Shana Derman

Entrepreneur, Technology Specialist, Privacy and Security Advocate


Entrepreneurship hockey stick or heart rate monitor?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Entrepreneurship is not for the fainthearted “they” say. Who the hell are “they”? Irrespective of who “they” may be, experience tells me “they” may be right. However, with the major down cycles are major up cycles. I started my first business in 2004 with two co-founders. One CTO and one CEO and I was …….


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Entrepreneurship is my world. Startups, coaching, being in the thick of it, building something that is greater than the sum of one. My latest venture is my most challenging and rewarding simultaneously. I’ve been fortunate to have participated in some vigorous competitions and pitch battles and still stand so …. bring on the rest ;)….

Inspiring 50 Nominee

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What a way to start the week with a nomination for InspiringFifty. Thank you to #CoCreateSA and Holland, for the acknowledgement. What is Inspiring Fifty? Inspiring Fifty is a Dutch based non-profit organisation that showcases inspiring female role models in the technology industry in the Netherlands, France, Europe and the Nordics. Built on the core…

On being a recovering “busy” person

Friday, April 21, 2017

I’ve always believed that being “busy” is being productive. Do you feel the same way? If not, I’ll share my story with you. I am not quite sure where the drive to be busy continuously came from, but busy-ness, in my world, meant working crazy hours, sleeping few hours, working weekends and most importantly the…

State of the nation

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Personally I’m not keen on politics. Too many ways to interpret (even though there are hard rules governing) and too many self-proclaimed prophets. What I can say is that the messaging about how we engage on Friday 8th April 2017’s nationwide shutdown (and the effects on the economy and especially those who can’t afford to…


Monday, April 3, 2017

In today’s digitally-connected era, the misconception that thousands of followers or Facebook friends indicate true connections or friendships is mis-guided. Science and Robin Dunbar (Dunbar’s number) indicates that as humans, we can maintain about 150 social relationships with as little as 5 to 15 being in our inner circle. So what have we lost and what…

Giving back

Friday, March 31, 2017

Giving back doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Helping someone cross the street, giving some money to a homeless person, or just being kind. Ten years ago, I was tired of waiting for the grand moment to do something good for someone else. That was when The Annual Toy Drive was born. It started…

Links and Sites

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Business Resources Microsoft BizSpark – sign up for free software and hosting for three years. Funding TechNvst Technology Innovation Agency IDF Knife Capital Pitching competitions SA Innovation Summit – deadline 31st July 2017 Call for proposals SWISS / SA – Open Innovation Challenge – deadline 31st July 2017 Pet Projects  Heart Business…

Happy Heritage Day

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Different cultures, traditions and South African ways, we are uniquely united.We are Proudly South African, I am Proudly South African. Happy Heritage Day to all.

Startup Tip

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Make entering competitions a strategy to refine your business plan, get professional feedback and free media exposure. You may win cash and / or business support but if not, you’ve improved your idea and business strategy. – Shana Kay

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