ChessCube CEO Mark Levitt Speaks at Silicon Cape Event

Sean

Photo credits: Joe Botha

The inaugural Silicon Cape networking event was held at The Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town last night, and we were certainly thrilled that our CEO, Mark Levitt, was the speaker for the event.

The vision of Silicon Cape is concise and clear:
“The Silicon Cape vision is of an ecosystem in the Western Cape of South Africa, that serves to attract and bring together local and foreign investors, the brightest technical talent, and the most promising entrepreneurs, to foster the creation and growth of world-class global IP start-up companies in an environment that competes with other similar hubs around the world against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful settings and pleasant places to live, work and play on the globe”.

Silicon Cape Event at The Old Biscuit Mill

Silicon Cape Event at The Old Biscuit Mill

Having been both an investor and an entrepreneur, Mark was well positioned to give a thought-provoking and useful talk to the 400 strong crowd. With so many entrepreneurs in the room thinking about investment, Mark had several salient points – most of which were tweeted as he spoke (including a rather dubious Chess t-shirt suggestion)

  • Don’t quit your day job, build on the side.
  • Fail fast, or succeed fast.
  • Advisors are important in your business plan.
  • Align yourself with the right people and advisors.

Mark also had the opportunity to announce ChessCube’s first Facebook App (to plenty of applause).

ChessCube investors InVenFin were among the sponsors of the event, and the ChessCube crew put in a good appearance. Having  Mark as the inaugural speaker giving his insight into the starting the business and entrepreneurship advice was great for future CEOs of start-up companies. From a ChessCube perspective, it was fantastic seeing our CEO offering his words of wisdom to all in attendance, including our staff and investors.

Mark Levitt speaking at the Silicon Cape event

Mark Levitt speaking at the Silicon Cape event

Richard Wooding at the event

Richard Wooding at the event


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