As one of the youngest directors of a listed company, and CEO of a boutique investment and advisory firm. Venture Capitalist, Global Business Speaker and Serial Entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo is a force to be reckoned with. He also serves on several boards and starred as a dragon investor, on the African edition of the popular reality TV series, Dragon’s Den.
In an interview with the business savvy Vusi Thembekwayo, #WeekendBreakfast host Aubrey announced his admiration for the venture capitalist. Thembekwayo responded by saying that he saw himself as someone in an entrepreneurial journey.
I have come to accept that I am just a vessel.— Vusi Thembekwayo, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur
In this journey, I have lost more than I have won says Thembekwayo.
Thembekwayo explain his work history by saying that he first worked in corporate, then business and ultimately ended up in consultancy. I had one product for five years says Thembekwayo, which was exponentially hard for businesses to grasp.
I showed leaders and organisations why almost all the problems they were having, were a manifestation of them being taught to manage and lead in a liner world.— Vusi Thembekwayo, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur
Thembekwayo says that around the global financial crises, there was pressure to maximize shareholder return. He adds that at this time, no one else was having the conversation so he created a space for himself in the niche. Entrepreneurship is nothing more than a system of thinking that goes against the popular view says Thembekwayo.
In the words of Friedrich Nietzsche — Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.— Vusi Thembekwayo, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur
One of the challenges we have in South Africa is that we would rather engage the messenger than message says Thembekwayo. He adds that thinking these days is a dangerous thing.
We live in a time today where it is the discomfort of the answer that people don’t want.— Vusi Thembekwayo, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur
I started public speaking at 14 and won the world championship when I was 17 and 22 says Thembekwayo.
I spent most of my teenage years learning to think critically.— Vusi Thembekwayo, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur
Thembekwayo adds that we need to pull ourselves together and not come from our cluster groups where we perpetuate those deeply held beliefs. No one has to convince me that we have a crime problem says Thembekwayo.
How many people who marched on Black Monday, marched when the mother walked into a room and found people raping her daughter?— Vusi Thembekwayo, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur
If we don’t find that, of equal importance as the murder of a farmer, then we need to have the conversation about the conscious of our country.
A caller by the name of Stephanie asked who the main perpetrators of crime would be?
Generally, globally who are the main perpetrators of crime, globally, in America.— Stephanie, 702 caller
Vusi responded to the Stephanie by highlighting that the people who perpetuated the crime, come from a base that is at the same level as the people against whom the crime is committed.
If you look at the United States example, you have to remember that you're talking about slavery and the Jim Crow rules which did not treat them as slaves, but gave them slave wages.
Then you’re talking about the development of the urban spaces in the United States, which today became known as the Ghetto.— Vusi Thembekwayo, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur
Thembekwayo finds it interesting that in American, they talk of opiate drug-related problems in the white majority, but when there's issues of crack cocaine in black society, the healthcare system does not consider it to be a social problem but a criminal one.
When we talk about systems of thinking, you’re argument is predicated on the incorrect system of thinking.— Vusi Thembekwayo, global business speaker and serial entrepreneur
The system of thinking that you need to ask yourself is how is it that we have a population that is perpetuated as the ones who are doing the crimes says Thembekwayo.
Thembekwayo adds that in South Africa, we have two problems. Black Africans are the majority so statistically, Black Africans would be the ones who are reported as doing most of the crimes says Thembekwayo. We're also coming from a past of Colonization, Apartheid and marginalization adds Thembekwayo.
The caller concluded her argument by saying this:
Well, if I look around in my neighborhood – all the robberies and crime is definitely not white people, and that’s a fact.— Stephanie, 702 caller
Listen to Vusi talks about his book, 'The Magna Carta of Exponentiality' in the link below...
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