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22 August 2018
There are several retail models that have remained unchanged throughout their existence, banking is most definitely not one of them. Banking has seen significant improvements over its existence, however, the way we interact with banks remains a brick and mortar branch. Will that change with smartphone banking? First National Bank (FNB) and Capitec Bank are...
13 August 2018
I’ve recently attended a workshop on deep and machine learning hosted by Rabbiteer. Not having any formal experience with Machine Learning, I was hoping to get my feet wet with a simple “Hello World” application. Instead, I was introduced to an unforgivably simple way of generating album covers based on year, genre, color scheme etc. with a few...
7 August 2018
On a continent where a huge proportion of the population is “un-banked”, financial innovations are driving increased access to financial services to this traditionally under-served market. Fintech is solving problems that will aid in increasing economic growth, will reduce poverty and will create new market opportunities.  The Context Traditionally, this huge market segment has been slow...
31 July 2018
Creative confidence is the notion that you have big ideas and that you are able to act on them, according to David Kelley (Founder of IDEO). Many successful innovation companies have cross-functional teams that create great ideas, but what really creates great innovation are teams with creative confidence. It does not mean you need to...
26 July 2018
Written by Brett Terespolsky – first published on Bizcommunity 29 May 2018 Being left behind The evolution of the internet has brought about a lot of disruption. From the way we share information to hospitality, there are the obvious big players in the industry that we have all come to know and understand. This piece...
24 July 2018
Few things in this world are considered more boring than accounting; even to my accountant friends.  People who pick up a book about innovation and startups are usually looking for something a little more exciting. Believe me, if it were possible to accomplish the goal of creating an instrument of continuous innovation without accounting reform,...
11 July 2018
Does instant innovation exist? Discussions around innovation strategies always remind me of my favourite childhood dessert: jelly. It was so easy to make and it intrigued me that it could go from a powder to a jiggly and colourful blob by adding boiling water. It seems to me that many organisations take the instant innovation...
28 June 2018
Amazon, Facebook and Google have had tremendous success for the greater part of two decades. To add to this, businesses that have similar characteristics, Airbnb and Uber, are now worth more than Hilton and General Motors respectively. What do these companies have in common? And can they be compared to Bitcoin and Ethereum? I’ve been...
21 June 2018
Lately, I have found myself wondering about the business of starting a business and wanted to share my learnings. Having been a part of two traditional startups and now being part of the Switch innovative strategy way of work I have come to realise where I went wrong and what I could have done better...
14 June 2018
The spice industry got disrupted by the refrigerator. And the refrigerator is set to be disrupted by a button that puts fresh food in your mouth. Sometimes our ideas on how to disrupt a specific industry predominantly follows the same track: “We need to build an app/website/product to disrupt X”. However, there’s a lot more...

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