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The South African music scene has evolved so much in the last decade. I personally love listening to one of our top DJ’s, ‘Euphonik’. Check out my Spotify playlist of South African artists to hear his sound along with many others.
Skybok was fortunate to film some incredible music venues that contributed to the country’s music scene by providing platforms for local artists to reach new audiences + connect with old ones.
Here are stand out places we filmed in various cities:
We shot the Skybok People Profile of Steph G this week – he is a talented designer in Cape Town, South Africa. Stay tuned for his Video Profile, up soon on our YouTube Channel.
We shot the Skybok Profile of Winand this week – he is a talented organist in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Stay tuned for his Video Profile, up soon on our YouTube Channel!
That includes holy days. All-night coding sessions, missed meals + triple espressos are the order of the day.
To a customer, the “beta testing” label doesn’t mean much. If you keep making mistakes + your buttons don’t work + their password gets leaked, saying that you were “in beta” isn’t going to make them feel better – or stick around.
Badmouthing competitors sounds a little too much like gossip. “We’re very careful: we don’t talk about competitors, we don’t slag them, we don’t throw them under the bus,” says Dave Olson, VP Community at HootSuite. The point is to focus on building a better product. “We don’t compete against people; we compete against ourselves,” he explains.
If you have to compare yourself to Mark Zuckerberg, you probably shouldn’t be compared to Mark Zuckerberg. Brian Wong, the 21-year-old founder of Kiip, complains about this phenomenon: “This is giving birth to a generation, unfortunately, of extremely cocky, ego-driven young entrepreneurs that think that just because they’re young, they should be paid attention to,” he says.
“I am my own person, I am my own class of entrepreneur, and I will build a company without anybody asking me how I built it compared to someone else. I’m going to build it my way.”
Otherwise, your customers will be vengeful rather than forgiving masters. Social media has made business more + more transparent, so it’s hard to get away with apologies that don’t admit wrongdoing – “We are sorry if some were offended” – or apologies that skew the facts.
Zvi Band, the CEO of Contactually, recommends keeping in touch with current investors every 2 weeks + potential investors every week.
And while you may not always follow investors’ advice, show some respect + actually take it seriously. Even if they didn’t create your startup, they are helping it grow.
Holding out your hopes for a $1 billion acquisition like Instagram’s is foolhardy, to say the least. And even profit-hungry investors don’t want to hear about your acquisition fantasies. “If you show me a slide as an early-stage company that mentions your exit opportunities, and in 3 years you’ll sell to Google for that return to me, I’ll just laugh at you – but the laughing means you’re dead,” says Jeff Clavier of SoftTechVC.
In a recent scandal, one of WakeMate’s cofounders used the startup’s email list and Twitter account to promote his new product, MiLife+, and raise funds on Indiegogo. He claimed it was affiliated with WakeMate, but the other cofounder didn’t know anything about it. Here’s the full story. The Indiegogo project was eventually taken down due to the drama.
Closing down a startup may be a painful process + an admission of failure, but it frees you up to move on to the next exciting thing. “You got a lot of good guys running companies that are not doing well, when they could be joining forces and building a lot more value,” says Mohan Belani, the founder of Asian tech blog e27. “I call it a zombie. People don’t want to kill themselves.”
Virtuous choices including being a mentor or investor, opening an accelerator + donating pizzas to hungry entrepreneurs in your your community.
And that’s the way to startup heaven.
Thanks for this awesome article Tech.Co!
Social media itself is a catch-all term for sites that may provide radically different social actions. For instance, Twitter is a social site designed to let people share short messages or “updates” with others. Facebook, in contrast is a full-blown social networking site that allows for sharing updates, photos, joining events and a variety of other activities.
Why would a business who has a website which comes up in a search engine care about social media? Because the two are very closely related.
Social media often feeds into the discovery of new content such as news stories, and “discovery” is a search activity.
Social media can also help build links that in turn support into SEO efforts.
Many people also perform searches at social media sites to find social media content.
Social connections may also impact the relevancy of some search results, either within a social media network or at a ‘mainstream’ search engine.
A current feed (daily updates) ensures your brand is top of the news stream or search results. This means potential customers are more likely to find you.
An active community on social media channels leads to community which leads toengaged customers who keep coming back and using your product/service.
A personal touch to your brand makes people feel connected to you in a unique way, wanting to share in the experience that is your brand.
Including your customers in your giveaways, sales information, ongoings behind the scenes makes them feel supportive + patriotic.
Having social channels lends to transparency for your brand which means feedback from your audience.
This all means more feet through the door, a deeper understanding of your clients, a chance to improve your service or product and better (bigger!) business.
Hashtagging is a popular way for brands to run competitions, giveaway tickets to events + generally get people talking about the brand.
Here in Cape Town, it’s become a hot trend to see shops such as Topshop, Mr Price, Zara, Guess, Sunglass Hut + other fashion stores display hashtags on their windows. This isn’t just limited to clothing stores, though. Places like Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay, Mac, CNA or even coffee shops like Vida e Caffè are catching on. In fact, you’ll see references to social media channels pretty much everywhere now – banks, bars, theatres, camera stores, bookstores, restaurants and even liquor stores have some kind of “voice” set up online. It’s about:
+ brand awareness
+ audience interaction
+ growing business
Skybok recently produced a video profile for The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay here in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. This is part of our global “Connect Rotary” Initiative.
The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay meets every Tuesday at the Tata Madiba Conference and Function Room at the Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre and Conferencing Venue in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. See their website here and their Facebook page here.
Rotary is an International Humanitarian Organisation. For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures and occupations to take action in their communities and worldwide. Clubs are non-political, non-religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds.
We bring together leaders to exchange ideas and take action to help empower youth, enhance health, promote peace and eradicate polio.
You can support our work by contributing to The Rotary Foundation at www.rotary.org/contribute.