How to survive the Vortex of Destiny

Every entrepreneur goes through tough times.Me too.I used to call it the Vortex of Death until it occurred to me that the language didn’t inspire optimism, so I rebranded to Vortex of Destiny.It all starts so excitingly! The dream is big, the energy is high, the people are with me, how can I fail when…

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Win the crowd and you win your freedom

One day I started my own business. Along the way I realized I needed more money if I were to go to the next level.So I diluted.A year later I realized I need more money if I were to go to next level, again.So I diluted.Of course, the dilutions led me to toying with the idea…

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There are 3 kinds of secrets

1.         A secret that affects no one. Like picking your nose.2.         A secret that affects other people but does not hurt them unless the secret is revealed. Like the name of a rape victim.3.         A secret that affects other people and hurts them…

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The key to success

What’s the difference between countries that prosper and those that flounder? What’s the difference between Mexico and USA? Or North Korea vs South Korea? Or Germany vs Ukraine? Countries are made up of people. If there is no human population then it’s not a country. So it’s the people that are the key. How do…

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The reason communism became popular

It must have been a cellphone network. Or in those days whatever was as integral to every day life. Lets call it the post office. The post office was operated by the private sector. It all started so well and then one day mail started going missing, was delivered late, or was simply not available…

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Small companies will win

Without fail, big companies become bureaucratic and cumbersome beasts. There are no exceptions. Even Google has gone down this path. My knee-jerk was to blame the leadership. The company is a reflection of its leader; therefore a bureaucratic company means the CEO is a bureaucrat. And then I read Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields. Turns out…

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Why is anonymity important in Africa?

10 April 2012 I used to be against anonymity. When I read the forums and comments sections on sites like Moneyweb and MyAdsl my knee-jerk reaction was: “Online anonymity should be banned. It provides a cover for racists, misfits and angry people.” What’s wrong with using your real identity? What are you afraid of? If…

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The tyranny of passwords

17 February 2012 How many passwords do you have? No, wait. Let me guess. TOO MANY. Why? Because every company in the world has their own password rules. At least 11 characters. At least one special character. At least one capital letter. At least one numeric. Faaaaaaaaark! Take online banking for example. I experience deep…

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The importance of form over substance

8 February 2012I did Company Law 101 at varsity, and I recall the over-arching principle being, “Substance over form.” In essence, this means the law is based upon actions not words.“I did not kill him,” is not a defence in itself. Especially if there is physical evidence that you did kill him.On the other hand,…

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The secret to harnessing your magic

6 February 2012Do yourself a favour and read the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It’s a story about a woods-guide who is tasked with a quest to save the world. He accepts out of a sense of responsibility, but feels wholly inadequate and is convinced he’s the wrong man for the job. Throughout…

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Prepaid airtime is like sugar

31 January 2012 Africa has been freed from its shackles by the advent of prepaid airtime. Prepaid triggered the mass adoption of mobile phones on the continent, which in turn filled the communications vacuum that has existed since the beginning of time. Africa missed the printing press, the wireless telegraph, the fixed line phone, and…

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Mobile phones & food in Africa

30 January 2012I’ve recently read Poor Economics, a great study of the poor in developing countries. One of the interesting observations was that if you give the poorest of the poor an extra $1 per day, they only spend 40c on additional food. The remaining 60c goes towards entertainment.Turns out being poor is boring.And the…

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