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A Year and a Half

Dictionary.com did an interesting thing about “Pandemic cliches” in this article. It’s crazy how so many people I know can probably relate to being sick of 2020’s most notorious cliches. This week’s article has the interesting challenge of sounding like yet another one of those cliches.  We look at what a year 2020 has been for startups and entrepreneurs, with …

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Music and innovation

Kings of the Jingle

A Hive Member Spotlight As a creator, it’s easy to get so focused on one side of “the industry” that you lose sight of other business models or opportunities. This month’s Member Business Spotlight looks at a group of musicians who chose to operate in a rather uncommon part of the music industry. Lindani, Sipho and Mpumelelo provide ‘sound design’ …

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Vukawanele!

A Hive Member Spotlight. As one of the platforms that managed to stay active throughout lockdown, we have an idea of how agonizing it would be to read another ‘Business during COVID’ article. That being said, our latest member spotlight focuses on a business that managed to survive and even grow while entire industries were sinking. “ We help our …

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Smart Business in the time of eCommerce

A Hive Member Spotlight SmartSentials offers you everyday essential items and food products that promote healthy living. “There’s a lot of money in the streets.” – Lebohang Likhojane, Founder SmartSentials began as a Fresh Produce stall aside a busy road somewhere in the Free State. Using some of his savings, Lebo Likhojane established the business with a group of friends. While wrapping …

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5 Marketing Points in 5 minutes

Besides business tools and bottom lines, the other Baader-Meinhof themes within our content have probably been marketing and branding. With so many modern consumers having access to so much media, the modern brand is so vain that every word, every look & each nuance has to be crafted and packaged as part of the brand’s “experience”. In our ‘Marketing & …

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A love letter to accountants everywhere

Sonke we love money, plus we all understand how important making money is to our sense of value and overall well being (ever heard of “net worth”?). In business especially, our finances essentially define our company’s performance over any given period. “ When it comes to our financials; we shouldn’t be putting out fires. Ideally, our books should help us …

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Running Things

from starting with a purpose to startup success As much as successful businesses focus on how they sound and look to the outside world, they have to make sure their internal systems are always working & moving in the right direction. We joined Sibongile’s latest Knowledge Exchange Session to hear more about some of the things it takes to run …

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Talk that Tint talk!

A Hive Creative Business Spotlight While we’re no stranger to throwing parties, you’re more likely to know The Hive for our “conversation” or “discussion” type events. As a space for creative entrepreneurs, our talks may feature anything from startup-focused topics, to promotional events and the occasional burning topics. With a number of events hosted together, one of our close collaborators …

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A Hive Network Opinion Piece: w/ Sibongile Khumalo from Black Thighs

Context: With South Africa’s national month of celebrating women upon us, we asked some of our members to share their thoughts about the legacy of this historical celebration. Below, we share one of the responses that really got us thinking and talking about this holiday; and the realities of women in South African society. Image taken from: monitor.co.ug What comes …

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