Last Friday night, I was stuck over an hour in a Schindler lift at a venue in Johannesburg, between the 16th and 17th floor, along with an actuary, a video journalist, an investor, a nuclear scientist, an event coordinator, project manager and an educationalist.
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.
Mike Perk has been the digital industry since the '90s, contributing to 16 pager internet marketing magazines back when Google didn't even exist. Now, Perk is considered one of the top DX (um, that'd be 'digital transformation') consultants working in Africa. He is British though, so, in this critical presentation on digital change management, Perk uses 'The Great Escape' as a backdrop to four singular elements to remember when entering the 4th Industrial Revolution.
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.
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.
Heavy Chef was lucky enough to get some of Ellen Fischat's time, the very first MD of Silicon Cape. Her story is fascinating, with roles around child protection and guidance, to discovering her passion for tech.
PayFast just celebrated their 10 year anniversary, a huge milestone for a company in the tech space in South Africa. We had a conversation with Jonathan Smit, the founder of PayFast to gather some insights about the company as well as the industry it is in.
Heidi Patmore, CEO of Stellaris Group, was our featured speaker on the 6th of July at Primedia Place, Johannesburg. Are flying cars a short-term reality or flight of fancy? This was the leading question for the event as Heidi divulged what a drone-filled sky would look like. A riveted Johannesburg audience was given a taste of what the future is going to look like - with a few surprises in store.
Fred Roed - Drones have truly arrived. However, the future is not just a million millennials adding clumsy drone footage to their vlogs. To unpack this airborne future, and just what drone technology means for us, we’ve asked renowned consultant, entrepreneur and investor, Heidi Patmore, to unpack her research on Thursday 6th July 2017, in Johannesburg.
Here it is at last. The long-awaited Heavy Chef Magazine: The Technology Edition. Tech being the order of the day at HC, it kinda makes sense that we focus an entire journal on the topic, right? Well, wait no longer. We’ve published a comprehensive magnum opus covering the most salient topics in Tech on the African continent.