Jonathan Smit is the founder and MD of Payfast, which last week was at the centre of the largest-ever acquisition in the African payments sector, after selling a majority stake to Kenyan-based DPO Group.. Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa investigates the journey that Smit has been on over the past decade, growing Payfast into an international payments powerhouse.
SA’s challenges are a breeding ground for innovative opportunities, says SweepSouth CEO, Aisha Pandor. Hear about the SweepSouth growth from an idea created by need to a start-up sensation that is the first on the continent to bring technology to home-cleaning services. Aisha talks to Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed about changing careers, the challenges and the satisfaction of owning your own business, and her vision to address societal needs while running a thriving business.
What mindset does it take to ‘make it’ in business? Is work-life balance a myth? What turns great employees disloyal, and how damaging is burnout really? Open your mind as Fred Roed speaks to Marc Rogatschnig, an organisational psychologist, about the psychological dynamics of leading a business and the personal attributes and awareness that can set you apart in a competitive environment.
In 1992, Discovery was a small business breaking into the market. Barry Swartzberg chats to Fred about why, when it comes to entrepreneurship, you need to 'fall in love with the process’. Listen to Barry’s insights on growing a business that was recently ranked as the second-strongest insurance brand in the world.
SweepSouth revealed that it is the recipient of a R30-million investment by Naspers. In October last year, Naspers announced that it had created a $100m fund aiming at investing, via its venture capital fund Naspers Foundry, in local South African startups. SweepSouth is the first significant deal within the fund to be concluded. SweepSouth, founded in 2014 by Aisha Pandor and husband Alen Ribic is an online cleaning services platform that connects clients with domestic cleaners. Sweepsouth’s charismatic CEO Aisha Pandor has featured regularly on the Heavy Chef platform.
Idan Jaan is a co-founder of new SME financing entity Fundrr. Speaking to Heavy Chef, he outlined the origin of the idea: “SMEs in South Africa do not last longer than three years due to the fact that they cannot get access to proper funding to either expand, grow or continue operating. We believe that accessing credit should not be a strenuous process - and so, we formed Fundrr.”
The FUTURE HAMBURG AWARD provides international startups with the opportunity to benefit from the city’s thriving digital scene and to expand their European business. Startups with a focus on digital business models can submit their applications until 5 January 2019. The winning teams will gain access to one of Hamburg’s most exclusive coworking spaces for up to six months.
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.
Yesterday, on Wednesday the 2nd May, we paid a visit to Tastelab HQ, headed up by Wessel Adriaan Pieterse. With a BSC degree in Food Science behind his name, followed by an MBA from UCT GSB, coupled with product design courses in Barcelona (I mean, what’s next Wes?), Secco Infusion is Wessel’s first creation that lives, very neatly beneath the Tastlab Mother Brand. Secco is already in 50 stores in 8 months. We find out how Wessel did it.
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.
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.