Shana Derman

Entrepreneur, Technology Specialist, Privacy and Security Advocate


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

#DreamBig with Microsoft BizSparkSA and PowerFM

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What a fun week this has been! Taking what I do and live everyday to identify great technology ideas. This week I was a judge (alongside some amazing people) in the #DreamBig BizSpark SA competition powered by Microsoft and PowerFM. The PowerFM studios are full of energy and some really cool people. Being in-studio was also…

Most impressionable quote at the DWEN Summit

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I’ve always believed that in order to do lots of good in the world, one has to do well. At the DWEN Summit I attended in Cape Town last week, this belief was flipped around by Ashish Thakkar who believed that if you “do well you will do good“. I love this philosophy so much…

Birthday month 2016

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

“On the last day of birthday month, my true self gave to me, one Starbucks coffeeeee. On the last day of birthday month, my truelove gave to me, one hour just for meeeee. On the last day of birthday month my true self gave to be, one hour to reflect, one Starbucks to get set…

She Leads Africa Article

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It’s been a while in the making, but thank you Kudzanai for taking time to meet with me and writing such a lovely article. .

Criteria for business partners

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Over the years we’ve been bless with various types of opportunities both challenging and beneficial. What can be said for startups from the “University of Hard Knocks” is that sometimes, when we are in survival mode, we make stupid mistakes. These are my tips for engaging with potential partners, whether potential business partners or co-founders…

Interview Von Sabine Seeger

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I’ve been published in a newspaper in Brussels, after being interviewed by one of the correspondents attending the DWEN Summit earlier this year. View the article here: Online-Markenschutz aus Frauenhand

What inspires you?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What inspires you? What inspires anyone to go that extra mile? I am on the hunt to find the most inspired and inspirational people in South Africa. There are many of them out there, and I aim to find them. The first and top of my list, is none other than Nelson Mandela. I have…


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Courtesy of Phillip Santos, an amazing photographer who even though I was sleep deprived and grumpy, made the shoot fun. I am not an in “front of camera gal”, so this was really stretching my comfort zone. Thanks for the experience Phillip. If you need a photographer, I highly recommend him, he does great work.

August 2016 Lovingly Challenging

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 2016 may just have topped the charts in terms of being both challenging and exciting. Being Women’s month (yes we are lucky enough to get one day a year and may stretch it to a month), I was “lucky” enough to have some public acknowledgement shown my way. I use “lucky” because in reality…

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