Category Archives: Entrepreneurial

Update: Hamsters on overdrive

Ok, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything! The company is swamped with work, has more demand than supply and we’ve been hellishly busy. This is certainly healthier than the alternative but can also be a frustrating place. … Continue reading

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Crossbolt fully in the cloud!

It’s been a while since the last post and there’s been a lot going on (I’ll try and catch up over the course of a few posts). The other day, after seeing me tab through various browser windows at speed, … Continue reading

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Crossbolt sponsors CH2

Continuing the off-the-wall marketing mentioned in the last post, we decided to give these two (very) talented nutters a boost. As their website says: Corneille & Leon recently returned from the USA after performing @ the 2011 Lee Ritenour Six … Continue reading

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Crossbolt 10 year anniversary graphic

With a decade in business coming around we decided to commission a graphic to celebrate the milestone! We wanted this to be slick with just a whiff of anti-establishment rebellion. There is a method to the madness: you probably can’t … Continue reading

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American Psycho: The search for premium business cards

There’s a famous scene from an infamous movie that epitomises the business card fetish. It is both ridiculous and funny. Here’s the thing though – if you’re in professional services there’s a lot riding on that card. Late last year when … Continue reading

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Adventures with Thunk!: Where the corporate folk take advice from smart blokes with tattoos

It was a large and prestigious law-firm. Our footfalls echoed in the massive glass atrium as we homed in on the lone reception desk. With me was Don Packett, MD of Thunk! who also moonlights as a stand-up comedian. Bringing … Continue reading

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Consulting companies: great cashflow and lousy exits

 Getting the Crossbolt cogs spinning again over the last few days has been exciting. It’s a bit like pulling the cover off a sportscar that’s been in storage for a while. Once the battery is charged, you pump fuel into the … Continue reading

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Rearview mirror

“I took a drive today, time to emancipate“, Pearl Jam, Rearviewmirror When I started, the big challenge was to be able to make it through one year without having to rely on formal employment. That first year shot past before I … Continue reading

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I formed Crossbolt Intellisys in 2001. A few weeks earlier I had quit my job as a systems engineer. Oddly I had just returned to head office in Johannesburg after wrapping up a year on site on a spectacularly successful … Continue reading

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