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Startup news

  • Shuttleworth-funded Paperight wins O’Reilly Startup Showcase

    South African startup Paperight has been named as one of the winners of the O’Reilly Tools of Change Startup Showcase in New York City. Paperight, a print-on-demand service that allows photocopy shops to legally print books, is funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Founded in 2011 by Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow Arthur Attwell, Paperight claims to have more than 200 outlets throughout South Africa, offering over 1000 fiction and non-fiction titles as well as the country’s most comprehensive database of past matric exam papers. According to the company, its aim "is two-fold: to increase access to books and to encourage entrepreneurship, by...

  • How Super Simple Survey is cashing in on user experience

    The online survey space is crowded, very crowded. You'd have to be batshit to enter a market filled to the brim with competitors and fat cats like SurveyMonkey which recently raised US$794 million for a US$1.35 billion valuation. When Super Simple Survey popped up on our radar, honestly, we had to summon the office's fancy new espresso machine to instill the traces of zeal we'd need to take a closer look at yet another survey creator. So then, how bad is it? It turns out, Super Simple Survey is quite possibly the best looking and most intuitive survey creation tool...

  • Provantage launches Transit.TV in-taxi ad network, targets 6.9 million viewers

    You might not have heard of Provantage, but there's a good chance you've seen the company's work. Provantage runs Airport.TV, a news and advertising service for airports. With the recent launch of Transit.TV, the company is extending its reach to train stations and taxis. Transit.TV, will broadcast to over 1 100 HD displays and Provantage estimates a monthly average audience of 6.9-million viewers. The company is targeting South African inter-modal transport nodes as well as 600 in-taxi displays. Park station in Johannesburg is an example of such an inter-modal transport node where multiple forms of transport come together. Transit.TV will...

  • Deal discovery startup Pashash changes name to Found, tightens focus

    Pashash co-founder Faheem Kajee said in a blog post today that the deal discovery and sharing service has been renamed to Found. Building on Pashash's initial pitch which was to give buyers a new way of discovering the best buys in brick-and-mortar stores, Found is intended to be a more streamlined service with a new focused call to action: "What Deals Have You Found?" Found will help shoppers share great deals and keep track of what they're saving. Kajee says that Pashash wasn't showing the traction they were hoping for. "Late last year we had to ask ourselves a set of...

  • 500 Startups expands emerging market footprint to China

    Insanely popular business accelerator 500 Startups is expanding its emerging market footprint to China reports The Next Web. Former associate at The Raine Group, venture capitalist Rui Ma, has joined the company to help to launch the Beijing outpost. 500 Startups was founded in 2010 by high profile Silicon Valley Angel investor, Dave McClure. The organisation describes itself as a seed accelerator with a tech bias. According to a TechCrunch report, Ma has worked in the region over the last few years, specifically providing investment and advisory services through merchant bank The Raine Group, notable as an advisor to China’s biggest...

  • Screw Silicon Valley, Brazil actually has a startup show worth watching

    Anyone on the tech startup scene will have at least heard mention of a Silicon Valley reality TV show. Well Brazil looked at that, called bullshit and produced a show about startups that looks like it'll be worth watching. The Silicon Valley show's executive producer was Randi Zuckerburg (sister of Mark) and by all accounts, it was about as entertaining as getting hit in the head with a wet trout. Brazil's Go For It by contrast follows a more documentary-style way of doing things to tell the story of a handful of startups. The trailer obviously portrays them in...

  • Confirmed: Blue Label Telecoms inks deal with mobile startup Panacea

    Ventureburn can confirm that prepaid and mobile payment company Blue Label Telecoms quietly acquired a major stake in Bulk SMS startup Panacea Mobile in late 2012. The South African-based Blue Label Telecoms, which also has footprints in emerging market countries like India and Mexico, had apparently been working with Panacea for some time. According to Panacea co-founder and CEO Stefano Sessa, both companies realised that an acquisition would be beneficial after working together for nearly a year and a half. "The business was acquired because of both businesses sharing a similar growth strategy," he told Ventureburn. Sessa also...

  • Mxit woos app developers with Preferred Developer Programme

    So, you want to outsource the development of a Mxit app, but who are the top Mxit API wranglers? With the launch of Mxit's new Preferred Developer Programme (PDP) you should have a pretty good idea. The social network says that the PDP was created with the aim of recognising and rewarding the best developers focused on building apps for third parties. “The programme is designed to connect people who want custom Mxit...

  • Old Mutual buys 22Seven, multiple currencies & overseas expansion soon

    Popular money management tool 22Seven has been acquired by the UK division of Old Mutual for an undisclosed sum of money. While rumours have been flying around that the tech startup with tumultuous beginnings has been courting the financial juggernaut for a while, the two companies have only now confirmed that the deal is going through. The buyout will see 22Seven absorbed into Old Mutual's plans to develop digital support for its customers. According to 22Seven founder and CEO Christo Davel, the startup needed an established, well-respected international brand to help grow the company in the future. "We've always...

  • Mobile health platform FolUp launches in SA

    Mobile health is hot right now. That statement has never been truer. In Africa, healthcare is a major issue and finding easier ways to get medication, medical information and care to people is very important. That's where FolUp comes in, a mobile and web-based health communication platform that connects doctors and patients, allowing collaboration and actively participate in improving patient care and satisfaction. According to the company, the tool provides patients with...

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