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  • Freelancer.com outlines best jobs of 2011

    The 50 fastest-growing online job categories for the fourth-quarter of 2011 were recently announced by Freelancer.com. Known as the "Fast 50", this current list of jobs highlights the best and brightest positions in the online industry. 114 000 jobs were posted in the third quarter of 2011. By the fourth quarter, over 134 820 were posted, according to Freelancer.com. Trending fourth-quarter jobs in 2011 SEO content writers jobs were destroyed by the Google Panda update (which effectively "rewrote" the rules for content writers). By late 2011 content writing made a comeback, but AdSense jobs plunged by 21%. Android jobs rode on a wave...

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    Mama Money makes FICA simple: take a photo and a selfie

    The South African-based fintech startup that offers the cheapest cross border money transfer rates into key African countries and now into India, has introduced the easiest online registration process using its app – taking a photo and a selfie. This is a first in South Africa and is approved by the Financial Intelligence Centre and the SA Reserve Bank. Mama Money co-founder, Raphael Grojnowski (pictured above, right), explains: “To register, you simply download the Mama Money Family App from the Google Play store, enter you contact details, take a photo of your passport or ID and a selfie holding the document. This is...

  • 10 African tech startups worth watching

    It’s practically a tradition to follow a post like this with a good old-fashioned flame-war where everyone reveals his or her own sense of inadequacy. In order to save time I’d like to encourage you to stop reading now and skip to the bottom and start doing that right away; that way I can continue by typing Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet and get away with it. Disclaimers: I have left out Motribe, my own company, because I think that would legitimately earn me some flames. I have also left out all the usual suspects from South Africa...

  • Why 2012 could be the year of the African startup

    The past few years have been about building an infrastructure that improves the chances of the technology startups in Africa to succeed. Seeing this buildout in action in 2011 was exciting, but it should be recognised for what it really was: a setup for 2012 and beyond. You see, all those labs and hubs around the continent, the startups and the media coverage? They’re all about getting attention and increasing the awareness of the pent-up startup potential in Africa’s technology space. Media and funders both have a bigger target to hit when looking for entrepreneurs. They have been setting the...

  • Body Thrills: doing eCommerce the natural way

    Natural Body product company Body Thrills launched recently launched its eCommerce play. The site, formerly a blog with a basic ordering form, has rebranded and gone full eCommerce just in time for the holiday buying season. We sat down with majority shareholder and founder, Tamaryn Watkins, to get the scoop behind their products and approach: Memeburn: Tell us more about how Body Thrills started. Tamaryn Watkins: It all started three years ago. I was a new stay-at-home mom at the time, finishing off my Masters degree part-time. I needed a way to make some cash and I needed to be able...

  • Airborne, the viral solution to music distribution

    Music, now more than ever before, needs to make its mark in an ever-fickle market. Rampant piracy, combined with legal downloads and streaming services, have all but destroyed the traditional revenue market for music. This is where a website like Airborne steps in. Why AirBorne? Because "Music is the virus, and the virus is AirBorne." Catchy. It's like Spotify, but not really. Well, if you're prepared to listen to music which is uploaded by the recording artists only, then it's the dream website for your needs. Competition is fierce and with products such as TuneCore, BandCamp and iTunes, AirBorne...

  • Too many VCs, not enough good entrepreneurs: Sean Parker

    Billionaire internet investor Sean Parker took the stage in Paris at LeWeb with a simple message for his audience: There are "too many venture capitalists in the world and not enough entrepreneurs". Parker has a CV that would blow the mind of most people. He was co-founder of that great music industry disrupter Napster, and more recently an investor in Facebook and Spotify, among many other things. But don't call Parker an "investor", he finds the term a bit insulting. He still sees himself primarily as an entrepreneur: "I don't just invest in a company, I take an operating role." Parker...

  • The next Facebook, Google, Twitter to come from Latin America?

    Fernando Madeira is the co-founder and CEO of Terra, the largest internet company in Latin America. He boasts that the "next Twitter, Google, Facebook" will come from this part of the emerging market world. "We are seeing huge activity in Latin America," he says. "In Latin America we have a special sauce in the people... we love electronics and electronic chips." The stats, presented at the LeWeb conference in Paris, back up what Madeira is saying. There are 90-million broadband connections alone in Brazil. Almost 220-million people use the internet there every month, says Madeira. Penetration of social networks in Latin America...

  • The next Silicon Valleys? How French, UK govts stimulate the startup scene

    Governments are often seen as a nuisance in business, but this is a jaded view. Responsible and engaged governments are able to do amazing things for a country's startup scene. Most countries outside the US want to mirror the success of Silicon Valley, the undisputed king of tech innovation. Nicolas Princen is French President Nicolas Sarkozy's "digital man". He has spoken about the ways the French government is stimulating its local startup scene and "helping startups grow". The internet economy contributes about 6% to French GDP, he estimates, but affects and enhances more than 80% of the economy. Tax cuts...

  • Why Google Trader could leave other classified platforms in the dirt

    Google Trader, the internet giant's classifieds and trading service, is making waves, especially in emerging markets. The aim of Trader is to make it easier for businesses to post classified-type ads for their services, products and jobs. Listings are accessible from the web, the mobile web and via SMS. The listings also now include price, locations, and short snippets of content based on what is being advertised. Google expanded its Trader product footprint to Kenya in October and Nigeria in November, following on from successes in Uganda and Ghana. Africa News even went as far as to say that...

  • App development made easy with Tappnology

    App stores are big business and with US$15-billion in revenue expected to pour into their combined coffers by 2012, everyone is looking for a slice of tasty, app pie. Especially the Dube brothers, Fredrick and Michael, creators of startup Tappnology. They promise "to go the extra mile to make sure your application shines". Enthusiasm we like. Tappnology creates mobile applications for smartphones and tablets, with the iPad being the only current device with a workable app. Tappnology currently has one product to show for its hard work, the clumsily named Tweetwallsaver. Did I need “dazzling photo, tweet and video...

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