Breaking Even: 5 business lessons to take from a crystal meth startup

Walter White If you haven't heard of it yet, AMC's popular Breaking Bad TV series stars an over-qualified science teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with lung cancer at 50. As a result of his diagnosis he decides to produce crystal meth (crystallized methamphetamine) – illegally of course – with an old student, Jesse Pinkman. He does this to provide financial security for his family before he dies. Breaking Bad's main characters' business was selling the meth they manufactured to other business sectors in ...

Africa, Ecommerce

Microsoft 4Afrika, Skrill team up for new ecommerce portal

ecommerce computer card Growing economies, an emerging middle class and increased connectivity. These are three things that a number of African countries have experienced over the past few years. They also however represent a massive ecommerce opportunity. Microsoft 4Afrika, together with online payments company Skrill and a number of mobile operators, are looking to tap into it with the launch of a new portal. Launched today at communications conference AfricaCom, the portal will enable Africans to use their mobile wallets to buy from ...

Advertising & Marketing

Want to give your startup a tactical edge? Go paperless from the start

Paperwork In an age dominated by technology, why are we still seeing businesses – and startups especially –  printing, copying, faxing, scanning and then filing trillions of pieces of paper? Did you know that globally businesses continues to use paper printouts to archive 62% of all their important documents? So why is it so difficult for businesses to make the switch from printed paper to digital archiving and storage? Three simple words - fear, uncertainty and doubt (or FUD for short) I have spent ...

Startup news

SA Small Business Minister launches Startup Nations South Africa intiative

Minister Lindiwe Zulu at SUNSA launch South Africa's Small Business Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, today launched the Startup Nations South Africa initiative, a collaborative effort by founding partners, The Innovation Hub, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Wits Business School, aimed at contributing towards building a robust entrepreneurship ecosystem and vibrant sustainable entrepreneurship culture. With the launch of the initiative, South Africa joins a global network of Startup Nations such as Startup Britain, Startup Chile, Startup Malaysia, Startup China, Startup Norway, Startup Australia and more recently Startup ...


Nigerian game startup launches illustrator competition

Abiola2 Nigerian mobile games company, Gamsole, has launched a new competition offering US$4,000 in prizes and career opportunities for five talented illustrators. Founded by Abiola Olaniran, Nigeria’s highest paid Windows game developer, Gamsole creates games for the Windows phone platform, taking advantage of its fast growth and unsaturated gaming market. The competition will be running until 23 November and entrants must submit a graphical concept for a game, including character design in different moods and positions. Gamsole will be offering a US$3 ...

Startup news

Student resource app by Tiger Bytes takes the reins at Startup Knight 2014

Startup-Knight Byte Orbit's Startup Knight 2014 pitch competition recently concluded with Cape Town, South African-based Tiger Bytes being awarded first place for its learning slash student resource app Vula. The third annual event, which seeks to empower aspiring tech entrepreneurs and visionaries in South Africa, ran with the theme "Technology that enables" and saw over 150 entries this year, making it the biggest competition thus far. There was no jousting involved, however. Tiger Bytes won a total bounty worth R250 000 with runner-up MediaBox ...

Africa, News

Voice education app HaltEbola wins Ampion Venture Bus competition in West Africa

ampion Ampion Bus Africa is driving through the continent on a mission to inspire and promote local startups. And so, with the recent conclusion of Ampion West Africa's startup competition, health app HaltEbola got dubbed the winner out of seven startups. With backing from some of the continent's biggest tech leaders, the initiative seeks to develop innovative solutions on the continent, using both international and local skills and talent. Read more: Leading tech companies MTN, SAP, Microsoft provide support for Ampion Africa And with ...


10 mistakes that could seriously jeopardise your startup’s future

false-98375_1280 As economies fluctuate, so strategies need to adapt. This has always been the case. But as the world around us changes dramatically and certain elements, such as globalisation and the internet, are irreversible, some strategic changes need to be radical – and none more so than in the way suppliers engage with clients and other key stakeholders. Yet we see plenty of compainies merely tweaking what they did in good times in the hope that the good old days will ...

Africa, Startup news

Africa’s media platform Bozza partners with Airtel, Econet for massive reach

Bozza Bozza -- a popular platform for sharing independent music, videos and poetry -- is partnering with Airtel and Econet, two of Africa's largest telecoms. With the massive service providers operating in a total of 17 countries, this move could only spell greater things for the tech startup and make its content accessible to millions of new fans. “We’re genuinely excited about these two significant developments because they signal opportunities for unsigned artists that are otherwise unobtainable. While normally accessible only by those ...

Advertising & Marketing

Pete Case on Gloo being acquired by Ogilvy: ‘this is us getting even deeper’

Pete Case The big news in the digital agency space this week is the acquisition of Gloo by Ogilvy & Mather. It's a massive coup for the WPP-owned communications agency. Getting your hands on an agency that has been named Digital Agency of the Year every year for the past seven years by Financial Mail’s AdFocus Awards is, after all, no small feat. If the people at the heart of the deal are to be believed though, this is no ordinary acquisition. In ...