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  • Callpay to launch first of its kind payment product called Pay Request

    Callpay, a leading payment solutions provider, today announced that it will launch its new patent pending product called "Pay Request." Callpay developed Pay Request with security in mind, allowing a merchant to send a payment application to any mobile device. What makes this patent pending technology so unique is that a payment can be made in real time without the need of an app or mobile data. At the point of payment, Pay Request allows a merchant to send a secure terminal to the customer’s mobile device, turning their mobile phone into a virtual card terminal. The customer simply enters their...

  • SA consumers no longer willing to pay a premium for big name brands

    Prior to the arrival of the Digital era, marketers and advertisers gained insight into consumer sentiment via door-to-door visits, lengthy paper surveys and tedious questionnaires. Now, by simply scrutinising what consumers are searching for online – and more specifically – which search terms they are actually using, companies and marketers can get an accurate take on what consumers actually want (and what they are concerned about). “In recent years, people have been spending a significant portion of their budgets on mobile phones and connectivity, especially given the initial aura around brands such as Blackberry and Apple, coupled with the fixation...

  • SA consumers doing their product homework before purchase

    At a time when most consumers are spending conservatively, with a hawkish eye on every last Rand, value for money has become paramount. Long gone are the days when people sign on to mobile contracts on a whim, or buy insurance products at the behest of a smiling salesman. With deep-seated economic and political uncertainty prevailing, consumers are looking to inform themselves as best they can before spending a cent. “The good news for sceptical South Africans is that a host of new and sophisticated digital tools are coming online, giving people much-needed access to information,” says Ryan Marx, CEO...

  • CompareGuru set to simplify financial services for SA consumers

    Launches new site with advanced features and real-time services.  For most time-constrained South Africans, choosing between financial products and service providers is a laborious and challenging task. Despite the increasing access to all sorts of information online, it remains a complex and daunting process to sift through various product offerings, pricing structures, terms and conditions, etc. “This complexity is especially problematic when trying to choose between products and providers in the mobile, banking and insurance spheres, where contracts are often filled with jargon and consumers are understandably wary of hidden fees,” explains Ryan Marx, CEO of CompareGuru, a site which draws...

  • Welcome to the Matrix: Mastering the art of Scenario Planning

    For entrepreneurs, one of the most frequently cited challenges is the task of having to juggle multiple demands on your time at any given moment. In my view, however, there is a task that is perhaps more taxing – and yet absolutely critical – that entrepreneurs have to tackle every day. It is the task of identifying and planning for multiple possible business scenarios in the midst of an ever-changing market environment....

  • Don’t let expansion ruin a great company culture

    As a young company that primarily serves informal markets, we have quickly expanded into new regions on the African continent. While South Africa remains a key focus – and our base – we have invariably needed to establish a presence in other fast growing markets. In practice, this has meant that our management team spends a great deal of time away from the rest of the team – and working remotely. Without...

  • What is Edtech and why it matters

    Digitalisation has impacted every aspect of modern day life, from communication to finance, but there is one sector that has been largely overlooked - education. For over a century, learning models have remained the same with educators relaying information and ideas to students who sit and listen (one hopes) and then supplement that with information found in physical textbooks. Thanks to the rise of mobile technology, that learning module is slowly changing with students now utilising tablets to make their lessons more interactive, at least that’s the idea. The current problem with this structure is the devices being used. Tablets are primarily...

  • Securing the right investor for every stage of your business

    So you’ve nailed down the big idea, you’ve got the inspiration, and you’ve laid out a savvy business plan - now all you need is the right investor (or investors) to get your startup off the ground. For many new entrepreneurs, this is the hardest part (so far)…it usually requires pitching your idea (and essentially, pitching yourself), to family and friends, and as the business grows, to angel/seed investors and venture capitalists....

  • Beyond Innovation – it’s Innovation velocity that really matters…

    '5 Ways to Drive Innovation'…'The World's Most Innovative Leaders'….'The Latest Innovations in Fintech'…sound familiar? In mainstream media, and in the corporate lexicon, the word innovation has become ubiquitous – particularly when discussing entrepreneurship, technology, leadership, and how all three combine. As a result, it has all but lost its meaning. Among startups, for example, product differentiators are often peddled as 'innovations' – when in fact they are simply, product differentiators. Journalists often trumpet the...

  • The impact of mobile technology on business

    Mobile technology has had a massive impact on business, allowing you to cut the cord but still be as productive as if you were sitting in an office the entire day. When it comes to setting up a small or medium business, or even venturing out as a freelancer, there are devices that can help make your life easier. Smartphones Smartphones have become the Swiss Army knife of technology, having replaced multiple devices. In the past, businesses didn’t allow you to bring your phone to the office, however now; your phone has the potential to be your most vital tool. One of the most...