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Requests & Promises: The Forgotten Art Of Mobilising Teams In Digital Transformation (Part 1 of 2)

Requests & Promises: The Forgotten Art Of Mobilising Teams In Digital Transformation (Part 1 of 2)

Mike Perk has learned many lessons during his company’s pivot from being a digital agency to being a digital transformation firm. In this article, Mike shares two particularly important lessons with you. Two very simple things that are critical to enabling your team and getting buy-in during your digital transformation journey. These two things are the art of making requests, and the power of keeping your promises. Read more here.

What's All The Fuss About Digital Transformation Anyway?

What's All The Fuss About Digital Transformation Anyway?

Digital Transformation is the buzzword of our days and while everyone agrees that businesses need to invest in digital innovation it can be a daunting and complex practice. It's also a cultural change that pushes businesses to challenge the status quo and learn from trial and failure. But where do you even start, you ask. Operations and transformation superhero, Robin Hook, writes for Heavy Chef on defining digital transformation, or DX, and how we can embrace it.

How Insurtech Is Transforming A Staid South African Insurance Industry

How Insurtech Is Transforming A Staid South African Insurance Industry

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.

The Social Entrepreneur Business That Is Changing Coding Education In Africa

The Social Entrepreneur Business That Is Changing Coding Education In Africa

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.

How The Blockchain Can Restore Trust In The Ad Supply Chain

How The Blockchain Can Restore Trust In The Ad Supply Chain

“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.

May Event: How a Disruptive Business Model is Changing Lives In Africa

May Event: How a Disruptive Business Model is Changing Lives In Africa

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.

New Conference In JHB: DroneCon Reveals How Drones Are Changing The Way We Gather Information

New Conference In JHB: DroneCon Reveals How Drones Are Changing The Way We Gather Information

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. 

How To Optimise Your Online Store To Become Profitable

How To Optimise Your Online Store To Become Profitable

So you’ve set up your online store and it’s been running for a while. Sales are up and so is your confidence to run this mothership. You may be thinking lately that you’re ready to optimise your online store to increase sales and create a better experience for your customers. Fear not, here are some easy tweaks you can make and some things to think about to get the most out of your online store.

Your Chance To Meet David Orban, One Of The Top Global Authorities In FinTech

Your Chance To Meet David Orban, One Of The Top Global Authorities In FinTech

Are you prepared for how technology is going to change your life, your business and your investments in the next 20 years? Wealth Movement, a division of Wealth Migrate which is a global FinTech real estate investment platform, will be hosting the 2018 FINEVENT in March with Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town being host cities.

The Number One Trait Of Successful Entrepreneurs According To Google Venture’s Joe Kraus

The Number One Trait Of Successful Entrepreneurs According To Google Venture’s Joe Kraus

Heavy Chef is in San Francisco to investigate what makes this iconic disruptive city tick, and bring back some of the learnings to Cape Town. Joe Kraus, in the second talk of the first day of Startup Grind’s packed event, confirmed that we entrepreneurs are not, uh, normal.

How To Start A Kickass Online Business (Part 3 of 3): Marketing Your E-commerce Store

How To Start A Kickass Online Business (Part 3 of 3): Marketing Your E-commerce Store

You've done your research, you've set up your shop, now it's time to learn about digital marketing. This can seem overwhelming at first but don't get discouraged: concentrate on the basics, adapt a few strategies at a time, continue to learn and experiment and watch your business grow!

 

The Future & How To Apply It

The Future & How To Apply It

Entrepreneur community platform ‘Heavy Chef’ hosted futurist Craig Wing and WWC’s Mike Perk to take a sneak peek into the future, talk about blockchain, artificial intelligence, innovation and so much more. Both events in Johannesburg and Cape Town were followed by sold out Masterclasses.

How To Start A Kickass Online Business (Part 2 of 3): Setting Up Your E-commerce Store

How To Start A Kickass Online Business (Part 2 of 3): Setting Up Your E-commerce Store

In Part 1 of this series, we gave you some things to consider before you start your online business store. In Part 2, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of actually setting up your store. Believe it or not, setting it up is actually the quick part. Just thank your lucky stars it’s 2018 and the tools are at your fingertips.

How To Start A Kickass Online Business (Part 1 of 3): Preparing Your E-commerce Store

How To Start A Kickass Online Business (Part 1 of 3): Preparing Your E-commerce Store

Ecommerce in South Africa has reached the 1% mark of total retail spend in the country. That may seem small, but it’s actually a huge deal. Ecommerce and starting an online business is growing at a rapid rate in South Africa so naturally, everyone wants a piece of the ecommerce pie. Together with our long term supporter, payments company Payfast, Heavy Chef presents a three part series on online business in South Africa. Ecommerce is no longer a fledgling niche within the business sector on the African continent. It is the domain of big businesses and small startups alike. 
 

Fred Roed: Thriving In The 4th Industrial Revolution Means Learning From The First

Fred Roed: Thriving In The 4th Industrial Revolution Means Learning From The First

Our venerable CEO is someone who knows a thing or two about digital economy. Fred Roed is the CEO of Heavy Chef and Co-founder of iconic South African digital transformation agency WWC. He is the recipient of “Biggest Contributor To The Digital Industry” award by the IAB. Fast Company named Roed as one of the top 100 most creative people in business. In October 2017, he gave a funny, thought-provoking presentation on the single lesson we can take into the next Industrial Revolution... by looking back in history at particular lessons and stories from the first industrial revolutions. 

The Final List of SA’s Five Most Exciting Startups Revealed

The Final List of SA’s Five Most Exciting Startups Revealed

On Thursday 14th December, entrepreneur community platform ‘Heavy Chef’ and Huawei Mate10 Pro revealed SA’s top 5 most exciting startups as nominated by industry peers. The keynote speaker on the evening was Silicon Valley’s ‘Unicorn Whisperer’ Zach Coelius, who also led a business Masterclass earlier in the day.

Jørn Lyseggen: Making Sense Of A World Drowning In Data

Jørn Lyseggen: Making Sense Of A World Drowning In Data

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: The Acorn And The Fox

Rich Mulholland: The Acorn And The Fox

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.

Sam Paddock: Creating A $100m Global EdTech Company From The Southern Tip Of Africa

Sam Paddock: Creating A $100m Global EdTech Company From The Southern Tip Of Africa

One of the most inspiring Heavy Chef talks from an African entrepreneur. On Monday 13th of November, on the Heavy Chef stage in Cape Town, Sam Paddock narrated the story of how he and his brother Rob built Getsmarter from idea to global success.