great privilege to have this platform to share with a considerably larger audience than I have to date. They say that “to a hammer, everything looks like a nail!” I must acknowledge that while I see the world from an entrepreneurial point of view, not everyone is suited to being an entrepreneur. […]

Perseverance

He wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would, “never amount to much”  – Albert Einstein After being cut from his high school basketball team, he went home, locked himself in his room, and cried – Michael Jordan Fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas” – Walt […]

Mistakes that Start-ups make

I have been mulling over what to share, and thought I would share the following 12 mistakes that start-ups make. I would appreciate input; additions and even challenges regarding these oft repeated mistakes. Please take the time to share one thought; story or addition to the topic……”Mistakes that Start-ups make” (use the comments box at […]