INVESTMENT: Avoiding “too good to be true” scams

cyber-crime

Simon brown unpacks two investment scams. Any offer of quick wealth should be viewed with scepticism, especially if it comes from a stranger cold-calling you.

BUSINESS: eCommerce opportunities for local entrepreneurs

e-commerce

Technological advancements have changed business leading to many opportunities for local entrepreneurs to take in the eCommerce environment.

COVER: Are we heading for another dot-com crash?

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In 2014 venture capitalists invested $48.3bn (R581bn) into tech deals. The rise in investment of tech companies has resulted in talk of another dot-com bubble burst. The question it seems, is not whether it will happen but when we should expect it to. Larry Claasen sheds some light.

BUSINESS: Expensive internet holding back small business

Internet transaction

Expensive internet excludes small business from level playing field. Small start ups do not have the budget for high speed internet, whereas bigger businesses are benefiting with the playing field in their favour.

INSIGHT: E-commerce changing traditional business

e-commerce

New age, e-commerce consumers are challenging traditional business models, especially in Africa. Brands need to adapt their business models and strategies in order to remain relevant to consumers.

MANAGEMENT: Brand leadership in the 21st century

Investment

The world of business is shifting its focus to brand leadership and management. A brand delivers a unique meaning to add value and connect a product with its target audience, explains Dr Carla Enslin of Vega School of Brand Leadership.

ENTREPRENEUR: Google SA offers workshop to women

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With International Women’s Day approaching, Google SA is offering a workshop to women entrepreneurs. The workshop will focus on encouraging women to start digital businesses.

MANAGEMENT: When good enough is enough

Management 2

The “good enough” principle seems counter-intuitive, but it has stood software companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook in good stead. Francois Swanepoel demystifies agility when it comes to innovation.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Why we need competitors

Branding

Most entrepreneurs dream of having a market to themselves, free from the threat of competitors. But competition is actually good for business. Colette Symanowitz gives us seven reasons why.

MANAGEMENT: Forget about employee loyalty

happy employees

According to a survey of approximately 250 000 employees at Fortune 500 companies, people are increasingly leaving their jobs for greener pastures. Other global studies also show that employee loyalty is at record lows. We take a closer look.