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  • iROKING launches Android app taking Nigerian music on the go

    iROKO, the popular entertainment streaming service in Nigeria, has released an Android app for its popular music service iROKING this week, letting users stream and download both music and music videos. Creating Africa-for-Africa content, the company hopes to serve the great demand for local content. iROKING CEO Michael Ugwu says that the company's "users are fanatical about Nigerian music and they want to be able to access the freshest tunes and videos, as soon as they are released and on the go – anytime, anywhere, so really hope that they love the new App – it was built...

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    Easy things to forget when expanding overseas

    One of the primary methods for any growing business to capitalise on the success it may be enjoying is to look at expanding into a new market. For those that are thriving in their domestic scene, expanding abroad will likely be the next step. There are many guides out there of how to best go about doing this, which include advice such as budgeting for expansion, making local contacts and more. There are other important aspects which, if forgotten about, can prove disastrous. Legal barriers Working in a foreign country means that your business will have to abide by its laws. These will probably...

  • Ecommerce: how are startups adapting to its emerging market success?

    As ecommerce picks up, certain interesting trends start to form that shows how startups are adapting to their individual markets. This is most prominent in specific emerging markets where the current impressive growth rates leave much room for developments in the future. Almost each country or region has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are some I thought were worth noting. Some interesting market trends Other than experimenting with different payment methods, on the other side of the coin there's getting access to the target market. It's almost a given that the greater the internet penetration, the easier it...

  • Obox launches SalesGenius, a sales tracking web app

    Cape Town based company Obox, best known for its WordPress theme business, has just launched SalesGenius, a web app that allows you to track sales for anyone using Envato, the online platform that gives people a means to sell their digital goods via a family of online marketplaces Obox made its name after switching from creating full websites to WordPress themes in 2009. The company hit international headlines by building some of the official themes for the well-known, but now defunct, blogging platform Posterous. According to Obox, SalesGenius can "predict, analyse and anticipate your sales on a daily, or...

  • Afrilabs partners with Tech Trailblazers Awards, gives members a global break

    African acceleration and innovation hubs are growing in number across Africa. While these hubs can create huge opportunities for startups on the continent, it is translating that opportunity across the ocean, to other parts of the globe, that seems to be the next logical step. With that in mind AfriLabs, the largest tech hub network in Africa, has partnered with the Tech Trailblazers Awards to enable greater opportunities for its members. AfriLabs is a pan-African network of technology and innovation hubs aimed at promoting the growth and development of the African tech sector - it has 20 accelerators and hubs...

  • miPayslip: latching onto the growing trend of mobile payslip services in Africa

    miPayslip claims to offer an affordable and easy way for employees to receive information about there payslips electronically via their phones. This is only part of a growing trend of services using mobile devices in receiving bulk information such as payslips. miPayslip enables employees to receive their payslips directly on their mobile phone. The company behind this, Cellfind is responsible for providing location-based services. “There’s no quicker, cheaper and easier way to deliver payslips to your employees than via their mobile devices," says Jacques Swanepoel, MD at Cellfind. Payroll providers can now send bulk text messages each carrying a unique...

  • 7 incredible TED talks that will get your entrepreneurial juices flowing

    Here's a fun one. We dug through TED's massive video archive and came up with seven talks by leading entrepreneurs that are bound to get you fired up, inspired and thinking. The talks cover topics such as peer-to-peer entrepreneurship, the power of open data, the importance of reputation, flipping negative user experiences, connecting the dots to find opportunity in unfamiliar places, following hunches, and perfecting your pitch deck. Let's get started. Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found In this delightful four minute talk, Renny Gleeson uses 404 error pages to illustrate how unfavourable scenarios can be flipped around to...

  • Venture Talk: Bootstrapping vs funding [Part Two]

    Venture Talk: Bootstrapping Part Two kicks right into gear, like a good sequel should, as Nic Haralambous and Emma Kaye chat to managing editor Mich Atagana about the differences between a serial and career entrepreneur. After hearing about Haralambous and Kaye's personal entrepreneurial journeys in Part One the discussion moves to advice and questions entrepreneurs should ask themselves. Are you aiming to build a long-lasting company or are you looking to build quickly and exit so you can move onto something new? Bootstrapping: Part Two brings this to light, and also raises the importance of the VC-entrepreneur relationship, the kinds...

  • Tsogo Sun partners with MEDO for further entrepreneurial support

    MEDO recently announced its partnership with Tsogo Sun. Together, the hotel and entertainment group and the Micro Enterprise Development Organisation plan to help facilitate entrepreneurship in South Africa. Tsogo Sun is planning on mainly being responsible for supplying venues and accommodation to MEDO and affiliates. This would further enable the delivery of the enterprise development programmes as it will support business trips and meetings. MEDO meanwhile will be helping with Tsogo Sun's Book-a-Guesthouse programme, which is a skills-based entrepreneurial development initiative that provides support to black South Africans, particularly women, who operate their own guesthouses. "The view is that...

  • Aim to be unique, not the best: truths about competition from Michael Porter

    I was recently introduced to Michael Porter through a book called Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy by Joan Magretta. While Porter is no doubt a seminal thinker in economics, I'd like to raise his thoughts on competition aimed at debunking commonly held notions of the term. I believe this will be beneficial to both newcomers to his ideas and business strategists alike who could perhaps use a contrary idea to think about competition in a more fruitful (profitable) manner. The book points out a commonly held misconception about competition - that you have to...

  • Dear startups, don’t copy — steal ideas and make them your own

    Ever since I wrote this article on why copying is awesome and innovation is overrated, I’ve been pondering the whole idea behind Picasso’s often-quoted “great artists steal”. I mean, essentially, what does it mean to steal, instead of copy? What I think stealing really comes down to is making something yours. Just like how an artist takes a technique and applies it to make a completely new painting. The problem we have with most giants like Samsung or Android and Asian tech companies that have become successful is not that they outright stole Apple’s hardware and software, but that...