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  • Screw the startups, Africa needs more netrepreneurs

    It’s the dream of any tech-person: come up with an idea or concept that you can build up and sell off for millions. Consider something as banal as Draw Something which only a few weeks after its release was sold to Zynga for US$180-million. Everyone wants the “big score”. Technology and app development in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have pushed hard towards finding thing that will make venture capitalists and sponsors sit up and notice. Startups seem to be all about the quick get-in and get-out; lacking very little substance. Incubators and think tanks have been set up across the...

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    Callpay to launch first of its kind payment product called Pay Request

    Callpay, a leading payment solutions provider, today announced that it will launch its new patent pending product called "Pay Request." Callpay developed Pay Request with security in mind, allowing a merchant to send a payment application to any mobile device. What makes this patent pending technology so unique is that a payment can be made in real time without the need of an app or mobile data. At the point of payment, Pay Request allows a merchant to send a secure terminal to the customer’s mobile device, turning their mobile phone into a virtual card terminal. The customer simply enters their...

  • Growing ecommerce through innovative payment systems

    Africa and ecommerce have become quite the BFFs over the last few years. Ecommerce plays are sprouting up everywhere and, on a continent where most transactions are cash only and the society is wary about online payments, it's interesting to see the growth. The reason? Innovative payment systems and 70% mobile penetration -- everyone connects via their mobile in Africa. So it makes sense to meet the users there. At the Jumia ecommerce conference in Lagos, the ecommerce player revealed that success in a country that is mostly unbanked is more about choosing to almost coax customers into accepting ecommerce....

  • Got a Video-ad? Learn from Blink Tower, use Google TrueView for best reach

    So you've spent money making a video ad, but no one's watching it. You've put it up on YouTube, circulated it to your email subscribers, tweeted those tweets, and clicked share ad nauseum, but the views just don't reflect this. "The shares do not maketh the views," as the saying goes. Well, this could be due to the fact that your marketing officer is ignoring potentially the best video-ad platform available on the internet - Google TrueView - and Cape Town-based Blink Tower is a great case study to prove its effectiveness. An animated explainer video production company, Blink Tower...

  • Dashboard launches Pinpoint for innovative market research in Africa

    Market research and strategy company Dashboard has partnered with advertising and media expert Dave Kelly in an effort to launch Pinpoint. Using available technology, Pinpoint is designed to be a current as well as accurate media consumption and audience tracking tool for the African continent. Pinpoint analyses African media content consumption to understand and use the market's advantages. Its market ranges from TV and radio consumers to social media and internet usage. The company has been developed to support more efficient and successful media buying on the continent. By exploring psychographic and attitudinal consumer mindsets, Pinpoint is able to...

  • M-commerce in South Africa: a huge opportunity waiting to explode

    The definition for mobile commerce (m-commerce) has expanded as technology and mobile methods have evolved, from the initial Premium Rate SMS payments for 8-bit ringtone purchases to Near Field Communications-enable smart phones where a simple swipe at the POS is all that is required to purchase your new skinny jeans. A well accepted definition describes m-commerce as the payment for goods/services with a mobile device such as phone, PDA, or other such device. This is the general definition for both digital goods (such as in-game upgrades) and physical goods (such as shopping for shoes on Amazon’s mobile app) are...

  • Orange launches new money transfer service in Africa

    Orange telecom recently launched a new money transfer service to compete with an already competitive industry. The Orange Money International Money Transfer takes advantage of an existing lucrative market that's hoping to secure the telecom giant's foothold in Africa. People from and in between Mali, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire are able to use Orange's new money transfer service. The service allows cellphone users to directly send and receive money by simply using a general code and the recipient's unique cell phone number. According to Orange, more than US$260-million transfers between these three countries every year. The Middle-East and Africa contributes...

  • Investable or employable: what kind of startup founder are you?

    As a startup founder, would you consider yourself to be investable or employable? There’s a big difference in terms of being nice, consistency, passion and attitude. After going through a few rounds of raising funds with numerous startups, I’ve come to realize that investors use two universal, yet unspoken, categorization of founders pitching to them: “investable” or “employable”. The terms are quite self-explanatory and are antonyms of each other. That being said, it doesn’t mean that an investable founder will definitely get funded or that an employable founder cannot. I believe that the fundamental differences between these two are their characters...

  • Rocket Internet’s Chinese Airbnb Clone Shuts up Shop

    In an entirely unsurprising move, Rocket Internet’s Airbnb clone for China, Airizu, has closed. The Airizu URL now redirects to Wimdu, another vacation home rental site run by Rocket that operates in over 40 countries. Airizu launched exclusively in China in early 2011, but a few months ago rumours swirled that 80 percent of the Arizu team had been laid off. Rocket Internet now has only two of its many startups operating in China – Wimdu and the multi-country subscription e-commerce service Glossybox. No more China-only sites from Rocket. But Wimdu, it doesn’t look too promising. Even with the language settings changed...

  • Mavericks, innovation, gaming & expats: Africa’s tech scene at a glance

    My favorite thing about Africa right now is how everyone is gingered up about amazing things that are happening in the tech scene. It's not just about the innovations or the fact that the continent has more than 45 tech hubs, it's the culture that is emerging. We are building a real tech-obsessed community here and that is great. Uganda's Hive Colab is gaining respectable traction and Teddy Ruge is determined to grow the country's tech scene. All around, Africa hubs and incubators are popping up to help foster a renewed interest in tech and entrepreneurship. Expats are returning to...

  • Bozza boss reveals major Omidyar Network investment

    Bozza boss Emma Kaye has revealed to Ventureburn that Africa-friendly Omidyar Network made a sizable investment in the company. Bozza, which is currently based in South Africa, adds Omidyar as a second Venture Capital funder after securing investment from Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa in 2011. The startup is a video-based mobile social networking service aimed at township users. Its primary focus is to give a voice to the Pan-African market. Bozza provides a platform for youth to create their own content about their lives and environment. In its own words, the service focuses on "contextually relevant made-for-mobile content". The Omidyar Network,...

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