Apple’s smallest mistake

I notice the iPhone5 charger has a new connector… Well done guys. You’re officially on the Nokia path.I remember the 90’s. Mustard jeans. U2. Everyone had a Nokia. And one of the reasons that everyone stayed with Nokia (other than user experience), was the fact that you knew you could charge your phone anywhere. Everyone…

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Tech is like T20

The Proteas didn’t cover themselves in glory in this T20 World Cup. But they didn’t choke. They simply got strategy wrong.Normally batsmen and bowlers are the scarce resources. In T20 time is the scarce resource. You have to pack in your best batsmen and bowlers early on… no point in leaving ammunition in the bag,…

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What exactly is a smartphone?

I’m a tad tired of the catchall phrase “smartphone”. There is no way all Androids and Blackberries can be classified as smartphones, and yet everything gets lumped together for the purposes of stats.Luckily, I bumped in Jaco Loubser recently and he gave me a definition I buy:1.         A touch screenNo touch screen = feature phone.2.        …

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Anonymous social networks may be a solution to racism

Do we judge based upon skin colour? Are we judging form or substance? Do we ignore what a person looks like before judging him?Of course we do! The term “Don’t judge a book by its cover” would not exist unless humans ALWAYS judge a book by its cover.Our brain sizes people up within seconds. Its…

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Dont take anything personally

(This is an extract from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz)Taking things personally is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the  assumption that everything is about “me”. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind and their own world.A world created by the agreements they have made with themselves.Whatever…

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The importance of not panicking

I recently had a minor travel disaster. Flying back from Colombia, I had been booked via New York to Joburg. As I was checking in at Bogota airport the attendant asked me for my USA visa.Me: “I don’t have one, but not to worry, I’m not leaving JFK, I’m connecting to SA.”She looked at me…

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The 3 kinds of risk

There are three kinds of risk, in order from least to most importance:1. FinancialThe risk of losing money is a biggie. It’s a serious motivator. Especially when you have a family. Taking financial risk separates the entrepreneurs from the “business owners.” But, in spite of the unpleasantness of losing money, you can make it back…

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Hold tight, the shaking is almost finished

From 2001 to 2007, times were good. Plenty of monkeys climbed into the tree.For the past 4 years, since early 2008, someone has been shaking the tree. And the monkeys have been falling out.If you, like me, happen to be one of the monkeys miraculously still in the tree, take heart! The tree can’t shake…

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If a tree falls in a forest but no one witnesses it, does it make a sound?

I’ve always struggled with this question. My rational brain is unequivocal, “Of course it makes a sound.” Substance over form.But I have a nagging doubt in the back of my mind that the question wouldn’t exist if the answer was so obvious.I’ve recently opened my eyes to the truth. The answer is, “No.”No witness, no…

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What motivates people to perform?

Tricky question. I’ve tried a few tactics, all of which play to emotions.Fear. Very effective for speed, not so effective for innovation. How do you create fear? Easy: Anger. Shouting. Swearing. Ruthlessness. Heartlessness. Ultimately though, with the right kind of leader, fear turns to respect and the system hums. But. Innovation can’t happen because the…

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Tech start-ups are like yachts

Some businesses can be compared to the 100m dash. Few variables, the course is completely predictable, and at the end of the day the strongest/fastest man wins.Tech start-ups are more like yachts in a sailing race. Many variables, the conditions are unpredictable, and unlike the 100m dash, you can make strategic choices.Sailing gives you the…

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Advertising revenue models

An advertising revenue model creates an incentive to monetise your user’s personal data. People have a high tolerance for others messing with their privacy, but one day the people will snap. It’s like the frog in boiling water. All happy, smiley faces, then POW!Green blood everywhere.

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