Where is the matchstick now?

As a big project is about to go live (tweet me on (from Wednesday 10th Feb) if you want to know more about it), more of my time and energy is becoming freed up for onematchstick!  So to get going, I got a burst of onematchstick nostalgia and inspiration after catching up with Nikki the other day.

She was the first person I traded with – and she still has that original matchstick that I traded with her for the ordinary green ball point pen

And she was the first person who traded twice with me, when  I did my second trade with her in a threesome involving one of her training courses and one of my 375 T-shirts. 

So thanks Nikki for your support, your encouragement, and your willingness to trade! 

Who will I trade with next? 

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How to Start a Start-up : online Resources

As I am working on my "business plan" for the onematchstick office, so I am coming across some great resources about all things related to startups, entrepreneurship, managing and leadership, and selling!  

If you'd like to follow my research and explore these tools, trainings, and articles too, the best way is to follow me on Twitter - @Telana

Here I'll be listing some of the online trainings that I have found about startups, for you to enjoy too!


How to Start a Startup

A series of 20 free video lectures covering everything about how to start a startup, by Sam Altman.

Check out the videos here.

The Essential Guide to Entrepreneurship by Guy Kawasaki

In this Udemy course Guy Kawasaki shares his 30 years of experience with budding entrepreneurs on how to build a business and brand that will attract investors and a following.  It's about mastering "the essential steps for creating your own company".

Check out the course here.

(Hear my interview with Guy here)


This site helps people build successful businesses.  It has a list of many courses, which teach you step-by-step for beginners with not experience wanting to build a profitable business, and also for those more established entrepreneurs wanting to go the next level with their business.

Check out the list of their courses for their members here. They're amazing! ;)

5 + 1 Tips for raising early stage capital by Guy Kawasaki

In my learning about how to pitch my ideas for onematchstick, I came across these few short videos with a great outline of the key information investors would like to know.
Here they are.


More to come soon, as I find them, so keep checking this page (or my tweets)!  And let's start some startups!

Startup and Bootstrapping ideas from Tim Ferriss

As I keep consuming podcasts, one of my favourite show's is Tim Ferriss' interviews. 

And for a change, he got interviewed :)

Tim shares some interesting ideas about startups, from his experience in starting his own businesses, and investing in others from the Silicon Valley, like twitter and uber.

He also talks about deal making, and was asked - for the first time - if he actually works only 4 hours a week. . .

You can hear the podcast here.  I highly recommend it!

My interview on Expresso Morning TV Show

Here's the clip of my interview with Katlego Maboe last Monday, 19th October, on Expresso:

It was fun reminiscing about all my trades, and trying to explain how I find people to trade with.

Just wish I had had a few more minutes to explain my latest item, as it's such a fun item!  

It's all about a lifestyle change, to get you out of the office or house, and help you work as you go, and explore this wonderful world of ours (check out the details here).

As seen on Expresso Morning TV Show

I was invited to chat about bartering and my onematchstick project on the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3 today!  

Luckily I was down in Cape Town also visiting Strandveld Vineyards (in my next post I'll share an update!) and my family, so I could pop into the studio at the break of day.

it was a very quick and fun chat with Katlego Maboe, and I was hoping they'd ask me about bartering in today's world, and I could share how it's happening now in Greece quite a bit.  

With their financial crisis that broke out in 2010, hundreds of barter communities have materialised and people have started informally bartering more seriously about three years ago.

And it seems to have become even more popular this year, since the banks were closed and bank controls restricting money withdrawals have been put in place since June this year.

Although this alternative economy is not mainstream, it is interesting to watch the likes of butchers swapping a month's worth of meat for tyres for their vans.

Greece is an example of using bartering when times are tough, by finding alternative ways to trade that still allow us to do what we need to do, to get by.

I'm just trying to trade an ordinary little matchstick up into office space, to help startup entrepreneurs. :)

Thanks Katlego and the Expresso Morning Show Team for having me on your show!!

Looking for the "Casey Gerald's" of South Africa

As I work on getting clearer on the onematchstick office, and what we can do with the space once I've traded up to it, I'm staring to think of the start-up entrepreneurs I hope to help.

And if any of them are like this rebel, Casey Gerald, I will be S-O  E-X-C-I-T-E-D!

He believes that if he is out of business in a years time, then he's been successful!  

I'm wondering how this idea fits in as a new business model, that would help my objective of creating more jobs in South Africa by helping more aspiring entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground... but it sure makes you think about existing paradigms of doing business and contributing to making the world a better place.

Here he talks about us needing a new field manual for business, and here he shares "The Essential To Do list for the Aspiring Entrepreneur".

Markets where money is not allowed or doesn’t work

Thanks to one of my favourite podcasts, Freakonomics Radio, I was introduced to Al Roth’s work.  He’s a professor of economics at Stanford, and also the Nobel Prize winner in economics in 2012.

Prof Roth takes what I am doing with my bartering project, to a whole other level.

He develops markets where money is either not allowed to play a role (like organ donation) or doesn’t work in that market (like job markets).  

He has developed algorithms that lead to people being chosen, due to certain criteria, for a match where there is a need.

It’s very interesting to see that money can actually limit needs being met, and that there are ways around using a money system for exchange.  

Examples are what Prof Roth and his colleagues have found – exchange systems that help the supply of goods or services being matched with the best possible needs with no cash involved at all.

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