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  • Crowdsource rock star employees with Hiring Bounty, earn cash for referrals

    Launching today, South African startup Hiring Bounty, is set to shake up the recruitment industry by offering substantial rewards for referring a friend or acquintance for a job vacancy. Traditionally, job listing sites have offered employee referral programs as an afterthought, but with Hiring Bounty, employee referral is front and center. Hiring Bounty’s, MD Greg Schneider says that companies seeking to fill a position can source candidates faster and at a lower cost through crowdsourcing when compared to recruitment agents. Schneider says that Hiring Bounty plans to capitalise on the connections of people to make recruiters obsolete. By leveraging...

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    Project Isizwe’s WiFi TV hits 1 million views in one month

    Project Isizwe’s Video-On-Demand (VOD) service, WiFi TV, that was launched in November last year, has reached the coveted 1 million view milestone during February alone. WiFi TV is a free and hyper-localised internet VOD service delivered by the City of Tshwane (CoT), providing unlimited access for users of the Tshwane Free WiFi network. The VOD service streams video content created by young film makers living in various areas of the CoT, offering relevant and engaging news and entertainment. They cover topics such as music, current affairs, entrepreneurship, religion, jobs and sport and were previously unemployed or under-employed. The CoT created the...

  • The Sable Accelerator: A gateway into Silicon Valley for SA startups

    With the imminent launch of The Sable Accelerator, South African businesses look set to benefit from a new network of advisers and investors based in Silicon Valley and London that can help with international expansion. Founded by South Africans now living abroad, The Sable Accelerator is backed by angel investors, CEOs, directors and consultants from companies such as McCann Erickson, Grant Thornton, McKinsey and Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa. According to Tech Central, Vinny Lingham, founder of Yola and more recently Gyft -- check out Ventureburn’s exclusive peek at Gyft -- is also onboard as an investor. Sable’s website, a...

  • Deloitte to recognise 50 of SA’s hottest tech companies

    This is interesting. Deloitte is one of the world's so called Big Four professional service companies, so being recognised as one of its Fast 500 companies is a pretty big deal. The awards recognise the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in regions around the world and, for the first time, South African companies are eligible for the service. The country will hold the Fast 50, a subset of the awards, the winners of which will be put forward to a regional Fast 500. “Technology is still one of those fast changing sectors that have a wider impact...

  • WPP Digital acquires majority stake in SA born digital marketer Acceleration

    Acceleration, a South African born digital marketing technology company, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to be part of the WPP Digital, the digital arm of WPP, the international marketing communications company. Acceleration was founded in 1999 by Stephan Pretorius and has grown into a global business with offices in London, New York, Dubai, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires and Cape Town. Acceleration will operate as an independent and standalone business within WPP Digital and will architect, implement and orchestrate digital brand experiences. "With the continued transformation of marketing by technology, there's a growing demand for digital marketing technologists to...

  • Nedbank launches financial management play

    Wow. Talk about coming back from behind. A month after its late entry into the world of smartphone banking apps Nedbank has announced an online personal financial management tool. The South African bank claims that the tool, called My Financial Life, is an attempt to help people manage their finances. Running off the back of its online banking platform, the tool won't only be restricted Nedbank customers. Non customers will be able to access My Financial Life via a standalone site. According to Nedbank's group managing executive for retail and business banking Ingrid Johnson, the bank wants My...

  • With rumoured sale looming, Zoopy founders depart

    Mere days after Ventureburn was tipped off that parent company and mobile operator, Vodacom, could offload a large portion of its investment in Zoopy, the mobile video company, founder Jason Elk and co-founder Pat Elk announced in a statement that they will be leaving Zoopy at the end of September. The statement reads: "After launching Zoopy in March 2007, we have built a company and service that we have been incredibly proud of. We have decided that it’s now time for us to move on to new opportunities and we will be leaving Zoopy at the end of September. We...

  • TrashCanKidz: socially conscious gaming with a big heart and giant ambitions

    Following in the footsteps of socially conscious toys and games such as Karito Kids and Xeko, TrashCanKidz is taking an everything but the kitchen sink approach with a unique game and retail product one-two punch that contributes 20% of its revenue to charity. The startup hailing from Mauritius is seeking funding via Kickstarter, hoping to raise US$100 000 to bring the project to life. The aforementioned game Xeko also took to Kickstarter for funding and succeeded in reaching its target of US$250 000 earlier this year. TrashCanKidz -- as a game -- is currently in closed online beta, with an...

  • Listener-driven radio station looks to take Afrikaans music global

    Given that Afrikaans is only recognised as an official language in South Africa and as a minority language in Namibia, it might seem a little surprising that an online Afrikaans-language station is trying to go global. When you bear in mind that there are at least 1.2-million South Africans living abroad though, you can see that Ja.fm might just have a chance. The fact that the top five selling albums in South Africa are all by Afrikaans artists doesn't hurt either. Ja.fm is an online radio station provided by terrestrial station Jacaranda FM, that makes heavy use of the...

  • Is there a solution to Groupon’s SA woes?

    There’s been a recent surge in complaints about the South African iteration of Groupon, with many customers getting vocal about undelivered products, not receiving refunds as promised and even about difficulties in opting out of their mailing list. Complaints are flooding in on consumer websites such as HelloPeter, most of which typically relate to users not receiving goods paid for, refunds that never get processed, poor after-sales service and spamming by the group-buying giant. One HelloPeter user said that he keeps receiving the company's daily deals, despite repeated attempts to make it stop emailing him: “I unfortunately subscribed to Groupon...

  • 4 tips for protecting your tech startup idea

    In this month’s Entrepreneur magazine, startup adviser and mentor Ed Hatton provides four tips for turning your idea for a tech startup into a business, without someone stealing it. To develop an idea, founders need to approach service providers and investors. This may require divulging your secret recipe. Unlike offline businesses or products that can be protected by patent laws, internet-based businesses require a different approach. #1 Deal with trustworthy suppliers Check references carefully before picking financiers and advertising agencies. Opt for reputable and established suppliers who respect the confidentiality of their clients’ ideas. #2 Use a Non-Disclosure Agreement Although banks and financial...