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Startup news

  • Nigerian investor puts undisclosed cash monies into Silicon Valley startup

    Things are getting exciting with Heirs Holdings. The pan-African proprietary investment company founded by Tony O Elumelu has just announced its investment in Silicon Valley-based startup Planet Labs. Founded in 2010, the tech startup specialises in Earth imaging satellite network with open data access. Last year the company launched a number of demonstration CubeSats, Dove 1, Dove 2, Dove 3 and Dove 4, which circle the planet in low orbit. Planet Labs' 'Doves' are supposedly "significantly cheaper to produce and deploy than existing technology". According to the company, it is set to launch Flock 1, a constellation of 28...

  • Atmospheir app: an all-in-one social contact manager

    Since the advent of social media, managing your contacts and address book has become a whole lot tougher. Adding multiple accounts, numbers and services for every person's entry can be a headache, and organising the fragmented information can sometimes feel like the stuff of folly. A new app called Atmospheir wants to change all of that by re-imagining the mobile address book. Available for iPhone and iPad, the Atmospheir app aims to solve ever-changing contact info by giving each user a personalised ID -- their 'Atmospheir handle' -- which centralises data from multiple social networks, separates your personal and professional...

  • SureThing launches online gadget insurance in SA for portable devices

    SureThing is South Africa's newest insurance company, covering all things portable and electronic, and it's all done online. The 'online gadget insurance solution' covers precious personal items like your cellphone, tablet, laptop, e-reader or game console, reportedly from just R70 per month. The company was founded by Richard Neville, an insurance entrepreneur, who noticed a gap in the insurance market for portable electronic items and designed SureThing as a cost-effective and quick service for the youth of South Africa. "Historically, portable gadgets were only included on insurance policies if you owned your own home. SureThing is an easy online insurance solution...

  • Everything Hair offers South Africa real-time beauty advice and products

    The beauty care products industry is predicted to be worth US$265-billion by 2017. Startups and VCs the world over have started to take notice. In America Makeoverly is forging its own way as part online-beauty consultancy part etailer, while in South Africa try-before-you-buy startup Rubybox has gone from strength to strength having received funding from HPV Africa. Joining the race in South Africa is online salon Everything Hair offering products, service and advice, making it something akin to the South African Makeoverly. On the one side of the business, customers can order their favourite hair products in one place, online, and...

  • Rocket Internet’s fashion e-store Daraz boasts impressive growth [infographic]

    Daraz, Rocket Internet’s fashion e-store in Pakistan, has just released an infographic (below) showcasing its progress since its launch in July 2012. Daraz has amassed 360 brands on its site, and 14,000 clothing and accessory items -- for both men and women -- are now being sold there. The really surprising figure is that over 50% of Daraz’s orders come from outside the major cities in Pakistan. Given that Pakistan has an internet penetration rate of only around 15%, it’s a revelation that so many orders come from outside of better-connected urban areas. Daraz has delivered to over 170 cities...

  • SleepOut spurs travelers by launching Donkey Selfie Competition

    Love donkeys? Of course you do, who doesn't -- they're cute hard-working mammals with exceptionally long ears. And so, online accommodation startup SleepOut and HackerBeach are jumping the bandwagon (with or without the donkeys) by introducing the world’s first Donkey Selfie Competition. Another exceptional quality about these mammals is that they are known for their traveling skills. In order to spur the nomad in all of us, SleepOut's ambitious competition requires contestants to take a selfie of themselves and a donkey (real or fake) then post it to its website or Facebook page. SleepOut CEO and co-founder Johann Jenson so-called...

  • Malaysian iMoney joins Harvard Business School in MBA collaboration

    iMoney, a Malaysia-based financial services startup, has partnered with the Harvard Business School (HBS) on its MBA Field Immersion Experience for Leadership Development (FIELD) programme. Six students from the HBS will join iMoney in Kuala Lumpur for a week to gain real-life experience working in the field. iMoney is Asia's leading financial product comparison website, and allows customers to view the best home loans, personal loans, car insurance, credit card and deposit rates in the region, with the convenience of applying to any bank online. “We are happy to be able to provide real-life experience with this group of Harvard...

  • Jumia exits & Shoppi.ng acqui-hires: Major shakeups in Nigeria’s ecommerce scene

    2014 is shaping up to be quite the year for ecommerce in Nigeria. Unconfirmed reports have been floating around that Jumia co-founders, Tunde Kehinde and Raphael Afaedor, are leaving the company to pursue other ventures. It's always suspicious when two company co-founders duck out before the venture has really grown up. Sure Rocket Internet, the company's prefab manufacturer, has thrown a lot of money at it and grow its numbers but it's still an ecommerce startup figuring out Nigeria. "I wouldn't say we are losing our founders exactly," said a well-placed source inside Jumia. "More that they are moving...

  • Facebook acquires its first Indian startup in Little Eyes Lab

    Facebook is taking the emerging markets seriously, with rumours of Facebook Africa coming. The company has acquired an Indian startup, Little Eyes Lab, that makes analytics software. This is the first Indian company to be acquired by Facebook. "We're very excited to announce that Facebook is acquiring our company," Little Eyes Lab announced on its site this week. "With this acquisition, Little Eye Labs will join forces with Facebook to take its mobile development to the next level! This is Facebook's first acquisition of an Indian company, and we are happy to become part of such an incredible team." Last month...

  • Pata Cab brings smart cab-hailing to Nairobi, prevents excess fares

    Hailing a cab can be tricky business. In a large city like New York, this is because the demand is so high for rides, in a place like Africa, there is the extra worry of being conned by taxi drivers -- at least that's the concern for Nairobi-based startup, Pata Cab, which aims to streamline the cab-hailing process in the Kenyan capital with its new platform. "Pata" is Swahili for "find" or "get," and the platform was founded by Anthony Wainaina Kariuki, assisted by German consultant Jochen Baumeister. In essence, Pata Cab is an automation platform for cab-hailing with perks...

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