Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NetwebTV [episode #2] with Eve Dmochowska

I had a chat with Eve Dmochowska, for NetwebTV, more popularly known as EveD. She is a Web Strategist, author, blogger and the founder of Idea Bank. She also just recently started MyZone, which consolidates your online presence to one website.

Here are some of her views on the importance of not only web presence, but the significance of web strategy, for both companies and individuals.

There's also an audio version on NetwebTV.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

29 page call to action

This past Saturday, I read a book on dominating the world by Chris Guillebeau. What got my attention, among many other concepts, was “recruiting your small army” which could be very significant in these economic times.

A brief guide to world domination is small - 29 page – book loaded with insight. It’s the kind of read I cannot remain the same after. Or even think of returning to mediocrity afterward.

You can keep up with him and his travels around the world here.

A call to action that’s well worth a read, go get it and invade the world. Or a small country.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

R50 000 give away

Times are hard, company budgets have been halved. Even our trusted large corporates expect the same value, with as much service from you as last year, at half the cost. Being a smaller business you feel the pinch more than ever.

Let’s face it distinguishing your company from many others, leaving your potential investor, large client and funder with an idea worth talking about, needs you to be creative. Or remain an expert at what you do and leave the creative bit to people who thrive on it.

For over 10 years, the guys at Missing Link have been working with corporates in delivering the most innovative presentation strategies in the southern hemisphere.

All that creativity, that experience is now being packaged and given to South African SMEs free, as corporate videos, every month at the Netweb Event. Their experience, as a company that pitches for deals and exposure in the corporate world, enables them to deliver great objective driven presentations.

For Missing Link developing the most cutting edge message, in the shortest possible time and helping you leave an unforgettable impression of yourself is just another day at the office. Well not exactly, but you’d have to see their workspace to know why.

When everyone complains about investors not being angels, closing doors and blaming the recession, you can profile your company creatively.

Don’t reinvent the wheel, just write a 2 page company profile (excluding the cover page) clearly stating:

  • Who you are.
  • What problem you are aiming to solve as a business.
  • Why you are the best people to solve such a problem.
  • What you have done to build your lower than 5 year old company.
  • And write a single page cover letter telling us why you are most deserving of the prize.

After spending some time doing all this send it in by email to Then you can go back and reinvent the wheel.

NetwebTV [episode #1] with a superhero

When I first wrote about influential people changing the world below the radar, I had a very vague idea of the talent in South Africa.

We went out to Cerebra and interviewed Mike Stopforth for NetwebTV. The video was removed, so we give you only the interesting bits of the conversation.

Here it is, judge for yourself.

Or you can download and share the audio version here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Startup Africa : Rockstars of note

When I met Ismail Dhorat of Startup Africa some weeks ago, whom I caught offguard here. We discussed a possible synergy between the Netweb Event and them where we'll work on bringing current emerging business content.

It was only after our meeting and a quick coffee that we designed the last event.

They have a simple a concept, bring relevant and current business content through their blog. It sounds simple enough, but content isn't that easy that source.

More excitingly though, exciting for us that is. Startup Africa is the Netweb Event's new home.

I guess guess geek is the new cool or rockstar. Thanks guys..........

Friday, May 08, 2009

Netweb Event in May

The Netweb Event in May 2009 was by far the greatest we've done yet. At least that's what the guys who came say.

We had amazing panelists who shared their experiences through encounters with both investors and startups.

In no particular order, I'd like to thank:

  1. Gareth Knight whose views and experiences were nothing short of genius.
  2. Osman Nkosi from Dynasty Strategists.
  3. Doug Vining from Blue Catalyst.
  4. Nikki Vijoen of Viljoen Consulting.
  5. The ever supportive One Matchstick Trader Telana Simpson of Inner Coaching.
  6. Peter Peele and Mpumelelo Cindi.
  7. Hilda Masemola and Florence
All of you guys were wonderful, we really appreciate your support.

Monday, May 04, 2009


SAFM interviewed me about the Netweb Event, but my chat with Eric became a bit more than just event.

Here are some of my views on small business.


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