30 episodes

The Tefo Mohapi Show brings you conversations with interesting people from across the world who have famously or infamously made an impact on the world. Expect unique and interesting insights into some of the people that make our world tick. We will together explore the views of my guests regarding the state of the world currently, the impact of digital technology on culture and how the world works, and what they think needs to be done to make our world better, or at minimum, how we can all get along better and do better.

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The Tefo Mohapi Show brings you conversations with interesting people from across the world who have famously or infamously made an impact on the world. Expect unique and interesting insights into some of the people that make our world tick. We will together explore the views of my guests regarding the state of the world currently, the impact of digital technology on culture and how the world works, and what they think needs to be done to make our world better, or at minimum, how we can all get along better and do better.

    Troy Hunt talks about starting Have I Been Pwned and preventing data breaches

    Troy Hunt talks about starting Have I Been Pwned and preventing data breaches

    In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show, we are joined by Troy Hunt, an Australian Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft valuable Professional for Developer security. Troy is also the founder of Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), a free service that aggregates data breaches and helps people establish if they've been impacted by malicious activity on the web.
    In this podcast, Troy also discusses how data breaches can be prevented and highlights that 99% of the time data breaches are results of human error, and if we acknowledge that, then data breaches can be prevented.
    Beyond this, Troy also talks about working for Pfizer, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation for fourteen years, his love for craft beer, traveling and speaking around the world, working from home, and about his book.
    Note: This episode was recorded in 2021.

    • 32 min
    Dudu Mkhwanazi on the consequences of service delivery failures in South Africa

    Dudu Mkhwanazi on the consequences of service delivery failures in South Africa

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been an eye-opener on many fronts. In South Africa, it has been shown that with enough urgency and willpower, our government can move into action and fast-track some service delivery. However, the coronavirus pandemic has also exposed the South African government's shortcomings as far as service delivery and infrastructure development is concerned.

    In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show, we are joined Duduzile (Dudu) Mkhwanazi, Managing Director of Uju Digital. Dudu also serves as an advisory board member for GirlCode and Fiam WiFi in Lagos, Nigeria.

    In this podcast, Dudu highlights how the South African government's bad decisions, and indecision affects us all through delayed public service delivery and in some cases no service delivery. One such example is the SA Connect broadband project which was supposed to have been rolled out across South Africa in 2013 but has barely moved into phase two in 2022.

    • 36 min
    Craig McLeod on building and scaling tech startups

    Craig McLeod on building and scaling tech startups

    According to Baobab Insights, as of 17th December 2020, the total investment into African startups in 2020 was $1,213 billion. This is some way behind the total recorded in 2019 ($1,987 billion) and slightly behind the 2018 total ($1,328 billion).

    The total number of unique companies that received investment has only slightly decreased from 429 in 2019 to 426 in 2020. So, perhaps the narrative that African technology startups copy and paste Silicon Valley business models might not be entirely true. We have seen companies like Yoco growing exponentially and Nigeria's Paystack being acquired by Stripe.

    So how can a startup founder ensure they secure VC investment?

    In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show, Craig McLeod, CEO of BoxCommerce shares with us what it takes to build a tech startup that scales. Craig also shares insights on venture capital, the importance of having the right team, and more.

    • 58 min
    Dion Chang talks about trends that are shaping our zeitgeist

    Dion Chang talks about trends that are shaping our zeitgeist

    Over the past half-decade, or even longer, it feels like something has changed drastically across the world. It could be the influence of social media and how it allows trends to scale quickly across the world, or it could be something else.

    One of those changes is more visibility being given to black people protesting and fighting against centuries of systemic racism. There’s another possible trend I have observed that, for lack of a better word, I call “nationalism."

    More and more politicians and people pushing for more inward focussed policies.

    Even in South Africa, we have witnessed many protests against big companies that have had racist advertisements and in some cases, we have observed as social media is being used by many people to try and push for an agenda against foreign nationals.

    The question that begs to ask though is are there any underlying trends that are driving these changes and sentiments?

    In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show we are joined by Dion Chang, Founder at South Africa’s Flux Trends, a company that analyses macro trends that influence social dynamics and our business interactions. Dion discusses and helps us understand some of the trends that look like they are shaping our zeitgeist.

    • 40 min
    Denisha Kuhlor on startups, music, and technology

    Denisha Kuhlor on startups, music, and technology

    A few days after George Floyd was killed by a policeman in the USA, protests erupted. Under the banner of the Black Lives Matter movement, the protests calling for justice for George Floyd and anyone else killed by police in America, soon spread globally.

    At the same time, a few days later after the fateful day that Floyd passed away, many companies and brands started publishing and broadcasting messages that they stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Some, like several VCs, investors, and accelerators, took this a step further and made commitments to Black startups and founders.

    When it comes to such statements and commitments, it is always important to check if the companies follow through.

    In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show, I speak to Denishar Kuhlor, a relationship manager responsible for Early Stage Tech at New York's Grasshopper Bank, about holding investors and companies accountable for the commitments they make.

    We also discuss music and technology and how the Internet has influenced not only the music business but also how music artists interact with their fans.

    • 40 min
    Ben Basche on trends that are shaping the future of technology

    Ben Basche on trends that are shaping the future of technology

    On 13 August 2020 something interesting happened. Firstly, Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, decided to allow players to make in-game purchases by paying it directly on iOS devices and not using Apple's in-app payment system. This led to Apple swiftly banning and removing the popular Fortnite game from its App store citing violation of rules.

    Things then escalated quickly on the same day as Epic Games would then file legal papers against Apple opposing the ban and saying that the company is abusing its App store monopoly. What was surprising is that Google would also later remove Fortnite from its Play Store. That was surprising because the Play Store is less restrictive than Apple's App Store.

    One thing that is emerging is that this battle, especially between Apple and Epic Games, appears to be one of those moments in history that will shape a few trends as far as app stores and online marketplaces go.

    Joining me on this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show to discuss this is Ben Basche, a Product Manager at one of the largest entertainment companies in Africa. We also talk about another trend that looks like it will disrupt how software products are developed, specifically how Amazon Web Services (AWS) is helping people develop software products without needing to do any programming, codeless.

    • 47 min

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