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A morning with Shopstar and Yuppiechef

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We had a seriously pleasant morning at Gusto where Shopstar hosted a morning chat with Andrew from Yuppiechef.

Being an ecommerce legend, we were hanging onto every word. These words we especially liked:

  • To get repeat customers, you need to fulfill your promises. Better yet, under-promise and over-deliver.
  • Charging for delivery is an obstacle to the consumer. Offering free delivery really wins people over.
  • Marketing and sales skills are super important. You can’t expect something to sell if nobody knows about it.
  • It’s all about trust. If people trust you, they will buy from you.

Check out Shopstar’s blog post for a more comprehensive review.

PS. Yes, this photo does look a little odd. #panoramadrama

Throwback Thursday: The Wolf and The Beard revisit Vega

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Being Vega alumni, Nic and Walter were asked by Vega to give a talk to current students about post-Vega life and the ins and outs of Chicken and Wolf and Unsung Art.

We touched on all sorts of things: how to get clients and grow a portfolio, the importance of networking, and how the combination of different skills sets can really be an advantage in a business.

It was fun. We would totally do it again.

We were fortunate to be invited to the launch of the Labia Theatre's Thundafund campaign ‘Digital Gold’ last night. The campaign was launched to fund their transition into the digital world. 

What a night!

There was wine and food, mind-reading mentalists and a screening of a golden oldie - A Night at the Opera. We really, really enjoyed ourselves. Some of our favourite moments / elements include:

1. Nancy Richards’ interviewing Ludi, the owner of the Labia. We loved his stories about how he had to trick the censors into letting him screen certain movies! (It’s all about serving tea at the right moment)

2. The fact that while we sat in the cinema being entertained, the Labia managed to raise at least R20,000, with R10k coming through SnapScan (yes, you could buy rewards then and there through your phone - check out the photo in the middle, so flippin cool). As I write, The Labia has got R75k in the bag.

3. Mingling with super cool people from the likes of Thundafund, Startup Grind, Shopstar and the World Design Capital.

Get involved! Support the Labia right now! Just click here.

We went to a really cool event last night: Co-creating Open Streets at the Department of Design. 
For those of you that don’t know, Open Streets is a citizen-led initiative that aims to make the streets more accessible to the people, rather than the vehicle. Their view is that a street is something that a community should enjoy together, and they take inspiration from the Ciclovia in Bogota, Columbia. Check them out here: http://www.openstreets.co.za/
This event was super interactive, drawing insights an ideas from the audience. In our group, we discussed the possibility of bringing creativity to the streets. And there were so many ideas. From street side galleries to clay making to dress up. 
The next open streets will be in Muizenberg in October. You should come, or better yet, participate.
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We went to a really cool event last night: Co-creating Open Streets at the Department of Design. 

For those of you that don’t know, Open Streets is a citizen-led initiative that aims to make the streets more accessible to the people, rather than the vehicle. Their view is that a street is something that a community should enjoy together, and they take inspiration from the Ciclovia in Bogota, Columbia. Check them out here: http://www.openstreets.co.za/

This event was super interactive, drawing insights an ideas from the audience. In our group, we discussed the possibility of bringing creativity to the streets. And there were so many ideas. From street side galleries to clay making to dress up. 

The next open streets will be in Muizenberg in October. You should come, or better yet, participate.