Lessons Learnt

Startups

Smudge's Founder Shares His Start-Up Success Lessons

Show up, do your best and hire the right people, says tech founder Gary Leicher.

Successful Entrepreneurs Need To Know Their Numbers

Stop obsessing with everything in your business but your numbers. If you really want to succeed, you need to know exactly where the money is.

Video: Experts Weigh In On The Best Advice They Would Give Themselves

Businesses are built forwards, but lessons are learnt from experience. Here's what our mentors would tell their younger selves.

Video: What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then

Successful South African entrepreneurs share what they know now that they wish they knew when they launched their businesses.

Video: Should You Accept Failure As An Entrepreneur?

Is failure what kills a business, or is it something we should learn from? Our mentors share their experiences.

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