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  • 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...

  • Digital shopping trends highlights mobile-connected middle class

    A recent report titled CPG in Developing Markets: Consumers' Digital Habits in Emerging Economies by eMarketer attempts to paint a better picture of projected growth in emerging regions in terms of consumers' digital shopping trends. This report could give us a general indication of what these regions' eCommerce market potential looks like. eMarketer points out that in many of these markets a young, mobile-connected middle class has emerged that is beginning to recognise and prefer name brands and shopping online. It further argues that while these markets differ greatly from European and North American markets in terms of demographics, geography,...

  • Quirky news game app wins Sub-Saharan Africa’s first media hackathon

    This past weekend, the Editors' Lab hackathon held in Cape Town saw a total of fourteen teams compete to develop the most innovative news-driven mobile app or website to further active citizenry. The team from the Sunday Times came out top with the development of an app called Party Match. The app is described as being a cheeky 'dating game' that wants to help South Africans find the political party that would best match their personal interests. The application will further help newsrooms across South Africa to track opinion trends amongst users. Party Match was developed by Loni Prinsloo (journalist), Fiona...

  • 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...

  • Rwandan tech startups need to beef up business skills to succeed

    Rwanda is known for its strides in furthering ICT-related policies and its ambitions for tapping into the knowledge economy. In a recent article in The New Times Rwanda, the lack of adequate business skills is claimed to be the biggest obstacle tech entrepreneurs face in the country today. KLab is one of Africa's many tech hubs encouraging and connecting people who drive innovative digital solutions. Martin Carlos Mwizerwa is the acting director of Rwanda's kLab and is also in charge of National ICT planning and co-ordination. Referring to young local tech entrepreneurs in the article, Mwizerwa says that “most...

  • 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...

  • Say hello to the 40 startups selected for DEMO Africa 2013

    Held in Nairobi Kenya from 24 to 25 October this year, the DEMO Africa conference will feature 40 entrepreneurs hailing from Cape Town to Cairo presenting their innovative technologies. They'll be pitching to a mix of everyone from investors and fellow entrepreneurs to the tech media. So, what can we expect to see? The 40 startups listed below are the ones that have made it through a series of screening processes out of a total of 300 submitted applications this year. The five categories for the conference are Mobile Technology, Social Media, Consumer Products, Cloud Services and Enterprise Technologies. DEMO Africa...

  • 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...

  • 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...