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  • Toodu: Managing tasks while networking online

    Picture having your to do list completed for you, while networking at the same time with professionals who can help you sort it. It’s the dream behind Toodu, a site claiming no rival in its way of organizing task lists. Setting tasks is not new to the industry. Remember the Milk allows users to manage tasks, set dates, time, categories and geolocation, while popular app Google Tasks integrates with other Google services like Gmail, iGoogle and Google Calender. Toodu’s claims their difference lies in matching items on your to do list with people and businesses who can help you get...

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    Peach Payments and Callpay announce EFT system partnership

    Peach Payments, a leading and one of Africa's fastest growing payment service providers and Callpay, an innovative provider of secure payment solutions announce collaboration to provide automated Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) as well as secure telephonic payment acceptance solutions. The innovative products will enable millions of South Africans to make instant and secure payments when shopping online or during payment processes over the phone and via call centres. Through this exciting collaboration announced at the 3rd eCommerce Africa Conference, customers will now be able to pay online using their cheque, savings or credit card accounts. Merchants that sign up through...

  • Mobile web exploding, but mobile sales lagging… for now

    It's no secret that the world has suddenly woken up to the mobile web explosion. Exponential statistics abound and atmospheric graphs shoot up and away from the X and Y axes as the growth is unprecedented in technological history. The internet will very soon be in the hands of practically every single person on this planet. Recently research firm World Wide Worx exposed some of the findings of its Mobility 2011 report, which reveals that 39% of urban South Africans and 27% of rural users are now using the internet on their cellphones, which equals about 6 million South Africans....

  • 7 things you should know before launching your startup

    Startups are a tricky business to get right and it's clear why most fail. For Henk Kleynhans, knowing how to price his product correctly was the number one need when he launched Skyrove. At the time of launch, the internet junkie was committed to the idea that there must be a better and cheaper way for internet to be available everywhere. Today, Skyrove is South Africa’s largest independent Wi-Fi hotspot network with over 600 Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa. Here are seven things he wished he knew before he launched his startup. 1. Think Local First. From day one...

  • Where in the world is CrowdFund?

    Almost a year ago, or eleven months ago to be precise, a brilliant crowd-based angel investment project was introduced to the South African tech startup stage, called Crowdfund. The idea, started by well-known web strategist Eve Dmochowska, included big plans for crowdsourcing funds for worthy local startups. The idea behind it all was to provide the capital, know-how and networking capability required by young entrepreneurs to launch prototypes of their ideas, in exchange for equity -- a dream come true for any entrepreneur. Dmochowska’s project shot off the starting blocks like Usain Bolt at the Olympics. By the end...

  • Watch these proposed laws! They will affect your startup

    The younger your company, the easier it can be to adapt to new laws. It’s a fact that the business environment makes a huge difference to whether or not entrepreneurs succeed. Here in South Africa a number of proposals, also known as bills, are being discussed by government for passing by the National Parliament and final approval by President Jacob Zuma. It’s best to foresee what these proposed laws will require – and what you can do to secure your business against their effects. Here are three you should watch before making your next move. IP Act: The act,...

  • 8 ways to bootstrap your company

    "Bootstrap, bootstrap, bootstrap,” says Ira Weiss at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. "Create an advisory board and use the advisory for contacts. Try to get people interested in what you are doing and ask them for guidance. Pitch your idea to industry experts. Favour business models that generate cash sooner. Get external validation for your idea. The best way is through creating a product or service and securing customers that can be references,” she added when discussing prospects for 2011 with Fox Business. The aim of many entrepreneurs is to take a business idea and convert it...

  • Online shoppers reap the benefits of flash sale and group deals

    It’s no secret that everyone loves a good bargain, no matter who they are or what their income level is. This simple insight is the key to the flash sales and group deals which are becoming increasingly popular in South Africa. With discounts of up to 70% for those in the know, it’s no surprise that the sector is gaining traction. SaleWine.co.za is one such site. It uses flash sales to sell its wines for up to 70% off the retail price and has attracted over 7 000 shoppers who eagerly await its new wine emails. “Last week, I...

  • Could Chinese venture capital back African innovation?

    Chinese venture capitalists have clearly stated their desire to see the success of the western venture capital process replicated in their country. State and private firms have begun to take initiatives and institute policy reforms in recent years in order to meet that target. The Hualu Group, one of the biggest Chinese state-owned enterprises which focuses on the audio and video industry, has been quietly forging ahead in the tech sector. In 2010 Hualu Group's new video website adopted a business model which combines videos with e-commerce, including the broadcasting of popular TV series, interactive advertising, and sales of Blu-Ray...

  • Will computer-generated narratives make journalists redundant?

    There’s been an undercurrent of paradox kicking up dust in my otherwise clinical views on technology. I've tried to suppress it, but it keeps bubbling to the surface. I consider myself not only pro-technology, but obsessed with it, and someone who is neither afraid of the future nor the technology that it will bring. When I first read about Stats Monkey a software project lead by Stuart Frankel - a former DoubleClick executive - and Kris Hammond - a Northwestern University computer science professor - that could automatically create sports stories based solely on raw game data, I had a...

  • Cognician: A thought is a terrible thing to waste

    The mind is the greatest tool available to man and thoughts and ideas are its most profound expression. One idea could change the entire human race if managed properly. However, a great idea is useless unless you do something with it, and modern society can make it very hard for us to map out our ideas. Enter Cognician, a software platform and an Adobe Air application designed to organise your thoughts and ideas and create a "user-friendly" guide for your thinking. On Wednesday the site launches a new tool called "The Decision Book", which aims to assist customers with...