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  • Watch Nigerian tv shows online with streaming service NextSpeel

    For the longest time, we've been waiting to see who will rise up as the Netflix of Africa. As bandwidth and mobile data gets cheaper, and more Africans get connected, it's only a matter of time before streaming movies, music, and television shows becomes commonplace on the continent. There are a few players emerging already in the streaming space, such as iROKO (iROKOtv and iROKING), Wabona, and Buni TV. What separates them, besides billing models, is a focus on certain geographies. For example iRoko services mostly West African content whilst Wabona has a strong sub-Saharan focus. What we haven't...

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    Goodbye online crooks: SA startup keeps money safe till buyers, sellers both agree

    As online fraud in South Africa escalates, buying and selling goods using online platforms places both buyers and sellers at risk. After Jethro O’Brien, CEO and co-founder of TradeSafe.co.za, was duped while trying to buy car parts that had been advertised online, his idea for TradeSafe was born. TradeSafe is a licensed, independent fintech company that safeguards a buyer's funds in trust (escrow) until the seller delivers what was promised. Only once the buyer is happy with the goods or services received, does TradeSafe release the funds. Explains O’Brien, “We act as a buffer between a buyer and a seller. The...

  • VC4Africa offers African entrepreneurs coaching, investor introductions

    Getting access to Africa's investor network has potentially gotten a whole easier with Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa) and its initiative called Cohorts. The month long (or longer) accelerator programme gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to receive coaching, as well as access and personal introductions to the VC4Africa investor network - potentially Africa's largest network of SME investors - to aid the raising of funds. In what VC4Africa calls a "new opportunity for Africa's most promising entrepreneurs to raise capital" the Cohorts are divided by month. There was the June Cohort (which will still give coaching up to September), but...

  • Startup Blitz: Zomato is a complete restaurant discovery service

    On this week's Startup Blitz we get a peek into Zomato, a restaurant discovery service that recently launched its Cape Town offering. Zomato offers comprehensive information on restaurants listed on its platform including menus, pictures, map co-ordinates, contact details, specials et al -- anything you would need to know before dining at a restaurant. Furthermore there are filters available to users so they can streamline searches down to say restaurants with a bar, or delivery services. You can even filter by cost, location, Wi-Fi and more. Zomato is the most complete online restaurant guide around. Zomato is currently active in eight...

  • How do you keep your staff happy, productive, and loyal?

    Figuring out how to keep your workforce happy and productive is a skill. It's one of those things that seasoned CEOs will instinctively know how to do over a fresh-faced counterpart. You've just got a startup though, maybe it's even your first company, so you don't have the 30 plus years of experience at the helm that your father has. Don't fret, looking at what drives people (money included), can help you create a work environment -- your company culture -- that fosters a productive, happy and, most importantly, loyal staff. It's lonely at the top, as the saying...

  • Beauty subscription ecommerce: Asia’s next big startup trend?

    It is well known that women are among the most voracious and influential online groups. They’re online more often, and they are avid purchasers. In Asia, that’s especially true with women, where female web users are making, in every country, more than 60% of their online purchases on fashion. That’s right, fashion dominates online spending for women. With stats like these, it’s no wonder that fashion e-commerce in general is taking off. Another specific new niche, beauty subscription e-commerce, is peeking over the horizon. Currently, we’re seeing beauty subscription ecommerce sites emerging from South Korea, where Memebox, which has just over...

  • HelloFood plans world domination with Brazil success

    More from the Rocket Internet camp, its online food delivery service HelloFood is taking over as a top food delivery service in Brazil surpassing its competitor Jánamesa. The move signals the consolidation of HelloFood as "a leading player in the contested Brazilian market" says Rocket. According to the online business builder, "HelloFood with its affiliated brand foodpanda is the largest group of online food ordering platforms worldwide". HelloFood, together with its affiliate brand Foodpanda, helps restaurants to increase sales through online and mobile platforms (iOS and Android) and provides them with constantly evolving technology and analytics. For consumers, hellofood offers an...

  • Zoona: mobile money helping Zambia’s unbanked populace

    What is Africa's biggest problem when it comes to money and banks? Easy: in many parts of the continent there are large portions of the populace that are unbanked. The solution for this came a few years ago with M-Pesa, a mobile money solution that catered for Kenya's unbanked population. Fast forward a few years later and all across the continent similar solutions are popping up. One that has caught my attention is Zoona, a Zambian-based startup hoping to take the country cashless. At its core the service is a mobile money solution for both consumers and businesses. It's hard...

  • Sharks, sorcery and speculation: what lies beneath most startup valuations

    In 1954 one of Hollywood’s greatest artistic geniuses, Walt Disney, had a fantasy. Disney dreamed of building a giant amusement park unlike anything that existed in America. His chosen site was on 160 acres of farmland in Anaheim, an area southwest of Los Angeles settled by German immigrants. The problem was how to find financing for his project. His brother Roy Disney didn’t support the idea and the banks scoffed at Disney’s projection of a million visitors a year going through the turnstiles of the Magic Kingdom. William Paley and David Sarnoff both turned him down because they imagined a...

  • Knife Capital Grindstone programme will take you out of your comfort-zone

    Cape Town based fund manager Knife Capital's new accelerator programme Grindstone, aimed at post-revenue startups, will help managers cultivate a growth strategy to scale their business and ultimately attract further investment, by taking CEOs out of their comfort zone. Grindstone describes itself as a part-business accelerator, part-investor and part-advisor . It is the first programme of its kind in South Africa by focusing on post-revenue startups rather than pre-revenue, but what really sets it apart is its idea to focus a CEO's attention to areas outside of their core expertise, giving them access to new management skills and support structures....

  • 11 interesting tech startups kickstarting Brazilian education

    As should be the case in most parts of the world, Brazil's education startups are booming. From interactive games and online video lectures to cross-platform mobile quizzes and preparation applications -- they are all over the place. And all using technology to the benefit of reaching greater audiences, sharing and connecting crucial information and using interactivity to grow and maintain interests. Start-Up Brasil recently announced 56 startups to be part of a programme launched by the federal government to accelerate the development of new companies. Interestingly enough, about 20% of the featured startups are focused on education, 14% represent the...

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