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Andy Walker
Joining the Memeburn team on the auspicious date of April Fool’s 2014, Andy completed his English Literature Honours degree at Rhodes University a year prior. As a lifelong writer and an undercover nerd, the interwoven world of bits and pixels came more naturally to him than a duck to quacking. When not plugged in – that is, rarely – he takes solace in hiking the Western Cape mountains, shouting at South African sports teams and, perhaps more surprisingly, gardening.
  • SingularityU announces 2017 ‘chapters’ in Cape Town, Johannesburg

    Hosting an intimate event last night at Cape Town's Workshop 17, Singularity University (SU) announced more granular news of its upcoming Cape Town and Johannesburg chapters. Better known as SingularityU, the Silicon Valley-based think tank and startup incubator began life in 2009, and is partnered by companies like Google, NASA and Deloitte. The University has previously graced South African shores with competitions geared towards the country's inventors and entrepreneurs, but the opening of its two new chapters is its latest venture. According to SU's Cape Town chapter figurehead Michael Fichardt, SingularityU "is a place where the world's brightest minds convene to...

  • 5 things entrepreneurs can learn from playing Fallout 4

    I know what you're thinking: how on earth does a post-apocalyptic survival game have any lessons for those running a real-world startup, or maturing as an entrepreneur? To which I would reply, "plenty." Fallout 4's a great game (if you're interested in a review, Gearburn's got your back), but it's also a rather good teaching aid if you take the time to study it. Through all my hours of playing Fallout 4, exploring the vast world and setting up countless Settlements across it, I take a look at the five biggest lessons the game can teach entrepreneurs (and don't worry, I'll...

  • Uber offers on-demand barber service to celebrate Movember’s end

    In the midst of Movember, a few misplaced hairs can mean the difference between a perfect mustache and a gorilla's chin Perhaps that's why on-demand car service Uber is offering a new service that aims to keep chins and upper lips in top shape. Sponsored by EDGE for Men -- a local male grooming service -- Uber users can now request a barber for an on-site, at home snip and shave. To transport your personal barber to your door for free, all you need do is open the app between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 27 November. The razor icon is...

  • BirdLasser mobile conservation app takes tweeting to the next level

    There's such a vast range of mobile apps on the market, all aiming to provide that one kick-ass, differentiating service. Over on Gearburn, we recapped a few apps that us journos rely on on a daily basis, but what if you're not a journalist? What if you're a budding conservationist or bird-lover? Well, there's even an app for you. BirdLasser is the brainchild of South African duo William Harris and Henk Nel -- two avid birdwatchers who wanted to bring the convenience technology offers into their favourite pastime. The app is intended to make birdwatching more interactive, while improving conservation efforts...

  • Nomanini, Paratus Telecom brings mobile airtime distribution service to Namibia

    We've covered South African point of sale (PoS) startup Nomanini extensively in the past (especially its airtime distribution service), but now it's broadening horizons across the border in Namibia, partnering with one of the country's chief ICT providers, Paratus Telecom, to bring rural airtime retailers a "business in a box." Dubbed the Katiti, the brightly coloured box houses some nifty airtime-retrieving technology, including a battery large enough to last for five days on one charge. One charge takes just eight hours. Additionally, thanks to Nomanini's cloud-based mobile PoS platform, the Katiti doesn't require cables or electricity to function in remote...

  • Sage Business Index 2014 reveals SMEs’ falling confidence in South African economy

    The outlook of South African businesses on the state of the country's economy is not at all optimistic, suggests this year's Sage Business Index. While the country has seen a recent technology startup boom, the companies' confidence index has dropped 5.38 points which made South Africa the nation with the lowest confidence index of the 18 countries surveyed this year. Over 13 000 decision makers from SMEs were questioned. "It is vital that Government and other stakeholders work together to arrest this decline in confidence before it gets worse,” says Ivan Epstein, co-founder of Softline and CEO of Sage AAMEA. "Since respondents...

  • Absa’s Centre of Entrepreneurship at forefront of Newtown’s small business boom

    Absa's Centre of Entrepreneurship in Newtown, Johannesburg has helped over 1500 budding entrepreneurs since its launch less than a year ago, the company today announced. Thanks to the Centre's free "access to basic communications technology, business support services, which include consultations, business facilities and infrastructural support," it has effectively lent a helping hand to entrepreneurs who cannot afford the massive initial overheads associated with starting a business. "For local start-ups, the landscape has dramatically shifted: Costs to start and run a business - especially day-to-day expenses – have significantly increased,” explained Oscar Siziba, the Provincial Head of Absa Business Banking in...

  • ChefHost brings bespoke professional cuisine to your dinner party

    We've profiled some intriguing startups in the past, but it's not often that you come across a company attempting to meld the limitless world of the internet into the world of premium, bespoke cuisine. Welcome to ChefHost. The brainchild of angel investor and big dreamer Abhinandan Balasubramanian and equally savvy entrepreneur Yiu Yin, ChefHost is "is an online peer-to-peer marketplace and community connecting chefs and hosts for private dining and exclusive catering". Essentially, it is the venerable Craigslist of cuisine, where chefs can flaunt their skills and needy hosts request said chefs' services. Consumers who wish to make use of the...

  • Green Pioneer Accelerator Program launches in Kenya, South Africa

    A new startup accelerator program was today launched in Nairobi, Kenya, and will target green entrepreneurs with ambitious ideas in Africa. Dubbed the Green Pioneer Accelerator Program, the venture is primarily developed for early-stage companies with desires to scale, focusing specifically on green or earth-friendly initiatives and products. Impact Amplifier, Nairobi-based accelerator Growth Africa, VC4Africa and Hivos have joined forces to "offer a comprehensive program that will take businesses from ‘market proof’ to ‘ready for investment’." The program will aim to nurture startups by "getting their financials and pitch deck in shape, and preparing them for fundraising conversations with investors," and involves...

  • uAfrica gears up for 2014 South African eCommerce Conference

    This year's South African eCommerce Awards is just around the corner, and while the media prepares for the ninth edition of the annual event, this year will also see interesting announcements from uAfrica, the main host of the event. While traditionally honouring websites displaying excellence in their respective fields, uAfrica also plans to release survey results of its online retail survey at the conference. The company has gathered information on over 116 000 respondents from around the country and will shed light on the habits of South Africa's online retail sector. Although the country's figures are nowhere near that of...