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  • Not retiring to the vineyard: startups in Michael Jordaan’s post FNB future?

    Much has been rumoured about what current FNB CEO Michael Jordaan will do when he exits the bank termed the most innovative in the world at the end of this year. This just in: he is not retiring to make wine. Nope, he is leaving to learn more about innovation and look at ways to invest in startups. Jordaan, who was speaking at a Heavy Chef event in Johannesburg spoke about innovation and how it has fundamentally changed the way FNB does business, as well as learning from companies like Google. Is FNB trying to be Google? "What keeps us ...

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    Bookmark Awards 2016 Entry Series: Emerging Digital Technologies and Channels

    With the deadline for entries to the prestigious IAB SA Bookmark Awards extended to 30 November, digital marketers have one last opportunity to enter and do battle for the industry’s most coveted awards across eight categories, of which the Emerging Digital Technologies and Channels category is one. The Bookmark Awards celebrate the country’s most creative and high-impact digital executions and rewards excellence in digital advertising and publishing work, benchmarked against the highest international standards. “The Emerging Digital Technologies and Channels category acknowledges the trailblazers in our industry, who are not only challenging the boundaries of what is currently possible, but finding...

  • PublicBeta online-learning platform for entrepreneurs launches, 40+ courses

    PublicBeta, "the online learning community for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs" and brainchild of WooThemes co-founder Adii Pienaar, has launched today with V1, and over 40 tantalising courses for you to sink your teeth into. PublicBeta aims to live by a 'for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs' motto and its courses reflect just that. All the courses have been designed by 41 entrepreneurs across categories such as: Personal Brand. Example -- "The easiest way to build your brand" Bootstrapping. Example -- "Bootstrapping a competitive industry with well-funded competitors" Investors. Example -- "Words are money: how to fund messages and write copy that will resonate with prospects and...

  • Uber gets massive $258m cash injection from Google Ventures

    This is big. Luxury private car company Uber has US$361.2-million in its latest funding round and US$258-million of that is believed to have come from Google Ventures. At its core, Uber is an on-demand private driver. Users of the service can request a ride at any time using the service’s iPhone and Android apps or from its mobi site. With your credit card registered on the service, the car picks you up and the trip is tracked from the moment you get in ’til you get off. News of the funding round comes courtesy of a Certificate Of Incorporation...

  • Boost partners with mapIT to further increase mobile marketing in Africa

    Norwegian company Boost Communications today announced a partnership with South African mapping company mapIT. The latter claims that, using innovative mapping technologies, Boost will be able to further improve its mobile marketing and advertising aspirations in Sub-Saharan Africa. mapIT is one of TomTom's divisions that aims to offer businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the globe "high quality digital maps with accurate and extensive coverage of Africa and across the globe". Boost Communications will utilize mapIT LBS (Location Based Server) platform, called deCarta, in order to extend its general range of location services to mobile applications. Account Manager of...

  • Vulcan Labs aims to be a programming tech hub for Western Cape town Somerset West

    Vulcan Labs, a new web and mobile development company based in Somerset West, is positioning itself to aid the local developer community through access to industry expertise. Founder Angus Miller sees Vulcan Labs' role as that of a tech collective or incubator for developers, “We are very excited to be a part of the booming tech scene in the Western Cape and look forward to adding value through workshops, hosting of tech innovation meetings, events and knowledge sharing.” Vulcan Labs specialises in building solutions using programming language Ruby on Rails, a much sought-after platform which allows for a functioning...

  • Mellowcabs: using tech to disrupt first and last mile transport, the African way

    South Africa's taxi industry, which carries an estimated 60% of the country's commuters, is a multi billion rand pie. It's no surprise then that both international and local venture-funded startups, like Silicon Valley's Uber and Cape Town's Zapacab, are hungry for a slice. While Zapacab and Uber are essentially using an identical blueprint to pursue the same market segment, Mellowcabs is trying something different. The Franschhoek, Cape Town-based startup is planning to offer free last mile transportation by bringing the web's advertising model into the real world. Despite the growth in car use, public transport and walking are still the predominant...

  • 20 of the world’s hottest startup cities [Infographic]

    Interested in startups outside the Valley? Intuit just released this interesting infographic that breaks down the world’s top startup cities into eight key areas that distinguish them as major startup hubs: startup output, funding, performance, entrepreneurial mindset, trendsetting, support, talent, and differentiation. Of course, topping the list is Silicon Valley, but just behind is Tel Aviv. But given major acquisitions like billion-dollar Waze, which sold recently to Google, clearly Israel’s second biggest city has got the gumption for startups. In 17th, 18th, and 19th places you can see Singapore, Melbourne, and Bangalore, thus making a total of four from Asia....

  • 6 entrepreneurs’ blogs worth following for their journey

    Whether you're just starting out, founding your first company and looking for tips, or a seasoned veteran in search of some inspiration, there are a handful of entrepreneurs who are actively writing, posting, and sharing their thoughts on the entrepreneurial journey and the various aspects thereof. I'm not just talking about those who tweet an inspirational 140 characters every now and then, I'm talking about entrepreneurs with an active blog or website that they use as a platform to share insights, both practical and candid. This list comprises those who do 'personal branding' best, and share their 'thought leader' acumen...

  • Why we all need to be entrepreneurs… right now

    It says a lot about the enhanced status of the entrepreneur that one of the best-selling books of 2011 was the biography of Steve Jobs. This success was, of course, partly due to the huge popularity of iPods, iPads, iPhones and other products made by Apple, the company Jobs came to embody. But it is also indicative of the increasing fascination with and glorification of “the entrepreneur”. Suddenly, it seems, everybody wants to be one. Moreover, commentators, policymakers and even politicians of all sorts hail entrepreneurs as the saviours of the world economy. So, how do you get to join...

  • New online media buying platform sets Africa in its sights

    With rising levels of internet penetration on the mobile continent, the number of Africans accessing the web is growing by the millions. The latest tactic to reach that audience seems to involve a focus on highly connected mobile devices along with a strategy that relies on logical math, not intuition. Newly launched Elastic Media Africa, a platform developed by the South African-based Amorphous Group, is placing its bets on an algorithm which it claims is a first in the country. Its 'real-world algorithm' is designed to combine the available ad space with factors like the desired target audience reach,...

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