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  • Real Time Wine founder, SAB launch beer social discovery app — MyBeer

    Where there is a wine drinker, apparently some beer drinkers will follow? It seems so as wine rating app Real Time Wine (RTW) founder Andy Hadfield teamed up with South African Breweries (SAB) in a project that seeks to accommodate beer drinkers with the launch of MyBeer. Commissioned by SAB, the app touts itself as "the social community for beer drinkers in South Africa" and encourages you to "share your beer experiences, rate and review beers and find out what your friends are drinking." According the RTW, this new offering is aimed at enhancing the beer culture in the country....

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    Zapacab Releases the Simplest App to Order a Taxi

    Cape Town mobile taxi ordering startup Zapacab has released native apps for Android and iOS devices. This is in response to passengers demand for “clever, easy to use apps”. Zapacab initially launched their product on mobile browsers to allow all passengers the easiest access to ordering a cab. With the majority of users being Android and iPhone users, the requests for a slicker app-based experience have been numerous. Chief executive officer (CEO) Rupert Sully says they will continue to offer the web based service for Blackberry users, but felt it was strategic to launch the native apps. "It is the sort...

  • Will the world replace employees with entrepreneurs? [Infographic]

    If the number of entrepreneurs keeps rising, we may well find ourselves in a world full of innovators, creators and risk-takers in the not-too-distant future. New ideas, new ways of doing business, new clients coming in every day... sounds great right? Well not for the regular employees of the world according to a recent infographic by Funders and Founders. The infographic argues that not only are startups turning away from traditional employees, but so are large enterprises such as Google, small businesses and agencies. Its basis for argument is that 30% of current large tech companies have set up seed funds with the...

  • Entrepreneurs need to have ‘mad belief’ in their idea

    When you start a business it is important to have a childlike obsession with your idea and truly believe that it will work and that it is the right thing to do, says Hannes van Rensburg, CEO of Fundamo. Fundamo is one of South Africa's tech success stories exiting to Visa for a whopping US$110-million in 2011. But the journey to that great exit for the mobile financial services company wasn't all smooth sailing. At an intimate Angelhub Founders Dinner, an event dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs around a table to share their "war" stories, van Rensburg dispensed some key lessons...

  • Praekelt Foundation launches innovation hub — Jozihub

    Innovation and co-creation hubs are becoming integral to growing the entrepreneurial talent that Africa has to offer. Stepping up to join that innovation landscape, the Praekelt Foundation has launched JoziHub in Johannesburg, South Africa. The hub claims to be the "city’s first technology incubator dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation". The aim of the hub is to transform the technology industry by connecting potential entrepreneurs and developers with the critical resources they need. To bring the hub to life the Foundation partnered with some impressive backers such as Omidyar Network, Google and ISlabs. "Technology hubs can play a pivotal role in fostering...

  • Balance = Happiness = Success

    Adii Pienaar is co-founder of WordPress theme shop and ecommerce platform WooThemes. These days, my idea of success is a well-managed balance between time with people I love and a project I'm deeply passionate about. Right now, that's Campaign Monitor. Time spent with each one of these has a huge impact on how much I enjoy the other. When I get that balance right, I'm at my happiest. And in the end, isn't that what success is all about? -- Dave Greiner in the latest version version of Offscreen Magazine. This is such a lovely quote and awesome mindset, which is...

  • African mobile startups – a call to arms: G-Startup applications open

    Startup culture in emerging markets is thriving. In Africa, for example, there is no shortage of innovation nor entrepreneurship despite missing one of the key components most startups desperately need: funding. Sure it is an emerging space, but an investment ceiling (of around R5-million) poses a huge challenge for African startups, especially in the growth phase. One viable option is to take a company overseas in the hopes of obtaining foreign investment, but this often requires a lot of legwork, money and convincing, and results in a lot of rejection. Only the thick-skinned need apply. If that sounds like too much for...

  • BuzzCity CEO on the rise and future of Africa’s mobile marketplace

    Mobile in Africa is a well-documented juggernaut. In late 2012, Africa was well on its way to reach 750 million mobile subscribers and the number is expected to rise to one billion by 2015. Recent forecasts from Cisco revealed that the number of mobile devices will tip seven billion in 2013, outnumbering the human population, thanks to growth in developing areas, such as Asia, the Pacific and Africa. It's a pretty good time to be involved in a mobile startup. Whether coming via an international competition, or an industry report, the message is clear, Africa's mobile sector is an...

  • Failing is OK: Brains behind iROKOtv Jason Njoku inspires at TEDxEuston

    Nigerian internet entrepreneur and CEO of iROKO Partners, Jason Njoku, addressed a captivated audience at TEDxEuston about the value of failure for entrepreneurs. The talk stood tall because in the startup world 'failure' is a taboo, and a word that most entrepreneurs choose to forget is in their vocabulary. What with around 400-million entrepreneurs in the startup world, it's no wonder that the image of success is cultivated to the point where people are taught to ignore their failings. Njoku, however, offers a kinder, and perhaps more real, approach motivating that young startups and entrepreneurs can learn from the dastardly word, like he did. It's...

  • Looking for a startup model? Be the change you want to see in the world

    The internet has changed the power dynamics of our world. Increases in information, connectivity and high populations of enabled individuals forces us to review the system and reconsider whether it still operates in this brave new world. This is a world where we are all empowered and responsible for defining its future. A system can be defined as “a set of interacting or independent components forming an integrated whole”. All systems have some level of structure (defined by its component elements), behaviours (such processes, required resources, information etc) and relationships (how the components fit together to allow the system to...

  • Motribe suffers staff exodus after Mxit deal

    Since being acquired by Mxit, mobile social network builder Motribe has seen a staff exodus reducing a once 10-strong staff to four people, with only one person working out of the Motribe offices. Mxit inked a deal to purchase Motribe late last year after a long working relationship that incorporated most of Motribe's staff. One of the first members of staff to leave the company after the acquisition was co-founder and former CEO Nic Haralambous who says the reasons for the exodus aren't clear. "I can't really say what motivated their departure from the company post-acquisition. I do know that...