Allon Raiz is the CEO of Raizcorp. In 2008, Raiz was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in 2011 he was appointed for the first time as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. Following a series of entrepreneurship master classes delivered at Oxford University in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Raiz has been recognised as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.
#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 17: Our journey towards becoming unimportant

I used to have someone at Raizcorp who was really good at his job; let's call him Tshepo (not his real name). Tshepo was not only really good at his job, he was also incredibly loyal and willing to step in to help wherever help was needed...

By Allon Raiz 3 days ago

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 16: Lack of rhythmic, well-designed meetings

So many small businesses neglect the power of rhythmic meetings. Here's why they are so important...

By Allon Raiz 28 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 15: The lazy vision statement

Let's be honest. At the beginning of our entrepreneurial journeys, the first few months, if not years, are just about making month-end...

By Allon Raiz 19 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 14: Fear of conflict

In the early years of startups, especially for first-time entrepreneurs, there is a novelty associated with having people work for you for the first time...

By Allon Raiz 14 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 13: Delegation vs. abdication

Over the past 20 years, I've has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges...

By Allon Raiz 6 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 12: Make time to think

As entrepreneurs, we need to be making the right decisions for right now to ensure that our businesses and our people's livelihoods do not become another casualty of the virus...

By Allon Raiz 1 Apr 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 11: Developing a competitive mindset

I remember clearly the first day I realised someone hated me - not for my personality (or not that I know of), not for something I had done to them, but simply because I competed with them...

By Allon Raiz 17 Mar 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 10: Hiring mistakes

There are many reasons a hire could be inappropriate for your organisation. The two main reasons, though, are bad performance and lack of alignment...

By Allon Raiz 11 Mar 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 9: Getting the size of your premises right

One of the first paradoxes a startup entrepreneur faces is choosing the size of their first rented - or purchased - business premises along with the duration of the lease...

By Allon Raiz 18 Feb 2021

How to make the Construction Charter work for your company

Everybody knows that the construction industry has been reeling for a number of years, a casualty of an economy that seems to be going backwards...

By Allon Raiz 18 Feb 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 8: Lack of financial discipline

One of the most commonly requested documents throughout your entrepreneurial journey will no doubt be your financials...

By Allon Raiz 25 Jan 2021

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 7: Lack of financial understanding

Over the past 20 years, Raizcorp CEO Allon Raiz has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges. He shares some of the most important lessons he has learned...

By Allon Raiz 3 Dec 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 6: Overcoming the first abuse from a customer

In the startup years, the adage "the customer is king" remains fresh and deliberate in your mind. You have probably convinced your customers (and yourself) that by using your company they will receive much better service than from the "big guys."...

By Allon Raiz 1 Dec 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 5: The false start

In the 20 years I have worked with entrepreneurs, there is a phenomenon I have seen all too often - the false start...

By Allon Raiz 18 Nov 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 4: Misunderstanding pivot

Allon Raiz shares some important lessons he has learned using a sequence that mirrors the typical stages of any entrepreneurial journey - from ideation through to scaling a business...

By Allon Raiz 10 Nov 2020

#20Lessons20Years: Lesson 3: Insufficient financial runway

Over the past 20 years, Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp, has learned many tough lessons and overcome many entrepreneurial challenges...

By Allon Raiz 4 Nov 2020

#StartupStartAgain: Did I learn from the past?

With the ravaging effects Covid-19 has had on the economy, the only choice for many entrepreneurs was to start again. But, did they learn from the past?

By Allon Raiz 9 Sep 2020

#StartupStartAgain: Was I honourable?

Allon Raiz draws on his more than 20 years of experience in business and in supporting over 13 000 entrepreneurial businesses to offer insights on the considerations and steps needed to start again and achieve the highest likelihood of success...

By Allon Raiz 26 Aug 2020

#StartupStartAgain: I have more than last time

Over the past 20 years, I have worked with many entrepreneurs who have wanted to give up. They have been at various stages of their journeys - some just a few months in, others several years into the game...

By Allon Raiz 24 Aug 2020

#StartupStartAgain: There's no shame in starting again

Many entrepreneurs will have no option but to close down their businesses. With the ravaging effects Covid-19 has had on the economy, formal employment may not be an alternative for many...

By Allon Raiz 5 Aug 2020

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