While there are many definitions of entrepreneurship; that it may be viewed as the creation or extraction of value is the one I like best. The proposition of founding a business that creates value by helping others build their businesses was at first quite scary, but at the same time enthralling. What stood out most about it, is that it presented a unique entrepreneurial journey.

The entrepreneurial journey is one of continuous learning, and that could not be truer of the journey offered by Ventures Online. To help others build their businesses, one has to become proficient at, and knowledgeable…


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My name is Fezeka Nzama and I joined the Ventures Online team working in IT and community engagement. Born and bred on the South Coast of KZN, I grew up in a part of the world that felt somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the country. On the coast, we hang out with friends, we go to the beach and as young people, we often dream of making it out of the small town and thriving in one of the metros of South Africa. …


For me, it goes back to why we started Ventures Online. We wanted to help; play our role in helping entrepreneurs build good businesses. As a first-generation entrepreneur myself, I found it very difficult to navigate the art of business (I call it art because it has a messy process to building something beautiful). I made mistakes. Lost money, partners, and parts of myself in the process. A lot of this could have been avoided if I had as much information as I have now. Yes, I had mentors and advisors with me along the way but they were not…


Over the past 20 years Silicon Valley start-up culture has spread to all regions of the world. The formula is standard: come up with an idea, make sure it’s scalable, look for an investor and become the new Mark Zuckerburg. Most founders think that sourcing funding is a key element in building a business, and in some cases it is. Some, however, fall into the trap of believing attracting funding is the goal, never even considering the option of bootstrapping their way to success.

Bootstrapping is using your own resources to build your business, without outside funding. The process may…


I’m Charnelle. I was born on the 7th of December. That means my star sign is Sagittarius.

Sagittarians are said to have an inner rebel in them. We are revolutionaries and explorers. We are freedom seekers. I believe this is apt in explaining my relationship with entrepreneurship and why I’ve always been drawn to it. This is ultimately why I feel that being part of Ventures Online was written in the stars. It’s my destiny if you will. Let me explain why.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory proposed by Abraham Maslow and it is said to be a…


So, you have this incredible idea that you think will change the world. In your mind’s eye you’re seeing the millions of lives you’ll impact, the mounds of cash you’ll accumulate and your name on the Forbes list. The crazy thing is, other than yourself and maybe your inner circle no one even knows about this idea, and you don’t know if anyone else would even want to use your product.

Validation is the process of determining whether your idea has any merit outside your personal perspective. It’s about asking your target market the important questions, “Do you need this?”…


Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company and the man who revolutionized factory production, is often accredited to have said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” While there is no actual proof that Mr. Ford ever said this, the words are nonetheless riveting as he would have, to some extent, been both correct and incorrect.

It is quite conceivable how in the early nineteen-hundreds, customers would have responded to such a question by saying “faster horses”, as horses were the predominantly used mode of transportation at the time. However, in…


It has been said that in business; anything of value that can be copied will be copied, including features, marketing strategy, and pricing. With that in mind, it is almost inevitable that every angel, seed fund, or venture capitalist you propose your great idea to will ask you something along the lines “What if a big company copies your idea and develops the same website as yours after your website goes public?” The point they will be getting at here is “What competitive advantage do you have over the rest of the market?”

In today’s world, merely being the first…


We’ve all heard the one about the salesman who could sell ice to an Eskimo, and the truth is we should all aspire to be more like him. Whether you’re selling a product to customers or pitching your business to investors, for your business to advance you need to be able to draw your audience in and sell them on what you do. With that in mind here are the top 5 Skills you need to have to become a great salesman.

1. Confidence

Regardless of the audience, above all else you need to exude confidence. …


“Commitment is a statement of what ‘is’. You can know what you’re committed to by your results, not by what you say your commitments are. We are all committed. We are all producing results. The result is proof of a commitment.”- Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Kemp.

I invite you to take a look at your life as it stands right now. Your current health. That is what you are committed to. Your current finances. That is what you have committed to as well. The status of your current relationships… Well, I’m sure you get my point by now.

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