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Startups

  • Demo Africa: the future of African startups looks bright

    Flowgear, a South African startup that offers application integration for the cloud era, was named one of the Demo Lions and will be joining four other African startups in the US for mentorship and introduction to potential investors. The Demo Lion awards are under the auspices of the US State Department. Flowgear offers companies pre-built connectors that allow quick and easy implementation for developers without the need for coding. The company bridges cloud and on-premise applications and simplifies integration management with full visibility of data flows. Demo Africa gave 40 startups from around the continent the opportunity to demo their products...

  • How to build a successful startup

    When it comes to venture capital, Keet van Zyl is as savvy as they come. He's worked for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Investec Bank and HBD Venture Capital, and helped set up private equity funds in the Southern African region for a US-based investor. He also co-founded fund manager, Knife Capital as well as the business Angel investment group, AngelHub, which invests in startups with high-growth potential. Based on his experience as a partner and board member of various investments, van Zyl shared some of his thoughts on what it takes to build a successful startup. His findings...

  • Steeple: the virtual real estate broker

    If you're thinking about selling your house, give Steeple a look. Launched earlier this month, the online estate agency service for South Africans keeps commissions low by cutting out flesh-and-blood estate agents. Sellers send their property details and photos to Steeple and show potential buyers around themselves. Steeple will value the property, market it on online property websites, arrange viewings, obtain feedback, negotiate with buyers, and project-manage the sale -- all without visiting...

  • Meet the startups set to battle it out at IBM’s inaugural SmartCamp SA

    Tech startups from across the country are about to throw down for top honours at the first IBM SmartCamp to be held on South African soil. The team that emerges victorious, will compete in the Global SmartCamp Finals for the chance to be crowned IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. In September this year, we reported on South Africa's induction into the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program. IBM SmartCamps are an aspect of the...

  • 3 tips for entering the US market: From Russia, with love of startups

    Culturally, socially and historically, Silicon Valley and Moscow are worlds (or at least 5800 miles) apart. But in a small pocket of Moscow, a growing number of entrepreneurs – supported by a growing number of enthusiastic local venture capitalists – are beginning to make the Russian capital a key pushpin on the tech startup map. The international success of these startups will ultimately dictate how the Russian high-tech community is viewed, but there is a raw (and at times admittedly naïve) passion for creating high tech that has begun to get Russia international attention. Being part of this tightly knit...

  • Wumii: the Chinese reader app that thinks it knows what you want to read

    One of China’s most innovative reading apps, Wumii Reader has just upgraded its Android app to version 2.0. In contrast to many other apps that demand you add in lots of subscriptions or preferred sites -- which can be quite laborious -- Wumii Reader instead uses its own clever algorithm to offer up what it thinks you might want to read. One new feature that takes advantage of that is the “shake to read” that causes the Wumii app to freshen up your suggested list of relevant articles. Also new in this v2.0 beta is a reading network where you...

  • Is Siyavula the answer to South Africa’s textbook crisis?

    What would the tech solution to the textbook crisis in South Africa be? One solution would be to use the open-source model to write the content and distribute it through all channels including mobile. Then, engage via social-media. That is exactly what Mark Horner and his team of 14 at Siyavula have done. Siyavula facilitated writing sessions with volunteers to produce South African curriculum aligned textbooks under an Open Copyright license. This content was then handed over to the South African Department of Basic Education for free. With huge economies of scale, Government printers were able to print 2.5 million...

  • What’s for dinner? Decide with Daily Dish, the service that shops for you

    Daily Dish is as a menu planning and grocery shopping service for "busy people" who want to eat delicious, cook-it-yourself food at home. We'd venture that it's also a godsend for South Africans looking to improve their culinary skills. Launched in September this year, Daily Dish allows "ordinary home cooks" to select dishes from a weekly menu; the ingredients and step-by-step recipes for these dishes are then delivered, same day, if the orders are placed before 10AM. Daily Dish co-founder Diane de Villiers tells us that the service was born out of "pure personal frustration." She paints the all too familiar...

  • Art.sy: For the art lover and the art interested

    You know how Spotify and iTunes can tell the kind of music you might like based on previous purchases and listening habits? The same way Foursquare can tell you what restaurants you might like, ever wish there was a tool like that for art? Now there is and it's called Art.sy. Art.sy, is a genome project for art. Think Pandora for art. According to Pandodaily, the New York company has been building its art "database of tagged and categorized works of art" since 2010. "Art.sy’s mission is to make all the world’s art freely accessible to anyone with an internet...

  • 5ounces: flash sale eCommerce for gourmet food and wine lovers

    There's a new gourmet food and wine eCommerce site on the block, and it's called 5ounces -- the name refers to the standard, one-fifth measurement of a bottle of wine. Launched in August of this year, 5ounces is inspired by the flash sale model of Gilt Taste and the artisanal wine offerings of Lot 18. Founder Trevor Gosling says that 5ounces aims to provide South African consumers with gourmet produce and premium wines at significantly reduced prices. A quick scan over the site reveals price reductions on Platter four and five star wine half-cases of close to 50%. A...