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

The Who’s Who, The game changers, The Leaders, The Influencers

Growing up I used to cut out pictures of people that I admired, wanted to meet or those that I aspired to be like. Most of them were soccer players ( Doctor Khumalo, Shakes, Original Ronaldo and Rivaldo) and the majority of the rest were rappers( 2pac, Puff Daddy not P.Diddy & Jay-Z) who talked about being hustlers and living the good life. I have also been a great follow of Bill Gates. You know how his story went, “Bill Gates the riches man on earth who makes millions every hour”

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
–E.E. Cummings

Fast forward to today and I have yet to meet any of those individuals. I do still wish to meet them. I have however met some really incredible and amazing individuals over the past year or so. Most of them come from the business, entrepreneurial and tech world. These people I consider to be game changers,  influencers , the heavy weights of the industry and people that I have massive respect and admiration for. Yes sometimes I do have those silly groupie moments with some of them but one thing for sure is that they all have some sort of impact on me one way or the other and I am forever grateful that we crossed paths

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.  For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
–Charles De Gaulle

The first person that I feel needs to open the flood gates is a man by the name of Nyaladzi Mpofu. He has played a major role in pushing me to where I am today

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My first encounter with him was at the Microsoft Imagine Cup in 2010. I had been given the opportunity to represent my institution with Thabang Malaka. Unfortunately she had to dropout. He played a role in me being selected by Microsoft South Africa to be one of 6 students nationally to be Microsoft Student Partners in 2011

I am pretty sure he got tired of seeing my emails that I kept sending once I was selected. He did ignore a few, ok maybe a lot of my emails. That is not a good thing I know but whenever he replied he would reply with a link of some sort that I had to do research on. Nyaladzi taught me the importance of digging for information and not being spoon fed. He also ignited my passion for technology and gadgets because I always wanted to learn something new to impress him and get his attention.

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We ended up developing our own way of greeting each other. Instead of your typical “hi” it became “apps” because that was what he kept pushing us to do.

Nyaladzi introduced me to a lot of people in the mobile ecosystem which I am still in contact with. One of those people is the mLab CEO, Derrick Kotze while he was still with Nokia. With his support and constant pressure on me to deliver I became “The Microsoft guy” on campus.

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I believe that his influence on me helped give birth to INNOvatorz.IT and later on Geekulcha, which is based on some of the principles that he taught me directly and indirectly. Whenever I meet fellow MSP’s we always reflect on how influential he has been on our lives and I believe they do share the same sentiments about him in their own unique way

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
–Vince Lombardi

Big ups to “The Big Chief”, keep doing what you do best. You inspire a lot of students in the tech world and your tireless work is highly appreciated. SALUTE

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P.S
Nyaladzi You still owe me a Lumia device.

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

 

Geekulcha Goes To Durban (Durban Digital Day)

Durban Digital Day, KZN Premier Digital Event

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An invite to Durban Digital Day was sent out to the Geekulcha Crew by Jonathan Darker. We accepted the invite and in typical Geekulcha fashion we started spreading the world about Durban Digital Day on our social media platforms. The cool thing about this is that Durban Digital Day recognized us on their website as one of the organizations that support the event. Unfortunately the rest of the crew couldn’t make it to Durban so I had to go represent and I think I represented well since

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It’s an event that focuses on ALL things digital from online marketing, development, social-media, developing content and branding. So there was plenty of learning going on because of the diverse topics The brains behind this event are Glen Bo, Fred Felton, Cade Lamalette and Jonathan Darker. A very interesting and ambitious team.

Geekulcha meets DeathByDeigital
Geekulcha meets DeathByDigital

@cade_L – “Facebook is your building, Twitter is your call centre & Pinterest is your portfolio” #dbndday

The Venue

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The Factory café was the venue for Durban Digital Day and a very great venue. I checked the pictures of The Factory Café on their Instagram account and it looked inviting. Being at the actual venue was even better. It has that Factory look, feel and setup with a few old equipment to enhance that Factory feel. They also serve some really really REALLY good cappuccino, latte, coffee made with some extra tough of creativity and an ounce of love

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The Speakers

There was an interesting blend of speakers with the likes of Fred Felton ,Brett StClair from Google, Sim Lewis from Travel Concept Solutions, Mike Saunders from Digital Lab, Kirsty Bisset, Cath Jenkins and Barry Tuck,”The guy who does  stuff”

Audience

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I was expecting around 150 to show up mainly because I underestimated the size of the venue. To my surprise the venue was super packed, so packed that some people were standing. The good guys from Durban Digital wouldn’t have any of that so they went to fetch more chairs although more people kept flooding in. They got their monies worth considering the line-up of speakers and the different topics on offer. As expected the audience were busy on their phones tweeting all through the event which made @dbndigital and #dbndDay  trend nationally. It was a nice feeling knowing that Geekulcha was involved in another event that trended in South Africa.

Somewhere in the crowd, mingling with the audience was Brett St Clair from Google in his sleek sneakers. He gave away a Samsung device to one of the attendees for a tweet competition that ran during the event

There is so much I can say about the successful Durban Digital Day but will rather share with you an extract from Lauren Kate Rawlins, a journalist at The Mercury who sums up everything very well in her Storify post. Enjoy the fresh read here sfy.co/eTTQ 

Looking forward to Durban Digital Day 2014….

Credit to Lauren Rawlins for her Storify post.

Geekulcha goes to Durban (Intro)

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On the 31st of October 2013 I went to Durban.

This is probably not the best way to start a blog but for me the sentence is a bit significant simply because Durban has been on my list of things to do and places to see for 2013. Yes, I have my own “bucket list” that I am constantly ticking off in random order.

The journey to Durban started off with a bit of exercising, literally. I got the airport a bit late, ok maybe very late which I would like to blame the transport system. So being late forced me to run to the terminal where I would catch the flight and yoh I ran. Lesson learned, SLEEP AT THE AIRPORT IF YOU HAVE TO

The flight was a reasonable one hour and the view of the clouds still remains spectacular. Seeing the Drakensburg Mountains from the top was also pretty cool. Something about the air when we landed was very different. It felt heavy and very humid.

Got a cab to take me to the Durban Digital Day event which was held at The Factory Café. On our way I was welcomed by this super awesome breeze which was coming from the Ocean. This was the beginning of an amazing and interesting stay in Durban, Ethekwini as some of the locals call it

A lot of things happened during my stay there and I have been battling to put it all in just one single blog post. So I have decided to break down the experience into four different categories which are:

Durban in Pictures: Strictly pictures of my stay in Durban

Durban Digital Day: The main reason I went to Durban

Sites and places: The different cool places I came across in Durban

Meetups: The cool people are met there and the lessons I learned

It’s a pity and very unfortunate that the rest of the Geekulcha crew couldn’t make it to Durban. So I will title the blog post “Geekulcha Goes to Durban” since it was supposed to have been the whole Geekulcha Crew going to Durban instead of just me

And the Journey begins…

The Uber Experience

uberI met a guy by the name of Alon Lit during the MTN app awards in August. He had just moved to South Africa and during our conversation he told him about this new useful taxi app called Uber that is making waves world wide especially in San Francisco. He started demonstrating it to me and I was blown away. Uber brings the taxi to you, drives you in class and you get to pay using the Uber mobile app. I couldn’t wait to test it out. Unfortunately I never got a chance to try out Uber Johannesburg. Thanks to organizers of Durban Digital Day I got a chance to use Uber Durban and I enjoyed every moment of the experience. Uber Durban became my main transport in and around Durban. I didn’t have to worry about anything and how to get to a certain point, uber took care of that. All I had to do was use the app on my phone, pin point my location and Request a pickup. Uber would send the nearest driver with his identification to come pick me up in a luxury car…..and open the door for me

Here is how Uber works

1. You download the Uber app which is available on the following platforms then register your details and create your profile https://www.uber.com/l/sign-up

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/uber/id368677368?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab&hl=en

Blackberry: http://blog.uber.com/blackberry

2. Set pickup location so the app can send your set location to the Uber app. You have an option of selecting which kind of car should be pick you up. It seems that South Africa has only the Black car which ranges from Audi, BMW, Toyota Fortuner and Mercedes Benz

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3.  You then click the “Request Pickup Here” tab so the drivers can see you location. The Uber app will search for the nearest drivers to you. A message will be sent to the driver and they will respond. Once they have responded you will get a profile of them which includes their name, surname, car type and the number plate. You will also get notified of how long they will take and their current location. Cool thing about this app is that you get to see the car moving on your app. Uber notifies you via sms when the driver is coming, close by and when they arrive. You are also able to call the driver at any given time while they are on the way

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4. The Uber driver will call you when they arrive and they will come open the door for you so you can go in like a superstar while everyone watches on. Once you’re in they will ask for you destination and if you’re lucky you might just get a bottle of water

You have 5 minutes to cancel your request for a driver. After that you will be charged a fee for . There is also the option of using a promo code and also sharing the cost of the fee among friends. Uber also gives you R90 credit when you share your ref code and someone uses it. The person who uses your code will also get an get R90 of from their first trip

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If you are in Durban and would like to try out uber Durban then download the app, register and use promo code “Geekulcha” to get your 1st ride for free. “Geekulcha” promo code only valid around Durban

For more information on Uber go to https://www.uber.com/

You can also check them on twitter:

Uber Durban: https://twitter.com/Uber_Durban

Uber Cape Town: https://twitter.com/uber_CT

Uber Johannesburg: https://twitter.com/Uber_joburg

Innovation + Collaboration = CHANGE

On the 27th of September we had the first ever TedxPretoria which was hosted at The Innovation Hub. It was my first ever Tedx event but definitely not the last. Being part of the TedxPretoria organizing team was really something special, a great honor and plenty of fun. It had to be lots of with Linda “The Circus Master” Swart at the helm

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So what is Tedx?

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

TedxPretoria had a great turn out. It was a full house of Ted Talks fans that came to listen to some really great speakers. The stage setup was also nicely designed in-line with the TedxPretoria theme of Collaboration. The students from the Pretoria school worked on the TedxPretoria stage logo and they did an awesome job on it

The more playful you are, the more creative you become – Itha Taljaard

The Speaker lineup was also good with a balance of experienced Tedx speakers like Stafford Masie and Leyla Haidarian and newbies like Ahmed Alkayyali, Lany Sommers, Itha Taljaard. The youth were also well represented with Bruce Dube from Youth Village and Geekulcha’s very own Gabrie “Poetic Blaque” Matabane on the spoken word and Tiyani Nghonyama talking and showing some of his cool inventions.

The was a bit of beatboxing from Christopher MacClements aka ChrisMac who took the audience through a variety of beat-boxing sounds that originates as far as France, England and Australia. His set was wrapped with a tribute to local South African Sounds

Each speaker went home with a hand drawn portrait of themselves which was pretty cool. To find out more about the different speakers have a look at this TedxPretoria link: http://www.tedxpretoria.co.za/

Food for Thought

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The lunch was so nicely packaged by the Blankcanvas team in this designed boxes. The food was really something different yet very delicious and fresh.

Constant laughter and stomach pains were dished out by Don Packett. He was the MC and a great one at it

Really looking forward to the next TedxPretoria event and hopefully be part of the organizing team again. Massive respect to the “Circus Master”, Linda Swart, for taking up the challenge, selecting the right team that worked so well to deliver the amazing event

People don’t want more tech, they want more convenience. Make it disappear and it will be more ubiquitous – Stafford Masie

Let the spirit of Innovation and collaboration continue beyond TedxPretoria because through it we will be able to see lots of change within our city and also our country

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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