Monthly Archives: September 2009

Silicon Cape a trending topic on Twitter

Enter the Silicon Cape

I’m honoured to have been asked to MC the Silicon Cape launch next week. When Vinny Lingham asked me to do it a few weeks back, I said yebo gogo without hesitation. It’s a brilliant initiative. And it’s possibly going to be one of the most important and powerful gatherings this country has seen of […]

Which type of network suits your business?

Prosumer is one of those horrible words. But it does encapsulate an ethos sweeping through online business today (particularly media), where the audience/readers/viewers/consumers are no longer treated in a passive way but actively brought more into the business or publishing processes. It’s also known as crowd sourcing. To understand exactly what this means, here’s a […]

Oh Peter! You're just being sentimental

Duncan McLeod, former associate editor of the Financial Mail, recently burst onto the scene with a great new addition to my regular daily reads. On his new Techcentral site there have been two articles that caught my attention — the first being a fiery piece by former Vodacom CEO Allan Knott-Craig, and now an interview […]

Exclusive – Hot new local tech launch: The TwitterStick

Well, not that exclusive actually. This dates back to May, but Brendan Jack (of MTV Footskating fame) just brought this to my attention via his blog, starring the brilliant Rob Van Vuuren and his Hot New Tech Launch: The TwitterStick. LOL. They’re looking for an angel investor. I know you want it Vinny.

The model social media consultant

Just when the web was starting to get boring: Along came Nadia van der Merwe. Nadia’s video proclaiming herself to be a lingerie model-come-social media rockstar instantly went viral. It was a funny video, but also well put together. The world is a cynical place, and you’ll find cynicism with an extra bit of nastiness […]

A short word on innovation

Innovation in a business context is one of the most misunderstood concepts around. I have to admit that I’ve misunderstood it for most of my life too. I’ve grown to realise that ideas by themselves are pretty much worthless — and innovation really arises out of a process of execution of those ideas that tests […]

Mobile strategy for publishers

Here’s an edited presentation I did a while ago on mobile strategy at 20FourLabs.com. If you’re not a handset maker, a mobile operator or MXIT, then you face some tough challenges in the mobile web environment. The business environment of the mobile web is dominated by a few proprietary players and is not open season […]

To the 27 Dinner, James

Today the topic is transport. Chris Rawlinson, networker extraordinaire, of the 27Dinner, Stormhoek and Huddlemind, seems to be taking care of my transport needs these days — and this time he delivered a big car. For this 27Dinner we (Bridget, my other half) caught a limo (wot, wot) together with WebMovieStars The Perels (speaking about […]

Google sends out the cars for Street View SA

At last: Google today announced that it will begin imagery collection in South Africa for the Street View feature in its Google Maps. In the coming weeks Google, using Toyota Prius models, will begin driving around South Africa and taking photographs of locations, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Durban. Street View is […]