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  • Startup Blitz: Ninja Invoice provides quick, agile invoicing system

    This week on Startup Blitz, Mich Atagana chats with Gerhard du Toit and Justin Zwart. They are both co-founders of Ninja Invoice -- a company that provides an invoicing platform aiming to make quoting and invoicing frustration-free. Specifically targeting freelancers and SMEs, Ninja Invoice hopes to stand out from the rest of the competition with its simple and intuitive system. Like ninjas, the invoicing process promises to be quick, and setting-up an invoice or quote is also very customizable for any business. The company prides itself on aiming to be as affordable and easy-to-use as possible. Ninja Invoice offers the...

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    Callpay become first Level 1 Service Provider in Africa to achieve PCI DSS v3.2 compliance

    Callpay, a leading payment solutions provider, today announced that it has become the first Service Provider in Africa to achieve PCI DSS v3.2 compliance. The company recently underwent another rigorous audit by an independent Quality Security Assessor (QSA) to ensure that it meets the best practices and security controls needed to keep card data safe and secure from capture and transmit to processing. Callpay provides a unique range of innovative payment technologies, from its patent pending cloud call centre solutions, Bank Transfer Switch including its mPOS and mPAY Applications. Being a Level 1 PCI DSS compliant Service Provider ensure Callpay’s...

  • The ANN7 debacle: 5 startup lessons from South Africa’s latest news channel

    South Africa's latest 24-hour news channel, ANN7, has provided a lot of ammunition for the internet the last couple of weeks. Its launch was nothing short of disastrous with teleprompter and anchor malfunctions aplenty, rendering the brand the laughing-stock of the greater internet community. Its attempt at damage control didn't help and has further weakened any chance it had at redemption. With the intention at a good-natured article, I think there is plenty for startups to learn from this back-firing launch of a young brand (read: company). Let's take a look at what we can learn "on ANN7 tonight". There's...

  • Recruitment software company Graylink partners with Zao.com for referrals

    Web and mobile recruitment software provider Graylink has partnered with Zao.com, which claims to be a leader in online recruitment referrals. The partnership will see Graylink offering Zao's solution in the South African market to its corporate clients. Matthew Gray, Graylink head of business development, says the move is an important one as referrals are a critical part of the recruitment sourcing process, and have been the number one source of hire globally for as long as he can remember. The problem is that employee engagement in referrals is very low, causing companies to miss out on this...

  • Thinking of getting into ecommerce? Diarise this free workshop

    If you've been thinking about launching an online business, check this out. PayU and MWEB are co-hosting a free workshop for Cape Town entrepreneurs who are looking to ride the ecommerce rocket. Head of Small Business at MWEB, Paul Hobden will give an overview on some of the most cost-effective ways to take your business online; and offer practical advice on effective website design, time-saving tips and the importance of backups and security. Charles Elliman, Head of Sales at PayU, will offer insight into the trends and opportunities in ecommerce in South Africa, and will advise on the available technology for...

  • SA tech company MySlips wants to manage your receipts the easy way

    MySlips is a South African service that lets you manage your receipts via your mobile phone. Though the competition seems tough, its vision is to make the process of managing products or services under warranty simple, intuitive and as painless as possible using smart applications and technology supported by business in general. This is how it works. First, you take a photo of your receipt if the retailer isn't capable of sending you a copy from the register. You'll then have to email this photo to your personalized email address registered under the MySlip domain. You proof of purchase...

  • Startup networking events: are they important?

    At the center of pretty much every startup community there are key networking events. As a startup, it can get pretty exhausting going to all of them and deciding which one is important can be like a game of crystal ball gazing. If you are in tech, these events do tend to be quite useful as a great place to meet possible collaborators and to gain insight into the industry. However as a young startup, is this the best use of your time? Shouldn't you be busy actually building the product and getting ready to launch rather putting in...

  • Can Sina’s WeMeet rival WeChat as China’s #1 mobile messaging app?

    China's equivalent to Twitter, Sina, has entered into the fray of the mobile messaging war with its new app called WeMeet, or "Weimi" in Mandarin, and will have to duke it out with popular services such as Tencent's WeChat. WeMeet was developed by a 20-person team, Hangzhou Kuyue Technology, and has actually been around since April. The Hangzhou Kuyue Technology team was incubated within Sina, according to a post by Marbridge, and with WeMeet, will aim to shake up the mobile messaging space, especially in China. WeMeet is significant because it could be the antidote to the reduced time users are...

  • Meet Bribespot Thailand: the non-profit helping users to map corruption

    Have you ever bribed a police officer? Have you ever been requested to pay a bribe in order to get something done? Or have you ever encountered a bribing incident happening to others around you? Well, if you live in Thailand, I’d assume you were lying if you answered no. According to Corruption Perceptions Index 2012, Thailand ranks number 88 out of 174 on the most corrupt countries list. If you’re sick and tired of the bribing “norm,” join Bribespot Thailand’s effort. Bribespot Thailand is a non-profit anonymous service for posting and tracking bribes online. It’s an extension of Bribespot.com,...

  • Akimbo: the US social payments startup that should take a hard look at Africa

    Here's a pretty interesting concept. Akimbo Financial is a social payments startup from the US that allows users to connect up to five "allowance" or pre-paid cards to a primary bank account. While M-Pesa is top of mind as Africa's go-to financial service for the unbanked, there's potential on the continent for an Akimbo-like service. Akimbo requires that only one user has a bank account -- cards linked to the primary account are all pre-paid and can be used anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted or at ATMs. It's useful for setting up auto allowances for family members, managing spending...

  • Learncafe: the elearning startup that aims to transform Brazilian education

    Learncafe, as the name suggests, is a social place where people can learn and connect. Based in Brazil, the online company aims to connect students and teachers. In order to tackle the countries big appetite for education, elearning startups has been popping out in all corners of Brazil. José de Menezes has been working on online projects anything from search engines to an online magazine company and a price comparison site. He notes that although he has worked on around 20 projects thus far, online education is where his true dedication lies. The company was launched in September 2010 in...

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