service Org Dev
Business Leadership Strategy

Reinventing Organizations through Holacracy

This new organisational structure – Holacracy – is challenging the status quo amongst many companies. Old bureaucracy is being replaced in organisations like Stirman’s organisation, Medium (owned by Twitter) and Zappos, a shoe retailer who now embrace Holacracy as their new working style. It offers companies a different approach to including individuals and empowering staff to be an integral part of the organisation. What is it Holocracy? Holacracy was developed by Brian Robertson, a software engineer, in 2007. Robertson wanted…

recession and risk
Business

Recession and Managing Risk Today.

Recession is on the lips of economists, politicians and investors both globally and in South Africa. So we need to be bold and start asking ourselves the questions: “What if things were really bad?” “What if your optimism is not justified?” “What if you lose the capacity to fund your positions?” “What if they are right and there is a terrible recession looming?” Risk Risks are at the core of judgement and the world is relatively uncertain making it difficult…

Creative-Thinking
Business Leadership

Become an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur

Investors are the people who provide a business with the finance it needs and Entrepreneurs are the people who take the initiative to turn an idea into a business using their own capital or that of investors. So what is the difference between investors and entrepreneurs? Both of them are known to be risk takers. Both of them impact our economy by making the business sector boom. They definitely overlap in some aspects, but what if you could merge the…

property crowd-funding
Business

Crowdfunding re-inventing property

Is Real Estate crowdfunding re-inventing the S.A. property game? Crowd-sourcing businesses are revolutionizing many industries, from taxis, to technology, to non-profits. Trends indicate that real estate could be the next industry to experience the massive effects of the crowd. Real estate crowdfunding is indeed en vogue. The number of platforms is growing and the industry is expected to raise over $2.5 billion this year, according to the latest figures from the firm Massolution. Only three years ago, in March 2012…

guide-to-government-funding
Business

Goverment Funding for Businesses in SA – 2015

According to Stats SA’s employment data for 2014, labour market conditions in South Africa improved following the economic crisis, with the total number of employed persons increasing between 2008 and 2014 – from 14.6 million to 15.1 million. Government’s New Growth Path is targeting 5 million new jobs by 2020, while it also aims to reduce the unemployment rate from 27% in 2011 to 6% by 2030 by creating 11 million new jobs. South Africa needs over 49,000 scalable Small…

venture capital
Business Finance

The Venture Capital Ecosystem in South Africa

What is Venture Capital? Venture Capital is a type of private equity funding provided by outside investors into early-stage, high-potential, often high-risk ventures in return for above-average returns. The Venture Capital Fund makes money by owning equity in the companies it invests in, which often have a new technology or business model in high-tech industries. Venture capital is attractive for new companies with limited operating history, that are too small to raise capital in the public markets and have not…

Investors
Business Finance Strategy

Angel Investors – Only a click away

  Entrepreneurs can now turn to online angel networks to secure funding for their  businesses. Unlike banks or other financial institutions, angel investors are willing to take a chance and invest smaller amounts of money in high-risk businesses, with the hopes of gaining high returns, within a five to ten year period. These wealthy entrepreneurs use their own capital to finance projects that they believe will be profitable, or where they can use their talent and skill to mentor new…

Mergers are all about people
Business

Relationships – The driving force during a successful MERGER OR ACQUISITION

Mergers and Acquisitions in 2015 Mergers and Acquisitions “M&A” can be instrumental to growth strategies for most businesses . I’ve been increasingly receiving questions from new entrepreneurs and companies as they investigate combining their products and services with those of established companies, or even other start-ups. In reality, whether two companies merge together, or one is taken over by another, the surviving company and its employees undergo huge change, and it is how this change is managed, which ultimately determines…

telematics
Business

The future of telematics: innovations and opportunities.

Telematics is a technology which has transformed the fleet management business. In the near future, telematics will revolutionise the automobile industry. Emad Isaac, CTO of LoJack, worldwide provider of tracking and recovery systems, defines telematics as the “collection, aggregation and storage of pertinent data that can be digested locally, or post-processed remotely”. While this definition suggests a universally applicable technology, the term is usually associated with the vehicle market. GPS navigation, integrated hands-free mobile phones, automated emergency notification for vehicles…

trust
Business

Trust : the new currency for business

In this fast paced world brimming with innovative technology and new ideas, what lies beneath the surface of a winning business? Over the years I have established that in this vast ocean of business strategies, relationships are the driving currents responsible for creating success. Relationships cultivated from rapport and trust. The kind that inspire others to refer your services, recommend you as a leader or simply take action and buy your products. Amongst this sea of competition one product sounds…