As a project manager, I had to make the “nice” girl in me grow up to be more of an “ass” (not completely I assure you). Because I knew if I didn’t, I’d always be stepped on — at work, in life, by anyone. Which is why I’m so glad to have gotten the opportunity to manage people. Because now, I know exact…
…y unflinching self-belief which is a pre-requisite in the pursuit of any entrepreneurial endeavour. My relentless search for fresh opportunities and means to revolutionise entire industries through disruptive innovation/technology are what fuel the burning desire to excel at everything I do and convince me that I have a chance. I hope the journey leads to an interesting story.
…tacles which consistently challenge you to reverse course and revert to the process of nothingness. The first challenge of starting up a start-up then is simple: Do something. By doing something, anything at all, it affords you the prospect of discovery and the chance to learn.
…rtups rarely have hubris, and that is why they try to survive by scaling beyond their comfort zones. There is no South African startup I have done business with that is not now working in more than 10 countries in Africa. I rarely see startups from Sub-Saharan Africa doing the same thing. Most prefer to “defend their market” by any means necessary, instead of finding new markets.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m actually quite happy to have competition, and PeopleSpark represents 15Five’s first direct competitor. Ultimately it’s great validation for the emerging employee engagement software category, and also serves as fodder for us to up our game, ensuring that we stay on our toes and keep innovating. However I take offense to blatant plagiarism and not giving credit where credit is due.