I had an interesting chat with a non-techie on Saturday night. She used the word “enthusiasm” a few times while talking about the tech and startup culture in Stellenbosch at the moment.

I had a chat with one of the original Mxit people recently about how and why Mxit managed to succeed in the early days. (aka The Traveler, if you read the book.)

“We’re all a little irrational”. — I think those were his words.

His explanation went something like this:

When the team working on a product really believes in it and you combine enough enthusiasm and irrationality you create a culture which has a big impact in the way the product is built. This emanates outwards to partners, customers and users.

“You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow.” — Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance