Tag: technology

Time vs Value

I recently visited the serene beaches of Mozambique and decided my time with family and friends was more important than access to a network for my devices. So I decided to not get a local sim card and stay offline. To my surprise the dogs and the house were still in one piece, and the world survived without me – sjoe, what a relief! Have you ever put off a sideline project around the house, a ...

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Sleeping On The Job

The worlds biggest ride hailing company owns no vehicles. The worlds largest retailer holds no merchandise. You know where I’m going with this. We’ve all heard the rhetoric -and quite frankly it’s getting a bit old- but it’s something that we can all relate to. I guarantee you are a user of at least one of these disruptors, enjoying unparalleled user experiences at the expense of thousands of b...

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Get Your Head In The Cloud

Roy L. Smith wrote that the successful businessman is the one who finds out what the matter is with his business before his competition does. Failure to anticipate or react to competition, technology or changes in the marketplace can lead a business into the red zone. When last did you hear the phrase "Add me on Mxit", or "Beep me on my pager" (assuming you’ve ever seen one)? Remember Kodak?...

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You’ve Got Mail

Picture this. It’s a Monday morning. You’ve just got into work feeling breezy after a good weekend filled with your favourite things. Your computer is just starting to warm up, when your boss comes over to you with a concerned look on their face. They start asking about the prospective clients you were meant to get in touch with on Friday before you left the office. They ask if you’ve set up me...

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It’s Virtually Reality

It's 2021, 6 am. Your alarm goes off, you wake up and slowly rub your eyes. You turn to your left, plonk your feet on the ground and reach for your…glasses? Not any old glasses, but your HoloLens 5 Mixed Reality headset, your gateway to a brand-new world, an all-encompassing 24/7 fast-paced digital planet from where you live and breathe. You walk downstairs, and as you pass the bathroom a vi...

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‘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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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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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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