Naspers invests $40m in Brazilian app developer Movile

Movile Emerging markets media and internet giant Napers has dropped US$40-million on Brazilian app development house Movile. The company, which has more than 500 employees working in offices across Latin America and in Silicon Valley, builds apps across the various smartphone platforms, specialising on-demand services. Some of the apps it has built allow people to order food on the fly, find restaurants on the go and watch streaming films. It also has its own unified app marketing place which allows Original Equipment ...

Africa, Startups

Brothers for All: the inspiring school teaching underprivileged people how to code

kids looking at laptop This week, Brothers For All is starting its first pilot project in two of South Africa's Western Cape prisons, equipping underprivileged people with valuable coding and entrepreneurial skills. A first of its kind on the African continent, Brothers for All is a spin-off of the non-profit Mothers for All, a local organisation that supports women in Botswana and South Africa, and the award-winning prisoner initiative, Group of Hope. Just 25 weeks after setting up in October last year, Brothers for All has ...


WeChat, Pondering Panda ink deal to expand research capabilites

Pondering Panda Mobile social and instant messaging giant WeChat has inked a deal with digital research agency Pondering Panda, which will allow both to offer businesses and other third parties access to both the fast-growing WeChat userbase and new kinds of digital research. Pondering Panda will now, for instance, be able to include variables like location sharing, voice notes and video in its research thanks to the availability of those features on WeChat. These features will apparently also allow Pondering Panda to broaden ...


The new normals in retail: are you keeping up?

Apple Pay I don’t know too many people who are immune to the charms of retail therapy. Whether in malls or online, they be men or women, there’s always something that each of us enjoys buying. Or at least window shopping. It’s engaging, it’s interactive and it’s social. What’s not to like? Thanks to technology, every few months we have these fascinating new advances that take our consumerist culture’s favourite sport to the next level. Let’s take a look at the most promising ...


SA company Striata acquires New York-based Mass Transmit

Striata South African electronic customer communications specialist Striata has acquired Mass Transmit Inc., a US based provider of email marketing tools, services and expertise. Since launching in 1999, Striata has expanded across the globe, providing communication solutions for financial services, utility, insurance, retail and telecommunications companies from its operations in London, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Sydney. It also has partners in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Headquartered in New York, with offices in Charlotte, NC and London, Mass ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

Hampered by load shedding? Here’s a survival guide for your startup

Candle Load shedding is here to stay, so every small business needs to take steps to protect its systems and data when the lights go out as well as from power surges when electricity is restored after an outage. PCs are sensitive to power cuts, power dips and power surges, so take the necessary steps to protect them. When Eskom cuts the power, you could not only lose the latest changes to the files you're working on, your open files could become ...


Nigeria gets localised website that helps you locate leisure spots

Kaku Several months ago, Oyewole Kayode was in Ibadan, the ancient yet trend-setting Nigerian city located in the Yoruba-dominated southwestern part of the country. While he was there, a female friend called him and asked if they could hang out at a "very cool" place. He began a frantic search for a place the woman would love -- a place that was also cheap and within his lean budget. “So I went online and realised there was no single platform that chronicled details of cool places and how ...

Entrepreneurship, News

Cape Town’s latest co-working innovation hub Workshop17 is looking for startups

Workshop17 Co-working spaces play a huge role in facilitating a collaborative startup community; engineering serendipity. The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa and the collaborative workspace initiative, OPEN, have announced a partnership to put together an innovation and co-working hub called the Workshop17 at the popular marina's Watershed building. The space is in its final phase of opening its doors and is thus calling for small-and medium-sized enterprises to apply for membership. CEO of the V&A Waterfront, David Green said in a ...


Can’t get enough of tech startups? Ventureburn is looking for a savvy startup writer

macbook Ventureburn is looking for a savvy startup writer to join its talented, growing team. The African startup space is bubbling with exciting stories around every corner. As a publication which prides itself on bringing readers the latest in-depth stories and analysis, Ventureburn seeks to cover every nook and cranny in this fast-moving space. In order for us to continue doing so and even more, we're expanding our team. If you think bootstrapping is merely a cool pirate name and Angels are only ...

Innovation, Startup news

BitX revamps platform with fresh bitcoin exchange

BitX website South African-based bitcoin exchange BitX has launched a revamped version of its popular site. By providing a faster and more efficient platform for experienced traders, and a cleaner, friendlier experience for new users, the startup is hoping to further drive bitcoin adoption. BitX currently operates in some key emerging markets including South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, Singapore and more. It’s also been spearheading the move to bring bitcoin to over 30 000 online stores in South Africa through the popular local online ...