Lionesses of Africa radio show profiles women entrepreneurs

first_imgThe network Lionesses of Africa hosted its last event of the year in Johannesburg, encouraging women entrepreneurs to connect and inspire each other. The network also shared some of its successes.Raksha Mahabeer and Sandhya Singh co-founded the company Summertime. Mahabeer was one of the speakers at the Lionesses of Africa event LeanIn Breakfast in Johannesburg on 23 November 2017. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanDuring its birthday celebrations in November, online network Lionesses of Africa announced it had launched a radio show. The show, hosted by Lionesses of Africa founder Melanie Hawken, interviews women from all over Africa about their entrepreneurship journeys.The Lionesses of Africa has a network of 500 000 women entrepreneurs from 49 countries across the continent, says Hawken.On Thursday 23 November 2017, the network hosted its last event in Johannesburg – a LeanIn Breakfast. “This [event] is where we inspire each other,” Hawken said. “This is where we get together to talk, especially when days are tough.”Speaking about the radio show, Hawken said it touches on how the women interviewed build their businesses, lose their businesses. “We also celebrate each other.” The show is powered by Standard Bank.Another success Lionesses of Africa has achieved is the hosting of African Startup Nights in countries beyond Africa. “We take five women entrepreneurs to these African Startup Nights to pitch their businesses to investors, partners and retailers.” The most recent event took place in Berlin, Germany.The network is already planning the 2018 African Startup Nights for Germany, the United Kingdom and France.SpeakersSpeakers at the LeanIn Breakfast included Standard Bank’s Dipuo Phakathi, Kathryn Main, founder of the Money Savvy Kids, Ngwana Matloa, co-founder of Abot Technology, Deborah Hartung, founder of People Pivot Tech, and Raksha Mahabeer, co-founder of Summertime.Each gave a motivational talk, explaining their entrepreneurial journeys including the hard lessons they had learnt on the way.Kathryn Main, founder of Money Savvy Kids, is one of the speakers at the Lionesses of Africa LeanIn event. She launched her financial literacy e-book, which is aimed at children between the ages four and 15 years old.Here are some of the gems the speakers shared:Raksha MahabeerMahabeer, who co-founded Summertime in 2007 with Sandhya Singh, described their entrepreneurial journey as a beautiful one. “As an entrepreneur it’s important to understand where you going,” she said.Mahabeer said, as a business owner, it was important to know your strengths and weaknesses.For a long time she did not own her title, even if she knew and fulfilled the responsibilities of the title, Mahabeer said. She highlighted the business aspects of finance, operations, productions, marketing and human resources.“Get real with yourself,” Mahabeer advised. “Get real about what you are skilled at and where you need to outsource.”Other lessons she shared included:One should have humility to be learner;You should have resilience. “Do what you need to do to pick yourself up. For me, it’s doing yoga or being around certain people,” she said. “You are a reflection of where your business is going to be in the world.”Know yourself and follow your intuition. “The [business] is a reflection of you.”Ngwana MatloaMatloa founded tech company Abot Technology with a university friend.She worked in corporate structures for seven to 10 years and what she learnt during that time was that clients did not always get what they asked for. “I hated that clients didn’t get what they wanted. Then it was the developer’s job to fix the situation.”Her company wants to change the perception around tech companies. “Tech is not difficult. We want to teach customers to understand data and help them collect it. Also, we wanted to start developing our own products and solve our own problems.”Lessons she learned include:If you want to move from working with small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) clients to big corporations, make the move a slow transition. She found that SMME clients would tell you upfront if they could afford your services, while with corporate clients you could wait for months to get confirmation on contracts;Be aware that you will fail. “Being perfect doesn’t work.”Learn to leverage your network. “It’s not just about taking. See what value you can bring.” She added that mentorship opened doors for her, because she got referrals from her mentors.Source: Lionesses of AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 19, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180419_RyanMartinMoisture holds on over Ohio through midday today. Clouds will yield scattered light showers, drizzle and even some snowflakes today. The best chance of snow comes in NE Ohio, where we see the coldest temps this morning and we also have some lake interaction. However, temps quickly move to a level to support all drizzle for most of the morning. By early to mid-afternoon everything should be well to our east, and clouds should start to break up We feel that most of the state will see pretty good sunshine potential before sunset. Temperatures are chilly today, but not as cold as earlier in the week. And, we should see some slight improvement from here.We expect dry weather for all of tomorrow, the weekend, Monday and Tuesday of next week. Models threw a new wrinkle in late yesterday, bringing a stronger system out of the northern plains, across the upper Midwest and into the eastern Corn Belt next Wednesday afternoon. Here, we see that wave merging with the small chances of moisture we had kept in over the state coming up from the southwest. The two entities combined now look to give us some decent moisture at midweek. We generally do not like to change our forecasts based on one model’s look at things and after just a model run here or there. But, we are seeing some confirmation this morning from other models, and our analysis of the set up falls in line with the consensus too. We are going to have to insert some bigger action potential for next Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday night and even Thursday. Rains will likely be from .25”-1.1” over 90% of the state, and action will not be done until closer to sunset Thursday evening. This moisture will come at a time sure to disrupt thoughts of field work after the previous 5 day dry stretch. The map below shows a storm total for this event as of late Thursday afternoon.We go back to drier weather for Friday. A minor batch of clouds move over the state overnight Friday night into Saturday, and that could trigger a shower or two, but precipitation will be limited to 25% coverage and totals of a tenth or less…so not a big deal. Better rain potential develops later Saturday afternoon, the 28th into the 29th, where we can see up to .25”-.66” over about 80% of the state. Like the system before it, this system looks to focus a little more on Ohio, honestly, than it did earlier in the week.A strong front sets up over the Corn Belt in the May 2nd to May 4th time period. This front does not have a lot of movement with it, and may stall over the region until a stronger low is able to move up it. That will allow for scattered showers through the period. Right now, the best rains stay west of us, but this is a highly unsettled pattern, so we could end up having to raise rain totals here. Suffice to say, the start of May has the potential to be wet, and it would not surprise us to see moisture hold into the 5th.Temperatures are still chilly today, but moderate some over the weekend. We should see temps getting closer to normal, but they will not exceed normal. We still have a bias of at least 5-7 degrees below normal on average now through the end of the month, which is better than we had been…we feel our worst cold is behind us.last_img read more

Escape from New York: Is the Valley Necessary?

first_imgIn an effort to highlight some of the emerging tech centers across the world we’ve written on a number of cities for our Never Mind the Valley series. We’ve featured the funding and opportunities available in places like Washington DC, Bangalore and Beijing. Our intent has never been to create regional rivalries, but rather to highlight the diverse landscape of the tech world in general. That being said, few stories got as much attention as the piece on New York as passionate East Coasters rallied around their hometown. Despite what seems to be a surge of love for the Big Apple, SpeakerText CEO Matt Mireles recently pointed out the shortcomings of the New York tech scene and announced that he’s exploring the Valley for opportunities. Similar to Yammer CEO David Sacks’ travels from West Hollywood to San Francisco, Mireles is looking to the Valley to find more opportunities. In an article for Business Insider, Mireles explains that while legendary VCs like Chris Dixon and Fred Wilson are in New York, they are only a fraction of the investors that companies are pitching.He writes, “In reality, the capital markets in NYC are flooded with Wall Streeters turned venture capitalists. These are people who know how to analyze and pick in assets, not people who know how to build companies. These are people who do dumb [email protected]#$ like ask about pricing for a premium version of a genuinely novel product (in a category with no existing market) that hasn’t even launched yet…in the first meeting.” On top of the shortage of experienced tech VCs, Mireles complains that New York has a weak angel network with only a few groups to pitch. Because of this, entrepreneurs only have a few shots to get their pitch right and they’ve got little opportunity to drive competition when negotiating deals. Mireles believes the result is lower valuations and slower deal cycles. He also believes that because Wall Street has skewed programmer expectations in regards to salaries, it’s very difficult to find talent who will take a pay cut in exchange for equity. A month ago Venture Hacks’ Naval Ravikant also made the case for startups to move to the Valley. Nevertheless, Hunch cofounder Caterina Fake makes the case for New York adding that the city needs a billion dollar company exit in order to free up some talent and resources. While we’ve seen our fair share of non-Valley startups succeed and grow, it’s interesting to see so many tout the opportunities of the region. Having covered so many startups, we know that you can pen a deal through your global and online network. But is it possible that just as certain employees and partnerships are more appropriate for a particular stage of the product lifestyle, are certain locales more appropriate as well? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Photo Credit: Epicharmus / Michael Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirolast_img read more

After US Open loss, Kyrgios says: ‘Keep letting people down’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I don’t know, honestly. I’m not good enough for him,” Kyrgios responded. “You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.”When a reporter returned to that topic, asking Kyrgios to explain what he meant, he said: “I’m not dedicated to the game at all.”“I mean, you know what I mean: There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day. The ‘one-percenters.’ I’m not that guy.”Asked whether he envisions ever being “that guy,” Kyrgios answered: “I really don’t know. Probably not. Honestly not.”He then referenced his impressive run in Cincinnati and described his routine there.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 14th-seeded Kyrgios lamented the injured right shoulder that limited his effectiveness from the third set on during a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 exit against another Australian, 235th-ranked John Millman. Kyrgios called the series of health issues that have hampered him all year “diabolical.” He stated that he doesn’t care enough about working hard and, therefore, his coach should find someone else to work with.And he closed by covering his face while saying, “I keep letting people down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKyrgios is a supremely talented and temperamental 22-year-old who has reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals and just this month beat 15-time major champion Rafael Nadal en route to the final of the Cincinnati Masters. He is also someone who gets in trouble for his on-court actions, such as lobbing insults at his opponent or being accused of not giving his best effort.When Kyrgios was asked Wednesday whether he plans to continue being coached by former player Sebastien Grosjean, the reply was rather startling — or rather, would have been, coming from any other professional athlete. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I was playing basketball … every day for two hours. Like, I played an hour of basketball before I played (2013 French Open runner-up) David Ferrer in the semifinal,” he said. “I was … getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this week I was dedicated — and my shoulder starts hurting.”Against Millman, Kyrgios’ shoulder was massaged by a trainer during changeovers in the third set. During that set, Kyrgios also had an argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being warned for using bad language.Kyrgios pleaded that he hadn’t said anything improper, but Ramos said a linesperson had reported him.“For obvious reasons,” Ramos said, “I cannot repeat what he said you said.”As for his body, Kyrgios stopped playing during Wimbledon because of a hip injury — part of a three-match run in which he retired each time.“I have had a diabolical year at these Slams. It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks,” he said. “It’s just a roller-coaster.” Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to John Millman of Australia during their first round Men’s Singles match on Day Three of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — A post-loss news conference with Nick Kyrgios often feels more like a therapy session, and Wednesday at the U.S. Open was no exception.There was a lot to unpack afterward.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

a month ago​Spurs captain Lloris: We’re not built for UCL success

first_img​Spurs captain Lloris: We’re not built for UCL successby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris does not believe that his side is built to win the Champions League.Spurs made the final of last season’s competition, but suffered a 2-0 loss to fellow Premier League side Liverpool.While they will be aiming to go far in this season’s competition, Lloris does not believe they are of the profile necessary to win the Champions League.”I think with a lot of humility there are some clubs that have the profile to win Champions League every season – historically and with the talent they have in the squad,” Lloris said to reporters.”They put a stamp on this competition. That’s not the case for Tottenham.”But as we saw last year, everything is possible if you have the belief, the talent and the discipline. Why not be back again?”But obviously we have a different profile to that type of club – Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. That type of club.”It’s not a lack of ambition. When we go on the pitch, it’s to win, whoever is the opponent in front of us. We don’t want to look too far forward.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

No deja vu Secondhalf comeback fails for OSU

The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 15-game home win streak and nine-game conference win streak came to an end Wednesday night after a 60-57 loss to No. 4 Purdue. The story of the game was Purdue’s first-half dominance. In front of the first sell-out crowd of the season at the Schottenstein Center, the Boilermakers jumped out to an early lead and led for all 40 minutes of Wednesday’s game. With just more than seven minutes remaining in the first half, junior Evan Turner converted a three-point play and for the first time all night the capacity crowd erupted. The jubilation was short lived, however, as Purdue’s Keaton Grant immediately responded with a four-point play at the other end. The crowd again rose to its feet when junior Jon Diebler made the team’s first three-point basket with less than a minute ago. But again, the Boilermakers answered, this time with a three-point play. In the first half “they made some shots and some of us didn’t have our heads right,” Turner said. “As a unit we didn’t execute how we were supposed to.”Purdue led by 13 at the break and although the Buckeyes got as close as 48-46 late in the second half, the first half struggles proved to be too much to overcome. OSU had one last chance in the waning moments when Diebler took and missed a potential game-tying three-pointer as time expired. “I got a good look,” Diebler said. “I should have knocked it down. There’s really no excuses.”Unlike in last month’s game at Purdue, the Buckeyes did a much better job of containing junior Robbie Hummel. Hummel torched Ohio State 35 points in the first meeting, but was held to just four Wednesday.However, OSU simply had no answer for junior JaJuan Johnson. After scoring a season-low four points in the first meeting between these two teams, Johnson led the way offensively for the Boilermakers. He scored a team-high 24 points on 11-17 shooting. “He made shots and those were some tough shots,” Diebler said. “That’s a heck of a basketball player right there.”As expected, Turner handled the bulk of the load for the Buckeyes and scored a game-high 29 points. With the loss, OSU dropped to 10-4 in conference play, but the Buckeyes have little time to regroup. They travel to East Lansing, Mich., Sunday to play the Big Ten’s first-place team. “You have to be honest with yourself and say ‘OK what didn’t we do well?’ but we have another tremendous challenge down the pipe,” coach Thad Matta said. “I told the guys after the game, we have to be a better basketball team on Sunday.” read more

Road trains may be coming soon to Europe w Video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Road trains linking vehicles together in a traveling convoy are planned for Europe. With only the lead vehicle being actively driven, the road trains would allow commuters to sleep, read a book or watch TV, or anything else they fancy as they drive to work. A research project financed by the EU’s Framework 7 plan looked at ways to reduce the cost of traveling along European highways and has suggested the idea of a “road train” that could link up to eight vehicles to a lead vehicle by wireless sensors. The vehicles could be any mix of cars, trucks or buses, but the project focuses on commuters traveling long distances to work. The project is named Sartre, for Safe Road Trains for the Environment. Citation: Road trains may be coming soon to Europe (w/ Video) (2009, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-road-europe-video.html Co-ordinator of the project, Tom Robinson of British Consultancy firm Ricardo, told the BBC that each vehicle joining the road train would have its own control system, communications equipment, and software monitoring system, but the lead vehicle would monitor the entire road train. Vehicles would be able to join by stating their destination and using their navigation system to locate the nearest road train. They could leave it whenever they wished, by signalling the lead vehicle, and then taking control of their own vehicle.It should be possible to use readily available components to enable vehicles to link up to the road train, and changes to the roads should not be necessary.The Sartre project will be tested for about three years once the preliminary research on the elements required and on the safety issues is completed. Robinson said that the first platoon of two trucks and three cars will be tested on special tracks in Sweden, the UK, and Spain. Later tests will probably also be carried out on public roads in Spain.According to Volvo, the first prototypes of the road train could be tested within a couple of years. Nissan’s new concept car ‘feels like flying’ (w/ Video) Explore further Early results suggest linking the vehicles and having them travel close together could reduce fuel consumption by around 20% for all the vehicles except the leader. Traveling as a group could also result in a reduction in travel time, fewer accidents and less congestion on the roads. Relaxing, or even sleeping on the way to work could also cut out the stress of driving.A professional driver (such as a bus or truck driver) in the leading vehicle would be charged with steering and controlling the convoy and monitoring its members. Drivers of the other vehicles could relax, since the leader would be controlling their vehicle. © 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more