Category: Opinion

‘Z(ee)’ latest Consumer

So, the world seems to have finally got a bit of a handle on what a Millennial is and how they behave, which is pretty good news. Unfortunately, there’s already a new breed finding their feet in the modern world, and by all accounts they are nothing short of Millennials on steroids. Referred to as iGen’s, the truth generation, the Snapchat generation, Gen Zers or, more typically, Generation ...

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Reboot Your Brain

I recall a popular phrase growing up: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!”. I’m of the opinion you can, but it requires effort, a hunger and thirst for the required reboot. Imagine walking in the jungle on a well-travelled path to get water (essential resource). You believed there was a shorter smarter path, but it required much effort to investigate, cutting back the jungle, perhaps removi...

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The Innovator’s Dilemma

Back in 2017 I wrote a blog about the inevitable failure of the world’s most successful businesses. At the time I thought it was edgy and controversial – it wasn’t. Upon re-reading my spew a few years on, I realized that there was a fundamental gap in my reasoning. Call it youthful ignorance, maybe just innocent naivety, never-the-less, I must set the record straight - there’s another important...

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Nudge Hunting

Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink ....

Manipulation is synonymous with deceit, extortion, lies and bad things in general but what if we could harness all that we know about manipulation and use it to improve the world around us? We are all in the business of influencing people to achieve our desired outcomes, whether you are aware of it or not, it is something we do constantly. In business we are trying to get people to buy into ...

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How to Catch a Millenial

With 30 Trillion dollars changing hands in the next 30 years how do you ensure you don't miss you!

Did you know that in the next 30 years an estimated $30 trillion dollars (I’m not even going to convert that in to rands because the number’s so big) will be changing hands from Baby Boomers to Gen Xers and Millenials? This will be the largest transfer of wealth in recorded history. Not to mention there’s a lot of wealth being independently generated in the meantime. So how exactly do you go...

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The Multi-Armed Bandit

To Exploit or Explore?

Imagine this, you’re at a casino, of course, trying your luck. There are 10 slot machines in front of you, each one has a potential reward. Your Goal- maximize your winnings. How do you go about it? Do you sit at one machine the entire night and try exploit your winnings? Or do you chance it and move from machine to machine exploring the various options available? Believe it or not this simp...

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The Market for Lemons

The impact of imperfect information in the information age

Idea 1: The Paradox of Privacy

Digital currency is nothing new. We have all heard of Bitcoin, seen the ads for eWallets, and probably pondered on the fact that our actual hard-earned Rands are mainly just stored as a series of binary numbers on a system at our preferred bank. Consider quantitative easing for example – do you think the US g...

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AQscuse me? Where are all the lawyers?

Where are all the Lawyers?

He looks out the window at the harsh African sun reflecting off Nairobi’s skyscrapers and thinks to himself “Man, I did it! The hard work has finally paid off. I’m working at the world’s LARGEST law firm!” Following in the footsteps of the four other employees at the firm, Michael was headhunted after finishing top in the University of Gabarone Read more

The times, they are a changin’

The Lunatics Run the Asylum

A lot was going on in the 60’s (I do wish I had been there to see some of it!). Hippies were making their pilgrimage to Woodstock, Neil Armstrong was preparing for his moonwalk and the very first information technologies were being developed and refined. Just a few years earlier the Standard and Poor’s 500 index was amalgamated. An American stock market index based on the market capitalizati...

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What’s the big deal with quantum computing?

Have you heard about the next big phase in computing?

Moore’s Law is dead. Well, at least that’s how it’s looking right now. In case you’re scratching your head, Moore’s Law is the one where computing power doubles every two years. It was stated by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and has held true for many years. However, the ability to continue to improve the capacity of current computers is now diminishing, and has led to even Gordon’s brainchi...

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