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GoMetro Jobs: new jobs portal for commuters launches in South Africa

Gometro GoMetro, the startup that publishes real-time transport information for commuters, today announced the launch of a mobile jobs portal, GoMetro Jobs. Keeping in line with the startup's previous team effort -- read more about the iROKING music service partnership -- it is introducing the service with the help of cloud-based recruitment software company, graylink. Commuters will have access to 500 (or so) job listings from employers like Discovery, Shoprite, Mercedes Benz, Telkom and Woolworths. Graylink CEO Mark Gray says that the partnership ...


Smart Voicemail: the Indian startup aiming to evolve your voicemail

Smart Voicemail I think we’re beginning to see a growing influx of Asian entrepreneurs looking at problems outside of Asia to solve. Smart Voicemail is a startup along these lines that tackles a problem you just don’t see in Asia. The startup focuses on automating voicemails for people in the USA and Europe. It’s only something we see in developed nations that didn’t leapfrog straight into cellphones and texting. In the USA, people used to receive voicemails on their answering machines. Just ...

Infographic, News

Flexibility vs instability: pros and cons of working at a startup [Infographic]

Pros-and-cons-of-working-at-a-startup-650 width Like most things in life, working at a young dynamic startup company has its ups and downs. A recent unofficial survey of more than 150 startup employees suggests that low pay and lack of company structure are what concern them the most. What the survey has noted is that many of a startup company's characteristics are double-edged swords. For instance, having an open-minded work environment might mean that there'll be more space for your ideas but it lacks organisational structure. ...

Africa, Featured

The East African startup landscape: everything you need to know

wikimedia commons So we have told South African startups what's what when it comes to the happenings of the country's startup ecosystem. People have been asking us about other parts of Africa and if we could put together a comprehensive guide for other regions as well. We have heard you and done as you have asked, this time putting our focus on East Africa. Update: yes, it's true: we've now put together a summary of the West African startup landscape too. As ...

Emerging Markets, News

Digital shopping trends highlights mobile-connected middle class

ecommerce sites A recent report titled CPG in Developing Markets: Consumers' Digital Habits in Emerging Economies by eMarketer attempts to paint a better picture of projected growth in emerging regions in terms of consumers' digital shopping trends. This report could give us a general indication of what these regions' eCommerce market potential looks like. eMarketer points out that in many of these markets a young, mobile-connected middle class has emerged that is beginning to recognise and prefer name brands and shopping online. It ...


Startup founder? Here are 3 reasons why you should learn to code

education Since launching my startup Learnemy (a web application that finds you instructors for anything you want to learn) last April, I have seen more than 450 learners and 100 instructors come on board. I started without knowing how to code. I started with zero programming knowledge and didn’t manage to find a suitable technical co-founder. And so I picked up programming. The issue on whether non-technical founders should pick up programming has been widely discussed. Some of the reasons why non-tech ...


Five signs your startup is ready for an Enterprise Resource Planning solution

erp solution Founders of rapidly growing startups often reach a point where the company consumes their every thought. Sleepless nights are spent fretting over growing complexities and the constant worry of things potentially forgotten besieges all the waking hours. For startups in this position, the time may have come to consider upgrading the accounting system - to ease at least one aspect of the running of a successful company - to one which provides more control, more information and better insights into ...

Africa, Innovation

iSpace Ghana: the story behind Accra’s newest innovation centre and tech hub

iSpace Ghana Ghana is a platform for innovators looking to deploy in West Africa, with Accra being one of the continent's most desired capitals. Entrepreneurs appreciate its quiet ways, relatively affordable housing, good connectivity, and regular power. Why not set up shop in Accra and deploy a sales team in Lagos or elsewhere? With regular business flights between capitals, entrepreneurs are only an hour's flight away. Interestingly enough, Accra has not seen the federation of hubs as witnessed in Nairobi. Despite Busy Internet, ...

Africa, News

Quirky news game app wins Sub-Saharan Africa’s first media hackathon

Editors lab This past weekend, the Editors' Lab hackathon held in Cape Town saw a total of fourteen teams compete to develop the most innovative news-driven mobile app or website to further active citizenry. The team from the Sunday Times came out top with the development of an app called Party Match. The app is described as being a cheeky 'dating game' that wants to help South Africans find the political party that would best match their personal interests. The application will further ...

Africa, Startups

How will these startups help shape the future of South African transport?

train gear Think what the future of transport will look like in South Africa in a few decades time. Okay, there probably won't be flying cars or Elon Musk-ish hyperloops. It's more likely going to be along the lines of peer-to-peer data sharing or having access to all your travel information in the palm of your hand. There are a number of trending startups that could potentially give us an indication of what South Africa's public transport might look like in the ...