Advertising & Marketing

Confirmed: Publicis buys out Machine

Publicis Machine French advertising giant Publicis has confirmed that it is acquiring Cape Town-based integrated advertising agency Machine, something which Ventureburn has been saying was likely to happen for some time now. The agency, created by Habari founder Adrian Hewlett in 2012, will merge with Publicis South Africa and will be rebranded as Publicis Machine. Hewlett will stay on in the top position at Machine, reporting to Kevin Tromp, CEO of Publicis Sub-Saharan Africa for Publicis Worldwide. Arthur Sadoun, CEO of Publicis Worldwide said, ...

Africa, Startups

MakeLaw: an app trying to redefine public participation in drafting laws

Law-books Nothing scares me more than the thought that one day I might wake up and everything will be illegal. That my every move, however insignificant it is, will be subject to a full disclosure to the government because government has drafted a new law without consulting with me. If, like me, this brings you great discomfort, a tech app might put us at ease. MakeLaw, a non-profit software initiative by Cape Town-based legal technology developer Brendan Hughes seeks to increase the ...

Competition, News

Startup Knight is on a crusade for SA’s top savvy tech startups

Startup-Knight With steed, steel and savviness at hand, South African software development company Byte Orbit recently announced its annual startup competition -- Startup Knight. A third time round, the Startup Knight is on an epic crusade that seeks to empower aspiring tech entrepreneurs and visionaries in South Africa. Cantering with the theme "Technology that Enables", the event is seeking honourable applicants from around the country who are focused on innovations which enable SMEs to operate more efficiently, more competitively or achieve scalability. The ...

News, Startups

Renting startup Ekaya raises R1.4-million, launches open beta in Cape Town

Ekaya-lgo Renting startup Ekaya has been timid since we last caught up with CEO Justin Melville in July. This doesn't mean that it's just been sitting around, fiddling it's thumbs. Quite the contrary, as it announces today, the tech startup from Cape Town has in the last few months swayed a handful of Angel investors (both locally and internationally), added a bunch of new features to its product, and is now in open beta for everyone in the Mother City. For ...

Africa, News

Calling all Kenyan startups to attend Ventureburn Meetup

Burn-team-roof-edited Ventureburn Managing editor Michelle Atagana will be jetting into Kenya on Tuesday, 23 September, and is looking to meet-up and chat with Kenyan startup founders. In an effort to profile all the awesome startups that we’ve been writing about, we’re calling all technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers to come and hangout with Atagana, at the popular iHub, Nairobi. Kenya is the darling of Africa's tech and startup community. We've written extensively about the Kenyan and East African tech ecosystem and ...

Entrepreneurship, Venture capital

5 crucial questions that will help you choose your VC dream team

office_building When you’re out saving the world, it sometimes helps to imagine that you’re a superhero. The startup world is bright and exciting — full of “Pow!” and “Wham!” — but you can’t do everything on your own. In this bright and crazy comic-strip world, your investors are part of your dream team, popping up at just the right moment and kicking butt on your behalf. Finding the right venture capital fund to support your startup is like holding auditions for a loyal ...

Ecommerce, News

Jumia partners with Ivorian Ministry of Education to support local schools

Jumia In partnership with the Ivorian Ministry of Education, African ecommerce company Jumia has recently announced that it will be launching a campaign that will distribute free school kits to students in disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Founder and CEO of Jumia, Fatoumata Ba, says that she wants this initiative to highlight the importance of access to education for young people in the Ivory Coast. She also added: "As new technologies emerge in Ivory Coast, the situation is evolving rapidly: it is therefore essential ...


Ecommerce is changing: where to from here?

Navigation Like any industry, eCommerce is just beginning to mature, so what are the next opportunities for disruption? The barriers to entry are no longer technology or software Most retailers now understand that a multi-channel approach is the minimum required, and have a technology stack, where some will be better than others. Most smaller businesses will outsource this cost, most medium businesses will have in-house teams, and the very large will have a combination of in-house, outsourced and agency teams all working on ...

Ecommerce, News

PayPal strengthens presence in SA with PayGate partnership

paypal_logo PayPal recently announced the partnership with South Africa's PayGate to further help strengthen its presence on the continent. Essentially, the partnership allows PayGate merchants to add the PayPal payment option to their online stores, with the hopes to grow the latter's presence in South Africa and possibly increase customers base. Founded in 1998, PayPal now manages 152-million active registered accounts in more than 100 currencies in 203 markets. With customers' reassurance of not having to give up financial information with every ...

Africa, News

Piing app uses Bluetooth so that retailers can engage better with customers

Piing-logo South African tech company, Beaconeye, recently announced a new app, called Piing, that is aiming to revolutionise the way retailers can communicate with their customers indoors by using Bluetooth proximity technology. For instance, when merchants sign up for the app, they'll be able to send welcome messages or special offers as customers walk past. Though available as a stand-alone application, Piing can furthermore be integrated with existing brands' apps. As discussed in the recent press release, the app makes use of ...