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  • Startup Blitz: Secret Agent connects brands to consumer feedback at POS

    This week's Startup Blitz features Michael Metelerkamp from Secret Agent -- a platform that connects brands with customer feedback in the form of location-based surveys, mystery shopping, photo contests and retail audits. On the brand side, Secret Agent compiles customer feedback on stores into a neat, visual report. This means that a manager doesn't have to get 50 reports on 50 stores, but can rather get one report, with photos and multiple choice questions answered. On the other side, people can join the Secret Agent platform as agents themselves to earn extra cash. Depending on your location,...

  • Tech4Africa to showcase latest mobile, web and emerging technologies

    Tech4Africa is an annual event that's said to be the premier mobile, web & emerging technology conference, bringing global perspective to the African context. The event aims to introduce, inform and inspire attendees by focusing on topics ranging from mobile, tech startups and other innovative tech. Content and topics of discussion will range from a variety of current trends and emerging technologies in Africa and abroad. These topics will include mobile development, mobile money and new databases like MongoDB. IBM's second event for startups in South Africa will also be introduced. IBM SmartCamp for startups and entrepreneurs will help...

  • Startup Blitz: Shift ONE helps entrepreneurs with digital marketing

    On this week's Startup Blitz we have CEO and Founder Dylan Kohlstädt from Shift ONE -- an agency that focuses on helping entrepreneurs with all things digital marketing. According to Kohlstädt, entrepreneurs often have great ideas, but aren't as strong when it comes to marketing. That's where Shift ONE comes in, and can help with everything from website design to SEO, social media and content creation. Valuing early-stage entrepreneurs' tight budgets, Shift ONE will tailor packages on a month-per-month basis, to get the most out every Rand. Clients who have worked with Shift ONE include Bandwidth Barn, Web Africa and PostNet. ...

  • A win for social startups: Malaysia’s Joota secures $700K funding round

    Joot Ventures Sdn Bhd, the company that developed Joota, a social content network, today announced that it has secured a total of USD 700K funding from two investment sources -- US$500K from Interactive E Solutions JLT of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and, US$200K from an undisclosed individual angel investor. The new cash infusion will boost the startup's finance product development and support its global marketing moves. The news shows that social startups still manage to attract investment, at least in Malaysia. Overall, social ventures appear to have lost some sheen in recent times. Prior to the latest funding rounds Joota managed...

  • 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...