Social Capitalism

Social buying, social reading, social TV, social music. Everywhere you go, every magazine you open, every link you click, “Social” is the wave of the future.I read this morning that Mark Zuckerberg is the billionaire with the greatest increase in wealth in the past year. $11billion, no doubt due to the streaking success of Facebook…Facebook…

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The USA riots

Why haven’t we seen riots in the USA similar to what happened in the UK? First, the police in the States are not to be messed with. They have serious guns, serious insecurities, and serious powers to put you in prison should you so much as roll your eyeballs. Second, the USA hasn’t started austerity…

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The importance of risking everything

To me, an entrepreneur is anyone who risks everything to follow his or her passion. Period. The key ingredient is “Risk everything.” All in, no going back, no plan B, sell your house if it doesn’t work. This is not easy. This single element – EVERYTHING – separates the entrepreneurs from the business owners. (Starting…

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Crazy days…

Sweetbabyjesus. Things are crazy out there at the moment. The USA is chasing Zimbabwe’s credit rating. London Bridge is burning down. Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy are bust. Nutty Norwegians are shooting kids. That paragon of sanity, Gaddafi, is surviving the full onslaught of NATO’s army whilst calmly trying out frocks for his victory…

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The future of data and social networks

Will voice traffic one day peak? Just as gas-guzzlers regularly panic over “peak-oil” theory, there are those that panic that the market for voice traffic will one day be saturated. There are only so many people in the world, and there are only so many hours in a day.“Peak-voice” theory is not only plausible, it…

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The most important thing in life

Loyalty. A simple word. And yet one of the most complicated concepts in our world… What is loyalty? It is having your partner’s back. Always. It is going into battle knowing that the man on your right and the man on your left are with you. You can move forward without fear of being stabbed…

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The tyranny of mediocrity

Mediocrity is the cousin of relativism. “We’re not the fastest, but we’re not the slowest.” “We don’t have the best service, but we’re better than most.” “We’re not the market leaders, but at least we’re not last.” “I’m not the best dad in the world, but I’m not the worst.” Relativism is the crutch that…

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Twitter frees broadcasters

I’m not from the media industry. But I’ve come to learn that, in the jargon of the experts, a broadcaster is in fact not the network distributing the news. It is the person with the news.For example, NBC is not a broadcaster, it is simply a channel. Conan O-Brien is a broadcaster.The difference has only…

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Keep your eye on the ball

Did you watch the Proteas snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday? For the umpteenth time, our national cricket side has caved in when victory seemed assured. Why? Most of the commentators seem to be blaming mental weakness and a tendency to “choke” in high-pressure situations. As tempting as it is to blame weak…

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The next bubble?

1 February 2011 The next bubble Winston Churchill once said: “If there is one thing we can learn from history, it is that we do not learn from history.” Truer words are rare. Lets cast our minds back to 1996. The Internet was in its infancy, shrugged off as a passing fad. Then came the…

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If, by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being…

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A dummy’s guide to interconnect rates

25 April 2010The regulation of mobile phone operators can be used as a case study of how strong network bonds can be broken. First, some definitions: On-net: Calls within the same network (Vodacom customer to Vodacom customer) On-net rate: The rate charged to customers for On-net calls Off-net: Calls between networks (Vodacom customer to MTN…

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