Mongezi Mtati | @Mongezi
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Category Archives: small business

Letting go of passion projects that turn into monsters

Letting go of the monstrous expectations we have of ourselves and the “projects” we dream up is akin to losing a great friendship that no longer serves its purpose. In the long term, you later realize that it was the best decision you ever made.

Ask Richard Branson: I need your help

The Branson Centre is hosting a Google Hangout with Richard Branson on Friday 16 November. Part of it is that you get to ask Richard Branson any question, the five with the most votes, will be answered by Richard Branson himself. Here’s where I need your help, I asked a question this morning and would […]

Avoid Crowds Altogether: Notes From Ignore Everybody

When we think of starting something, we are advised to “stand out” or “be different” but Hugh MacLeod suggests you should avoid crowds, instead of standing out from them.

Snapshot of the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit 2011 #DILS11

The Discovery Invest Leadership Summit happened this Wednesday and caused a lot of conversation both online, and among attendees at the Sandton Convention Centre (Johannesburg). Being my first one, I had really high expectations, and they raised the bar from the moment I arrived. Without going into too much detail about all the talks, the […]

The topless host, potjiekos and the resistance

Resistance for startups eventually subsides with time. Getting large corporate companies and clients to listen to you may take time, but it happens eventually. Don’t be surprised when you sign a deal in 5 minutes.

Short Book Review: Poke The Box by Seth Godin

In his book Poke The Box, Seth Godin cuts through all assumptions and challenges you right from the start. He tempts you out of comfort, he calls you out, he asks you to take a stand. No contents pages, no forewords, no introductions – he just gets right into it.

Chilli Cheese Fries and unusual buzz

Some days you get so busy, lunch becomes a distant reflection. Except those days when you actually put everything down. You leave the office and go sit somewhere.  Even then, little do you expect lunch itself to make it into your conversation. What’s for lunch? So we went to a little restaurant called Tasha’s with […]

Lose The Business Plan : Book Review

Business plans are never a true reflection of what goes on in a startup. Yet banks, funders and potential investors still insist on them. My mentor told me something very interesting recently, which also transformed the way I view business since that chat. His words were “don’t plan too much, take your product to market […]

Your Great Following Is An Illusion

Whether a customer pays you or not, they have expectations. Do you know what they expect? This past Friday I went to a show in Johannesburg, where DJ Premier was playing. In a nutshell Premier, for me, is one of Hip Hop’s superheroes a ninja. An icon. He wields nanchuks that are foundation of Hip […]

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