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  • 22seven, the gamification of personal finances

    The well-known founder of the pioneering online bank 20Twenty Christo Davel is hitting the market with a new startup, also in the financial management space. 20Twenty was an acclaimed South African online banking platform and an acknowledged leader for its time, but eventually went under when its bricks-and-mortar backing bank, Saambou, collapsed. 20Twenty was later sold to Standard Chartered for a cool US$10-million and closed. The new venture, the similarly-named 22Seven, is billed as an “intelligent money saving tool” that plugs directly and securely into your personal bank accounts and then delivers analysis on your spending habits. And this is what...

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    Mayibuye Film Festival on Wabona

    Wabona, one of Africa’s premiere video streaming services is happy to announce a ground breaking partnership with Cape Town based Gravel Road Entertainment. On the 13th of April 2014 Gravel Road Entertainment’s Retro Afrika Bioscope launches the Mayibuye Film Festival on SABC 1.  The festival will run for three weeks, airing two never before seen films every Sunday in which Wabona and Cinemo, Wabona’s mobile service, will be released 2 hours after broadcast free for its users on both services. This will be a first as Gravel Road and Wabona will be releasing film content on three media platforms within...

  • Triloq paves the way with virtual credit cards, email bill payments

    Online shopping was a pain before I got my first credit card. Painstakingly transferring money from my bank account to an online vendor is not ideal. With a credit card though, online shopping becomes easy. For the unlucky few who cannot get a credit card, online shopping dreams are dashed. Not so, says Triloq Payment Services. Its products, 1-2-Pay Online  and AcceptEmail have been in development from January 2011 and aim to “free” the user from online shopping payment grief, allowing users to add funds from their bank accounts into a virtual credit card, and email bill payments. This month,...

  • How Facebook’s Open Graph could take f-commerce to a whole new level

    So did you get up at the crack of dawn to get your free Wimpy breakfast last week? I didn't, but driving into work I did hear it being discussed at large on various radio stations and they too shared my sentiment of not fully understanding the fascination and dedication of people to get up so early, use their petrol and rush to stand in a queue for breakfast that would have cost them less than R20. The human race fascinates me. But at the same breath, after reading some of the top predicted social media trends for 2012...

  • VC funding is not a blank cheque with no strings attached

    Receiving venture capital (VC) funding is a significant accomplishment for any entrepreneur as it takes months of hard work and negotiation. Some entrepreneurs believe that once they have secured a funding commitment from an investor, they will have carte blanche with the cash and can report back to their investors as and when it suits them. Nothing could be further from reality. A VC will not write you a cheque for the full amount allowing you to spend it as you please. An early-stage funder will typically fund your business in stages. This means is that you will get funding for...

  • Freelancer.com outlines best jobs of 2011

    The 50 fastest-growing online job categories for the fourth-quarter of 2011 were recently announced by Freelancer.com. Known as the "Fast 50", this current list of jobs highlights the best and brightest positions in the online industry. 114 000 jobs were posted in the third quarter of 2011. By the fourth quarter, over 134 820 were posted, according to Freelancer.com. Trending fourth-quarter jobs in 2011 SEO content writers jobs were destroyed by the Google Panda update (which effectively "rewrote" the rules for content writers). By late 2011 content writing made a comeback, but AdSense jobs plunged by 21%. Android jobs rode on a wave...

  • 10 African tech startups worth watching

    It’s practically a tradition to follow a post like this with a good old-fashioned flame-war where everyone reveals his or her own sense of inadequacy. In order to save time I’d like to encourage you to stop reading now and skip to the bottom and start doing that right away; that way I can continue by typing Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet and get away with it. Disclaimers: I have left out Motribe, my own company, because I think that would legitimately earn me some flames. I have also left out all the usual suspects from South Africa...

  • Why 2012 could be the year of the African startup

    The past few years have been about building an infrastructure that improves the chances of the technology startups in Africa to succeed. Seeing this buildout in action in 2011 was exciting, but it should be recognised for what it really was: a setup for 2012 and beyond. You see, all those labs and hubs around the continent, the startups and the media coverage? They’re all about getting attention and increasing the awareness of the pent-up startup potential in Africa’s technology space. Media and funders both have a bigger target to hit when looking for entrepreneurs. They have been setting the...

  • Body Thrills: doing eCommerce the natural way

    Natural Body product company Body Thrills launched recently launched its eCommerce play. The site, formerly a blog with a basic ordering form, has rebranded and gone full eCommerce just in time for the holiday buying season. We sat down with majority shareholder and founder, Tamaryn Watkins, to get the scoop behind their products and approach: Memeburn: Tell us more about how Body Thrills started. Tamaryn Watkins: It all started three years ago. I was a new stay-at-home mom at the time, finishing off my Masters degree part-time. I needed a way to make some cash and I needed to be able...

  • Airborne, the viral solution to music distribution

    Music, now more than ever before, needs to make its mark in an ever-fickle market. Rampant piracy, combined with legal downloads and streaming services, have all but destroyed the traditional revenue market for music. This is where a website like Airborne steps in. Why AirBorne? Because "Music is the virus, and the virus is AirBorne." Catchy. It's like Spotify, but not really. Well, if you're prepared to listen to music which is uploaded by the recording artists only, then it's the dream website for your needs. Competition is fierce and with products such as TuneCore, BandCamp and iTunes, AirBorne...

  • Too many VCs, not enough good entrepreneurs: Sean Parker

    Billionaire internet investor Sean Parker took the stage in Paris at LeWeb with a simple message for his audience: There are "too many venture capitalists in the world and not enough entrepreneurs". Parker has a CV that would blow the mind of most people. He was co-founder of that great music industry disrupter Napster, and more recently an investor in Facebook and Spotify, among many other things. But don't call Parker an "investor", he finds the term a bit insulting. He still sees himself primarily as an entrepreneur: "I don't just invest in a company, I take an operating role." Parker...