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  • Hello there, Asia: Naspers’ Property24 heads for the Philippines

    Last month, the Philippines’ top classifieds site Sulit merged with OLX. And this month, Sulit has brought the South Africa-based real estate classifieds site Property24 into the country. Property24 follows a business-to-consumer (B2C) platform that lets real estate agents and brokers attract potential buyers by listing properties on the site. Originally operating in four locations in Africa, Property24’s entry into the Philippines through its partnership with Sulit is its first expansion to Asia. Since both Sulit and Property24 are backed by emerging markets internet giant Naspers, it looks like a good move for both classifieds platforms to gain ground in the...

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    Geeks Online SA to launch soon

    Brand new education startup Geeks Online SA (GOSA) based in Cape Town, South Africa, looks to bring an innovative solution in the education space. It’s an idea inspired by the self-proclaimed “Geek” himself, one of the co-founders. The company has been founded by two chief enthusiasts, Anele Geqiwe and Busisiwe Ngxande. What they lack in years of experience, the pair has vision and passion for education. The concept driving GOSA is very simple: it requires strong relationship between high school students and tertiary institutions. We aim to introduce and prepare Grade 10-12 students to academic competency standards expected in tertiary level. Of course there are so many solutions...

  • Pet Heaven hopes to become SA’s top dog in online shopping for pets

    Got a hungry pooch or a meowing kitten? Pet Heaven is a South African startup that wants to simplify your shopping habits by delivering must-have products to your doorstep. Instead of having to carry a 15kg bag of food home every month, why not get it delivered on a regular basis? As founder of Pet Heaven, Courtenay Farquharson, puts it, "Why break your neck to get to the vet before 5pm? Why pay etolls and petrol?" For those living under a rock for the last decade, ecommerce has been revolutionising the shopping industry in exciting ways. For potential customers (about...

  • Zando celebrates 2nd birthday, records over 1.5-million site visits monthly

    One of South Africa's leading ecommerce stores and arguably the country's most popular online fashion shop, Zando, is today celebrating its birthday and showing off two years of impressive growth. Since launching in 2011, the Africa Internet Holding affiliate is ranked number five in the Google Zeitgeist ranking of SA brands in 2013 together with other popular local ecommerce brands such as OLX and competitor Spree. Today, Zando offers over 20 000 products online with more than 1.5-million site visits per month. Zando delivers fashion accessories directly to customers' doorsteps with secure online payment options or Cash-On-Delivery (COD) in...

  • India’s entrepreneurial landscape according to Ernst & Young

    Entrepreneurs in India don't have it easy. Research by Ernst & Young underlines the country's challenging entrepreneurial environment, and yet, of the 20 countries surveyed, India looks poised to become one of the fastest rising stars among the world's emerging economies. Thanks largely to coordinated support championed by India's government, groundwork to address hefty challenges surrounding education and red tape for new ventures have been laid, leading to a burgeoning entrepreneurial culture -- especially in among technology startups. What is the government doing? The Technopreneur Promotion Programme (TePP) aims to help tech innovators become successful entrepreneurs by promoting, supporting and funding...

  • ‘We simply failed’: 4chan founder on killing his seemingly successful startup

    Last night Chris Poole, famed for starting 4chan, wrote a post titled: Today my startup failed. "No soft landing, no happy ending -- we simply failed," so began the honest account of how a product that seemed quite successful could fail. Poole's post is about his other venture, DrawQuest, a platform that allowed users to draw and be creative through daily drawing challenges -- this week it called it quits. DrawQuest is in essence what came after Canvas and by all accounts, as Poole points out, the product was a success. In the last year it saw around 1.4-million...

  • Innovative Nigerian fashion etailer Minku Design now accepts Bitcoin

    Kunmi Otitoju is the founder of culture magazine Yonderland and Minku Design -- a boutique fashion startup based in Lagos, Nigeria and Barcelona, Spain which is responsible for selling handmade Yoruba-themed leather bags, purses, jewelry and other accessories online. In a move to keep up with innovative trends, the startup has also recently decided to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment. In an interview with Founders Grid, Otitoju explains the reason behind adopting this sometimes controversial digital currency. "I think Bitcoin is somewhere up there with those revolutionary ideas. And it is a payment system that is carrying...

  • PayGate wants to simplify online retailers’ security and payment solutions

    Whether small or big, your online business is always susceptible to fraud or data breaches. As a report suggested last year, cyber attacks don't discriminate. Security rules and regulations have thus become more strict over the years and cumbersome for many businesses. PayGate is one of those payment services that sits on the right side of the security fence that wants to simplify this aspect of running a business. Quite often overlooked, Harvey explains why having a secure online payment solution is necessary. Businesses have to adhere to certain standards and practices specified by the Payment Card Industry Data...

  • SureThing launches online gadget insurance in SA for portable devices

    SureThing is South Africa's newest insurance company, covering all things portable and electronic, and it's all done online. The 'online gadget insurance solution' covers precious personal items like your cellphone, tablet, laptop, e-reader or game console, reportedly from just R70 per month. The company was founded by Richard Neville, an insurance entrepreneur, who noticed a gap in the insurance market for portable electronic items and designed SureThing as a cost-effective and quick service for the youth of South Africa. "Historically, portable gadgets were only included on insurance policies if you owned your own home. SureThing is an easy online insurance solution...

  • eShip: SA’s first online transport marketplace

    Transporting goods across South Africa is not a task one undertakes lightly. Although South Africa's infrastructure is designed around the road system, knowing where to begin when moving items, especially across country, has long been the case of picking up the phone or a Google search with mixed results. From there, getting quotes, agreeing to insurance, and holding people accountable often proves a tricky affair. For one young founder, Emile McLennan, who one day needed to transport his motorbike from Durban to Cape Town, the current system is all wrong. "I have the business, why should I do all the...

  • Looking for leadership in your startup? Everyone’s capable

    Everyone has an innate ability to become a leader. There are a number of reasons why many do not become leaders or do not even see themselves as leaders with their own company. The greatest of these is possibly that they have not understood their own unique value. What they are passionate about and the exact reason they exist -- the way in which they (uniquely) can change the world. Many refer to it as ‘purpose’ but I’d like to venture that purpose is merely being your authentic self -- how you are when you are your best self....

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