Randlords in Braamfontein was the ideal venue for DESTINY and DESTINY MAN readers to network, be inspired, celebrate great achievements and exchange ideas in an informal, yet glamorous setting, while sipping Bisquit cognac.
Kojo Baffoe, Editor of DESINY MAN, interviewed Stafford Masie, former Google Africa CEO, technology futurist and entrepreneur, in a frank, relaxed and funny discussion filled with anecdotes about his life and the challenges he faced on his road to success.
Masie has been in the IT industry for over 15 years and worked for companies such as Dimension Data, Novelle and Telkom, to name a few.
Highlights from Masie's talk include:
• A discussion around upcoming technology inventions, as well what is currently available, in order to effectively use it in business.
• Cyberspace is quickly changing into “smurfs” – Sensory Membrane of Ubiquitous Real-time Federated Subsystems. This means that every product will be interlinked and will be able to transfer information instantly, from furniture, cars, cellphones and our everyday appliances.
• Technology works in 36-48 month cycles. Businesses need to keep up with the changes and adapt accordingly.
• We will start seeing banks and cellphone service providers merging in the next 36-48 months.
• The next billion users of the internet are going to come from Africa.
• Vehicles are going to have integrated smartphone apps in the near future.
• The sooner corporates embrace technology, the better equipped they will be to face any challenges.
#PowerOf40 was the hash tag used on Twitter by guests – here are some of the quotes:
@trudy303: @staffordmasie has guts to chase his dreams. So inspired #ThankYou!! Cc DestinyConnect #Powerof40
@tandoorm: “People are inherently good and not inherently evil” – Steve Jobs @Destiny_Man #Powerof40
@bldamane: Love how the interview is being conducted #Powerof40
@Pearl_Ndlazi: @GGiCmns in the next 36 to 48 months, we’ll start seeing financial services and telemonnunications companies start merging. #Powerof40
Upcoming Power of 40 events:
• Cape Town
Date: 16 May 2012
Venue: The Twelve Apostles Hotel
Date: 23 May 2012
Venue: Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga
How to book and get more information:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Call: 012 667 6323 – Trudie Frazer
SMS: “POWER DINNER”, your email address and city to 34589. (Each SMS costs R1,50.)