Shana Derman

Entrepreneur, Technology Specialist, Privacy and Security Advocate

Lessons Archive

2018 F**k resolutions, say hello to goals instead

Friday, January 12, 2018

Why do resolutions have such a ….. well, negative connotation, in my opinion anyway? Maybe, because as human beings (and according to science) when it comes to changing habits, is not easy to do as they are automatic or “conditioned” responses. When we set these new year resolutions, we make them, and usually it is…

YouTube Favourites

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

These are some of my favourite YouTube channels for laughs, inspiration, motivation and learning. Business Gary Vaynerchuk Tony Robbins Marie Forleo Chase Jarvis Entrepreneur Evan Carmichael Foundr Magazine Tim Ferris Tom Bilyeu Vayner Media Inspirational Ellen Oprah Get Motivated Sales Grant Cardone Mind Brene Brown Spirit Deepak Chopra Satya Kalra Laughter James Corden Jimmy Fallon…

Business Portfolio

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Business #4: The International Digital Accreditation Association (TIDAA) Founded: 2016 Funded: Self-funded Services TIDAA Funding raised: No. Customers: 100 listings Revenue: Listing site. Website: www.tidaa.org Status: Currently operational. Business #3: Onyx Interweb Founded: 2010 Funded: Self-funded Service Business: Digital agency, management consultancy Customers: Yes. Revenue: Yes. Website: www.onyxinterweb.com Status: Currently operational. Business #2: Infointeg (PTY) Ltd Founded: 2009 as Infointeg CC…

Experience

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Writing – One of my many passions – writing about anything and everything. And, add to this my twist, it has to find the funny side of life. I’ve written a few blog posts and articles and will post them as they are released, here are some of the first: Brand South Africa: Go for…

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 …….

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…

Connection

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…

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…

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…

Media

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Listings M&G http://mg.co.za/specialreport/sa-book-of-women-2009 Talks and Radio PowerFM – Global Entrepreneurship Week Entrepreneurship Competition presented by Microsoft Bizpark (Judge) SAFM Google Phenomenal Women Dinner – August 2016 Women in Tech ZA – Keynote Speaker – August 2016 MixFM – StevieB The Business Show – August 2016 5FM – Fix and Forbes Tech Hour – August 2016…

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