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  • GoMetro Jobs: new jobs portal for commuters launches in South Africa

    GoMetro, the startup that publishes real-time transport information for commuters, today announced the launch of a mobile jobs portal, GoMetro Jobs. Keeping in line with the startup's previous team effort -- read more about the iROKING music service partnership -- it is introducing the service with the help of cloud-based recruitment software company, graylink. Commuters will have access to 500 (or so) job listings from employers like Discovery, Shoprite, Mercedes Benz, Telkom and Woolworths. Graylink CEO Mark Gray says that the partnership will target LSM 4 – 7 commuters This service allows commuters to either apply from their mobile phones or forward...

  • Flexibility vs instability: pros and cons of working at a startup [Infographic]

    Like most things in life, working at a young dynamic startup company has its ups and downs. A recent unofficial survey of more than 150 startup employees suggests that low pay and lack of company structure are what concern them the most. What the survey has noted is that many of a startup company's characteristics are double-edged swords. For instance, having an open-minded work environment might mean that there'll be more space for your ideas but it lacks organisational structure. That and low salary-compensation for your work were rated as being the most concerning downsides of working at a...

  • SA startup launches myViGO to help creatives build their own websites

    Professional or amateur, ViGO is said to be for anyone who wants to create their own website. ViGO is a Cape Town-based software company that's determined to take on the CMS (Content Managing System) giants of the world. It provides an online tool that allows anyone to create websites, blogs or online portfolios. The company is built on the philosophy of keeping its platform simple in terms of flexibility and functionality. Last month the company's platform called myViGO, was launched. It also notes that its designed in such a way so that both amateur and professional designers can use and...

  • SA developed game platform company lands NBC and Sony deals

    South African games platform SkillPod Media has announced that its white label gaming solutions for two of the US’s largest publishers, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures Entertainment, have gone live. The company's platform acts as a bridge between publishers and game developers. SkillPod Media's vision is to provide a white label publishing platform that would seamlessly integrate publishers and users. In turn, the platform offers publishers a single content management solution that is fully integrated with multiple game developers. Furthermore, it promises improved brand awareness as well as increased revenue. Companies such as Sony Entertainment and NBC are now able...

  • Meet the 8 Korean startups heading to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013

    Eight of App Korea's early-stage startups are currently readying themselves to head to the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco. On the way, the startups are hoping for more international recognition and to highlight innovation in the Southeast Asian region. The startups are offering services ranging from cloud services, translation, e-commerce, travel, photo curation, e-learning, social networking and even K-pop video streaming. The trip is sponsored by KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) while the startups will present themselves from 9 to 11 September at the Korean Pavilion in Startup Alley. So, who are they? Cubbying Cubbying is a one-touch social aggregator...

  • Editors’ Lab Cape Town: 1st Sub-Saharan Africa media hackday

    Editors' Lab Cape Town is a two-day hackathon taking place from 6-7 September that will be taking place in the city at 24.com’s digital headquarters and is organised by the Global Editors Network, the African Media Initiative and Google. The collaboration includes 14 teams competing to create the most innovative news-driven mobile app or website. The teams will use public data or other content to build mobile apps or digital tools that help audiences become ‘active citizens’ by better understanding or engaging with the world around them. Preliminary ideas submitted by teams range from mobile apps to help citizens...

  • Venture Talk: Accelerators & Incubators in SA with Andrea Böhmert

    Accelerators and incubators, are they good or bad for startups? There is a strong sense that despite startups needing a helping hand, whether that might be with funding, work space, facilities or network, there could be a negative effect that these programmes have upon young companies -- namely that they never learn to walk on their own two feet. Mich Atagana chats to Andrea Böhmert in our latest Venture Talk, the co-founder of the newly launched Grindstone Accelerator Programme, designed for post-revenue companies, about the pros and cons of these kinds of programmes. What comes out of this talk...

  • Restaurant discovery service Zomato now finds restaurants in Pretoria

    Zomato is a mover and a shaker. Hot on the heels of extending its South African reach to Cape Town, the online restaurant and nightlife guide has now launched in Pretoria taking its presence in South Africa to a total of three cities, including Johannesburg. Zomato now provides in-depth information on over 350 restaurants in Pretoria, and claims to be the most exhaustive restaurant discovery platform in the city. Zomato's design covers most diners' needs, whether they are looking to eat out, have food delivered or pick up a take-away. Zomato prides itself on being the most comprehensive online guide,...

  • Uganda-based Micro-finance startup wins the Anzisha Prize

    Take 12 talented entrepreneurs now try to pick a winner in a competition about a social entrepreneurship and innovation. The Anzisha Prize announced that Uganda’s Best Aiyorworth has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the competition. Now in its third year, the Anzisha Prize, celebrates the initiative and innovation of youth in Africa. It identifies exceptional young entrepreneurs who are leading by example and underscores their ability to significantly shape the future of the continent. Twenty-one- year old Aiyorworth started the Girls’ Power Micro Lending Organisation that supports girls by helping their mothers. They give women starting capital or money...

  • Singaporean video & subtitle startup Viki to be acquired by Japan’s Rakuten

    Sources report that Singaporian startup Viki is to be acquired by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten. Having been dubbed "Hulu for the rest of the world", Viki streams videos using crowdsourced subtitles. As the name also suggests, it uses both elements of Video and Wiki to gather and stream video content to much larger audiences. This acquisition will further add to both companies' plans to further expand their markets. Viki CEO and co-founder Razmig Hovaghimian said: "We've built a truly global TV platform, with and for the fans, allowing content owners to reach the world in any language." Based in Singapore...