Mike Sharman, founder of marketing communications agency Retroviral, is a seasoned serial entrepreneur. Sharman recently added the moniker 'best selling author' to his resume, after his debut book "The Best Dick" flew to the Top 10 at book outlets across the country. Prior to Sharman's MC gig at Heavy Chef's end of year celebration event, Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed interrogated him on his comedic career and how it helped him to become an award-winning entrepreneur and writer.
At Heavy Chef’s end of year celebration lineup, one name that stands out from the entrepreneurs and technicians is JanuaryOne, the DJ who has taken Cape Town by storm, with residencies at some of the top clubs in South Africa. Before Heavy Chef's year end event in Cape Town, we cornered the deep thinking virtuoso to find out his thoughts on business and being an artist in South Africa.
Jørn Lyseggen is the Founder & CEO of Meltwater. A Norwegian entrepreneur and philanthropist, his previous ventures included 2 exits and an IPO. He founded Meltwater in Oslo, Norway in 2001 with an investment of just $15,000 and built it to be worth over $ 200 millio. Built on the notion of "Outside Insight", Meltwater is now a global leader in B2B online media intelligence, with over 60 offices across six continents.
Rich Mulholland is one of South Africa's best known public speakers. He is the founder of one of the world's biggest presentation firms, a best-selling author and serial entrepreneur. Heavy Chef asked him to speak to our audience about the 4th Industrial Revolution. Rich's response was unsurprisingly iconoclastic, revolutionary and somehow inspiring. Watch this at your peril, it might just shock your world view.
The digital age can be a scary place. Some estimates convey that 50% of current jobs will not exist in 20 years. AI, VR, robotics, digital media, AR, big data, machine learning, nanotech, biotech, blockchain, cryptocurency, IOT - these are the terms that you need to immerse yourself into in order to thrive. Or do you? Clinical Psychologist Marc Rogatschnig gives the presentation of his life on the Heavy Chef stage, and provides us with a more human alternative.
On Thursday 14th December, entrepreneur community platform ‘Heavy Chef’ and Huawei Mate10 Pro will host SA’s top 5 most exciting startups as nominated by industry peers. The keynote speaker on the evening will be Silicon Valley’s ‘Unicorn Whisperer’ Zach Coelius, who will also be leading a business Masterclass earlier in the day.
The legal profession is changing rapidly, so we reached out to Graeme to find out how one of the oldest, most venerable professions is being disrupted. Graeme’s advice: Young lawyers should forget about the practice of law and focus on the delivery of law. They should not fear technology and AI, they should hone their EQ and collaborate with the machines.
On 14th December, Heavy Chef and Huawei will reveal South Africa's top 5 most exciting startups. The event is going to have Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur Zach Coelius as a keynote speaker, along with an exciting array of startup founders from South Africa speaking about their world changing products. This is not to be missed!
What can the South African business fraternity and tech insiders learn from a chef? Well, when it is ‘the chef who fed Google’ – as Charlie Ayers is best known – then quite a lot, especially when it comes to executing business visions in a way that delivers positive results for both companies and their local communities.
Dear CEO, I know that recent years have been somewhat disruptive with technology upending once secure business models. We certainly live in both interesting and somewhat scary times. I guess the best way to describe the era we’re living in as “business unusual”. Now, you need to hear what I have to say. This is my letter to you.
What is going ON in the legal service world? Law firms with names like Bell, Dewar and Hall, John & Kernick and Findlay and Tait used to be all over the place. Now they don’t even exist. Instead we hear names like Caveat Legal, Cognia Law and even Whipping The Cat. Those in the know talk about LPO, ABS, non-traditional lawyers and New Law. Most recently the buzz is all about AI.
On Monday the 13 November 2017, at a Heavy Chef event in Cape Town, the inspirational Sam Paddock, CEO of Getsmarter, will talk about his astonishing journey from starting an Educational Technology company 10 years ago in Cape Town, to selling it earlier this year for over $100m to an international giant.
In January 2018, Heavy Chef is placing a delegation of international professionals and graduates into local social ventures. Coming from Europe, the United Kingdom and North America, the first placements will roll-up their sleeves and get stuck into inspirational ventures based in Cape Town, where Heavy Chef’s headquarters are located.
The biggest challenge to digital transformation is the culture of organisations. In our new digital world, businesses have to create cultures that are adaptable. Digital Transformation is not a once off thing, it’s ongoing. But changing culture is hard, really hard. WWC Managing Director, Mike Perk reveals some ways to hack your culture.
For the first time in history, South Africans will be able to engage with some of the world’s greatest disruptors at the inaugural BCX Disrupt Summit, which will be held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre in Midrand on 16 and 17 November 2017. Heavy Chef is offering a unique promotion to our readers of 20% off their ticket prices. Do it, now.
"6 local startups shaking up 6 industries" is the theme of Silicon Cape's next event. The organisation is focusing on six Cape-based companies making giant leaps for startups and on track to dent the South African market. These young, hungry and extremely smart entrepreneurs are coming together for one evening to showcase their products.