Platforms, The Platform Revolution, Communities and customer retention, the building of smart connected ecosystems – there’s a wealth of topics, yet I still managed a fortnight of blog writer’s block. Then I listened to Reid Hoffman interview Caterina Fake, one of the co-founders of Flicker. “We need a more human internet,” says Fake (and yes over the years this surname has apparently caused pain, including the cancellation of travel tickets, social media reporting and more.)
Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 20 February 2019 1:00 PM CAT
Blog 2 in the Platform series. Your customer of days past was in the dark. If they purchased an item, they had no idea what the profit margin may be. Endeavours to understand where the best price may be was an onerous task. Consumer responses to new and more competitive products were not broadly available.
Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 13 February 2019 2:45 PM CAT
The Platform disruptors Blog Series – Blog 1
Just take a look at where disruption has come from over the recent 10 years or so. Do you think taxi, hotel and music disruption are about new products? They’re not, they’re about platforms.
The online community imperative for B2B brands
Blog 4 in the 2019 series.
Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 23 January 2019 3:55 PM CAT
Like me, from time to time, you possibly feel that the pace of innovation is pretty insane and sometimes even overwhelming. In just a few years we’ve probably changed over 50% of the way in which we consume stuff. The Collaborative Era thinking, that ‘access’ triumphs over ‘ownership’, coupled with the management of excess, has driven disruption in many areas including, transport and accommodation, among others. With access to a world of talent, acquisition of skills and services in business today is so radically different and would have been unimaginable just 10 years ago. Creative destruction caused by technology is rampant. Are you still asking WHY you need a community?
Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 16 January 2019 11:35 AM CAT
Lego has helped kids build cool stuff since the 1930s but they may not have built their firewalls quite as well as their product. In 2005 their software tool, the Lego Factory, got hacked by some tech-savvy LEGO enthusiasts.
Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 09 January 2019 12:35 PM CAT
Communities are without a doubt becoming more and more critical to business, to civil society and non-government organisations, and to government. For the past few years, we’ve curated content and written prolifically about collaboration. A few months ago I decided on a reboot as collaboration is a strong outcome of shared-purpose communities and it seemed prudent to, in some ways rewind to the basics and in other ways fast forward to how communities are built, nurtured, measured and sustained.
Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 19 October 2018 3:05 PM CAT
Dear LTA Champions - - - Okay I start off with saying this. A picture speaks 1000 words, so having quality images makes your business really stand out from the rest.
Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 13 September 2018 1:20 PM CAT
Projects aimed at growing the Western Cape tourism sector and creating new jobs are starting to show dividends.
According to Stats SA, in South Africa, 1 in 23 people is employed in the tourism sector.
In the Western Cape economy, tourism is responsible for creating a combined total of 300 000 jobs.
Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 06 September 2018 2:00 PM CAT
Four years ago, I predicted South Africa to be the next big trend in wine. Twenty years after the end of apartheid and international isolation should be a golden time for wine, as new investment in vineyards and wineries begins to pay off, I argued.