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<font size="7"><span style="color:#000080">Disrupting Ventures Media Lab.</span></font>
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<font size="6"><span style="color:#000080">Moving Africa forward. Objectively.</span></font>
  
As part of our 2030 vision, we believe that the starting point is to ensure that the right information on African innovation is available in global African libraries which is typically attached to a higher education institution. Academic libraries typically serve two complementary purposes - to support the school's curriculum, and to support the research of the university faculty and students.
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It is currently unknown how many academic libraries exist in Africa and internationally, but Disrupting Africa has a goal of ensuring the right content on African innovation is in as many readily available academic libraries globally.
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== Thesis ==
  
Disrupting Africa is currently in the below library catalogues:
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<span style="font-size:110%">Our underlying research thesis is to '''find and write about [https://www.jimcollins.com/article_topics/articles/secret-of-enduring-greatness.html enduring] African companies'''. The first part of our methodology is to define what an enduring company is.</span>
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== United States of America ==
 
  
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<span style="font-size:110%">With that methodology in place, we approach our data insights with a view point of the impact of storytelling on the African Innovation landscape, with the ultimate goal of hoping we leave a significant and measurable impact on our continent.</span>
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File: Stanford_Logo.jpg | [https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/12077974 Stanford University] |alt=alt language
 
File: Princeton_Logo.jpg | [https://catalog.princeton.edu/catalog/10723032 Princeton University] |alt=alt language
 
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File: UWM_Logo.png | [https://search.library.wisc.edu/catalog/9912430442502121 University of Winsconsin-Madison] |alt=alt language
 
File: WorldCat_Logo.png | [http://www.worldcat.org/title/disrupting-africa-the-rise-and-rise-of-african-innovation/oclc/987610673 WorldCat.Org] |alt=alt language
 
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File: UCB_Logo.png | [http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/search/o987610673 University of California, Berkeley] |alt=alt language
 
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File: NW_Logo.png | [https://search.library.northwestern.edu/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=01NWU_ALMA21704459870002441&context=L&vid=NULVNEW&lang=en_US&search_scope=NWU&adaptor=Local%20Search%20Engine&tab=default_tab&query=lsr07,contains,987610673 North Western University] |alt=alt language
 
File: UI_Logo.png | [https://search.lib.uiowa.edu/primo-explore/search?vid=01IOWA&query=any,contains,9780620710022&sortby=rank&lang=en_US University of Iowa] |alt=alt language
 
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== South Africa ==
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== Values ==
  
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<span style="font-size:110%">We believe in order to accomplish our mission, that values should come first.</span>
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File: Wits_Logo.png | [http://sierra-eds.wits.ac.za/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1778475__Sdisrupting%20africa__Orightresult__U__X7?lang=eng&suite=def Wits University] |alt=alt language
 
File: UJ_Logo.jpg | [http://ujlink.uj.ac.za/search/?searchscope=1&searchtype=i&searcharg=0620779756 University of Johannesburg] |alt=alt language
 
File: Rhodes_Logo.png | [http://opac.seals.ac.za/search/?searchscope=26&searchtype=o&searcharg=(ocolc)1055278114 Rhodes University] |alt=alt language
 
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File: DisruptingAfrica.jpg | Western Cape Provincial Library Services |alt=alt language
 
File: UNISA_Logo.jpg | [http://oasis.unisa.ac.za/search/?scope=1&searchtype=o&searcharg=1055278114 UNISA] |alt=alt language
 
File: University_of_Zululand.jpeg | [http://esal.unizulu.ac.za/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5/?searchdata1=9780620779753 University of Zululand] |alt=alt language
 
File: AFDA_Logo.png | [https://www.afda.co.za AFDA: School for the Creative Economy] |alt=alt language
 
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== Vandalism Rules ==
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* <span style="font-size:110%">'''Help African innovators.''' It's hard being an entrepreneur. It's even harder when you don't have a roadmap or historical context on how to be an entrepreneur. Yet, African innovators jump into the fray. Least we can do is help them. This is our core DNA. Everything we do, all subsequent values, is a by-product of this value.</span>
  
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* <span style="font-size:110%">'''Move the dial.''' Whatever projects we engage in, we should always see tangible results. Some people call this 'moonshots', some people call it '10x'. We simply call it - moving the dial. We strongly believe in African innovation as a catalyst for growth and as such we must ensure that our activities move the dial.</span>
File: LSE_logo.png | [https://librarysearch.lse.ac.uk/primo-explore/search?tab=default_tab&search_scope=CSCOP_ALL&vid=44LSE_VU1&institution=44LSE&mode=basic&query=isbn,contains,0620779756 The London School of Economics & Political Science] |alt=alt language
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* <span style="font-size:110%">'''Take the long term view.''' The data simply shows that anything worthwhile is done with a long term lens. We always take the long term view - taking one step at a time towards that end goal.</span>
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* <span style="font-size:110%">'''Tackle hard problems.''' If everything was easy, we wouldn't exist. It's easier to do the easy stuff. It's more exciting to solve hard problems.</span>
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== Our Identity ==
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<span style="font-size:110%">We struggled with our identity for the longest time, tossing between our innate desire and love for the structured academia approach & [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_principle first principles thinking] and an innate belief in the corporate approach to profit making. That is until we came across the [https://www.jimcollins.com/concepts/genius-of-the-and.html Genius of the AND] by Jim Collins.</span>
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<span style="font-size:110%">We believe in:</span>
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* <span style="font-size:110%">Structure AND Creativity</span>
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* <span style="font-size:110%">Purpose AND Profit</span>
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* <span style="font-size:110%">Being Conservative AND Bold</span>
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<span style="font-size:110%">We live in the sweet spot between academia and entrepreneurship. We’ve been fortunate to come across a similar model with Google’s [https://x.company/ X - Moonshot Factory]. We’ve embraced their learnings and philosophy and adapted most of the elements that resonate with us.</span>
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== Public Projects ==
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<span style="font-size:110%">A by-product of having deep insights into the nature of the African innovation landscape is clarity on the levers that we believe will shift the African landscape forward.</span>
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<span style="font-size:110%">Some of our current public projects include:</span>
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* <span style="font-size:110%">[[Data Intelligence]]: Insights for African Innovators</span>
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* <span style="font-size:110%">Circle+: Strategy-as-a-Service</span>
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* <span style="font-size:110%">Bamboo Manuscripts: Using Artificial Intelligence to identify Africa's best sellers.
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== Working with us ==
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<span style="font-size:110%">We look for passionate people willing to solve problems that are clearly apparent from our [[Data Intelligence]] insights. You need to have an academic bent, keen analytic insights coupled with a creative flare to come up with creative solutions.</span>
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<span style="font-size:110%">We don’t hire anyone - save for our core and administrative staff. Those who work with (not for) us, genuinely want to move our continent forward.</span> {{#simple-tooltip-info: You’re encouraged to have a source of income to remove the financial pressure. However, we do have an incentive scheme for projects that move into commercialisation.}}
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<span style="font-size:110%">The X-Factory [https://storage.googleapis.com/x-prod.appspot.com/files/the_x_gimbal_v2.10_web.pdf Gimbal document] is worth a read if you’re interested in working with us. We’re not a conventional company and our company is best suited for unconventional thinkers.</span>
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* We continuously update this page as new insights, analytics and projects become apparent.
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Latest revision as of 17:49, 7 October 2021

Disrupting Ventures Media Lab.

Moving Africa forward. Objectively.

Thesis

Our underlying research thesis is to find and write about enduring African companies. The first part of our methodology is to define what an enduring company is.

With that methodology in place, we approach our data insights with a view point of the impact of storytelling on the African Innovation landscape, with the ultimate goal of hoping we leave a significant and measurable impact on our continent.

Values

We believe in order to accomplish our mission, that values should come first.

  • Help African innovators. It's hard being an entrepreneur. It's even harder when you don't have a roadmap or historical context on how to be an entrepreneur. Yet, African innovators jump into the fray. Least we can do is help them. This is our core DNA. Everything we do, all subsequent values, is a by-product of this value.
  • Move the dial. Whatever projects we engage in, we should always see tangible results. Some people call this 'moonshots', some people call it '10x'. We simply call it - moving the dial. We strongly believe in African innovation as a catalyst for growth and as such we must ensure that our activities move the dial.
  • Take the long term view. The data simply shows that anything worthwhile is done with a long term lens. We always take the long term view - taking one step at a time towards that end goal.
  • Tackle hard problems. If everything was easy, we wouldn't exist. It's easier to do the easy stuff. It's more exciting to solve hard problems.

Our Identity

We struggled with our identity for the longest time, tossing between our innate desire and love for the structured academia approach & first principles thinking and an innate belief in the corporate approach to profit making. That is until we came across the Genius of the AND by Jim Collins.

We believe in:

  • Structure AND Creativity
  • Purpose AND Profit
  • Being Conservative AND Bold

We live in the sweet spot between academia and entrepreneurship. We’ve been fortunate to come across a similar model with Google’s X - Moonshot Factory. We’ve embraced their learnings and philosophy and adapted most of the elements that resonate with us.

Public Projects

A by-product of having deep insights into the nature of the African innovation landscape is clarity on the levers that we believe will shift the African landscape forward.

Some of our current public projects include:

  • Data Intelligence: Insights for African Innovators
  • Circle+: Strategy-as-a-Service
  • Bamboo Manuscripts: Using Artificial Intelligence to identify Africa's best sellers.

Working with us

We look for passionate people willing to solve problems that are clearly apparent from our Data Intelligence insights. You need to have an academic bent, keen analytic insights coupled with a creative flare to come up with creative solutions.

We don’t hire anyone - save for our core and administrative staff. Those who work with (not for) us, genuinely want to move our continent forward.

The X-Factory Gimbal document is worth a read if you’re interested in working with us. We’re not a conventional company and our company is best suited for unconventional thinkers.



  • We continuously update this page as new insights, analytics and projects become apparent.