Advertising & Marketing

Want froyo? Uber is bringing on-demand dessert to South Africa

Frozen yoghurt toppings Do you sometimes take a stroll down the street and suffer from an incurable craving for frozen yoghurt? You're not alone... and Uber wants to help. The smart taxi startup is back with another crazy cool on-demand delivery option -- it's sending out fleets of cars stocked with dessert in South Africa on Saturday 19 July. In a follow up to its previous ice cream escapades, the company will be giving users in 144 cities in 38 countries worldwide the option ...

Advertising & Marketing, Startups

8Bit’s on a mission to empower SA’s indie publishers and beyond

8bit-media-cover 8Bit Media has been extremely busy in the past six months. In between 88mph's accelerator programme, founder Tom Kennedy and his significant other having their first kid, and successfully pitching at Net Prophet's SparkUp Live, the startup has been adding a host of new features and is constantly expanding its vision of empowering local independent publishers. With a cool new tool called 8Bit Engage, the company is currently helping local indie sites promote each other's content and boost impressions, and ...

Social media

ORM specialist Veribo makes a play for the South African market

Veribo Spend enough time talking to companies about their online and social media efforts, and you'll start to realise just how important online reputation management is. And while there are plenty of tools available for people to use, there are instances where a specialised ORM provider can be useful. That's exactly what Veribo -- an ORM provider with offices in Tel-Aviv, London and now Cape Town -- will be hoping it can convince the South African market. "The South African ...

Africa, Startup news

PayFast’s 30k merchants can now accept bitcoin as online payment

Bitcoin accepted here Starting today, one of South Africa's most popular online payment service, PayFast, is enabling sellers using its services to easily start accepting bitcoin payments from local and international buyers. This news comes after PayFast entered into an partnership with South Africa’s biggest bitcoin exchange, BitX, which will allow buyers to make bitcoin payments to PayFast's 30 000 merchant clients. Customers shopping online now have the option to either pay using Mastercard, Visa, Instant EFT, or bitcoin. Moreover, the system is unique in ...

Ecommerce, News

Groupon South Africa CEOs officially announce they’re stepping down

Groupon After four years at the head of one of South Africa’s fastest-growing ecommerce companies, Cape Town entrepreneurs Wayne Gosling and Daniel Guasco have announced their departure from deal-of-the-day platform Groupon South Africa in search of new opportunities. "Our strengths lie in creating businesses," explains Gosling. Guasco adds "We’ve built a team that has generated hundreds of millions of Rands worth of revenue per year and won the SA ecommerce Award each year. It is a brand that is going to ...

Africa, Startups

6 inspiring insights to learn from photo-editing startup Over’s story

over-cover Photo-editing startup Over is all about inspiration. Just follow its Instagram account and you'll find a range of motivational -- often quirky -- images overlaid with memorable quotes. But it's not just the product that makes a lasting impact. Behind the pretty photos, the filters and the fonts, the company and the people running it are a shining example of what can be achieved locally. Founded by American entrepreneur Aaron Marshall but born out of South Africa, the company has ...

Entrepreneurship, Startup news

Seed Engine announces entrepreneurial competition in honour of Mandela Day

seed engine In celebration of Mandela Day on 18 July, Seed Engine is offering one hopeful South African entrepreneur a free ten-week course through their business startup competition. The startup accelerator will grant early stage entrepreneurial hopefuls the chance to "build successful businesses" with free training via the company's academy -- a prize valued at R16 000. The South African entrepreneur with the best business plan will also have access to training classes in an accelerator-style model, which aim to develop leadership and ...

Africa, Mobile apps

Carmudi zooms in on Africa’s mobile generation with new Android app

Carmudi Since it launched mid-2013, Carmudi has shown to be one of Rocket Internet's fastest expanding startups. The online car classifieds startup has launched an app across 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East to leverage some of the world's largest mobile markets. Carmudi lists more than 200 000 vehicles and, through the app, people can browse or buy cars on-the-go. Africa and the Middle-East is often referred to as the fastest growing mobile region. To give you an idea, ...

Africa, Startup news

SAB invites 67 entrepreneurs to pitch for 67 seconds this Mandela Day

SAB-Kickstart South African Breweries (SAB) is celebrating Nelson Mandela Day in the spirit of entrepreneurship on 18 July. At The Lean Jump event, 67 startups from Gauteng, South Africa are encouraged to present their business ideas in just over a minute each, in order to partake in SAB KickStart development programme and standing a chance of winning a share of R300 000 investment. Entrepreneurs with successful pitches on Mandela Day will be provided with six months of virtual business mentorship as well ...


The Western Cape Taxi Council is not loving Uber and its tech savvy ways

SAMSUNG CSC It's the end of the work day, I get into my Uber and settle in for a contemplative ride home. The driver begins the trip and starts a meter as well. I am not sure why he has done the latter but I say nothing and we begin. Half way through the ride as I direct him toward the turn into my neighbourhood, he says to me: "don't worry about the meter, it is just a precaution." My first thought ...