The Heavy Chef team spent a rainy spring morning with one of South Africa’s most iconic individuals and a founding father of our young democracy, Albie Sachs. Speaking to Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed, Sachs related the moment the Apartheid South African police finally caught up with him and planted a car bomb in his vehicle in Mozambique. They failed to kill him, but he lost his arm and his eye in the explosion. Sachs’ biggest lesson? Literally, that an ‘eye for an eye’ vengeance doesn’t work.
DigsConnect is a platform that assists students looking for a place to stay by pairing them with homeowners in Cape Town that are looking to rent out their properties on a long-term basis. DigsConnect CEO Alexandria Procter recently revealed at a Heavy Chef event that the team have raised R12-million in what is a groundbreaking seed round for a student startup. I spoke to Alexandria about the round seed funding she acquired.
Heavy Chef sat down with Richard Jamieson, the Senior Associate from Lockstep. Lockstep is a company that assists clients who seek customised leadership solutions. What that means is that they are building leadership skills that will ultimately drive strategy and delivery performance. We wanted to find out how you train leaders to be leaders. Jamieson gave us some fascinating insights.
Recent research shows that one of the key traits of successful leaders is optimism. In fact, optimistic leaders drive dramatic workplace results. But when it comes to digital transformation fear can impact your ability to lead with courage and optimism. So how do we develop optimism in the uncertainty of today’s world? Click to read what Mike Perk, Future Fit expert has to say.
In part one of this series, WWC CEO Mike Perk offered some insight into how to make effective requests of your team. This article will explore the other side of the request, which is the subsequent agreement through a promise to keep it.
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.
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.