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Entrepreneur lessons – Avoid Looking Like an…

April 29, 2019

Signs that tell a VC you are an amateur? You bring “weird” people to the pitch meetings. Do not bring “advisors”. Do not bring anyone that isn’t a key employee. Do not have a non-CEO/founder lead a meeting. Invite the CEO or the CEO and co-founder only at first. You ask for money to... Read more

Racing Ahead – These VCs Were The…

April 12, 2019

Even though conversations centred around resisting the lure of VC money or doing away with it all together are just beginning to pop up in the West, it is a well-known fact that startups in this part of the world are still almost exclusively reliant on funding from VCs for growth and expansion and... Read more To view the article on weetracker.com click here.

South African VC firm aims to become…

April 11, 2019

Exclusive Interview by Neall De Beer: As PropTech takes shape on the African continent, Venture Capitalists are marrying disruptive tech innovation with capital and solving African problems. I caught up with Clive Butkow, CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, one of the leading African Venture Capital firms investing in PropTech. ND: Tell me about Kalon... Read more To view the article on Linkedin click here.

Empowering entrepreneurship with zero fees

April 11, 2019

The conversations around empowering entrepreneurship has become very dominant globally and locally. And the solution may be found in an initiative by a local South African company who has become the first payment processor to offer zero processing for emerging businesses and NGOs. Adesh Kisten, Chief Commercial Officer of Ozow joins CNBC Africa for... Read more To view the video on CNBC Africa website click here.

Don’t punish bad tenants

April 8, 2019

Rewarding tenants for being good renters rather than punishing them for being bad ones could be the key to disrupting the rental industry, believes Gil Sperling, CEO of Flow – a new app that aims to do just that. Flow – which launched in South Africa earlier this year – is a free mobile... Read more To view this article on fin24 click here.

ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK: Small start-ups can show big…

April 8, 2019

One of the great ironies of venture capital in SA is that the less money a start-up needs, the less likely it is to raise the needed capital. The primary reason is that large funds are looking for big returns, which they are unlikely to get from small investments or early-stage start-ups. But it... Read more To view the article on Times Live click here

i-Pay rebrands to Ozow

April 5, 2019

Instant EFT payment service provider, i-Pay, has rebranded to become Ozow Secure Payments. As part of the rebranding exercise, Ozow will offer zero processing fees to emerging businesses and non-profit organisations accepting EFTs for payments or donations through its gateway. In a statement, Ozow says start-ups, youth-run businesses and small, medium and micro enterprises... Read more

What a great venture capitalist should look…

April 5, 2019

The practices of venture capital in South Africa have barely matured during the last decade, but change is afloat. A new generation of empathetic investors realise what is required in the world of digital transformation and investing: It’s a great founder’s market. In the past, VCs held leverage over founders by controlling the purse... Read more To view this article on Ventureburn click here.

A Proptech (R)evolution

April 4, 2019

Author: Daniel Levy, co-founder of Flow Technology has revolutionised much of our daily lives. From buying groceries, to going on holiday, and booking a taxi to finding a plumber, tech has made our lives easier and more rewarding. Why then, is the property rental journey still the same as it was 100 years ago,... Read more To view this article on the Real Estate Investor website click here.