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Who said you have to wait to finish varsity before you become an
entrepreneur - The birth of stoogle and the world beyond ...
Who are we and what do we do?
The Stoogle.co.za story
• 1st year students in a Leo Marquard dorm
• The Varsity Vibes era
• Rebranding and starting a bus...
What we’re up to right now
• Stoogle Comm Serve
• Stoogle Books, Digs, Stuff
• Stoogle Tutors
• Stoogle Bursaries
• Stoogl...
Painfully practical - what you really need to know
IDEAS? BUSINESSES?VS
Painfully practical - what you really need to know
#1: Entrepreneurs aren’t about ideas, we’re about making ideas happe
• ...
Painfully practical - what you really need to know
#2: MVP - that’s all you need
• You’re selling a vision, a passion. The...
Painfully practical - what you really need to know
#3: Be a business, not a college startup
• This is not a project, and p...
Painfully practical - what you really need to know
#4: Money is nothing, and everything.
• If you think you need venture c...
Painfully practical - what you really need to know
#5: Time management 101 - work 24/7.
• Work harder than anyone else, to...
Where to from here?
Get from A to B
Do what takes you there, and there ONLY!
A few more things on:
• Hiring & firing
• Sales
• Google searches
• University
• Fairness
• Clubbing
• 10 000 hours
• Emai...
Get involved with us
• Internship opportunities
• Email CV only, to recruiting@stoogle.co.za
• Join the conversation on Fa...
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Week 8 Re-imagine Business as Usual - Jason Basel

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"WHO SAID YOU HAVE TO WAIT TO FINISH VARSITY TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR? THE BIRTH OF STOOGLE AND A WORLD BEYOND CAMPUS."
“After 12 schools and 16 houses around the world, I am glad to finally be in South Africa starting start-ups. I currently run Stoogle.co.za, a one-of-a-kind tech response to education information deficiencies. I also run Agora, a group of companies including Venture Capital, Investment Banking and Software Development subsidiaries. ”

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Week 8 Re-imagine Business as Usual - Jason Basel

  1. 1. Who said you have to wait to finish varsity before you become an entrepreneur - The birth of stoogle and the world beyond campus
  2. 2. Who are we and what do we do?
  3. 3. The Stoogle.co.za story • 1st year students in a Leo Marquard dorm • The Varsity Vibes era • Rebranding and starting a business • Growth, upsizing, hiring and cashflow
  4. 4. What we’re up to right now • Stoogle Comm Serve • Stoogle Books, Digs, Stuff • Stoogle Tutors • Stoogle Bursaries • Stoogle Apply • Stoogle Services And if that isn’t enough… • Agora • Agora Technologies • Amori • Namou Investments
  5. 5. Painfully practical - what you really need to know IDEAS? BUSINESSES?VS
  6. 6. Painfully practical - what you really need to know #1: Entrepreneurs aren’t about ideas, we’re about making ideas happe • “If you’re not reading, writing, or actively engaging with a problem, you are not working! (Note: thinking doesn’t count!) • ONLY DO WHAT MAKES THE BOAT GO FASTER… NOTHING ELSE.
  7. 7. Painfully practical - what you really need to know #2: MVP - that’s all you need • You’re selling a vision, a passion. The product is almost irrelevant • BEST TO BE FIRST THAN TO BE BEST… THEN BE BEST.
  8. 8. Painfully practical - what you really need to know #3: Be a business, not a college startup • This is not a project, and people don’t just hop on for the ride. Take people on in the understanding that they are there for a specific purpose. • GET SERIOUS ABOUT DOING BUSINESS.
  9. 9. Painfully practical - what you really need to know #4: Money is nothing, and everything. • If you think you need venture capital, you’re either wrong, or your idea is bad. • CASHFLOW IS KING… SO MAKE CASHFLOW, NOT CAPITAL.
  10. 10. Painfully practical - what you really need to know #5: Time management 101 - work 24/7. • Work harder than anyone else, to avoid reliance on the inevitable paycheque if you don’t. • ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT ‘WEEKEND’ MEANS SHOULDN’T WORK IN YOUR BUSINESS.
  11. 11. Where to from here? Get from A to B Do what takes you there, and there ONLY!
  12. 12. A few more things on: • Hiring & firing • Sales • Google searches • University • Fairness • Clubbing • 10 000 hours • Emails
  13. 13. Get involved with us • Internship opportunities • Email CV only, to recruiting@stoogle.co.za • Join the conversation on Facebook Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn • Check in at our website, www.stoogle.co.za • Sign up to Agora’s mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming ev

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