2018

Arthur Goldstuck: What We Learned From Largest-ever Online Retail Survey Undertaken In South Africa

Arthur Goldstuck: What We Learned From Largest-ever Online Retail Survey Undertaken In South Africa

Arthur Goldstuck is confidently the best-known tech researcher working on the African continent. On the Heavy Chef stage, Arthur unpacked the Visa / World Wide Worx / Platinum Seed eCommerce survey results. On an evening that also featured Yuppiechef's Andrew Smith and Bradley Elliott talking about various aspects of the online retail landscape, Arthur's presentation dove headfirst into the details, gleaning key takeouts and some surprising statistics.

Jacques Oberholzer: What It Takes To Get Your MVP Noticed

Jacques Oberholzer: What It Takes To Get Your MVP Noticed

UI / UX design whizz Jacques Oberholzer, co-founder of boutique design firm Now Boarding, has worked with some of the most widely-used apps and websites in the world. With clients such as Property24, Standard Bank, Gyft and fintech companies across Europe, Jacques knows a thing or two about bringing a concept to reality. In this insightful talk, Jacques shares his philosophy around standing out in a crowed marketplace.

Bradley Elliott: The Five Major Trends That Are Sweeping African eCommerce

Bradley Elliott: The Five Major Trends That Are Sweeping African eCommerce

Bradley Elliott is the CEO of South African digital marketing agency Platinum Seed, which partnered with Visa and research firm World Wide Worx to create the largest ever Online Retail survey conducted in Africa, focusing on eCommerce. Elliott delivered an inspiring talk, originating in some of the major signals from China’s eCommerce market and then reverting to lessons from African eCommerce trends. Elliott ended his talk with five key takeouts to learn from the African example.

Andrew Smith: Why Yuppiechef Moved From Clicks To Bricks

Andrew Smith: Why Yuppiechef Moved From Clicks To Bricks

Andrew Smith started Yuppiechef with his dear friend Shane Dryden over a decade ago. From selling a handful of products in its first year, it is a now an internationally recognised business that is generating hundreds of millions in turnover. In this action-packed presentation in November 2018, Andrew explains why, in the face of retail doom and gloom, Yuppiechef's decision to launch its retails stores across South Africa was a no-brainer.

Pierre Du Plessis: Creating The Ultimate MVP Requires More Than Just Design

Pierre Du Plessis: Creating The Ultimate MVP Requires More Than Just Design

Pierre du Plessis is not your average Heavy Chef speaker. Some members of the audience were a little confused when Pierre opened his talk with "smell your hands". Pierre is not your average design thinker either. With a varied career in muliple disciplines, Pierre has advised artists, designers, technologists and international CEOs alike. The CEO of social entrepreneur company, Pierre is also a consultant, a strategist and a 'dissident preacher'. Watch this talk and prepare to be challenged.

Masechaba Ndlovu: Building A Powerful Personal Brand In Africa

Masechaba Ndlovu: Building A Powerful Personal Brand In Africa

Masechaba Ndlovu is one of South Africa's most thought-provoking personalities. Masechaba is an entrepreneur, radio show host, presenter and MC. Sometimes provocative, sometimes hilarious, always relevant, Masechaba has forged a remarkable position in the South African celebrity sector. In this seminal event in September 2018, Masechaba came to the heart of SA's second biggest township, Khayelitsha, to address a passionate entrepreneur community at the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.

Dr. Marlene Wasserman: The Impact The Sex Industry Has On Human Psychology

Dr. Marlene Wasserman: The Impact The Sex Industry Has On Human Psychology

Dr. Eve is the brand that Marlene Wasserman created to create awareness around sexual health in South Africa. This outspoken Clinical Psychologist took to the Heavy Chef stage in August 2018 to join an incendiary conversation about the radical impact that sex and technology is having on our psychological makeup.

Annette Muller: My Top Five Lessons In Building New Generation Tech Businesses

Annette Muller: My Top Five Lessons In Building New Generation Tech Businesses

Annette Muller has had a varied and fascinating career. Named as one of Forbes Africa's Top Business Leaders To Watch, Annette has been beating the business streets across the African continent for over a decade. through the ups and downs of techpreneurship, Annette has distilled her journey into five key lessons - delivered at Bishops College in Cape Town, August 2018. 

Mark Forrester: How Three Strangers Created A Multinational Multimillion Dollar Tech Startup

Mark Forrester: How Three Strangers Created A Multinational Multimillion Dollar Tech Startup

Mark Forrester, Adriaan Pienaar and Magnus Jepson met in person more than one year after they founded WooThemes, the company behind WooCommerce. This remarkable startup, which was borne out of South Africa, Norway and the UK, powers more than 50m e-commerce websites. At a Heavy Chef event in Cape Town, Forrester relates the story of how WooThemes was started and eventually sold.

Shaun Tomson: The Surfer's Code

Shaun Tomson: The Surfer's Code

Shaun Tomson spoke on the Heavy Chef stage, hosted in June 2018 by the amazing team at Bandwidth Barn, Lookout Hill, in Khayelitsha. Shaun addressed an audience who, largely, were not familiar with Shaun's exploits. However, the young entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha were blown away by Shaun's universal message, teaching them the power of "I WILL" and how they too can achieve greatness. 

Nic Haralambous: How Failure Taught Me To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Nic Haralambous: How Failure Taught Me To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Nic Haralambous, founder of the iconic Nic Harry men's fashion company, gave a passionate presentation on failure in a seminal talk at the IC | IC Auditorium in Cape Town, on the 16 July, 2018. Nic starts his story by relating a fateful evening many moons ago when his parents sat him down to tell him they were separating. This set in motion a roller-coaster ride of failures, challenges, successes and learnings.

Sbusiso 'Dj Sbu' Leope: Hustling My Way From Tembisa Township To The Top

Sbusiso 'Dj Sbu' Leope: Hustling My Way From Tembisa Township To The Top

Sbusiso Leope is an extraordinary South African entrepreneur. DJ Sbu, as he's more commonly known in South Africa, was the first speaker to speak on a Heavy Chef stage outside the main centres of SA. Sbu gave a fired-up performance in Khayelitsha, regaling a packed crowd of passionate entrepreneurs with stories of how he started hustling selling sweets while his friends were playing and how he made seemingly ludicrous gambles in his celebrity career.

Andre De Wet: The Seven Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Answer

Andre De Wet: The Seven Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Answer

Andre de Wet has started a host of legendary startups on the African continent. Scrappy, tenacious and incendiary smart, Andre has enviable experience in some of the most challenging regions on the planet and now, with his new business 2ndbase.co, is setting his sites on bridging the gaps between startups in developed nations and emerging regions such as Nigeria, Kenya, Philippines and India. In this succinct presentation on the Heavy Chef stage, May 2018, Andre provides a brief, hilarious and whip-smart guide for startup entrepreneurs.

Arlene Mulder: My African Coding Training Company Is Disrupting An Outdated Education System

Arlene Mulder: My African Coding Training Company Is Disrupting An Outdated Education System

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. 

Danilo Acquisto: How Digital Video Content Is Irrevocably Disrupting Traditional Media

Danilo Acquisto: How Digital Video Content Is Irrevocably Disrupting Traditional Media

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.

Moyin Oloruntoba: How I Found My First 10k Followers On My African Entertainment YouTube Channel

Moyin Oloruntoba: How I Found My First 10k Followers On My African Entertainment YouTube Channel

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.

Heleen Mills: How A Social Influencer Campaign Reached 1 Billion People

Heleen Mills: How A Social Influencer Campaign Reached 1 Billion People

In 2014, water activist Mina Guli did something extraordinary. She ran 40 marathons in 40 days, tracing the world's greatest rivers - and initiating one of the digital industry's most iconic influencer campaigns to boot. At the time, Heleen Mills was tasked by African education / advisory firm Treeshake to project manage the social media component of Mina's quest. On the Heavy Chef stage, Heleen manages to capture the essence of the task in a heart-warming, funny and essential presentation. 

Simon Dingle: What The Hell Is Up With Bitcoin?

Simon Dingle: What The Hell Is Up With Bitcoin?

SImon Dingle is the founder of Inves Capital and Phantom Design, and has been working in cryptocurrency since 2011. In this critical presentation, Simon follows up his 2017 Heavy Chef presentation entitled "How Blockchain Is Changing The World" with a fascinating explanation of the tumultuous world of Bitcoin and why it remains the most exciting technology advance of the 21st Century.