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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heavy Chef kicked off 2019 with a bang. At a sold out event in Johannesburg we hosted three sensational speakers who discussed an electrifying topic: future fit. As one of our audience members described the evening, the talks were “insightful and on point” Click to read Praise Majwafi’s event report.
Globally renowned tech innovator and award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap, recognized for creative works including Hide and Seek and Tiny Human, has announced her first world tour in eight years, which will bring together content creators, fans and the industry in a unique and innovative format. NOTE: Keep your eyes on your inbox for details about Heavy Chef keynote, workshops and a very special surprise for Heavy Chef community members.
Future Fit? What is that? Many people mistaken the idea of being Future Fit as being driven by technology. Yes, technology plays a big part in the characteristics of being Future Fit, but there are multiple other variables to consider as part of the equation. Join our upcoming masterclass with Mike Perk who will reveal how to become fit for the future through a series of change management exercises that focus on vision setting, organisational structure, team mobility and digital leadership. Read on for more details.
Heavy Chef, in partnership with Nedgroup Investments and Xero, recently hosted the master of scale, all the way from Silicon Valley, Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski. Gabe has invested in over 30 Silicon Valley companies and was one of the original consultants to Uber in their early days of starting up the business. Gabe founded Modernize, which became one of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley, and now heads up Upshift Partners, a Venture Capital firm that invests in high impact startups. In an exclusive masterclass for Heavy Chef community members, Gabe taught us the secrets of scaling a business/project, and it turns out most of us have been doing it wrong the whole time.
If you were able to attend the Heavy Chef ‘Scale’ Masterclass with the legendary Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski on Thursday 6 December, I’m sure you took note of how important storytelling is. Talking to Fred Roed, founder of Heavy Chef, Gabe emphasised on how delivering a compelling narrative leads to successful storytelling, which then leads to sales. Luna-Ostaseski was one of the early consultants at Uber and was instrumental in creating the ‘Uber Rush’ programme, which led to Uber’s legendary growth over a short period of time. Luna-Ostaseski shared 8 core modules/steps that result in a compelling narrative when followed attentively in sequence.
2018 has been a tumultuous one, in the the entrepreneurial sector. We have seen several startups grow from concept pitches into well-respected brands in their fields and others shutter their doors. To celebrate the achievements of a long, hard slog of a year, on the 1st of November, Heavy Chef and Nedgroup Investments opened a public poll for nominations of SA’s Most Exciting Startups of 2018, and the response we received was outstanding. The event on Tuesday 4th December 2018 at Workshop17 to showcase the winners was even more outstanding.
Startups Unearthed Africa is an online competition aimed at raising the profile of African hardware or software companies across the global mining sector, with applications open to any business across the continent that has a prototype, product or service that can impact industry. Companies do not need to have worked on a mining project before, they just need to have exciting technology solutions that can make a difference.
Sarah has worked at Guardian Technologies for nearly a decade now. She started out her career at the company as an entry-level sales associate and has since worked her way up to a sales executive. She makes well over $100,000 a year, loves her team, her company and her life as a whole. When her more entrepreneurial friends poke fun at her for being a “nine-to-fiver” or “not dreaming big enough” she doesn’t mind. In fact, she finds it amusing.
New York-based Film Director and Youtuber, Dan Mace, is heading home to Cape Town to teach locals how to become YouTube stars at a Heavy Chef Masterclass. Mace will be joined by his manager and serial entrepreneur, Willie Morris who founded (and sold) a subscription company with digital phenomenon Gary Vaynerchuck, the social reality superstar and chairman of VaynerX.