I am posting this because I want to unglorify what real entrepreneurship is usually really about. In our global SME Movement initiative we have come across thousands of entrepreneurs and startups across some 83 countries (a report on our insights about what we learned from this will be out soon). Often entrepreneurs – understandably so […]
As part of the trip we are currently doing around research about the SME support ecosystem around the world, I am gaining some very interesting insights about successful business people vs slightly less successful ones. I didn’t set out the trip to get these kind of insights, but as I am sitting here in a […]
Bridging the financing gap in the innovation space: notes from my panel discussion at the #AfricanInnovationSummit2018 (#AIS2018) Innovators are essentially fucked (a technical term that entrepreneurs use when stuck between the oven and the frying pan). Almost everyone wants to support them, yet very few are prepared to fund them. The investments required are often […]
At the speed at which 2018 is disappearing, it is a good time to remind oneselves to take stock of what one has achieved and also stop, look up and decide if you are going the right direction. As the saying goes, entrepreneurship is just as much about deciding what to do as it is […]
Here’s my gripe with growing the economy. Tackling unemployment by giving young people experience in large companies is certainly important, but the truth is that business aim is to always hire fewer people rather than more. No self respecting entrepreneur wants to have as much staff as possible. What we need is more business opportunities […]
Trump, Brexit, LaPen, Corruption in SA. Fears of foreigners. Money, scams and fake news. Presidents who lie (more than usual). Violence in schools. Healthcare for the privileged few. Gender and poverty gaps. Pressure and deadlines. Materialism. Paying bills at the end of the month. Addicted to our phones. We live in exciting times. There is […]
Here’s a little article I wrote today based on our lessons from Zebras Crossing to help other lodge owners, hoteliers, bed&breakfast entrepreneurs and AirB&B operators in the quest to grow their businesses and become sustainable. Hope it helps.