Monday, August 27, 2012

The ANC youth league are marching again and generally causing havoc and insecurity. Being a man of chaos theory or entropy theory as they call it, I have no problem with protestors or people voicing their opinion. The problem I have is that the so called march is just so old! I mean it must be the most archaic forms of protest left to man. What has been shown is that mass protests happen and then they end. Some take longer than others and some are more chaotic and violent. Some cause government shifts and some achieve nothing. What I do know is that they all start and they all end and then they are mostly forgotten unless a few people get killed. What irritates me the most is the archaic nature of the protest by so called young people when protests could be so much more and so much more creative, even to the point where protests become business opportunities. I am going to start a new company called My friend Yanga from the RAA academy designed a Toi ( squared) board for people to write messages on when they strike. I think we need a rubber brick that people can throw without damaging property or people. I saw in India an amazing colour festival where people throw all colours of paint and turn an area red and blue which then turns people. I will provide strikers with all the paint which can be washed off later. Instead of sticks and pangas and guns I will provide strikers with guns and items that look like sweets which they can brandish during the march and then eat afterwards. Enjoyment! I want to organise a specialised competition for the most creative new songs and dances as well as interesting uniforms of protestors. A sort of once a year festival for the groups that protest the most creatively. For R20,000 prize this should be interesting and a lot more fun than the kaapse klopse even. I mean when you look at protestors in the newspapers they usually look like they are having a ball....a great time....sometimes such fun with huge smiled on their faces. I also think we need a bit of youtube and other IT products that will hear what people have to say, follow marches on the internet when they happen etc. and what happened to the average boycott? If people have a problem boycott stuff! So when you all see the products and services think about what you can do to make protesting fun again. Its a great business opportunity!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

How do you clean a braaigrid? With an onion! Yes its true and onion. Now most people know this but why is their no product in the market that has taken a holding contraption where an onion can fit to clean a braai grid. This is a seeing the leaves concept because it stares us in the face but no one has taken the product to its logical conclusion. The product will be made and millions will be sold to all those avid braai guys. It will be patented and the brand will be sensei onion. Even my 9 year old son Noah could answer the question, How do you clean a braaigrid? Seeing the Leaves which is my technique to find the ideas that kick ass always come from the newspaper as this idea did. We looked at an ad for braai brickets and came up with the onion. Practice reading the newspapers and this will happen for you as well.
Talking about ideas i have been trying to encourage entrepreneurs to have more fun with products rather than being so serious. The fun stuff is important as it allows us to play and come up with crazy stuff. But the fun stuff is important because it allows us to practice us our ideas. Here are a few crazy ideas that you could play around with.
Cutlery made out of penises. Sounds crazy but reading in the papers this weekend the rise of sex toys has always grown. Imagine a spoon made out of a black penis eaten by a white woman. Race issues? Will it sell? Who cares!, it will create media attention and it will put the entrepreneurs name in lights. A little fame never hurts.
What about service delivery strikes? Are there crazy opportunties here? Why not design a special rubber brick for people to throw? Crazy, who cares!
What about the issue of free speech? A huge issue in South Africa? I have decided to launch a speakers corner like that in Hyde Park. Where people can have their say and stand on their soap box. Fun indeed but watch this space it will make media attention and it will create money, especially if it grows as a phenomenon across the country.
My wife went to Vereeniging where her dad is buried but all the graves had been damaged. This is common to many gravesites. Why not have a scary tokoloshi type company that scares people izinyoka style so they dont desecrate graves. Fun and serious at the same time.
So get out there and try some fun ideas. You never know, they may make you (in)famous!

So keep reading the newspapers

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hi Everyone, it seems like innovation and entrepreneurship are on the up and up in SA....actually it seems like its going through the roof! I do think that innovation is only just catching up in this country and that people are slowly seeing that to be successfull globally innovation into the future is the key. I have linked up with the DA (that is the political party) to help manage the youth entrepreneusrhip competition on the 31 Aug. I am really excited about this because i hate competitions as there are winners and losers. However the format we will be using is that anyone can pitch an idea between the ages of 16-28, and everyone will receive feedback, and anyone can win the pitching for new ideas and innovations there will be no losers! and thats the way it should be, as the more people who start innovative businesses the more people will be inspired and the more this country will be awesome. Talking about new awesome ideas the open public pitch sessions which we have been running for a while now have unearthed some real raw talent. A young school kid has come up with a kit that like costs R5 bucks and can test wether young kids will get injured in sport. The same R5 buck kit is used to develop the childrens strength so they dont get injured. Awesome! A muslim lady is starting a company that will produce Samoosas from everything and anything....imagine a pineapple and chilli samoosa....its been done, i've tasted it and its awesome. The next big food franchise? I hope so. Another youngster wants to develop a web and cell phone application that tells people when a SALE is on at a retailer. This will be awesome for all you shoppers out there. And my man Brandon and I are starting a new social art project called "speakers corner SA" where we will be developing the Hyde Park speakers corner concept with some amazing new formats in aid of FREE SPEECH in SA. Watch this project its going to be awesome. I am a speaker at the Innovation Summit on the 29th Aug in Joburg and am very excited to hear the other speakers as well. See my article in the Mail and guardian on Innovation on the 16th Aug as well. Remember to read the newspapers, be inspired and find that great new idea. On a final note some people at the open pitch sessions are asking about trademarks and some are worried that someone will steal their idea. I have this to say to all of you that think this way. Your idea is worthless until implemented. I have seen many people hold on secretly to their ideas ( and only tell their momma's ) and these ideas never see the light of day. You should be telling everyone about your idea and get it into the media. We live in that kind of age now. If you dont tell people about your ideas how will you find an investor. The banks dont really care! So if anyone asks me to sign an NDA ( non disclosure agreement) they probably need to go and find another investor not me, beacuse i will show them the door! I'm off to Joburg this weekend to convince people that like King Solomon ( the wisest dude who ever lived) perhaps their is a solution we cant see to solve the wars in Israel. I will tell you how that went next time!