October 31, 2019

Just south of San Francisco lie Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Stanford, to name a few of these famous, yet surprisingly small towns. This is where the garages, dorm rooms and poorly lit, drab offices are located that have witnessed the birth of businesses li...

September 18, 2019

Within the emerging Fintech sector in Africa, the payment industry specifically has seen exponential growth. Despite cash being the most common method of payment, Africa is becoming a global leader in the use of mobile money, with platforms like mPesa facilitating tran...

July 24, 2019

Although Venture Capital (VC) is largely seen as countercyclical in nature, the old adage must surely apply that no man is an island. In this edition of the SMART VC series we focus on the SA investment outlook with the emphasis being on how recent developments in inve...

May 3, 2019

​A lot of attention has been given to Fintech – and with due cause. With the rise of blockchain technologies, widespread adoption of the cheap smartphone and stronger encryption methods, the financial sector is open for innovation (or disruption).

In South Africa, we ha...

April 24, 2019

​South African businesses funded by Venture Capital (VC) are competing on the world’s stage, billing in US dollars and earning investors market leading returns, while simultaneously granting access to offshore exposure. The question is: Can they offer investors global...

December 10, 2018

Founders and entrepreneurs are by nature confident, optimistic and most likely very smart. They have a vision for the future and the skills to get there. They often show bravado and without much consideration roll up their sleeves and get dirty. This is sometimes admir...

May 31, 2018

Ian Lessem, Chief Executive Officer of HAVAÍC, a Cape Town based investment and advisory firm, says the way in which S12J income tax legislation is sold to investors seeking tax relief is not too dissimilar to the cryptocurrency hype, and should be approached with caut...

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