Borderline bosses

It is a startling fact that the majority of psychopaths aren’t emotionless killers but seemingly average people who hold down 9 to 5 jobs like you and me.

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The leviathan

Like Jonah in the belly of the whale, you cannot possess power. Rather, it possesses you. Google would do well to understand this. One of the more interesting people I’ve interviewed is a man called Ali Allawi. Based in London, Allawi has the look of a haunted man. The former minister of trade and minister…

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Googleocracy

One the world’s most revered brands, you’d think Google would employ best practice in setting up a local office. Not so. The search giant’s presence here is marked by a lack of local development, no commitment to equity and a company structure that sees revenues originated in this market shipped offshore. In this opinion: Google…

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Google, the bumbling behemoth.

Google’s presence in SA is marked by controversy and confusion as its commitment to equity, skills transfer and development is questioned.

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The power of deep listening

“Listening shapes culture locally and universally.” -Pauline Oliveros

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Web unleashes news beast

In a multi-platform world where the news waits for no man or network, traditional media would do well to heed the call of the Beowulf that would consume them. When long time host of NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Tim Russert, collapsed and died in the network’s Washington Bureau a couple of months ago, NBC tried…

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Journalism’s end game

“South African’s should be worried. Without an aggressively free press your whole democratic system collapses. If you don’t have a democratic system informing society, people will elect leaders the enmities. Zimbabwe placed no limit on advertising, the only limit was on editorial comment. When you do that you land up with a completely stuffed up economy.” – Martin Weltz, Publisher, Noseweek.

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Community commerce

Don’t you love a creative business idea whose time has come? One that rewards local ingenuity, funky design and distributes wealth to smart people who are innovative and contribute to a community business model? Springleap is an idea whose time has come and it’s great to see that this is being recognized by The Industry…

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Censorship, media and the power of perception

Context is a hell of a thing. That point was driven home to me today when Muti deleted a link without explaining how or why the post was deleted. A social book making site inspired by reddit and Digg but dedicated to content of interest to Africans or those interested in Africa, Muti evolved out…

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Rafiq Phillips: The wired wonder

Legend has it that Rafiq Phillips was born online. A self-styled search-engine and online marketing guru, Rafiq has been in the internet industry almost since it existed in South Africa. Known to his friends as Rafiki the web addict, he cannot survive daily life without Muti.co.za, Wikipedia, TED.com and an arsenal of Google products. When…

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