What is your life mission?
I want to make the most of every moment on this earth. I want to pursue things that make me happy and afford me the opportunity to make endless impact on the world and other people’s lives.
What makes Geekulcha a beautiful business?
Geekulcha is first and foremost all about empowering and bettering the geek community (Information Technology students) through information sharing. We are gradually building a strong tech community within South Africa with the hope that more people can participate in the global environment. We hope to be a catalyst for businesses with the potential to build really cool stuff.
What characteristics make an individual a success in business?
Most entrepreneurs start off with a big idea or vision, which is great. However, the most important thing is understanding how to follow through on a dream.
Execution is everything. To make strides in business one needs to be passionate about their work, have patience in abundance, remain focused, develop strong networks and have a good sense of finances.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I look to people who have built wealth from nothing. I enjoy being around intelligent people too. I am also a big fan of a guy called Gary Vaynerchuck. I think he is one of the smartest and hardworking minds out there. His hustle inspires me.
Some of your most memorable highlights in business?
A few years back, the World Bank profiled Geekulcha. They sent a team of journalists to do a video documentary on the work that we do. That was too awesome. Continuously seeing lots of young people follow Geekulcha is motivation for us. It means that the brand and movement is serving its purpose. Having Geekulcha nominated in the 2017 ICT Achievers Awards alongside some of the great names in the business and going on to win the Local Industrialization Award was an incredible milestone.
Some of the hardest lessons you have learnt in business?
• Never bite more than you can chew.
• Look after the Rands so that they can look after you and the business.
• Don’t get lost in the hype and glamour of being you own boss.
• Know when to say “Yes” and when to say “No”. You can’t be everything to everybody.
• Spend time with your team, even if it’s to find out how their pet is doing.
• Get out of the office and meet people. That is the best way to get more people familiar with your business and actually generate potential work.
Best advice to other entrepreneurs?
Don’t try to be a jack-of-all-trades. Focus on what you are good at. Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you.
KASIBIZ MAHALA STAFF WRITER