Sam Paddock is the former CEO and Co-Founder of the digital education company, GetSmarter. Sam and his brother Rob started the company in 2008 and grew it to operate in 167 countries by partnering with world-class universities to offer short online courses for professionals. Sam is also a co-founder of Getwine, Hubble Studios, and investor at Yuppiechef. Sam was on our stage last year alongside former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki speaking about the future of education.
Nowadays, everyone seems to be creating a new YouTube channel. Ondela Mlandu spoke to Danilo Acquisto, TV celebrity, radio show host and CEO of Special Effects Media, about the viability of YouTube and how realistic it is to make money out of the platform. Danilo is a remarkable mind when it comes to video strategy and, in this highly insightful interview, he reveals to Heavy Chef about the various ways that individuals and businesses can create an impactive online video presence. Danilo explains about the three models that creators can deploy and the single most important piece of advice that creators need to hear.
When I think about life in these terms, it’s surprisingly liberating to me. In all the complexity of existence, the building blocks are brutally simple - fear and desire of the consequences that exist deep within our sub-conscious. However, there is a staggering truth at the end of it: most of these consequences don’t exist.
There is a problem with education in South Africa (and Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don't know how to tackle the problem - or where even to start tacking the problem. The '4th Industrial Revolution' has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level. When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks - and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S'onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage.
World renowned action-based community group, Global Citizen has announced Heavy Chef as a community partner in efforts to further provide education opportunities to South Africans, with a special focus on leadership, innovation and technology. Global Citizen is the organisation that brought global superstars Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin to South Africa last year. The partnership will allow Global Citizen’s community of close to 300,000 members in South Africa attain tickets to Heavy Chef’s learning experiences through committing action towards good causes.
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.
Conn Bertish is our second speaker at Tuesday's Heavy Chef event, focusing on Grit, and he is remarkably hard to kill. Conn is one of the country’s top creative thinkers, having worked with some of the leading creative agencies in Africa. In 2006, Conn was diagnosed with a form of adult malignant brain cancer, leaving him at the mercy of the world's most feared disease. Using a very creative approach - and a truckload of grit - Conn finally beat cancer in 2013 - and then started building a tool, to help others do the same. Read how he did it, here. This week, Heavy Chef CO Fred Roed spoke to him about the journey - read the interview here.
Recently, the founder of socially-conscious design agency Creative Seed, Lee Rael and his team launched SeedPod, a podcast seeking to unearth the impactive, socially relevant entrepreneurs in South Africa and beyond. Last week, Lee interviewed Heavy Chef founder Fred Roed to chat about failure, success, the entrepreneurial challenges in South Africa and Fred’s new venture.
Heavy Chef recently collaborated with a Johannesburg-based videographer to capture and edit our Joburg events. Heavy Chef’s Zsuzsa Kandra first met Justin Sandmann on the day we were setting up for our event at the Birdhouse - you know, the day of that infamous lift incident? Zsuzsa chatted to Justin during a coffee break about his trade and the ups and downs of being a freelance videographer in Africa.
Heavy Chef has a long history of celebrating women entrepreneurs. Starting with our first ever speaker, disruptive musician Verity, who spoke about crowdfunding her album prior to being produced, before 'crowdfunding' even became a thing; to this month's lineup of stellar female superstars, Annette Muller, Dr. Eve and Heidi Patmore. Today, on this auspicious day, we cast our eye back to five of our favourite talks by women on the Heavy Chef stage.
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.
On June 9th Heavy Chef organized its very first event outside the city centre and had the privilege of welcoming this remarkable man to hear the story of his rise to fame and his thoughts on entrepreneurship, resilience and courage in face of adversity . The event took place in Cape Town’s largest township at the Bandwidth Barn, Lookout Hill venue in Khayelitsha.
Sam Beckbessinger is a anomaly. One of the smartest financial minds in South Africa, yet her education was anything but financially-minded. Our immersive anchor Caley van der Kolk decided to face her financial fears and go head-to-head with Sam in tackling some of the basic financial questions that plagues her and just about any other millennial on this green planet of ours.
Operations whizz and Heavy Chef contributing author, Robin Hook shares his views on how a growing business can turn challenges into opportunities. Robin has over a decade of experience working with both top flight companies and scrappy startups getting their operations in order. Click to read some of the most common high-level challenges, the opportunities they present and ways that they can be addressed.
When starting a business, there are a host of basic legal mistakes to avoid. By identifying, recognising and avoiding these mistakes, you can avoid the common stumbling blocks that so many young businesses fall over. Heavy Chef identifies the 8 biggest traps that entrepreneurs continually get caught in - you can't afford not to scrutinise this list (3 minute read).