You can build a startup using Raspberry Pi, but it’s not any easier [T4ACT]

Paul Furber The Raspberry Pi is pretty damn basic. It's pretty much just a reasonably well-packaged PC board. But it's probably one of the hottest pieces of hardware to hit the tech scene in years. It's made makers out of everyone from hardcore geeky hobbyists to small children. But what if you wanted to use it to build a startup? Is it possible? And how would you go about it? Well, if Paul Furber of Thunk Media has anything to say about ...


Click n Compare wants to help you compare the price of pretty much everything online

Scale In late 2011 Peter Allestorfer and Manuel Koser launched Zando -- a Rocket Internet-backed platform selling clothes and other fashion accessories online to South Africans. Today, it’s one of the country’s biggest ecommerce outfits, having also raised €20-million (US$26-million at the time) via international growth equity investor Summit Partners, as well as an undisclosed amount through JP Morgan. In January this year, Allestorfer and Koser, together with Ryan Marx (a former studio manager at Zando), launched Click n Compare -- a deals ...

Ecommerce, News

uAfrica gears up for 2014 South African eCommerce Conference

ecommerce 2014 This year's South African eCommerce Awards is just around the corner, and while the media prepares for the ninth edition of the annual event, this year will also see interesting announcements from uAfrica, the main host of the event. While traditionally honouring websites displaying excellence in their respective fields, uAfrica also plans to release survey results of its online retail survey at the conference. The company has gathered information on over 116 000 respondents from around the country and will shed ...


SA’s free Wi-Fi initiative, Project Isizwe goes live in the Western Cape

isizwe project Project Isizwe has today launched in Atlantis, in the latest phase of the free Wi-Fi for South Africa project. Later this week, the service will be rolled out in Robertson as well, implementing the Western Cape Government's plan to connect all residents to the internet. Residents of Atlantis, on the Western Cape's West Coast, "will now have an opportunity to connect to the internet to access a range of opportunities including finding jobs, start and expanding business and completing school projects," ...

Conferences, News

Mobile business event M-Days to support SA trailblazers

M-days German mobile business event, M-Days, is giving two South African mobile innovation trailblazers the opportunity to showcase their products on an international platform. Kicking off with local conferences by Mobile Marketing Association’s, taking place on 25 August in Johannesburg and 27 August in Cape Town, a winner from each city will be flown to Frankfurt, Germany where they will be given a chance to showcase their mobile innovations at M-Days 2015. The theme of the local conferences is "Mobile in Africa ...

Africa, News

Impact Report shares 3 tips for SA’s growing entrepreneurial sector

ANDE A recent Impact Report by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) shares stories and lessons about small and growing businesses (SGBs) in emerging markets. With a focus on South Africa, the research found that there's a need for a greater focus on ecosystems, skills retaintment, and female empowerment. Since 2009, ANDE has helped identify crucial hurdles facing startups, female entrepreneurs and market linkages. More importantly, it presented strategies aimed at fixing these inefficiencies. Bridget Fury, SA chapter director of ...

Emerging Markets, Startups

Hong Kong and Singapore: meet the ‘evil twin’ startup ecosystems of Southeast Asia

VBSingaporeLandscare Singapore and Hong Kong are Southeast Asia's famous city-states. Both are offshore financial centres for the rest of Asia (and beyond), with a strong Chinese culture, and rightly proud of their success in spite of a lack of resources and space. Today, both places claim the coveted title of startup capital of the region, even though their tech ecosystems are quite different. Here's an overview of each of them: To be perfectly transparent, my first intention was to go to Shenzhen ...

Emerging Markets, News

App that lets strangers wake each other up gets $1-million investment

Wakie-logo The weird and wonderful Russian community wake-up app that wants to change the way we start our days has just received another cash injection to expand its market to the rest of the world. Wakie has secured US$1-million in funding from Russian-based Venture Capital firms, LETA Capital and Titanium Venture Capital. With the idea of letting strangers from around the world help each other wake up, instead of an annoying alarm clock, LETA Capital's investment now amounts to US$3-million. Wakie is the international ...

Advertising & Marketing, News

Publicis’ DigitasLBi guzzles up Liquorice

Liquorice French advertising giant Publicis Groupe has acquired South Africa digital agency Liquorice through its digital-centric subsidiary Digitas LBi . According to Marklives, Liquorice will form part of Digitas LBi’s Middle East & Africa region but will retain its identity. Formed in 2013 out of a merger between Degitas and the Amsterdam-based LBi, DigitasLBi has 40 offices in 25 countries around the world. Liquorice meanwhile has been around since 2005 and now employs 115 people in its Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban ...

Africa, Startups

Are African remittance startups missing the bigger picture?

Puzzle piece Ventureburn recently posted an article about startups trying to pop Africa’s remittance bubble. I applaud the efforts of these startups in trying to address the issue of the above average cost of sending money to Africa which is a real hindrance to Africa’s development as a key player in the global trade arena. However a quick analysis of the list shows that most of the start-ups are focused on bitcoin as a more affordable currency alternative, peer to peer ...