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.
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.
Verity Price pushed the boundaries of the music industry back in 2005 when she started the first music crowdfunding campaign in SA to raise R300,000 for the release of her album. Amongst her many other successes, Verity is a well-known South African Singer/Songwriter who was forced to think outside of the box to bring her next album into fruition.
Zolani Mahola is one of South Africa's best-known performing artists. She has worked in the top echelons of the music industry, both locally and internationally. She is also fondly known for her band’s collaboration with Shakira on the World Cup 2010 anthem, Waka Waka. A few months ago, Zolani was the MC of our event with Imogen Heap, check out her talk in this short, inspiring video. Zolani talks about her formative years, from being a chubby baby to a cherubic child. She speaks about some of the problems she faced and how the South African political situation provided icons that fed into her music.
We lock down the Bolt Country Manager in the Heavy Chef hot-seat to talk about Bolt for Business, an inventive platform that offers a convenient and cost-efficient solution to business travel. In this interview, we hear from Gareth Taylor on why Bolt sees an opportunity for their 'Bolt for Business' model to succeed in South Africa
Thursdays Lingerie and Swimwear is going for gold in the African crowd funding space. After having financed the start up through traditional means of boot strapping, obtaining loans from family and friends, and even venture capital on the reality investment show Shark Tank South Africa, Thursdays CEO, Shona Macdonald has set her sights on a largely underutilised form of finance in the African Landscape, crowdfunding.
Niket Desai is a poster child for the international entrepreneur spirit. At just 30 years old, he has already lived the life that only the new generation of business superstars can. Niket sold his startup Punch’d to Google, the worked at FlipKart, as Chief of Staff and Product, where he presided over one of the fastest growing companies in India’s history. Now, Desai will appear on stage at Heavy Chef, with Valter Adão, Head of Deloitte Digital, in Sandton on the 11th July. Thanks to a collaboration between Heavy Chef Foundation and Nedgroup Investments, a limited number of public tickets for the event and a morning masterclass the following day are available on the Heavy Chef website.
It's Youth Month in South Africa, and we're casting the net out looking for young people making a strong impact on society. There is an art gallery in the heart of Khayelitsha called Fugly, where two young ladies are making waves. Heavy Chef anchor Ondela Mlandu chatted to them about their aims and aspirations, why art is so important to the community, and how creativity can equate to making a living for young people today.
Mandisi Sindo also known as Dr. Disi is a South African theatre practitioner, activist, alternative art spaces innovator, actor and presenter. Heavy Chef also recognises Mandisi as a pioneer in the art world, with his Non-Profit company called “Theatre4Change Arts Project”, also known as Khayelitsha Art School and Rehabilitation Centre (KASIRC) or the “Shack Art School”. Heavy Chef Anchor Ondela Mlandu chatted to this remarkable individual to find out about how art can change the world.
If you want to grow your business - cold email, newsletters, and email marketing are one of the easiest ways to start. In this HC interview, Jason unpacks what it takes to land more sales meetings using outbound lead generation using cold emails, where to build a list of people to email and how to stay away from spam filters.
Jason Bagley is the CEO of Firing Squad, the only hyper-specialist email marketing, and lead generation consultancy in South Africa.
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.
Happy Ntshingila is the Co-Founder of Unknown Citizen. He founded South Africa's first black-owned agency, HerdBuoys Advertising in 1991. His experience stretches across working with and building a number of blue-chip brands during a successful 30-year career. His experience straddles the ICT, FMCG, media and broadcast sectors, working with leading brands in all those sectors.
Inspirational speaker and extreme swimmer Ryan Stramrood has become the second person to swim 100 crossings between Robben Island and the South African mainland, in a time of only two hours 18 minutes. Ryan speaks to Ondela Mlandu about the preparation for his swim, how the mind works when you endure a grand challenge - and how to overcome your deepest fears.
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.”
Ian Russell is a corporate leader who has spent decades in the boardrooms of major blue chip companies in South Africa and across the world. In his collection of thought provoking essays entitled, The Other End of the Telescope, Russell unpacks his experiences working in the corporate sector. At Workshop17 in March 2019, Ian gave a stirring presentation on the Heavy Chef stage about the particular problem of ‘fuzzy logic’.
Rich Mulholland a best-selling author and serial entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of exciting new startup TalkDrawer, a platform that helps managers be leaders through presentations. He bestrides the stage like a colossus, owning and driving excellence in the pursuit of free-thinking, insightful irreverence, and impassioned delivery. In this hilarious and insightful presentation, Rich takes us through the similarity between intermittent fasting and how we should gather information in our professional lives. Watch, listen and learn.
Kinay Ventures is a Dakar and Abidjan-based innovation and investment platform, co-founded by two inspiring African entrepreneurs, is coming to South Africa. Kinaya Ventures is donating The Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business to 160 emerging entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha. Find out how you can get involved by attending one of the meetups, in Cape Town and Johannesburg, in June 2019.
S'onqoba Vuba is a disruptor in the education space. Currently, S'onqoba is Managing Director of Perpetu8, an advisory and implementation consultancy for SMME’s. In a succinct and powerful presentation, S’onqoba speaks of the importance of rethinking education in the shadow of the 4th Industrial Revolution. She shares her views on how we can use technolog improve the way we, as humans, can improve our day-to-day living in the digital age.