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  • 5 reasons why Rocket Internet graduates become good entrepreneurs

    We’ve seen our share of ex-Rocket Internet employees rocking the startup scene regions such as in Asia lately. They helped build companies like Zalora, Lazada, FoodPanda, and OfficeFab from the ground up. But they parted ways and went on to build their own startups. And boy, do they have a good success rate in attracting investors and making waves in the industry. We talked to five Rocket Internet “graduates” based in Indonesia to find out more about this phenomenon. We found five underlying reasons Rocket Internet helped them in their startup journey so far: 1. Falling into entrepreneurship Adrian Li, former managing...

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    App Measurement Now Available to IAB Members

    Johannesburg, South Africa: Effective Measure and IAB South Africa are pleased to announce a new application measurement service that will enable IAB members to track the traffic to, and usage of their apps. This development reflects the industry body’s commitment to digital innovation. Effective Measure provides web and mobile traffic data and audience profiles for all IAB Publisher member sites as part of a long-standing partnership with IAB SA.  Adding app measurement to the dashboard is the next step in a process that aims to achieve a single point of measurement for IAB members that incorporates rich data about how...

  • Man versus machine: virtual real estate agent Property Switch bets on tech

    Selling your house in the 21st Century has come a long way. Days where your only options were to go with an agency or fly solo are long gone, and yet entrepreneurs are still finding room for innovation. Property Switch, is the latest in a new breed of startups locked on disrupting markets with the help of technological innovation. The startup, headquartered in Waterfall, Durban, is a virtual real estate agency -- for the most part. Property Switch's managing director, Graeme Tennant, and operations director, Jan Claasen, say their venture provides sellers with a full online estate agency service, while...

  • FindMyWay brings public transport info to SA commuters’ mobile phones

    In developing countries such as South Africa, public transport, despite being used by large portions of the population, often has a disconnect between important information, such as routes, times, delays et al, and it being readily available to commuters. Add to this problem the reach that mobile phones have in developing countries, and startups have the ingredients to create value through smart technological systems. One such startup, WhereIsMyTransport, has combined these ingredients and created a social transport information portal called FindMyWay, that delivers public transport information (including cost of trips) to commuters via their mobile phones -- all for free. Following...

  • Publishing startup Paperight claims two prestigious awards in one week

    Paperight, a Cape Town-based Shuttleworth Foundation-funded company, has picked up a couple of awards last week. It was named one of the most innovative companies in South Africa, while also winning first place at the international Contec Startup Showcase in Germany. In Germany, the Contec Startup Showcase saw Paperight beat five other international finalist competitors as it impressed the judges with its technological innovations and the social mission to greatly increase access to books in South Africa and other developing nations. “It’s been an extraordinary week, as well as an incredible and humbling vindication of our work,” said Paperight Founder...

  • Meet mobicred: South Africa’s first online only credit facility

    There's not much of a limit on what you can buy online these days. Thing is, in South Africa at least, almost all of those ways involve having a bank account and, if you want things to be really simple, a credit card. But what if you could finance your online purchases with a single credit product where everything from application to first payment happens online? That's pretty much the premise behind mobicred, a revolving credit product looking to take advantage of the boom that's hit the South African ecommerce space over the past couple of years by offering a centralised...

  • Join eKasi Entrepreneurship Week in shaping SA’s township communities

    Entrepreneurship in townships has been on the rise with a lot of young, intellectual business leaders shaping their communities through innovative ideas and solutions for the many challenges South Africa faces -- from chronic medication delivery systems to dry bath solutions and medical detection kits. This year’s eKasi Entrepreneurship Week, happening during the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Cape Town Khayelitsha, will feature key elements including the eKasi Business Venture Competition, the eKasi Business Awards, Touring eKasi, #eKasiEXPO, legal clinic consultations, the #ShapeeKasi Entrepreneurship Conference and more. The event will feature some of the top national and international experts on...

  • Enterprise Mobility Africa Summit 2013 aims to engage, inform, network

    The 2013 Enterprise Mobility Africa (EMA) Summit will be taking place on the 25th and 26th of November in Johannesburg. The summit's agenda will explore the impact of mobility solutions across a range of industries, as well as the opportunities, and downfalls, they may create. The two-day event will see thought leaders from the IT and mobility sectors coming together to address industry challenges such as big data and the mobile platform, and mobility as an enabler for enterprises to become more networked. The conference will focus on four key areas: Integrating M2M systems and devices into operations Networks and devices:...

  • 6 ways to increase sales and optimise your ecommerce payment page

    Online merchants can reduce payment page abandonment by focussing on a few key changes to their payment page which can increase checkout conversion rates. Customising the payment page will limit problems and help cardholders feel secure. Although one would most likely expect that many of the below points are expected norms, I have often experienced frustration at the time of purchase and seen issues surrounding the merchants payment page which either led me to repeating the payment process or bailing out of the purchase all together. Here are a few key pointers. 1. Payment page error handling Alerting cardholders to commonly made...

  • Microsoft Ventures expands into Africa through 4Afrika

    Microsoft is expanding its venture partnership programme into Africa though its 4Afrika initiative, starting with Kenya. "The Ventures partnership programme, which was introduced in June 2013, is designed to bring tools, technology and training to startups through partnerships with global accelerators," says the software giant. According to Microsoft, its Ventures division was created to give startups a leg-up and Kenya is quickly being recognised as an innovation hub, particularly in the mobility space. It’s been reported that there are 74 mobile phones for every 100 Kenyans and, of those who access the internet, 99% do it via a mobile device. "We...

  • Should your startup get funds from someone who hasn’t been a founder?

    Vinod Khosla, famed investor in Indiegogo, Storify, Jawbone, and more, went on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 and said: “95 percent of VCs add zero value and 70 to 80 percent of VCs add negative value to a startup in advising you.” The statement was met with a huge round of applause by a room full of hundreds of entrepreneurs in the room. At the StartMeUp event in April, Singaporean investor Jeffrey Paine also told us that “you shouldn’t listen to anybody who wasn’t a founder. Only founders understand founders.” These bits of wisdom come from investors from San Francisco...

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