The Disruptors: Who are you upsetting?

- Banks are becoming ICT & Innovation companies (FNB Innovation Champion); - ICT companies are producing self-drive cars (Elon Musk's Tesla); - Cellphone companies are now producing watches and TVs; (iWatch, iTV) - Website companies are now selling more books than traditional bricks and mortar bookstores (Amazon); and - Now a medical aid insurer is…

The Disruptors: Disrupt or be disrupted

Embracing innovation has always been a hallmark of entrepreneur's careers. Whether creating the market for royalty-free digital photography or trying to get major record labels to adopts new digital distribution strategies, entrepreneurs always look toward disruption as a positive force. Instead of learning one way to do business, then settling into complacence, entrepreneurs actively sought…

Thinking that matters

To think big is to know what we stand for and let it guide us in everything we do; to maintain our integrity in the face of a world filled with slack thinking, lazy habits, and flexible principles; to imagine the possibilities of the world and go out and do them; build a business, green the…

Small is the New BIG: Everyone is not your customer

One of the great misconceptions of entrepreneurship is that your marketing materials should appeal to the largest number of people so you get maximum exposure. That way “it's just a numbers game.” That's a misconception brought on by the industrial mindset that big industries use. What really works today is to “drill down” and find out…

Small is the New BIG: Get Small and Think Big

Big meant power and profit and growth. Big meant control over supply and control over markets. There was a good reason for this. Value was added in ways that suited big organisations. Value was added with efficient manufacturing, widespread distribution and very large R&D staffs. Value came from hundreds of operators standing by and from nine-figure TV…

The Writer Files: Ntokozo Mpho Ndlovu

The Writer Files is an online interview I conduct with various writers about their books and their writing styles. It is a form of getting to know the writer, his writing style and to tell his/her story. The Writer Files will be featured on my blog (rochemamabolo.wordpress.com) once a week featuring various writers. ABOUT THE…

No elections needed

A quick look at just about any news source covering business and the economy in the country, you are likely to be either frightened or depressed. Seems like everyone is corrupt, bankers are crooks. What are these people thinking? Is capitalism doomed? Me, I'm betting on small companies. Small companies are where the people doing…

For The Love of Creativity and Art: Olé to you

Centuries ago in the deserts of North Africa, people used to gather for these moonlight dances of sacred dance and music that would go on for hours and hours, until dawn. They were always magnificent, because the dancers were professionals and they were terrific. But every once in a while, very rarely, something would happen, and one of these…