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Taking on Trafalgar!

MEDO is one of the few companies in the world that can proudly say “we have an office on Trafalgar Square, London”. With our partnership with UK Trade Commisioner Thobile Mazibuko and South Africa house, we have London open to us with a space in one of the most sought after areas in the entire world. Why are we expanding to London? Peter Burdin, our UK representative explains the oppotunities for UK/Africa partnerships. 

A business perspective

Choosing the right business model is what all creation of business is about. Before ever choosing a business model, look at some major businesses where their true revenue streams aren’t so apparent. Let’s have a lesson in innovation and creativity when talking business models. Article by Bjarke Gotfredsen

“Putting MEDO in the Heart of London”

MEDO’s Man in London, Peter Burdin is the previous head of BBC Africa and is currently busy with laying down the groundwork for MEDO’s international expansion in London. Read from the man himself about what’s busy happening across the pond. Article by Peter Burdin.

CEO Blog: Live report from The Global African Investment Summit 2015

The Global African Investment Summit happening in London between 1-2 December is the world’s window to African project origination and global finance. Global leaders join here at Africa’s premier investment summit for bankable project transactions in sectors including Power, Agriculture, Financial Services, Capital Markets, Oil and Gas and Critical Infrastructure. See MEDO CEO Judi Sandrock and MEDO London Representative Peter Burdin’s live report on the event.

Why buy a satellite?!

MEDO has bought the first privately owned satellite in Africa. As predominantly an economic development agency, working with entrepreneurs and BBBEE codes, what would the benefits of such a pricey investment be? What does this have to do with young women in STEM? How will a satellite engage these young women in Maths and Science? MEDO CEO Judi Sandrock answers these questions:

Exponential Innovation: Technology, business, jobs

Our world is changing at an almost incomprehensible rate. We are seeing exponential growth in technology and its effect on the world around us. In the last century and more specifically in the last 50 years we have seen the use of the word innovation increase by more than fivefold. MEDO CEO Keith Matthews tackles the topic of innovation and the effects thereof.

AB de Villiers, Cricket captain and leader

Leadership Lessons from our Proteas Captain

This afternoon I recalled the Proteas cricket match on the 27th February, especially the interview with AB De Villiers that was conducted immediately after his great score against the West Indies in the Cricket World Cup. He holds three world records-the fastest fifty, fastest century and fastest one hundred and fifty in world class cricket. In the past, individual batsmen have held one of these records, yet De Villiers holds all three and all by a comfortable margin. As humble as ever, when interviewed he was not aware of the third record and credited his team mates for setting the energy and pace for him, and sincerely felt that this great innings was a team effort. 

This approach has had me thinking and in reality, we may see individuals as great, yet they are not great alone. 

Innovation vs Imitation

Dr Bob Buckman, a career changing mentor said to me, "don't worry about protecting you IP because you are worried your competitors will copy you. Keep innovating and they will always be playing catch up!"

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What makes Supplier Development so different?

All the entrepreneurs we come across want to sell to big business because they think that where the “Big Bucks” are. This cannot be farther from the truth as the road to bankruptcy is paved with promises of high volume contracts and discounted prices. Take a look at how we prepare both buyers and sellers for the era of Supplier Development. By Judi Sandrock.

Micro lending: Fixing the South African Economy

In order for any economy to succeed you need to get everybody participating, either by having a job or by running his or her own outfit. You also need to export more than you import and you need to earn more than you spend. Full stop? No, no  full stop here. As with everything in life hardly everything is absolute, and economics and politics are more related to theology than science.

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