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‘The Economist: Thinking Spaces’ Launches E-Book To Showcase Where Readers Go To Think

‘The Economist: Thinking Spaces’ Launches E-Book To Showcase Where Readers Go To Think

The Economist: Thinking Spaces this week launched an e-book of its ‘50 favourite spaces’ containing personal insights from the fans who submitted them. The Economist’s 2011 European brand campaign, ‘Thinking Spaces’, showcases the inspiring places all over the world where people go to think, reaching a community of more than 40,000 fans. The aim of [...]

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Being an Entrepreneur – what does that really mean?

Being an Entrepreneur – what does that really mean?

For current employees and recent graduates, becoming an entrepreneur sounds like an exciting move away from a dead-end job or the prospect of unemployment. While starting your own business can be fulfilling and stimulating, it is also challenging and risky. Sam and Rob Paddock, entrepreneur brothers who have started several businesses together, provide some insights on what it really [...]

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The changing face of Entrepreneurship in South Africa

The changing face of Entrepreneurship in South Africa

The idea of Entrepreneurship has undergone some sweeping changes in the recent past, and nowhere more so than right here in SA. These are just a few of the reasons for, and outcomes of, people having an entirely different take on going into business for oneself… Being an entrepreneur is no longer seen as being mad. [...]

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The Importance of Entrepreneurship in a South African Economy

The Importance of Entrepreneurship in a South African Economy

A reader posted this question: “What is the importance of entrepreneurship in the South African economy?” Firstly, let me start with my own definition: An entrepreneur is someone who creates new wealth through the creation of new value. The simplest way to understand this is to think of someone making, say, fudge (my favourite). Fudge [...]

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Entrepreneur Qualities and Characteristics: Focus

Entrepreneur Qualities and Characteristics: Focus

Focus is the opposite of blurred, and in my life blurred is never good, especially for entrepreneurs. The loss of focus will always lead to tumble weed existence, back and forth with no progress. Simply put focus for any entrepreneur is a result of three things; finding clarity, removing clutter and building energy. Bruce Wade [...]

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Entrepreneur Qualities and Characteristics: Passion

Entrepreneur Qualities and Characteristics: Passion

When we speak of passion all a guy will think of is hot steamy….. well you know. Ok! Focus: stop that movie in your head, here we are talking about the passion for life; the energy that gets us up in the morning with anticipation of a serendipitous adventure ahead. Passion for an entrepreneur is [...]

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Do you want to be an Entrepreneur?

Do you want to be an Entrepreneur?

An Ideate reader asked the question “I want to start my own business, but am anxious about leaving my job. What do I have to do to be an entrepreneur?” There are many employees with aspirations to be a successful entrepreneur but afraid to take the first step. I would say 3R’s apply here: Research, [...]

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8 Reasons Why People Start Their Own Businesses

8 Reasons Why People Start Their Own Businesses

We all know someone who’s gone into business for themselves – a family member, a friend or an ex-colleague. The amazing thing is that every one of them has their own story about why they did it! Some fell into it, some had no choice, others were hit by a bolt of inspiration. While there [...]

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Entrepreneur Qualities and Characteristics: Humility

Entrepreneur Qualities and Characteristics: Humility

Humility is not a synonym for doormat. It is a character that is possessed by very few, especially in an age where personal marketing and self perception are key marketing techniques used by many entrepreneurs. Bruce Wade is a survivor of the corporate and NGO world, author, speaker, business owner and entrepreneur, Bruce now runs [...]

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1 Min. with a Superhero: CEO of Capsicum Culinary Studio, Claudia Katz

1 Min. with a Superhero: CEO of Capsicum Culinary Studio, Claudia Katz

Today we chat to Claudia Katz, CEO of Capsicum Culinary Studio, about what it takes to be a CEO and how the industry is effecting entrepreneurial growth. Yolandi Janse van Rensburg writes about social media, marketing, life and, of course, cars. We say “of course” because Yolandi is nuts about anything on 4 wheels and [...]

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