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A fusing of Tech, Entrepreneurship, Failures, Success, Gadgets and My Thoughts

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Fortune Favors the Brave

fortune_favors_the_brave_custom_poster-r387ee8d5335b498fba39516042c5a6da_wa3_8byvr_512Life will knock you down, tear you apart and drive you insane. Sucking you dry of all the little motivation and desire left in you to push on. Leaving you depressed, hopeless and ready to give up. Question is what do you intend to do about it?

Depressing I know, that’s the reality many are facing, including myself. It’s not the best of feelings because we humans don’t like feeling useless and hopeless. Yet most of us feel that way which affects our productivity, our health and relationships with family, friends, etc. If you are reading this and can relate to it, I have news for you. It’s a war zone out there and giving up is just not an option if you really want something badly

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
― Seneca

Having massive dreams, ambitions and goals sucks big time when something seems to stand in the way of realizing them.  Life deals you a horrible hand every time you make a bold step forward which is a dreadful feeling because you have invested so much in it, inevitably resulting with one crushing their own dreams and ambitions because they have lost hope.  However how difficult it gets, life without hope isn’t worth living. It’s just like a floating balloon with no direction. It will eventually land at a wrong place and burst.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

– Dolly Parton

As I type this I have a heavy heart for those giving up on life and their dreams, hoping that someone will read this and get a boost to carry on fighting. Aluta Continua! I don’t believe we are on this earth just to eat, sleep, chat, dream, wish, waste air, eat and sleep. We should refuse to believe that! People out there are making it, they are hustling and are reaching their goals. They become so successful that once a specific goal is achieved it gives birth to another goal. It’s not that they are better it’s just that their will to fight is stronger. Though we admire them we shouldn’t define our success according to others. Do you and do you as best as possible.

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” 
― Roger Crawford

Doors will close on you; you will be faced with endless rejections and will fail on plenty of accusations. I know I have. Just laugh it off, pick yourself up, dust your failures off and carry on pursuing your dreams whatever they may be. Eventually life will reward you for your effects. Fortune and success really favours the brave. It rewards them for their efforts. It admires their characters. Work hard, play hard. Enjoy life to the fullest, embrace its challenges.

“Don’t give up! It’s not over. The universe is balanced. Every set-back bears with it the seeds of a come-back.” 
― Steve Maraboli

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The birth of a startup

2012 ended on a high. I was part of a team called Bookbay and we had just won Startup Weekend 2012 which was sponsored by Africa.2.0 & hosted at Microsoft South Africa. So you can only imagine how pumped up we were for 2013

Fresh from holiday and amped up by the previous year I decided that it was time to move my “IT community” idea into a startup. I had spent most part of 2012 learning about startups & attending tech events related to startups so I felt ready to step up and dive in. So I thought.

I will be sharing some of the challenges,  experience and success that I went through with Geekulcha in its first 9 months.

Your name is your brand

The first major task was deciding on a name for my new startup. Never thought that coming up with a name would be such a hassle. I wanted a fresh name, something that can speak to the tech community. I searched the dictionary, googled, translated from other languages. Geek Culture sounded right but didn’t look fresh enough. I eventually came up with Geekulcha and love that name so much.

Sometimes your startup name doesn’t have to mean anything so I learned. Many such examples are Google, Yahoo, kiip, twitter. Just make it work

With the help of the creatives of JataMobile we managed to come up with a cool branding for Geekulcha. I was my usual self during this process, very picky and constantly changing things. We finally nailed it and got great feedback from a lot of “geeks” who loved it

It’s always important to find a look that will represent you, your company and give it that imagine that your customers/community can relate to. Just don’t spend way too much time in this department because you might even change it

Make yourself known
The decision to change from INNOvatorz.IT to Geekulcha wasn’t easy considering that we already had a following of around 1200 on our Facebook group. We had to create new image & make our community aware of it. That meant talking about the new name everyday until it stuck. Now Geekulcha has 1259 Facebook likes, 1200 twitter followers,  and 2000 views on our Geekulcha Youtube channel with 50 videos and 2255 views

One lesson I learned from this is that always engage with your audience and don’t just tell them to go jump if they wont accept change. You need to let them know the reason for change and the benefits of it. It’s not an easy process but worth doing it the right way if you still want to have them and retain their trust

Get a domain name
Never really new the importance of checking if your domain is available. This had a massive influence in the naming and spelling of Geekulcha. You dont want to have a name for your company only to find that you can’t create a website with that name.

Make use of Godaddy to check the availability of your domain name

Company registration is a hectic process
Try and get as much info on the process of registering your company. You will need around 3 possible names. If money isn’t a big issue then find someone to do everything for you. It makes life a whole lot easier

Prepare to receive money
One huge mistake I probably made was taking forever to open a business account for Geekulcha. Open a business account and start saving. If possible try to document all your receipts so you can keep track of your expenses. While you are waiting to get funding or making your first sale get yourself educated on money. It is your business after all

If you have any other tip or advice regarding this section of starting your business then feel free to share so we can all learn

What is next?

Next up I will talk about “Having the idea”, what to do with it and also the importance of a team

 

About Me

“So what do you actually do?” A question that I am constantly asked by lots of different people that I come across. Some see the activities that I do but are not quite sure of what exactly it is that I do. Pretty sure many would expect me to answer this question with so much ease since I’m constantly asked about it. Well sorry to disappoint you. I still struggle to answer that question since I am horrible at talking about myself. I prefer my work to do the talking. Anyway it can’t really be avoided. I have to eventually get used to explaining what it is that I actually do. Not just for the sake of others but for my own sake. Let me give it a try.

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Who Am i?

My name is Mixo, pronounced as Misho or Me-sho. I am not mixzo, Tumisho nor Mixo (with Xhosa sound). Mixo is my full name, not a short version for whatever people think I am. It is also not my nickname.

Fortune is my other name, not my surname. Fortune is also what I believe I am destined to have, God willingly. My surname is Ngoveni

So if you didn’t know NOW you know. I am Mixo Fortune Ngoveni

What do I do?

Now comes the really difficult part. Main reason for this is that I do a lot of things, well so it seems. I enjoy experimenting, challenging myself and just love a whole bunch of things. Some I’m good at, some I “Fake it until I make it”, and others I just flop at them. I do not like titles but for the sake of this post I will give myself a few titles. My own versions off-cause

I am a Microsoft Student Partner representing Tshwane University of Technology where I am currently doing my Btech in IT with a focus on Business Informatics.  Within TUT I work with different IT Departments and help some of their students with their in-service training while introducing others to the world of mobile technology and exposing them to the IT world. As MSP’s would say, “Geek is the new ROCKSTAR!!!”

I run a startup called Geekulcha which is based at mLab within The Innovation Hub. I am also part of the CoachLab programme at the Innovation Hub with Standard Bank being my sponsor at CoachLab. One of my strong characteristics is connecting people with things, things with people and people with other people. I guess the right title for that is called “The Connector”. Not only am I a connector but I am also a Growth Hacker. I am able to spread the word on something and make it reach as many people as possible like a wild fire. Some credit should be given to social media and its capabilities…..when used properly.

Below is a summary of the things that I enjoy doing . You can read further or stop here. It’s all up to you. However I do advice that the best way of getting to know me is to actually spend time with me.

The YoungTrepreneur

I am the Founder/CEO of Geekulcha which is a tech startup/platform for connecting IT students from all parts of South Africa so they can share ideas, collaborate, learn, put their skills to work and connect with the ICT industry. More about Geekulcha in future posts or check us on Facebook if you really cant wait https://www.facebook.com/Geekulcha

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I like calling myself an Under30CEO simply because that’s what I aspire to be and that is what I am working towards every day. I have already had 8 different businesses from a young age. I sold marbles, Pokémon, homework in primary, Cell phone covers (thank you Nokia 3310). In tertiary I expanded my business skills and sold second hand textbooks, airtime and empty CD’s. So it’s pretty obvious that I enjoy the risky yet exciting world of business. You can just call me a Hustler. I will definitely share the highs and lows of the Hustling world. It is a whole lot of fun, unpredictable but not as glamorous as people make it out to look like. I am no expert but just simply want to share what I have come cross so it can help someone out there. Hopefully they wont make the same mistakes that I made .I made a lot of mistakes but learning from them.

The techie aka Geek

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I have this thing for gadgets especially mobile devices.If i’m not owning it then I am either testing it or reading about it. So you can just imagine the number of devices that I have played with,all ranging from the fruit phones (iphone and Blackberry), the robots (Android), Windows Phones and all kinds of Nokia’s.

My appetite for mobile devices was made worse by Microsoft South Africa and mLab. In 2011 Microsoft SA selected me to be a Microsoft Student Partner. My role was simple and fun. I had to learn about their different technologies, tools and devices with the windows Phone being the main focus. I became the first student in South Africa to own the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone (May it R.I.P). My love for gadgets, especially mobile devices just kept growing. I am always surrounded with new devices and get to play with them. So expect a lot of reviews on devices coming from me. You can call me the Mobile Ninja

If you still want to know more about me then let us connect on social media.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/4otune

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Geekulcha

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Geekulcha

Youtube: youtube.com/geekulcha

Welcome to my world, my thoughts, my views

It has been months since I last blogged. I don’t even remember my past blogs. Those who know will tell you that I’m horrible in remembering my accounts and their passwords. So decided to start afresh. Do things differently and just blog about anything from my world, my startup, the amazing people I meet, the different activities that I go to

Save yourself the trouble of trying to figure out what my blog will focus on because I don’t even know yet. I just want to write write write write and share things around me. I don’t even know what I will officially call my blog. We will call that bridge as time goes

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Steve Jobs

I do however plan on touching subjects that interest me. Subjects such as technology, Geekulcha, the youth, the entrepreneur world, life in general

You will notice that my blog will change its look and feel as time goes. The reason for that is that I am busy learning how to make websites and busy playing with html5. So I will be using my blog to test all those things that I will be learning

Want to know more about? Then i suggest you follow this blog. I struggle big time talking about myself and what I do so I will just blog about it…..HOPEFULLY.  You can follow me on twitter (@4otune) and if tech is your things then I recommend you also follow @Geekulcha, which is a tech platform for all IT students and lovers of tech and gadgets

Welcome to my world. Looking forward to hearing and interacting with you

Geekulchad

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