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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

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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

Getting Dirty

Sometimes the end justifies the means.<...> I'm a neat freak. At least when it comes to my work. My workspace is generally tidy. My digital stuff is structured, organized and efficient. I'm obsessive about keeping clean inboxes and to do lists. And that list goes on. All of this

Achieving Fulfillment

How do you achieve fulfillment?<...> I was recently part of a conversation about the pursuit of fulfillment. And especially, how fulfillment is very different to achievement. The latter being something that is easier to gain and recognize; mostly because it's something that can be checked off a list somewhere