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  • M-Pesa, Google Wallet & PayPal: How do they stack up?

    Last week Google added to a busy period of big product releases with the launch of Google Offers. The Google Offers launch followed hot on the heels of the launch of Google Wallet. Added to this, PayPal is suing former employees for giving away trade secrets to Google which allegedly fueled the development of Google Wallet. So what exactly is Google Wallet? Google Wallet is a new point-of-sale ecosystem that will allow users to use their smartphone as their wallet. This does however require a smartphone with an NFC (near field communications) chip. Currently three forms of payment are supported by the system...

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    New integrated payment, POS solution allows retailers to transact in 2 seconds

    The South African financial technology company that brought card-payment systems to smaller businesses as far back as 2008 has just announced a new integrated payment solution that will benefit franchise store owners, larger independent retailers and franchise owners. Sureswipe is SA’s first independent payment service provider to offer a fully integrated payment solution with acquiring services. Paul Kent, managing director of Sureswipe, says: “Our new Integrated Payments product has been developed for higher volume businesses that use a Point-of-Sale system. It reduces manual hours spent on reconciliations, makes customer payments quicker and safer, and cuts both costs and complexity. We have brought functionality...

  • Silicon Valley: There’s no bubble but there could be a bust…

    Are we in a bubble? This is the common question as I chat with people at various events around Silicon Valley. The concern that many are expressing is that if it's a bubble, then a crash is not far off. But that's a misdirection of concern, I'm far more worried that the economy will crash long before Silicon Valley's boom has had a chance to bubble and burst. I see the current boom as a resumption of where Silicon Valley was in mid-2008. Finally, after the bubble burst in 2000, funding was coming back and so were jobs and optimism about...

  • Groupon IPO on shaky legs

    One wonders how this happened -- Groupon being called the fastest growing company in history, and then going for an IPO, only to find almost every single blogger and journalist shooting them down. But that is exactly the answer to how it has transpired. The company has grown too fast and is now listing at the wrong time. It is a good and bad day for group buying. Hopefully people will not lose any interest and faith in the world's busiest new online sector, yet on the other hand, many online sources are quoted as being tired of Groupon's antics....

  • 10 reasons why you should get your hands on some Bitcoins

    A previous Memeburn article on the well-known digital currency Bitcoin generated quite a bit of interest and debate from this site's readers. The article focused on some of the challenges Bitcoin faced as a global currency. But here's another side of the coin, so to speak. We now give some good reasons, ten of them in fact, why Bitcoin could be an option for the future. No transaction fees. Unlike many credit card or online payment gateways, moving money around isn't going to cost you anything. This is due to the P2P nature of the system, which allows you to...

  • Groupon a ‘tech startup’? I don’t think so

    Tech companies can scale their business largely through adding servers and software, which is why VCs love to invest in them. That's why they shun services companies (like agencies), where hiring lots of people is required to scale a business. Groupon, the very well-known two-year-old Chicago-based group-shopping coupon service, now has more than 8 000 staff, at least half working in sales, says CEO Andrew Mason, speaking at the AllThingsD D9 conference. That's up from 1 500 staff a year ago! That sounds like a services company to me. So why is Groupon lumped in with other tech high flyers, such as...

  • Uconomy: The business of customer loyalty

    Customer loyalty is a problem for new businesses and one startup believes it may have found the solution through a mobile application service. Uconomy, a Cape Town-based company, claims it offers an integrated m-marketing and mobile loyalty option to the SMME and consumer market. Considering the importance of loyalty amongst the world’s large companies, the claim is worth considering. Henry Land and Florian Lucke, the founders of Uconomy, are targeting companies ranging from township entrepreneurs right through to established medium-sized businesses in the formal sector with their service. It’s part of the company’s effort to capitalise on the success of traditional...

  • 3 key strategies for starting your own online business

    Ever wanted to start a business, but are simply not sure where to start to minimise risk or expand your network? If a lack of access to capital was the biggest challenge for entrepreneurs until now, history is being kind. With the lowest barriers to entry in the global online market, the time to launch an idea for profit on the net is ripe. Here are three considerations for launching an online business. Each is with a view to minimise risk, maximise your network and begin asking the right questions to determine your strategy. Invest minimally if...

  • GetGlue brings social check-ins to media and entertainment

    People like to be rewarded for things they would probably do anyway. Hence it stands to reason that sooner or later someone would capitalise on this. And that is what entertainment check-in network GetGlue did -- by offering real and virtual incentives for consuming media online. GetGlue, founded in 2009 by New York City entrepreneur Alex Iskold, has pioneered the media check-in space, piggybacking on the Foursquare phenomenon with more than one million users earning stickers and discounts as they watch, read and listen. Sites like Foursquare and Gowalla have come a long way offering virtual “badges” to complement the...

  • WebGrowth — Boosting your business’ Google ranking

    Many companies want to rank better in search. Many SEO tricks have seen companies try to fight their way to number one. Google's Panda has made things a little difficult for a few companies. Many SEO consultants claim to be able to help companies caught in the "Panda's" grip. Help companies work well with the "Panda". One such company is WebGrowth, a South African-based startup has a project management tool for SEO research using Google analytics, Google webmaster tools and Majestic SEO designed to meet the need - pulling data from the net to focus on boosting the profile of...

  • 12 emerging market startups to watch

    Emerging market startups are coming into their own and increasingly appearing on the radar of mainstream venture capitalists in established markets. Skype recently announced its interest in investing in Chinese startups. The VoIP service is not the only player seeking a slice of the emerging markets pie - the list of startups grows everyday. Here are 12 of the many companies staking their claim in up and coming emerging markets: DianDian, China DianDian which means "bit by bit" was founded by Chinese business man Jack Xu. Prior to starting this venture, he was managing RenRen and Kaixin, two Chinese Facebook clones,...