Marlon Parker is a true African entrepreneur phenomenon. Together with his wife, he started a very special project in the underserved area of Langa, outside of Cape Town, in the Western Cape of South Africa. "RLabs is in the business of hope," according to Parker. Since its inception, the project has reached over 9m people and operates in 23 countries. In this episode of Heavy Chef Raw, anchor Caley van der Kolk finds out the secret recipe that Marlon has been wielding in creating such a remarkable and impactive South African success story.
Operations whizz and Heavy Chef contributing author, Robin Hook shares his views on how a growing business can turn challenges into opportunities. Robin has over a decade of experience working with both top flight companies and scrappy startups getting their operations in order. Click to read some of the most common high-level challenges, the opportunities they present and ways that they can be addressed.
Sam Beckbessinger used to bury her head in the sand hoping her finances would just work out by themselves. She had also hoped for someone to demystify the subject and explain plainly how to manage money. Now she wrote that book she wish she had had in her 20s: a how-to book on managing your finances entitled How to Manage Your Money Like a Fucking Grownup (Jonathan Ball, February 2018). Fred Roed caught up with Sam recently to learn more about the Sam and the book.
It is with great excitement and anticipation that the Heavy Chef team announces the launch of its first book on May 24 in Cape Town. The Heavy Chef Guide To Starting A Business In South Africa is the first in a series of guidebooks written by Heavy Chefs in the entrepreneur community. To celebrate the book launch, each audience member who attends the event at Workshop17 in V&A Waterfront will be given a signed copy of the book.
Dominique Collett, Head of AlphaCode, shares her views on the changing insurance market, in particular on insurtech, one of the hottest trends right now in South African fintech. The insurance industry is adopting a more proactive approach toward innovation and technological advancements, read on to find out how South Africa is tracking this trend.
Monde Sitole is an astonishing young South African. He is an educator, philosopher, fundraiser, entrepreneur, social activist and mountain climber. Monde has already climbed 4 out 7 of the world's highest peaks and now, in his mid-twenties, he intends to scale the other three - including Mt Everest without bottled oxygen. In this episode of Heavy Chef Raw, our intrepid anchor, Caley van der Kolk hikes the Cape Town's most sedentary peak, Constantia Nek (Everest, it ain't) - and gleans an extraordinary lesson from an extraordinary individual.
Arlene Mulder is the co-founder of We Think Code_, one of Africa’s most explosive education startups. Upending the traditional route to becoming a developer, We Think Code_ has already trained hundreds of coders in its short existence - and Arlene's team plans to train hundreds of thousands more. Find out how Arlene did it in this fascinating video of Arlene's talk on the Heavy Chef stage in May 2018, in Cape Town.
Yesterday, on Wednesday the 2nd May, we paid a visit to Tastelab HQ, headed up by Wessel Adriaan Pieterse. With a BSC degree in Food Science behind his name, followed by an MBA from UCT GSB, coupled with product design courses in Barcelona (I mean, what’s next Wes?), Secco Infusion is Wessel’s first creation that lives, very neatly beneath the Tastlab Mother Brand. Secco is already in 50 stores in 8 months. We find out how Wessel did it.
In anticipation of the May 3rd event, Heavy Chef founder Fred Roed caught up with We Think Code_ co-founder and MD Arlene Mulder to ask her about the coding education in South Africa. This is just a glimpse of what we will learn from this brilliant businesswoman about building a tech business in South Africa.
“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.” Many of us can identify with this well-known lament from John Wanamaker, a pioneer of marketing. He said it almost 100 years ago, but it’s still painfully applicable today. Advertising has become unimaginably complex over the years. There are now so many intermediaries in the supply chain – including programmatic advertisers and ad tech companies – that fraud is increasingly difficult to keep at bay. Read how Blockchain might be able to save the day.
There’s a serious collective of youthful smarts on our continent, all waiting to take advantage of the digital age. Arlene Mulder has a keen eye on these youthful disrupters. We Think Code_, the social entrepreneur venture she created with Camille Agon allows thousands of Africans to learn how to code. Heavy Chef is hosting Arlene on May 3rd to reveal the coding revolution that is happening in South Africa, and Africa.
Danilo Acquisto took the Heavy Chef stage by storm in Cape Town and fired up the Heavy Chef audience with his passion for digital video content. Despite being a major name in traditional media, Danilo considers himself a YouTube evangelist. Click to listen to him talk about the advantages and possibilities video content creation delivers as part of the marketing strategy of today’s businesses, be that startups, growing brands, big corporates, influencers, creatives and even brick-and-mortar stores.
Meet Moyin Oloruntoba, Nigerian-born, Cape Town based YouTuber. She’s smart, funny, elegant and you wish she was your close friend to inspire and motivate you in your own business endeavors. Watch Moyin talk on the Heavy Chef stage in April 2018 where she gave an account of her career and how she ended up singlehandedly building her remarkable ‘The A1’ entertainment channel focusing specifically on the South African market.
Dennis Ngango is the winner of Samsung's Social Star Competition, selected by former Ms. South Africa Joanne Strauss herself. In this video, Dennis takes over the Heavy Chef Raw playlist (dayam dude, why you gotta be that way?). Heavy Chef anchor Caley van der Kolk spoke to Dennis before the "Online Video Revolution" Heavy Chef event in Johannesburg on 10th April to discuss his journey. Dennis is one sharp guy. Engineer by day, vlogger by night, Dennis is the millennial equivalent of a superhero. He shares with Caley why he started his channel, finding his authentic voice, the struggles, the rewards and the benefits of what it's like to conceptualise, produce and syndicate a personal YouTube channel.
When starting a business, there are a host of basic legal mistakes to avoid. By identifying, recognising and avoiding these mistakes, you can avoid the common stumbling blocks that so many young businesses fall over. Heavy Chef identifies the 8 biggest traps that entrepreneurs continually get caught in - you can't afford not to scrutinise this list (3 minute read).
Heavy Chef's CEO Fred Roed spoke to Sean Reitz, serial entrepreneur, drone fanatic and co-founder of DroneCon, to find out about the upcoming conference, what it's all about and why we should be excited about it. Sean was also a panelist at last year's Heavy Chef event focusing on Drone Tech (excerpt: "I'm in the most exciting field in the world") and he's the CEO at United Drone Holdings. It's safe to say that Sean knows a thing or two about drones.
Heavy Chef hosted two highly anticipated events this month, focusing on the online video revolution and welcoming on stage radio and TV presenter - and YouTube aficionado - Danilo Acquisto, along with a host of up-and-coming South African YouTube superstars to explain why we should be excited about the opportunities digital video content offers us.
Heavy Chef's very own Video Anchor, Caley van der Kolk, continues with her very meta series of articles documenting her lessons as she creates Heavy Chef's online video channel, entitled Raw. This follows her first article, last month, where Caley outlines the preparation required in starting a vlog - and the second article focusing on the equipment you'll need to vlog. Now, Caley turns her lens (geddit?) on syndicating your vlog and how to gain followers.
Danilo Acquisto is the CEO of Special Effects Media South Africa, the only official YouTube partner in the country. He started his media career when he became one of the three inaugural winners of SABC’s Presenter Search. Today, he’s a presenter on Afternoon Express on SABC3 with Jeannie D and Bonnie Mbuli. Fred Roed managed to catch up with Danilo in between appointments in this young dynamo's crazy-busy schedule to find out more about the Online Video Revolution.
Across the globe, millions of scrappy youngsters are uploading over 300 hours of content to YouTube every minute. Many corporates are creating their own shows, crafting their own playlists and driving their own narratives. Heavy Chef is hosting some very special screen stars to explain just what exactly this new landscape looks like - and importantly, why we should all be excited about it.