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  • QuickTicket launches crowdfunding campaign, aims to solve transport issues

    Cameroon-based company QuickTicket has launched a campaign on Indiegogo today with the hopes of ultimately raising US$14 880. The company aims to solve the problem of purchasing and making ticket related arrangements in many parts of Africa. The web-based platform will let travelers and agencies view bus schedules, reserve or purchase tickets, preview each bus plan and choose favorable seats, monitor the status of buses they book for and check for parcel deliveries. They will also receive bus status updates and information about their parcel deliveries via SMS. The company not only wants to provide information to the travelers, it also...

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    Here's what users of Street Parking Solutions' Parkfind app think of it

    Available for free on both iOS and Android platforms, Street Parking Solutions Parkfind app enables users to search for, navigate to and pay for parking anywhere in the Cape Town central business district (CBD) in real time. However, the Android version of the app appears to be it's most popular with a 4.6 rating (out of five). The app supports devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and up, while on iOS it supports iPhones, iPads and iPod touch with iOS 9.0 and later. Here are what some of the app's users have said about Parkfind. "This is wonderful.. you guys are really on top...

  • The importance of ballast to entrepreneurs

    In my book, there are two types of entrepreneurs -- the serious variety who use technology and innovation to disrupt industries and deliver major impacts and revenues, and the lifestyle variety who have swapped a job at a corporate for a startup that delivers incremental improvement on a problem set that is minor in nature. Lifestyle entrepreneurs often build companies that end up selling time and expertise rather than a unique product or solution that drives change. Their startups never build an escape velocity -- often only generating revenues to cover payroll and expenses and not much more. Serious...

  • A win for social startups: Malaysia’s Joota secures $700K funding round

    Joot Ventures Sdn Bhd, the company that developed Joota, a social content network, today announced that it has secured a total of USD 700K funding from two investment sources -- US$500K from Interactive E Solutions JLT of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and, US$200K from an undisclosed individual angel investor. The new cash infusion will boost the startup's finance product development and support its global marketing moves. The news shows that social startups still manage to attract investment, at least in Malaysia. Overall, social ventures appear to have lost some sheen in recent times. Prior to the latest funding rounds Joota managed...

  • GoMetro Jobs: new jobs portal for commuters launches in South Africa

    GoMetro, the startup that publishes real-time transport information for commuters, today announced the launch of a mobile jobs portal, GoMetro Jobs. Keeping in line with the startup's previous team effort -- read more about the iROKING music service partnership -- it is introducing the service with the help of cloud-based recruitment software company, graylink. Commuters will have access to 500 (or so) job listings from employers like Discovery, Shoprite, Mercedes Benz, Telkom and Woolworths. Graylink CEO Mark Gray says that the partnership will target LSM 4 – 7 commuters This service allows commuters to either apply from their mobile phones or forward...

  • Smart Voicemail: the Indian startup aiming to evolve your voicemail

    I think we’re beginning to see a growing influx of Asian entrepreneurs looking at problems outside of Asia to solve. Smart Voicemail is a startup along these lines that tackles a problem you just don’t see in Asia. The startup focuses on automating voicemails for people in the USA and Europe. It’s only something we see in developed nations that didn’t leapfrog straight into cellphones and texting. In the USA, people used to receive voicemails on their answering machines. Just the thought of that old technology brings a wave of nostalgia for the 90s. Today, receiving voicemails has passed...

  • Flexibility vs instability: pros and cons of working at a startup [Infographic]

    Like most things in life, working at a young dynamic startup company has its ups and downs. A recent unofficial survey of more than 150 startup employees suggests that low pay and lack of company structure are what concern them the most. What the survey has noted is that many of a startup company's characteristics are double-edged swords. For instance, having an open-minded work environment might mean that there'll be more space for your ideas but it lacks organisational structure. That and low salary-compensation for your work were rated as being the most concerning downsides of working at a...

  • The East African startup landscape: everything you need to know [2013]

    So we have told South African startups what's what when it comes to the happenings of the country's startup ecosystem. People have been asking us about other parts of Africa and if we could put together a comprehensive guide for other regions as well. We have heard you and done as you have asked, this time putting our focus on East Africa. Update: yes, it's true: we've now put together a summary of the West African startup landscape too. As an entrepreneur, trying to make your mark in Africa can be hard. Making the right connections, talking to the...

  • Digital shopping trends highlights mobile-connected middle class

    A recent report titled CPG in Developing Markets: Consumers' Digital Habits in Emerging Economies by eMarketer attempts to paint a better picture of projected growth in emerging regions in terms of consumers' digital shopping trends. This report could give us a general indication of what these regions' eCommerce market potential looks like. eMarketer points out that in many of these markets a young, mobile-connected middle class has emerged that is beginning to recognise and prefer name brands and shopping online. It further argues that while these markets differ greatly from European and North American markets in terms of demographics, geography,...

  • Startup founder? Here are 3 reasons why you should learn to code

    Since launching my startup Learnemy (a web application that finds you instructors for anything you want to learn) last April, I have seen more than 450 learners and 100 instructors come on board. I started without knowing how to code. I started with zero programming knowledge and didn’t manage to find a suitable technical co-founder. And so I picked up programming. The issue on whether non-technical founders should pick up programming has been widely discussed. Some of the reasons why non-tech founders shouldn’t code include that the founder’s job is to inspire others, and that the backbone of a successful...

  • Five signs your startup is ready for an Enterprise Resource Planning solution

    Founders of rapidly growing startups often reach a point where the company consumes their every thought. Sleepless nights are spent fretting over growing complexities and the constant worry of things potentially forgotten besieges all the waking hours. For startups in this position, the time may have come to consider upgrading the accounting system - to ease at least one aspect of the running of a successful company - to one which provides more control, more information and better insights into business performance. In short, it may be time to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. But how do...

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