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  • Wait. Simon Cowell and will.i.am are on the hunt for the next Steve Jobs?

    Simon Cowell is looking for the next big tech entrepreneur. Why am I not surprised? The music producer and former American Idol judge has set his sights on the tech industry, reports The Sun. The show will be based on the same premise of Cowell's current show, The X Factor, and will see the veteran music industry heavyweight team up with American rapper, will.i.am. "We’re working on a project called X Factor for Tech...

  • BlackBerry reaches out to Nigeria’s academic community

    Research In Motion (RIM) seems determined to make its mark in Africa. The maker of BlackBerry smartphones and tablets has announced that it will be launching the BlackBerry Academic Program in Nigeria. The BlackBerry Academic Program is part of RIM's mission to support global education. According to the device manufacturer, "the programme helps students gain further knowledge of concepts related to mobile computing such as networks, spectrum, efficient use of battery life and mobile application development. Its aim is to bring new opportunities and industry relevant mobile computing curriculum that will prepare students for the wireless world." Nigeria's programme will...

  • Mxit buys mobile social network builder Motribe, CEO steps down

    Sources close to Ventureburn have been speculating for a while that Mxit was on the verge of buying Motribe. Now we have confirmation that Africa's largest social network is in the final stages of inking a deal to acquire the mobile social network builder. Big surprise. Motribe has been working closely with Mxit over the last few months building photo-based apps for the platform. The most successful apps include MxPix (an Instagram-style photo sharing and filtering app that hit a million users in just over a month) and JudgeMe, an app that allows people to meet each other by uploading,...

  • WPP wants a slice of Native? [RUMOUR]

    Memeburn sources can reveal that the world’s largest advertising and PR conglomerate WPP has been sniffing around high-profile digital agency Native with a view to buying it. A source close to Memeburn says a deal between the two companies is in the works and should be completed soon. When we approached Native MD Jarred Cinman for comment however, he denied that any acquisition deal was in the works. “I don’t know where you’re getting that information from, but it’s absolutely not true,” he said. “Look, in this industry people are always going to talk to each other, but...

  • Quirk Education to usher in digital era at Red & Yellow

    Acquisitions and mergers are all the rage these days in the advertising and digital agency world. The latest in merger news is that Red & Yellow School of Logic & Magic, one of South Africa's advertising schools, is joining forces with Quirk Education, the educational arm of digital agency Quirk. The aim of the merger is to better quip students in the evolving world of advertising due to technological advancements, with Quirk's digital background. The Red & Yellow school offers courses in advertising, marketing and design for students wanting to enter the advertising and marketing world. The school...

  • Prezence Digital set to launch student mentoring initiative

    South African digital agency, Prezence Digital has announced that it will soon be launching a project it calls the 10Teams/10Brands/10Grand initiative. Established in the UK in 1998, Prezence Digital expanded into South Africa in 2002. The agency, which originally focused on the South African music and movie industries, evolved into the digital sphere with services such as mobi, web, digital campaign management, social media and, more recently, apps. Recently, Prezence Digital made headlines for...

  • Who are South Africa’s top business women and entrepreneurs?

    The influence of women on business is increasing -- they're making a mark on the tech world and women account for a larger percentage of the influential people on TIME Magazine's global list than ever before. From Yahoo!'s new CEO Marissa Mayer to the first female chairperson of the African Union, women are showing why they're a force to be reckoned with. So who are some of South Africa's top female entrepreneurs and business women? If the list of finalists for this year's Top Women in Business and Government Awards is anything to go by, they're working in industries...

  • South African VC Knife Capital receives international recognition

    To the people living on the African continent, the brilliant innovation emerging from the continent's unsung entrepreneurs is axiomatic. The rest of the world however remains largely unaware of its rise as a tech powerhouse. To those paying attention however, it's clear. In its Fortnightly Thoughts research report American investment banking and securities company Goldman Sachs asks: “Is now the time for multi-nationals to be investing in Africa?” The answer: In short, our conclusion is yes. Africa’s exceptionally robust growth over the last decade is probably understated (informal parts of economies are very big), but not being able to measure this growth...

  • Google’s Woza online: 25k sites now live

    If your business doesn't have an online presence, it might as well not exist. For small businesses in particular that hasn't always been easy. Google's Woza online initiative, which provides free websites to small and medium-sized businesses aims to change all that. It doesn't seem to be doing badly either. According to the internet giant, some 25 000 businesses have signed up to the initiative since its launch in January this year. Google South Africa chairman Luke Mckend said the take up of Woza online reflected the "energizing" spirit of entrepreneurs in the country. He also revealed a...

  • SA fashion retailer launches online store

    Ecommerce in South Africa is gaining traction with new ecommerce plays entering and exiting the market more and more frequently. Last year retail outlet Woolworths launched an online store for its fashion line, becoming one of the first major South African retailer to enter the ecommerce space. Now another chain retailer has joined the party. Affordable fashion retail outlet Mr Price's online store went live today under the moniker MRP. We are live!! #mrponline Woohoooo— Mr Price Fashion (@MrPriceFashion) July 30, 2012 The publicly traded retail company announced its plans for an online store earlier this year as an attempt to...

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