A love note to startups: Forgiving and forgiveness

In 2008, the world experienced one of the devastating financial crisis created by the USA's mortgage loan crisis. The subprime mortgage crisis occurred when the housing market collapsed and homeowners defaulted on their loans. When people, especially those who ordinarily could not afford mortgages we given mortgages during favorable economic conditions but failed to pay…

A love note to startups: Rebuild

All of us have watched the aftermath or the devastation of a community that has been ravaged by fire or tornado. We have seen the horrific aftermath of the shack fire that took place in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, or the aftermath of the Tsumani in Indonesia, earthquake in Japan or tornado in Haiti. Personal possessions…

A love note to startups: Stop with this entrepreneurship thing and get a proper job

Every year during Mandela Day, my colleagues and I hold mentorship sessions with young entrepreneurs. We get to sit one-on-one with about 20 entrepreneurs for an hour each discussing their business challenges and future plans. We then recommend, advice, guide and agree with them on various tactics and strategies to follow and implement. Last year…

A love note to startups: Fences

In the movie Fences, Denzel Washington plays the role of this larger than life father, husband and friend. In the beginning of the movie, Denzel is this loving father and hardworking husband who on pay day gives his wife his entire salary to take care of the household expenses. He appears to be a responsible…

LORA CENTRE FAQs: Who should enroll?

Our goal with the LORA New Venture Creation programme is to assemble entrepreneurs and innovators and to connect them and amplify their work. The programme does not pretend to make you an expert in finance, cost accounting or marketing. We don’t even try. Instead, we are organised around action, around innovation, around sharing your work…

Pathways: And where they lead us

A pathway can be defined as: A track that people follow, a pedestrian way, or walking trail; or A way of achieving a specified result, a course of action. A student can go to school and choose the path of avoiding an E or the path of getting an A in her studies. A premier…

A love note to startups: If…

If you are doing your best work. If you have the courage to say: "Here, I made this, what do you think?" If you touched one person. If you are focused on customers more than profits. If it makes a difference to a handful. If you are doing it for impact and meaning. If you…