The conversations are casual and unscripted. We talk about life, business and hope to inspire you with insights, lessons learnt and fast track hacks from these entrepreneurs that you can implement in your own business.
The journey of starting and running your own business is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It’s not always glamorous and requires dogged determination to stay the course. Now more than ever we need to share, collaborate and learn from one another to not only survive in this economic climate, but thrive!
Dating in the Age of COVID: Tinder Tales
I sit down with Deon, a single guy and we chat about what it’s like dating in the age of Covid. The discussion is candid and honest, and we get into the juicy bits like whether kissing is allowed.
As a gay man, Deon reflects on how the community is handling this health crisis and whether Covid has deterred gay men from dating at all.
This is a subject I’ve wanted to tackle for a while now and thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. I hope you will too!
Hold My Beer - Part 2: Doing the Right Thing
Part two of my conversation with Khanyi Pupuma, Founder of Ekhaya Brewery we talk about the ethics of business in South Africa. Exploring this dilemma that finds so many people outside the loop of economic empowerment and the role of the Entrepreneur torn between profit and ethics.We talk about capitalism, a living wage vs the minimum wage and the role of government in setting the tone. Ethics in business is often not talked about, so here we explore this and ultimately socio economic equality in South Africa.
Hold My Beer - Part 1: Have you got enough beer money?
I sat down with Khanyi Pupuma, Founder of Ekhaya Brewery a small business based in Cape Town, South Africa. Episode 1: I this episode we talk about the navigation of exporting goods to a neighbouring African Country and the challenges he faced. The newly launched African Conitnental Free Trade Area or AFCTA, looks so great on paper, but the reality on the ground as you'll hear from our conversation is littered with corruption, red tape and bribary.
The Digital Nomad - Life on the road in a global pandemic
In this episode of the Business of People I sat down with Oliver Boyers, a recent convert to the lifestyle of a digital nomad. Oliver is a web developer by profession which means as long there’s good wifi, he can work from anywhere. We talk about his narrow escape from Chile, South America in the days leading up to our hard lock-down in South Africa. How things changed on the ground in a matter of days and some hairy moments in transit at Dubai airport. We also get into his lock-down project, Nomad Travel Tools, a web application that covers over 9,000 cities around the world providing crucial information for travellers during the planning phase of a trip. Like all great ideas, this one was born from a clear lack of this kind of information for travellers. Stuff like, internet speeds and cost of a coca-cola. What’s very cool too is that users of the tool can contribute too, so the information stays current and relevant. We also talk about surfing and getting his ass kicked by his girlfriend at Muay Thai. More on Nomad Travel Tools, here https://nomadtraveltools.com/
The Hustler - Always be hustling
I sat down with George Gabriel, a mover and shaker in Cape Town, and a guru of all things community. I met George back in 2015 at a coworking conference representing a space he had created in Woodstock and the thing that stood out for me was unlike most, his focus was 100% on building community. Community building is the life blood of coworking, an obvious statement you might think, but you’d be surprised at how often this crucial element is overlooked for aesthetics and gadgets. In this time of Covid-19 the relevance of community and how to build and foster a thriving community is more relevant than ever. George shares his vision of a reimagined post lock-down economy in South Africa by using the innovation of the coworking movement and the shared economy model of Uber and Airbnb. We talk about business and how to go about reimagining capitalism in a world post-COVID-19.
The Academic - Turning lockdown into an opportunity
An impromptu sit down with Dr. Denise Toussaint, a self-proclaimed recovered academic that started her own business in 2019. In this episode, we reflect on the aftermath of business in a Covid-19 world. Her business, StadtGold pre lockdown, was a thriving Airbnb operation with 20 clients/properties in the Western Cape. The journey of this startup is a familiar tale of figuring out contracts with clients, employing staff and dealing with that niggly thing called cash-flow. By December 2019 her business was rocking, so much so that she took on additional premises to further streamline the operational side of the business, like laundry. Then came lock-down and everything stopped. Tourists were leaving Cape Town in their thousands and the government closed the borders. And then the reality sets in, zero income. Perhaps its her academic background that stepped in at this point, but instead of climbing into a dark hole and hiding, she grabbed this forced period of reflection to start again. We talk about how a potentially devastating period of lock-down actually provided the perfect opportunity for a reset. This time, from a place of strength and resilience.