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The Sum of Its Parts

The whole might be greater than the sum of its parts, but startups are all about the individual parts.<...> Especially in the early days. I'd like to explain this by telling you the story of Waqas Ali, an entrepreneur whom I've never met in person, but for whom I

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Pressing pause on a startup is the hardest thing I've ever done.

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I Don't Know

Building a business is a journey of learning.<...> Today I'm more convinced of this than ever before. I sometimes find myself almost hiding behind the bravado of making new mistakes, when in actual fact, I'd like to think that my experience as an entrepreneur that has built a successful

Startups For First-Time Entrepeneurs

Some types of products and startups are more likely to succeed.<...> Especially for first-time entrepreneurs. My article last week about what South African tech needs sparked a lot of attention (with even the slightly more mainstream media picking up on it) as I proposed an alternative perspective for South

What South African Tech Needs

And it's probably not Bitcoin.<...> In the last couple of years, startups - especially within the tech sector - have (finally) been given a bit more time in the spotlight. I'd say that this has mostly coincided with endeavours like Silicon Cape and the passion of a handful of

Founder (Il)logic

Because there is no pattern.<...> I can (should?) only speak for myself here in saying that the biggest parts of my life - as an entrepreneur and founder - resembles very little logic and a scattered pattern of decisions, ups, downs, successes, failures and things in-between. This frustrates me

The 5 Characteristics of Bootstrapping

Bootstrapping is probably not what you think it is and definitely not what the mainstream makes it out to be.<...> As an entrepreneur, I've only ever known one way to build a business: bootstrapping. That's probably for better or worse. Back in 2007 when I built the first WooThemes

The Real Risk

Are you avoiding failure or pursuing success?<...> I've learnt a lot in the past year and I'm probably spot-on in my perception that I learnt more in the last year of my life, than I did in the 5 or 6 years prior to that. This applies especially as

Shit Entrepreneurs Say

Google any business advice and you'll find contradiction.<...> They'll say don't raise funding and avoid the (current) bubble. Or that there's no way to build a million / billion dollar business by bootstrapping. They also say test and validate your ideas, because you really don't want to waste time or