The Other End of the Telescope is a high-speed gallop through the absurdities and challenges of getting things done in large companies, and the inherent contradictions in leadership and organisational behaviours that prevent businesses from realising their potential and achieving greater success. In this collection of thought-provoking essays, Ian Russell draws on more than 25 years’ experience of leading and working in large organisations around the world to distil the key themes and challenges confronting big business today. Heavy Chef, in collaboration with The Performance Agency and Christel House, is incredibly excited to host Ian and his collaborators onto our stage to talk about a new way of looking at business today.
South African-based Bitcoin company, Centbee, announced today that it has closed its Series A round with entrepreneur Calvin Ayre, founder of Antigua-based investment firm, Ayre Ventures and CoinGeek. Ayre, who has invested £1 million (R18.3 million), announced that, “Centbee has a track record of making Bitcoin easily usable and accessible to everyone including merchants and consumers.” Centbee is a Bitcoin wallet provider that makes it easy for consumers to acquire, store and spend Bitcoin with retailers and other merchants.
Student entrepreneurship has long been a thing even before Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to start Facebook. In May, we’ve invited four of the hottest startup founders in South Africa to speak on the Heavy Chef stage and regale us with the opportunities and challenges of being a student entrepreneur. We’re joined by Don Weiss, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia University, to round off a stellar evening. These four students are innovative and hungry to drive their business ideas, for the continent to benefit.
Don Packett is the CEO of one of the world’s best known presentation companies, Missing Link. He is also a strategist, MC, raconteur and comedian. Speaking to Heavy Chef anchor, Ondela Mlandu, Don explains the golden formula of presenting, what makes his company different, and why entrepreneurs simply have to learn the silky skills of presenting.
We’re an eccentric and wonderful bunch at Heavy Chef. Our new Content Manager, Ondela Mlandu, is no exception to the rule (although the jury is out as to whether she’s as eccentric as I am). Ondela used to work in the magazine trade and brings a rich heritage of writing and content creation to the Heavy Chef team. In order to get to know Ondela, we asked a few questions to get to know her better.
Imogen Heap is a multi-award-winning musician, indie superstar, musical disruptor, innovator and cryptocurrency investor. She has had hundreds of millions of her songs downloaded, sold and streamed over two decades during one of the world's most influential careers. In the latest phase of her innovative journey, Imogen Heap has quietly been stirring up a revolution with her 'Mycelia' project, aiming to democratise music and solve some of the industry's most stubborn problems: intellectual property.
Last night, Heap patched in from her home in Essex via Skype and delivered a seminal keynote to an enthralled audience at Workshop17 at the V&A Waterfront. As Fred Roed introduced Imogen, the audience was delighted as South African music powerhouse Zolani Mahola appeared from behind the stage wielding a guitar.
Every good company needs a website. It’s a great way to build brand identity, promote your business, and communicate with potential customers. You can even sell various products and services online, if it fits into your company’s profile. In this article, Praise Majwafi investigates how speed can affect your site’s performance.
Colin Hall is a veritable titan of South African business. He has spent over 60 years managing some of the most legendary names in the African corporate world: SAB, Woolworths, Truworths and Massmart. Most recently, he's been consulting to the leaders of blue-chip clients around the world. in his remarkable Leadership Masterclass scheduled in June 2019, Colin will speak of the six most salient lessons that will truly surprise you. In this sneak preview, Colin reveals some of the highlights of the session and provides interviewer Caley Africa some food for thought.
Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa spoke to A1 rated scientist and one of the most world-renowned commentators on nutritional behaviour, Professor Tim Noakes, on the notoriously bad eating and lifestyle habits displayed by entrepreneurs. Prof Tim speaks out on what people are doing wrong, and how they should adjust their behaviour or face some fairly serious consequences.
If you’re wondering how to get the ideal Facebook paid social campaign strategy for your business, it’s as simple as coming to a Heavy Chef session. Last week we managed to squeeze two Senior Paid Social Specialists and the Head of Training Facebook in two rooms, in separate cities (JHB and CPT) - VOILA! You’re well on your way to getting a glimpse of how to introduce innovative and successful paid social strategies, for your business. Here are some videos to whet your appetite for more Heavy Chef goodness.
After having attended the recent Heavy Chef “Facebook For Business” series of learning experiences, I felt compelled to write an article about some of the most salient points I learned along the journey. I think it’s safe to say that we are living in a world that is now more connected than it has ever been. The chances of a teenager in Peru making friends with a South African peer over Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp 16 years ago are almost non-existent.
JUMO is a Heavy Chef community member and was a finalist in SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups in 2017. Having shared the Heavy Chef stage with this dynamic team multiple times, we are proud to relay some good news. JUMO has joined Google’s Launchpad Studio alongside some of the world’s top tech startups, such as Indonesia’s billion-dollar Go-Jek. JUMO is the first South African technology company to be selected for this programme.
World renowned action-based community group, Global Citizen has announced Heavy Chef as a community partner in efforts to further provide education opportunities to South Africans, with a special focus on leadership, innovation and technology. Global Citizen is the organisation that brought global superstars Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin to South Africa last year. The partnership will allow Global Citizen’s community of close to 300,000 members in South Africa attain tickets to Heavy Chef’s learning experiences through committing action towards good causes.
After the successful 2018 launch of The Future Females Business School, Future Females has officially confirmed that applications for 2019 are now open. The initiative, which exists to empower female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, has shown immense growth since its conception in August 2017, currently boasting a presence in 16 locations world-wide, and having run 600 events to an engaged community of over 12,000 members.
Many of Heavy Chef’s community members will be aware of the Social Media For Business series that launched this week in Johannesburg and Cape Town. During the sessions, senior Training Lead for Facebook, Noha Bashir, made us aware of an extraordinary opportunity during the Facebook For Business events on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Facebook have created ‘Blueprint’, an online training resource for businesses to create, manage and scale online advertising campaigns. Facebook are looking for someone to support Blueprint training in sub-Saharan Africa. If you love Facebook, you’ll love this position.