Startup news

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

everything hair logo 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 ...

Africa, Ecommerce

Lawyers and domains: Rocket Internet and Konga to face off

ecommerce We told you things in Nigeria's ecommerce space were about to heat up and at the center of the brewing storm is Konga and everyone's favourite cookie-cutter company, Rocket Internet. It seems there can be only one in Africa's ecommerce space and both companies want the title. Rocket is the owner/investor of Jumia, Konga's biggest competitor. According to Konga, there is systematic "action being taken to stifle the growth" by Rocket Internet. It seems that the Berlin-based ecommerce maker ...

Ecommerce, News

Yola wants your business online, launches Website Buildathon Contest

yola By now you should know the benefits of having a business online. In an initiative to further promote these benefits, free website builder Yola has announced a Buildathon -- a contest that invites people to be creative, independent and take their businesses online. Originally founded in South Africa, Cape Town, Yola focuses on helping small and medium-sized businesses build and grow their online presence. By having introduced certain features such as a simplified drag-and-drop Sitebuilder that makes it easy for ...

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Webfluential platform links web’s most influential with brands, PR [Video]

webfluential video snip Do you have 2 000 Twitter followers or run a popular blog? This might be something to look into. Mike Sharman, the co-founder of Webfluential, chats to Mich Atagana about his South African platform that links influencers with brands and PR agencies to promote campaigns. By linking popular influencers on a single platfrom, Webfluential is able to track and analyse traffic data from active social media accounts to ultimately connect them with marketing agencies. Although not being an entirely new concept, ...


5 top SA online retail trends for 2014

Mobile shopping Online retailing has grown significantly in the last few years and increased online transactions are proving that South African consumers are feeling more and more comfortable translating their previously traditional purchasing habits to the more interactive and fast-paced online environment. Christy Turner, co-founder of Webtickets, the market leader in integrated online ticketing solutions in South Africa, says, “We have noticed incredible changes in the online retail environment in South Africa over the last 10 years and I’m proud to say that ...


Should all startups not have a radical transparency policy? The case of Buffer

glass piggy bank Last month the whole Buffer team's salaries got posted online, sparking a near viral conversation on the subject of business transparency and privacy. All employees were one board with the decision, though that didn't stop some people question the effectiveness of such a business philosophy. Below is some business implementations encouraging this experiment and their explanations. Seeing that the company has been showing impressive growth indicators recently, could this characteristic be one of its main drivers of success? If so, ...

Africa, News

Pivot East heading back to Kenya for its 2014 run

pivot east The annual initiative brought to us by m:lab for the fourth time, Pivot East, is a mobile startup pitching competition and conference focusing on East Africa’s mobile developer and entrepreneurship scene. The six month annual programme is hailed for its success of last year's event held in Kampala, Uganda and has recently announced it will be taking place 24 to 25 June 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. As mentioned on the site, planning for Pivot East 2014 has already started and ...

Emerging Markets, Startup news

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

Daraz 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 ...

Africa, Startups

Disrupt everything: 22 Nigerian startups and problems worth solving

Lagos skyline Nigeria's startup scene is one of the most vibrant on the African continent. Nigerians are innovating in many areas, chasing the next big thing in a country where the audience is abundant and the opportunities are endless. With an estimated population of just over 170-million and an internet audience of more than 55-million, its 33% internet penetration means 67% of opportunity. Currently the only African country listed as the next economic powerhouse with the MINT alliance, Nigeria's growth is remarkable. ...

Africa, Design

Robohand takes low-cost prosthetics beyond Africa, targets Aus on Indiegogo

robohand logo Losing a limb is a painful trauma to endure, and yet whether through accident or disease, or being born without limbs, this is an ailment that affects many people the world over. Replacing limbs with prosthetics though, has long been an expensive affair, but 3D-printing promises to change all of that. South African Richard Van As, who lost four fingers on his dominant hand in a woodworking accident, sought to create a low-cost prosthetic hand and established Robohand in 2011 with ...