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Christine Meintjes and Iaan van Niekerk discuss entrepreneurship

Published by on Nov 10th, 2014, No Comments

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Iaan van Niekerk and Christine Meintjes discuss their entrepreneurial journey, sharing their success stories as well as lessons they have learnt along the way.

They are a passionate entrepreneurial power team with so much knowledge to share.

Christine tells us more about what it’s like to be one of South Africa’s top wedding photographers, shooting more than 200 weddings all over the world. She also discusses the ins and outs of having one of the most successful blogs in South Africa The Pretty Blog.

Check out the full interview below: (more…)

Q&A with the man who wants to colonise Mars

Published by on Nov 4th, 2014, No Comments

mars-one1Every scientist today will tell you that we are slowly draining our planet of natural resources and that we are polluting the atmosphere at such an alarming rate that life might not be possible in a 100 years or so. To save humankind from extinction scientists have been thinking and working on ways to colonise different parts of our solar system. Bas Lansdorp has thus far invested a fortune in his Mars One project. The non-profit project has a singular goal, to put a human expedition on Mars by 2025. But there are a lot of planning and developing and fund raising to be done before then. Here is an interview with the visionary himself… (more…)

Ask Mark Zuckerberg anything in his first Q&A

Published by on Oct 31st, 2014, No Comments

facebook-question-600Facebook has an estimated 1.35 billion users and most of them have a lot of burning questions for the social media giant but usually they just talk among their friends and never truly get a straight answer. Well, following in the footsteps of Reddit’s “Ask me anything” sessions, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg will drop the walls around his company and act as “customer support” himself next week in Facebook’s first community Q&A. (more…)

John Ive and Elon Musk talking transportation and design (video)

Published by on Oct 21st, 2014, No Comments

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We don’t often get full interviews on YouTube, but thanks to Vanity Fair, this time we do. Vanity Fair have posted their full video interviews with both John Ive and Elon Musk, giving you an insight into how the two executives work.

Musk talks about Tesla’s semi-automated Model S P85D and discusses the motivations behind the science fiction-inspired transport from SpaceX and Tesla. He also thinks it’s extremely important to go to Mars someday soon.

Ive, on the other hand, focuses on his design philosophies and processes (as you might expect from the Apple exec). Check out both interviews below: (more…)

Springlab: SA venture builder for African startups

Published by on Feb 26th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Springlab’s doors are now officially open. Springlab is a new technology incubator based in Cape Town and setting out to foster entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The founders of Springlab are Eugen Petersen (co-founder of Zando, Africa’s largest online fashion store) and Sheraan Amod (co-founder of Personera, a US-based venture capital backed firm), who bring diverse local and international startup experience to the company. Strategic advisor Randolf Jorberg (founder of Gulli.com, one of Europe’s largest online tech communities) is renowned as one of Germany’s top online marketers and brand builders. (more…)

LG impresses at G-Flex / G Pro Lite Launch

Published by on Feb 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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LG Mobile is taking on the premium smartphone market with a vengeance since launching the G2 last year. The latest edition to their arsenal is the G-Flex curved 6inch monster. We were invited to the LG Mobile SA launch of their flagship G-Flex and cheaper G Pro Lite launch on Thursday (January 30th). LG has been gaining market share slowly but surely in 2013 and it wasn’t a surprise when the G2 was named gadget of the year (2013) in Stuff magazine and other publications. LG Mobile are preparing for a massive public launch of the G-Flex in late March (effective April) this year and I can see why this curved phone is going to turn some heads. (more…)

Kim Dotcom – Life of a Millionaire under house arrest (video)

Published by on Jan 10th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Kim Dotcom, owner of file-sharing website Megaupload.com, saw his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand, raided by antiterrorist police supported by helicopters. It was hard to understand exactly why officials believed such a massive display of force was necessary, but now word comes that FBI told New Zealand police that Dotcom had a “doomsday device” capable of destroying evidence worldwide.

He has since been released on bail and is under house arrest in his New Zealand home. We all know him because of the file sharing site MegaUpload, but he is actually much more interesting than that business would suggest. In the mid 90’s he pioneered Flash animation on the internet. He also invented a way of doing video conferencing over a cell phone in 1999, when most people didn’t have one yet. So what does a millionaire do when he can’t leave his house? He becomes one of the best video gamers in the world, of course. At the time of his house raid in 2011 he was confirmed as the best Call of Duty player in the world.

Check out his interview video with VICE that was recorded in October 2013 below (Warning: it does contain strong language): (more…)

Motorola modular phone prototype is almost ready (video)

Published by on Dec 9th, 2013, No Comments

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This concept has come a very long way in a short space in time. How it all happened behind our backs, we are not sure. But according to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, Project Ara – which only came to light a bit more than a month ago – is nearing completion. Well, at least the prototype is almost ready.

“The idea is you have a skeleton that holds together a set of components and the components slide in and out,” Woodside told YouTuber Brownlee, explaining the modular cell phone project that was revealed in October. The CEO said that a prototype is “pretty close” to being ready. He adds that it will be sold through its Moto Maker platform, which it is currently using for selling the Moto X and the Moto G in the United States and Canada. (more…)

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