Who thinks the world is doomed?

Who thinks we’re doomed? Who thinks its game over, insert coin?Not me.The Internet will save the world. Why?People don’t make bad decisions because they’re stupid. They make bad decisions because they don’t have access to all the information information.People don’t do bad things because they’re evil. They do bad things because they think they can…

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Excerpt from Tshwane Mayor’s State of Capital speech

This is awesome for South Africa…“Madam Speaker, we are a society of unequal opportunities on many fronts, often contributing to the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor. In the current digital economy, a lack of access to internet connectivity denies the poorest in our society the requisite opportunities to access basic knowledge…

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Smartphones are like US cars in the 70’s

Every time I reopen an app it refreshes. Every minute brings another push notification. Every software update is over 1GB.It’s like the designers of smartphones live in a land where data is uncapped and free for all.Oh wait, they do. Which is why there is complete disregard for data efficiency.I guess it’s like the US…

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The mobile Web is killing gatekeepers

Newspaper paywalls don’t work because you can Google the article and go directly to the source.Advertising on the mobile Web doesn’t work because the phone screen is too small to fit in 30 banners selling everything from online poker to insurance.The Internet is taking us down a road where the gatekeepers are being made redundant….

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Why free Wi-Fi is more important than cheap Wi-Fi

When I ran Mxit I saw how it changed peoples lives. The brainchild of some Stellenbosch techies allowed youngsters in the Cape Flats to connect with a world of which they could only dream before. Jobs, education and mostly importantly, social networks were created overnight thanks to cheap messaging that worked on all phones, regardless…

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4 tips before starting a business

1. If you don’t know how you’re going to make money from day one, you will fail 2. If you don’t have enough savings to last six months without a salary, you will fail 3. If you are not willing to risk asking family and friends for money to start your venture, you will failOf course, this is…

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How to make money using premium-rated SMS

Many people ask me how to make money via premium rated SMS. To save further repetitions, here is a summary…Since 2002, in South Africa (and most African countries), the mobile operators developed the WASP model (Wireless Application Service Provider) whereby a company can register as a WASP and apply for premium rated codes for SMS,…

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7 lessons for CEOs from @bhorowitz book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

When raising money, look for a market of one. You only need one investor to say yes, so it’s best to ignore the other thirty that say no. If you’re going to eat shit don’t nibble. Give bad news or take pain all in one go rather than drag out over months. Figuring out the…

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Accelerating Internet access in Africa…

If bandwidth is like water, then Africa is a desert with Perrier vending machines everywhere. If you have money, you’re fine. If you don’t have money, you’re dying of thirst.Although over 70% of Africans have a mobile phone, and over 90% are covered by mobile networks, less than 10% use the Internet.Which means most Africans…

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2014: The year of going sideways (again)

They say when you are happy you can hear the music. When you’re sad you hear the lyrics.It feels like I’ve been hearing the music and the lyrics in the past few weeks.I could especially hear the words to every song on the day Madiba died.2013 was a confusing year for many people, including me….

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Why Wi-Fi is ideal for low income communities

Some people are asking is Wi-Fi the best technology for the masses in Africa to access the Internet. Here are 3 reasons:1.             Network equipmentThe disintegration of Motorola resulted in the world’s best radio engineers breaking off and starting their own companies, Ubiquiti being chief amongst these. The result, 5 years later, is a paradigm shift in…

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The secret to taking risk

Taking risk is partly a matter of mind-over-matter, but mostly about environment. It’s more about being in a position to take risk than having the willpower to do so.The following factors create the environment for risk-taking:Financial risk Marry rich Professional qualification to fall back on Savings Wealthy parents (that love you) Low personal overheads (the…

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