10 things I learnt at Netphophet

I like attending events and conferences, especially the ones that focus on social media or technology. On Tuesday, 8 May 2012, I attended the Netphophet (said to be the biggest Internet conference of the year) conference with my colleagues.


Netphophet takes the most innovative/successful/creative/ambitious thinkers and entrepreneurs in the Internet space, and ask them to share their stories, ideas and predictions for the future in a format that is fresh, relevant and engaging. It supports, inspires and equips technology for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
I would like to have my own business in future, so this was a good event for me to attend, because it focused on technology (my favourite industry) and how to become a successful entrepreneur. I believe I am an entrepreneur and know that when the right opportunity comes and with God’s help I will be able to start my own business.

10 things I learnt at Netphophet

1. The context of technology is more important than the content.
2. There are people that will try to bring you down when you want to start something, but don’t allow them to. Be persist. Try again until you get it right.
3. Changing too much at once is not good. Change gradually and be prepared for any outcome.
4. We must not panic when there’s a problem. There will always be stressful situations – we need to learn how to react, and act like we have it under control. Communication is important.
5. Listening and talking to the consumer is very important. Their input is the most valuable. What you think they want may not actually be what they want. They want to be heard.
6. No one is perfect; don’t even try to be because you are just wasting your time. Trials and errors are okay.
7. Social media is everything
8. “If we cannot help the many who are poor, we cannot save the few who are rich” – John F Kennedy
9. Global doesn’t care where you’re from. If you have a solution, it doesn’t matter where you’re based. The world just wants an answer.
10. When you set out to do something different, people question it. They ask why you are leaving your comfort zone and the safety of a reliable salary.
There are quite few things I didn’t like about the conference though am not going to mention them as you might think this guy is ungrateful because the conference was free. Did I mention that the food was great as well?

If you are an entrepreneur and you like technology, I advise you to attend these events in future. You will learn a lot. Visit their website so that you can stay up to date about their conference.

About the Author: Japie Swanepoel