According to Colin Timmis, Xero South Africa’s Country Manager, South Africa’s small businesses are adaptable and resilient. He shares his insights on the state of small businesses in South Africa in 2019, with our Heavy Chef community.
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.
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.
We’re less than a week away from the launch of Ian Russell’s new book, The Other End of The Telescope. The Heavy Chef team is excited to have a lineup of powerhouses on our Cape Town and Joburg stages. A new addition to the Cape Town leg of the book launch is one of Africa and South Africa’s finest public speakers, someone who is no stranger to the Heavy Chef community.
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.
On Thursday 2 May at Workshop17 Watershed, Heavy Chef invited Alexandria Procter of DigsConnect, Mvelo Hlophe of Zaio, Xabiso Lombo of Guardian Gabriel and Tamir Shklaz of Quillo to present their fast growing enterprises to an enthralled Cape Town audience. What do these four startups have in common? They were all formulated in the dorm rooms of one of South Africa’s top universities.
Fred Roed is the CEO of Heavy Chef, and in this video from an event at the Mitre Theatre at Bishops College, Rondebosch Cape Town, he talks about the purpose and meaning behind Heavy Chef, the organisation he founded as a business after selling his digital agency World Wide Creative in 2013. In this video, Roed talks about the foundation of the idea behind Heavy Chef, the origin story, and how it evolved from being a central philosophy at his previous company to being a central tenet of a fast growing education platform.
Professor Don Weiss is the Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Columbia University Business School, one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. Each year in May, Weiss takes a team of hungry New York business students to Cape Town to work with local social entrepreneur startups and get involved in the local ecosystem. In this video, Professor Don speaks to Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa about his thoughts on Cape Town, on raising money and what the South African ecosystem needs in order to thrive.
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.
The Other End of the Telescope is a high-speed gallop through the absurdities and challenges of getting things done in large companies, and the inherent contradictions in leadership and organisational behaviours that prevent businesses from realising their potential and achieving greater success. In this collection of thought-provoking essays, Ian Russell draws on more than 25 years’ experience of leading and working in large organisations around the world to distil the key themes and challenges confronting big business today. Heavy Chef, in collaboration with The Performance Agency and Christel House, is incredibly excited to host Ian and his collaborators onto our stage to talk about a new way of looking at business today.
Student entrepreneurship has long been a thing even before Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to start Facebook. In May, we’ve invited four of the hottest startup founders in South Africa to speak on the Heavy Chef stage and regale us with the opportunities and challenges of being a student entrepreneur. We’re joined by Don Weiss, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia University, to round off a stellar evening. These four students are innovative and hungry to drive their business ideas for the continent to benefit.
Colin Hall is a veritable titan of South African business. He has spent over 60 years managing some of the most legendary names in the African corporate world: SAB, Woolworths, Truworths and Massmart. Most recently, he's been consulting to the leaders of blue-chip clients around the world. in his remarkable Leadership Masterclass scheduled in June 2019, Colin will speak of the six most salient lessons that will truly surprise you. In this sneak preview, Colin reveals some of the highlights of the session and provides interviewer Caley Africa some food for thought.
Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa spoke to A1 rated scientist and one of the most world-renowned commentators on nutritional behaviour, Professor Tim Noakes, on the notoriously bad eating and lifestyle habits displayed by entrepreneurs. Prof Tim speaks out on what people are doing wrong, and how they should adjust their behaviour or face some fairly serious consequences.
After the successful 2018 launch of The Future Females Business School, Future Females has officially confirmed that applications for 2019 are now open. The initiative, which exists to empower female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, has shown immense growth since its conception in August 2017, currently boasting a presence in 16 locations world-wide, and having run 600 events to an engaged community of over 12,000 members.