Keet van Zyl
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Keet van Zyl updated their profile
Dec 29, 2015
Tevan Nathan Patrick commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post #RhodesHasFallen: 10 startup mistakes South African statues made
"Well said Keet.  The innovation factor stands out for me. Thank you for the post."
Apr 13, 2015
Keet van Zyl commented on Silicon Cape Initiative's blog post New Executive Committee of Silicon Cape Announced
"Nicely done and good luck to the new Exco! Great foundation to work from, dynamic leadership and has all the key components of Brad Feld's 'Boulder Thesis' framework for successful Startup Communities: 1. Entrepreneurs must lead the…"
Mar 28, 2015
Marc Herson commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post Why the iKubu Garmin Exit is Extra-Special!
"Well done!"
Jan 22, 2015
Keet van Zyl is now friends with Vasilios Kottas Bonel, Reginald Labuschagne and Gerhard van der Westhuizen
Oct 29, 2014
Keet van Zyl commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post A chance to attend #ExitConf and position your co for a successful exit!
"We couldn't decide between the two, so winners of tickets to #ExitConf 15 May are: @malanjoubert & Jamie @Expise.  Tweets:  Malan Joubert > #ExitConf sounds like a really great idea. Getting investment…"
May 2, 2014
Louw Barnardt commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post W/Cape Investment Readiness Course + Access to Angel Investors
"Thank you, Keet! What a great opportunity for young businesses to learn about investment-readiness from the masters. Outsourced CFO will be gunning for a spot as one of the 30 participants."
Nov 14, 2013
Alon Lichtenstein commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post Apply for the new Grindstone Accelerator growth & funding platform
"This looks like a phenomenal opportunity! I'm so bummed I'm in NYC... Would have loved to have been involved. Is there anything the public might be able to see along the way? Will be a groovy journey. Thanks for continuing to build…"
Aug 2, 2013
Keet van Zyl is now friends with Wouter Grove and Brandon Muller
May 14, 2013
Keet van Zyl replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Hey Vinny, Al and other contributors to this stream... Great debate and would love to add my 2c worth in a proper response on VC (more like Growth Equity) in SA and Angel Investing. But time = enemy. I do agree with Gareth that the big Red Flag and…"
Jun 7, 2012
Keet van Zyl commented on Giles Douglas's group Venture Capital
"Work with AngelHub > Just last night we had a great pitching event in Cape Town where 3 exciting startups pitched to a room full of (real) Angels Investors. Also see: "
Mar 8, 2012
Keet van Zyl and David Blumenstein are now friends
Feb 27, 2012
Keet van Zyl and Jon Bohmer are now friends
Aug 21, 2011
Keet van Zyl and jonathancrossland are now friends
Jul 23, 2011
Keet van Zyl and Nick Bradshaw are now friends
Jul 2, 2011
Keet van Zyl is attending M4C's event

Silicon Cape Academy - Funding for start-ups at Alba Lounge (above Hildebrand Restaurant)

June 23, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm
Dear Silicon Cape Startups We are launching an exciting new initiative called the Silicon Cape Academy: a monthly educational event covering important topics for tech startups. For every different topic we have partnered with industry experts to provide you with practical advice on how to better start and grow your own company. Our aim is to assist you to become better, more succesful entrepreneurs. The first topic will be: Funding for StartupsWe have 3 different speakers from the 3 different…See More
Jun 19, 2011

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Venture Capitalist
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Keet van Zyl's Blog

What advice would you give your [entrepreneurial] self 10 years ago?

"Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years." - Bill Gates. 

We recently had some South African entrepreneurial thought leaders on a unique #VentureTrain networking and brainstorming event between Johannesburg and Cape Town where we unpacked this issue in context. Most of the self-administered advice dealt with taking more calculated risks, setting higher goals, mastering your art, trusting your gut instinct and being…


Posted on September 12, 2016 at 7:50

10 Defining Moments That Shaped the 2015 South African Startup Ecosystem

2015 was a year of grinding it out and building momentum... More and more investors, business accelerators and corporate venturers are embracing South African innovations. These are some of the defining moments that shaped the South African entrepreneurship ecosystem in 2015 that stood out for me (many of them from Silicon Cape):

Read my Medium…


Posted on January 11, 2016 at 11:00

Five Years of Knife Life! — The Entrepreneurial Journey of a South African VC

Today marks the 5th birthday of Knife Capital! Time to think and reflect on how we cut our teeth in the South African Venture Capital (“VC”) space by becoming entrepreneurs…

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Here be Awesome!

Posted on July 1, 2015 at 22:10

Startup Pitch Competition Diary - Journey to a deeper understanding of the process from a Startup's viewpoint

'Practise what you Preach' is the best way to get into your customer's mindset! We recently spun out a Startup from the Knife Capital stable: YueDiligence is a web-based Due Diligence tool for entrepreneurs, investors and service providers to assess gaps in key business disciplines to advance partnerships & fundraising preparation. The…


Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:34

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