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All posts by Graham van der Made: Editor

  • Q&A: Daniel Guasco on his new venture, Click2Sure

    Even with the closure of Groupon in South Africa, the ex-founding director Daniel Guasco has been busy with a range of other projects. He is part of the South African Business Angel Network (SABAN), VC Team Africa Ventures, and investing in Hyperli. Guasco recently launched Click2Sure, an insurance startup, which is a bit of a strange industry for someone with a Groupon background. Ventureburn had a chance to catch up with Guasco and chat to him about this new venture. Ventureburn: With your daily-deals experience (Groupon), why start an insurance-related business? Daniel Guasco: It was from my experience at Groupon and in e-commerce more generally that I identified the...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [20/02/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • 17 South African startups to watch out for in 2017 [Digital All Stars] [update]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. In this piece we take a look at all of the interesting (and one or two controversial) changes that SA startups have gone through in 2016. With that in mind, we compiled a list of companies to watch for in the year ahead. BitX / Luno Easily one of the most popular Bitcoin wallets worldwide, BitX launched out of...

  • Exclusive Q&A: 88mph founder Kresten Buch on Ahoy investment

    Investment company 88mph recently broke a long silence by announcing an investment into flight booking and management app for small businesses, Ahoy. Though the LinkedIn post, written by the 88mph founder Kresten Buch, detailed the investment, it didn't have all of the details. Ventureburn reached out to Buch to ask a few quick questions on why 88mph invested in Ahoy, the amount invested, as well as any future plans the company may have. Ventureburn: How much was the exact investment? Otherwise, can you give a ballpark figure? Kresten Buch: 88mph went in together with four other investors. Our contribution was approx R1.5-million. VB: Do you know what...

  • 88mph breaks silence, announces investment in flight booking app

    Investment company 88mph, has announced its investment in Ahoy, a flight booking and management app for small businesses. The announcement came via a post on LinkedIn, written my 88mpb Founder, Kresten Buch. It did not state how much was invested in the startup. The investment in Ahoy In the announcement, Buch states that 88mph had trouble over the past few years when travelling around Africa. These issues came from problems with travel agents, flight changes and cancellations, and fraud flagging, among others. "This is of course not only an African problem, but managing travel around and into Africa for teams, with last minute needs, not...

  • Sage Summit Tour to take place in Johannesburg

    The international Sage Summit Tour is coming to South Africa. It will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from 7 - 9 March. The aim of the event is to connect a range of entrepreneurs, business owners and talk about new technologies. 'digital transformation', and success. Some of the speakers include CEO of Sage, Stephen Kelly, chairman of Sage Foundation, Ivan Epstein, country director of Google South Africa, Luke McKend, Malian politician Dr. Cheick Diarra, and more. "During Sage Summit, Johannesburg becomes the hub for the region’s entrepreneurs. This community is the most powerful driver of economic prosperity in the Africa...

  • Is Microsoft Azure right for startups?

    Choosing the right technology for your tech startup or SMME can be a daunting task. There are a range of platforms and services out there and if you're not tech-orientated, it's going to be a difficult process. Software and hardware company Microsoft thinks it may have the solution with the Azure platform. Ventureburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg, to talk about the company's Azure platform for startups and SMMEs. A shift in mentality De Wit started off by saying the company is seeing a...

  • Moroccan fund launches to help African startups

    Morocco-based seed fund Outlierz, has launched and aims to provide smart capital to African startups. The organisation looks at startups with an MVP or an executable prototype, who are in the pre-seed or seed stages. They should also have a ticket size between US$50 000 to US$200 000. Startups also looking to raise seed or Series A round funding are also eligible. Outlierz will also provide startups training tools, such as advice and access to its network. "We started from a simple yet striking conclusion: too many startups fail at the pre-seed and seed stages because of a lack of appropriate resources. We...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [13/02/2017]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you've come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex 2017 hits Cape Town this February

    The eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex, which focuses on ecommerce and fintech, will be held at the CTICC in Cape Town on 22 to 23 February. The conference will focus on developing a cashless society, cross-border ecommerce, money without borders, building loyalty, and a range of other topics. "This year's event parallels the swift adoption of fintech products, improved customer knowledge and fulfilment; key areas driving the growth of eCommerce on the continent," says managing director of Kinetic, Terry Southam, in a press release to Ventureburn. It will feature 75 speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, demonstrations, networking, exhibitions, and cocktail functions. The event looks at bringing together merchants,...