3 valuable tips to grow your business using LinkedIn

LinkedIn Chocolates I met Richard Schagen during a mountain bike ride the other day. Richard is an independent businessman who runs his own business called Assessed Threat Solutions providing protection and assessed threat solutions. After hearing what I do, Richard told me that he started using LinkedIn and other social media platforms to look for new business opportunities, and he asked me for some advice. The advice I offered prompted me to write this article. Here are three tips to connect with and influence ...

Future Trends

Consumer collaboration can help bridge the consumer chasm

Bridging Chasm Businesses have distanced themselves from people. By using marketing tactics to target consumers they have forgotten about the human being. A lexicon of military terminology is used to “target” consumers: positioning/barriers to entry/guerrilla/warfare, and the same brands expect love in return. At the same time, social media is intended to bridge the chasm between a brand and its audience, but ends up retarding authentic interaction. By compartmentalising consumers into segments that are contained and manageable, brands are essentially putting people in ...


Is the Kalahari, Takealot merger really in everyone’s best interests?

takahari-logo Early on Tuesday news emerged that two of South Africa’s ecommerce giants, Takealot and Kalahari, would be joining forces. But just how good is the deal for ecommerce in South Africa. Until now, the Tiger Global-backed Takealot and Naspers-owned Kalahari have probably been the fiercest rivals in the South African retail ecommerce space. Speak to people who buy online regularly and they’ll give you myriad reasons for choosing one over the other, ranging from delivery times to customer service and even ...


Live performance streaming site SkyRoomLive boasts 1000% user growth within first year

SkyRoomLive-logo South Africa's music industry could do with some innovation. Heck, the global scene is begging for it. Ever since the digital revolution, a mixture of piracy and the prominence of iTunes, Spotify and perhaps Amazon, crops of talented artists are struggling to make ends meet. One initiative that's looking to change this is SkyRoomLive -- a live performance streaming site from South Africa, which has been showing some really impressive growth recently. In partnership with Virgin Mobile South Africa, SkyRoomLive claims ...

Video, Viral videos

Two kangaroos boxing in Australian suburbs is classically stereotypical [video]

kangaroo boxing It can't get more Australian than this. On a quiet day on the Central Coast in New South Wales two Kangaroos settled a score on the street, and a human lurking by captured them on video. It is not clear what the gripe is between the two kangaroos and they did not bother to explain themselves either. Perhaps it's about street cred? The video comes without subtitles but we can easily imagine one of them saying: “I float like a butterfly ...


Paris Motor Show roundup: 9 cars that stole our hearts

Lambo-Asterion-rear-650x350 The Mondial de l'Automobile, as its officially known to journalists or local folk, is one of the world's major automotive exhibitions and usually the venue where car makers garner inspiration to show off their latest lavish creations. From hypercars, to plug-in hybrids, to cabriolets and station wagons, there were cars for every corner of the globe and for every prospective buyer.


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review: true detective

AstronautsGame-Win64-Shipping-2014-10-01-14-51-23-82 “This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand.” These are the opening words of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (TVEC) and they should not be taken lightly. Enter a beautiful but strange world and unearth a twisted conspiracy that takes place in the fictional town of Red Creek Valley. TVEC is a title that was produced by The Astronauts, a small independent game company from Warsaw, Poland. But once you enter its brilliantly constructed world you ...

Africa, Twitter

Kenyan Twitter from A to Z: everything you need to know about ‘Kitter’

social media channels Last year the newly launched Nendo Ventures release its report on the Kenyan social media landscape. The report highlighted 15 key trends that is shaping and informing the Kenyan social media landscape. It also provided some insights into how Kenyans behave on social and their consumption patterns. The team is now taking a step further with its latest report unpacking Kenyan Twitter (Kitter) by alphabetising it. The report -- which has just been released -- is part of a series ...

Mobile apps

5 things you need to get right if you want to take your app global

Globes Putting mobile apps within reach of a global audience is one of the easiest steps companies can take to tap into the market of more than one billion potential online smartphone customers. According to, as of July 2014, Android users could choose from 1.3 million apps available for download, iPhone users 1.2 million, Windows Phone users 240 000 and Blackberry users 130 000. In most countries, English apps are still the most popular with native language apps ranking a ...


3 top tips for inculcating a connected tech startup culture

connect Mind-set, connectedness and government support are everything when it comes to building and sustaining a far reaching tech culture set to breed innovations across the globe. If it is a key imperative for tech businesses to replicate their business models and product innovations on an international scale, some key insights and lessons can be learnt from Israel, dubbed ‘the start-up nation’ who has successfully built an intimate tech culture and community with a far reaching global impact. 1. Connectedness Everyone in the tech ...






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