Back to the Future

The future is being revised in the archives of movies. Sitting in the tub, Sylvester Stallone & Sandra Bullock place 2 domes over their heads and close their eyes. And then, contact-less intimacy. Crazy in 1993. Completely possible today. The study of the future is like studying ocean currents. You know they are there. Will always be there. You are just not altogether sure of how much of their past [...]

2022-06-09T09:00:18+00:00

The Space Case

Much fanfare has been made about the recent $1Trillion dollar market cap of the Tesla stock. Not only the first automotive company to reach this momentous milestone but even the rate of this achievement speaks to this moment. The past is dead. The future is now. Electric cars are cool. And their impact on the environment (having forced seismic shifts on the incumbents in less than a generation) cannot be [...]

2022-06-08T09:35:44+00:00

Meet Maria: The Future Accountant

The business is strong & the economy is growing. The financials are complete. The client is happy. Accountants in a brief but tense staredown with a Robotic entity at a Fintech conference. Not only this but the financials are done in a tenth of the time at a quarter of the cost. The lead accountant is Maria. Maria is a robotic technology that runs on a DAO protocol built on [...]

2022-06-08T10:42:15+00:00

A robot took my blood

Today, a robot took my blood. The famous words "I'll be back" were made iconic by the Terminator character addressing the young John Connor character in the 1984 movie classic. Now, closer on four decades after that iconic scene was recorded, the world has arrived at tge moment. The robot is smart. The robot is reaching an intelligence that makes it relatable. Almost human. So this week I had to [...]

2022-06-09T09:02:24+00:00

Where is Africa in the Future?

Yesterday I saw the POSSIBILITIES. What would the world look like if robots attended to you at the hospital? What would the world look like if robots manned warehouses? What would the world look like if robots fixed potholes or if autonomous vehicles were moving goods from warehouses to stores? What would the world look like if robots would co-exist with humans: what we call co-bots! What would the world [...]

2022-06-09T09:03:54+00:00

Is Africa ready for Space Exploration?

This week Jeff Bezos will take Blue Origin to the edge of space. Bezos, the founder of Amazon who is colloquially referred to as the most efficient allocator of capital alive todaySpace is $1 Trillion market opportunity according to Bloomberg. Just the other day, Richard Branson took his Virgin Galactic to the edge of space. Since then investment firms have ferociously gone after the space market as an investment opportunity. [...]

2022-06-08T11:09:16+00:00

The Rainbow Nation

My fellow South Africans. South Africa is not perfect. We have our issues. Serious ones at that. We argue. We blame. We take no responsibility. We mask our deeply systemic issues with the glossy paper of winning in the sports ground. Like a hallucinogen drug, the momentary euphoria fools us into thinking that sportsfield stands echoing the tune of Shosholoza mean we are one. We are not. Being a South [...]

2022-06-08T11:10:20+00:00

Leading Through Crisis & Chaos

No matter how experienced or talented, none of us had the template of how to lead through this period of COVID-uncertainty. As soon as lockdowns were announced, our business plans become redundant. Product launches, sales promotions, events & conferences and, even team meetings were canceled. We were all humbled by the realization that we never really had full control of our environment, only influencing how we lead. It's been near-on [...]

2022-06-08T11:12:06+00:00

africaStart-ups vs. SMEs: what is the difference?

There is a big difference between a small business & a start-up. Over the years building MyGrowthFund Venture Partners, I can’t tell you how many entrepreneurs I have come across that don’t understand this … and you must understand this difference if you are looking for growth funding that is patient. Africa’s obsession with small businesses as a solution to chronic levels of unemployment has created this mindset of “starting [...]

2022-06-08T11:13:41+00:00

What you need to know before you raise funding.

I can't tell you how many emails, WhatsApps, DMs, etc. I get asking for advice on how to raise funding. Over 90% of the requests lack a basic understanding of how to raise funding for your start-up. Here is a simple and high-level thread on what you need to know. Not all investors (funders) are the same. You have to understand that most individual investors that "take a punt" on [...]

2022-06-09T09:05:32+00:00

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