PayPal Business Accounts Now in South Africa

This morning I went to the PayPal site to see about signing up for it as a business. I really didn’t expect that I would be able to, but there, on the left hand side of the PayPal South Africa website, was a big call to action for businesses to open a PayPal account. 

 

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Within minutes I had signed up AND created a PayPal button which apparently will allow anyone with a PayPal account OR a credit card to make payments online. 

I have created a Donation button, which you *should* see below. Please test it and leave a comment if you have a moment Any money you donate will go to the Grandmothers Against Poverty & AIDS, an amazing organization of gogos helping each other and their communities, based in Khayelitsha.

 

 

Small Change, Big Result – Lessons in Web Design

Skyrove recently changed its homepage from this:

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to this:

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Almost immediately, the Time on Site (as reported by Google Analytics) increased by 65% and pages per visit increased 28%.

We will soon be making some more changes with the help of the brains at Rank&Copy. Watch this space!

The Kitchen in Woodstock: Featured in the NYTimes and what a great menu!

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I told you guys getting customers will get us into trouble!

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Seen at Tomizone Auckland offices. Uttered by CTO and written down for posterity.

Ka mate koe i te kai hikareti

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Vuvuzela reference in Auckland newspaper

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Google Docs Spreadsheets – Simple Calculation Error

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Kenya vs South Africa

Kenya is proving more lucrative per subscriber than South Africa – Mobile Advertising Network

I Will Fight for Freedom

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This morning, I was reflecting on Freedom Day and what it means??to me as a South African. Although we enjoy many, many more??freedoms in South Africa today, we are still very far??from a point where we can truly celebrate freedom.??

We are not free of violence. The farmer in the Free State nor the??grandmother in Khayelitsha are safe in their homes.??

We are not free to trade. There are major barriers for South??Africans who want to trade on the internet: the world's biggest??marketplace.??

We are not free to fail at business. For most of us, if we fail,??we lose everything.??

We do not have universal free healthcare. And the state provided??healthcare we do have is abominal.??

We do not have the freedom to choose high quality education,??unless we are rich.??

Many of us have fought hard for some of these freedoms, but we cannot fight every battle and every social injustice. I??believe the one thing most important for a thriving new??generation of Freedom Fighters is freedom of communication. Being??able to connect with each other is crucial if we want to see Social Change.??

Therefore, right now, my primary battle will be connecting??people. Skyrove, the company I co-founded, enables anyone to??build & manage Wi-Fi networks, simply. (When we started out,??we were flouting a law which prevented people from crossing public boundaries with any communications device. It was illegal to take 2 tin cans and a piece of string across your neighbours fence. This law was devised to protect the state??owned telecoms company and its foreign shareholders, SBC (now AT&T) &??Malaysia Telecom.)

If people have cheaper, faster options to connect, whether ADSL,??3G, Wi-Fi or smoke signals, it means people have increased access??to knowledge & education. This will lead to more people being free??of violence. It will lead to more people will be able to trade freely & easily and??achieve financial freedom.??

Better, faster & cheaper communication will ultimately lead to a??real, stable & free democracy.

Changing behaviour with simple nudges

I’ve been reading the book Nudge which is about how we can positively influence people’s behaviour by making simple changes to the environment. The video below shows how “Choice Architects” were able to get 66% more people to use a flight of stairs as opposed to the escalator by making a small change: every time you take a step, it makes the sound of a piano.??