An article and a bootcamp: the makings of a Nigerian-women-in-tech movement?

Lagos bridge This is interesting. Last week an article on asked if you could hire a female developer in your company. The piece, based on nothing more than the author's thought process, argued that women are not as dedicated as men would be in the world of coding. That's his opinion, and he is entitled to it, but that doesn't change the fact that it's unfounded and kinda rude. The author reckons women aren't willing to do what it takes or commit ...

Startup news

SnappBox from Snapplify enables rural schools to embrace ebooks

snappbox-how-it-works800 Ebooks distribution platform Snapplify is venturing into rural areas with the SnappBox distribution hardware solution. The hardware is built especially for rural schools that do not have internet. The technology allows textbooks to be preloaded onto the SnappBox, which can then be shared via intranet in the schools. The SnappBox makes it easier for students and educators to access textbooks and share their own academic materials, which are all synchronised to the cloud. It also allows for eBooks to be downloaded from ...


Millbug Tablet: bringing touch-screen connectivity to rural villages

Millbug Technology You can smell Port Elizabeth, the city where Millbug Vuya Tablet PC was invented and still manufactured, before seeing it. At least that was the case when I first visited the city as a teenager. This visit was also my last, although I have always intended to return. In my 48-hour visit there, I smelt PE, wrestled strong wind, engraved my feet in sand and watched the waves wash them away and started all over again until the teachers summoned ...


‘Get to the uberCHOPPER!’: Uber celebrates first Cape Town anniversary with on-demand helicopter rides

Uber chopper Uber, next to angel investors and pop-tarts, is possibly one of the best innovations of the modern age. This on-demand cab service operates across the world, and is especially useful in road-congested South Africa. And to celebrate its one-year anniversary of operating in Cape Town, Uber's "taking off" with the uberCHOPPER as of 10 October 2014. It couldn't be easier to call a helicopter: simply log into the Uber app, toggle the uberCHOPPER option, select a pickup point and an ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

PWC’s Danie Fölscher chats to Ventureburn about the winning formula for African startups and innovation

Formula-math If you've been taking a sabbatical from Ventureburn within the last few weeks, you've probably missed out on the news of PWC's Vision to Reality Awards. A first for South Africa, the startup accelerator saw 10 tech startups partake in a three-month mentorship programme and showcase their ideas. Impressive in-store mobile transacting startup WiGroup came up top. The Vision to Reality Awards in South Africa is merely the tip of the iceberg. Brewing below is an ecosystem with internationally acclaimed innovations ...


4 things the Lean Startup Methodology is definitely not

Lean-Startup-Eric-Reis Eric Ries debunks the myths of Lean Startup Methodology where he highlights the underlying four points: Lean Startup is NOT synonymous to cheap Lean Startup is NOT only for Web 2.0/internet/consumer software companies Lean Startup is NOT only for small bootstrapped startups Lean Startup does NOT replace vision with data or customer feedback In the past year or so, after having conducted multiple workshops, I came across a few more misconceptions that entrepreneurs have about the Lean Startup methodology. Here is my attempt to articulate ...

Mobile, Startup news

Wallettec integrates BitPay for bitcoin PoS integration of SA merchants

Wallettec South African Point of Sale (PoS) startup Walletec has announced that it has integrated global bitcoin payment service, BitPay, in an attempt to grow the acceptance of the cryptocurrency in brick-and-mortar retail locations. The blog post stresses that by allowing customers to pay at the PoS, using bitcoin, will increase merchant sales and earnings. It also states that as the currency expands, merchants can earn money on bitcoin sales and save costs by reducing credit card payments. "Wallettec’s mission is to become ...


Is the Kalahari, Takealot merger really in everyone’s best interests?

takahari-logo Early on Tuesday news emerged that two of South Africa’s ecommerce giants, Takealot and Kalahari, would be joining forces. But just how good is the deal for ecommerce in South Africa. Until now, the Tiger Global-backed Takealot and Naspers-owned Kalahari have probably been the fiercest rivals in the South African retail ecommerce space. Speak to people who buy online regularly and they’ll give you myriad reasons for choosing one over the other, ranging from delivery times to customer service and even ...

Africa, Startup news, Startups

Mapped in Cape Town gives us insightful snapshot of city’s startup scene

mapped in cape town 1 This week Mapped in Cape Town- an initiative aimed at mapping the startup ecosystem in Cape Town -- went live. The map is not a work of a cartographer but that of Cape Town-based tech entrepreneur Rowan Polovin. As you can imagine, the website is a map, falling within the traditional descriptions of what a map ought to be but instead of hospitals, schools, roads, it shows the position of startups, investors, co-working and Wi-Fi hotspots within the city. It also ...

Africa, Ecommerce, News

Naspers invests $50-million in Nigerian ecommerce site Konga, says report

Konga Key players seem to be raising the stakes in Africa's ecommerce space. Earlier this week, two of South Africa's biggest online shops -- the Naspers-owned Kalahari and the Tiger Global-backed Takealot -- announced that they'll be merging, prompting discussion about its aftereffect on the industry as a whole. More recently, the South African media giant, Naspers, is reported to have lead a US$50-million investment in one of Nigeria's biggest ecommerce shops, Konga. As reported by TechMoran, the exact number is not ...