Business Unusual

The best disruptors are focused on customers, not products, they use technology rather than fear it, they create new opportunities often where regulations don't exist and they are backed by those with deep pockets and an appetite for risk. Colin Cullis presents stories of Business Unusual - those people and companies driving the next industrial revolution. The associated articles and videos are available here

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 11m. Bisher sind 251 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 22 hours 14 minutes


Covid-19 two years later, did we learn anything?

Politicians and pharmaceutical companies could have done more to tackle Covid-19 In December 2019 Business Unusual considered the disruption that could come from a pandemic. It came on the back of growing anti-vax behaviour from small sections of communities that did not only believe vaccines were not helping, there was a growing belief that they would cause harm...



How a baker made a biscuit big business

Food production is a megabusiness and while you may know dozens of food brands, they all come from just a handful of companies.  This is a short history of how a biscuit formed an empire. Image credit: See for privacy information.



Africa’s largest rail network needs attention, could hydrogen be the answer

The long term solution may be to reduce the need for overhead cables or get rid of them all together. It was the height of the cables that caused the scandal with the trains South Africa bought that were too tall. Removing the cables would not only solve that issue but cable theft too...



A Just Transition away from coal - what does it mean?

South Africa is at COP26 to discuss how to avoid a climate disaster, this is the plan.  The Presidential Climate Commission was tasked to both move South Africa towards a low carbon economy while managing the impact from potential disruption to jobs.  The idea of a just transition looks to both deal with how to lower our CO2 emissions and give those employed and dependent on those industries to maintain or ideally improve on the current conditions...



Black Friday is coming and so are the retail bots

Bots are often the reason sale items appear and sell out almost instantly This story begins with the latest Xbox that looks like a small fridge, Microsoft the makers of the Xbox said that if they could win a Twitter battle of brands they would turn the meme fridge into reality and after winning the contest in April released the mini fridges for a limited sales run in October...


 2021-11-03  12m

Flame cremation was seen as a better option than burial, but that is changing

As cities grow and land becomes more expensive so too does being able to afford a burial. Cremation allowed for less space to be used, but the CO2 and potential pollutant impact on dealing with 60 million deaths a year may make it a less favourable option.  Here are some alternatives. Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash  See for privacy information.


 2021-10-27  12m

How connectivity and cloud computing projects are boosting South Africa's potential for innovation

Despite the bad news associated with big tech, this is something to celebrate The first challenge as older South Africans will recall is getting connected. Many young South Africans may still struggle with access and cost, but like anything that you can supply in volume, you get to get it for less.  This is the first critical tipping point for progress...


 2021-10-20  13m

The past and potential future for Taiwan

Taiwan is a significant economy but only 14 countries acknowledge it as a country. China and some in Taiwan want to see the countries reunited others would prefer the two remain neighbours. Depending on what happens, it will not only impact the citizens of the two regions but perhaps everyone. Photo by Christian Lue on Unsplash  Audio credit: Blue Origin See for privacy information.


 2021-10-13  13m

How gaming has impacted on workers and businesses.

Sometimes you are the player, but sometimes you are being played. The impact that playing games is having on how we do business.  Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash See for privacy information.


 2021-10-06  14m

Google at 23 reflects the highs and lows of the tech world and yours

The search giant is 23 years old, it is mostly amazing but doesn’t say don’t be evil anymore I have covered the ups and downs of Google a good many times for Business Unusual. It was the definitive disruptor to begin with but at only 23 it is now a massive global company with few that have not felt its effects although what its next 23 years will look like may not be as rosy...


 2021-09-29  14m