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  • Forget Bang With Friends, NoonSwoon helps you find “the one” on Facebook

    Do you have trouble finding that special person? NoonSwoon, officially launched in Thailand, is an app to matchmake singles with friends of their Facebook friends. What do you do when you just turned single, and you want to get into a relationship with someone compatible? Most people turn to clubs, bars, community meetups and online dating, and so did Kavin “Mickey” Asavanant, co-founder of NoonSwoon, a Thailand-based dating app. But as he went about meeting potential significant others, the lecturer at Chulalongkong Business School realized that the traditional ways were rather flawed in the sense that girls that he liked seemed...

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    From operating under a tree, meet man who today owns Street Parking Solutions

    From running his business from under a tree in an abandoned parking lot in Claremont, Cape Town -- entrepreneur Zunade Loghdey today runs a parking management company that employs over 300 parking marshals. Loghdey's Street Parking Solutions (SPS) currently manages the City of Cape Town’s parking solutions in the city centre. In 2008 when he started SPS he took to managing just 100 parking bays in Claremont. At the time Loghdey (pictured above, right) could not afford an office. “I found an abandoned bowling green in Bowwood Road, Claremont, it’s still there today. The tree that you see in the parking lot is the tree that...

  • Africa’s entrepreneurial explosion: a space ripe for the taking

    "Africa's current environment is ripe for gaming to take off," says Michael Szymanski, the Director of Business Development for the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), an incubator that manages the MEST seed fund in Accra. Of course Szymanski would say this to a room full African entrepreneurs and geeks at Net Prophet. What's interesting is one of the companies that MEST looks after actually plays in Africa's mobile gaming space. MEST provides training and mentoring for aspiring African software entrepreneurs with the goal of creating wealth and jobs locally in Africa. According to Szymanski, most MEST entrepreneurs look to...

  • How doing 7 ordinary things can lead to extraordinary results [Net Prophet]

    In business, to be a success does not mean you have to be an extraordinary person. The truth, it turns out, is that you can actually achieve great success by doing seven very ordinary things. For Triggerfish CEO, Stuart Forrest, this is a proven fact because by his own admission he is "very ordinary". Triggerfish Animation, a Cape Town based film and entertainment company, is the producer of the animated feature films "Adventures in Zambezia" and "Khumba". Speaking at this year's Net Prophet tech conference, the animation producer outlined seven very ordinary things that could lead to extraordinary success. What do you...

  • VC in South Africa: Where are we now? [Net Prophet]

    "If this elevator goes down, so does the Cape Town VC industry." That's what Justin Stanford, co-founder of investment management group 4Di and 4Di Capital, told fellow Venture Capital investor, Keet van Zyl a few years ago on the way to an event. That's how small the VC space is in the Cape. Speaking to the Net Prophet 2013 audience Stanford, who is also the co-founder of the Silicon Cape initiative, spoke of the current state of the Cape Town VC space. "Where are we now? Lacent... but it's growing." Stanford seems upbeat and optimistic about the Cape's ecosystem, even in the...

  • Spreading the entrepreneurship addiction [Net Prophet]

    No one can deny that the entrepreneurship bug has bitten: everyone wants to be one and people are beginning to teach it. Now it's a disease and Stephan Lund thinks we ought to spread it. Lund is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Business Inc. "When we think entrepreneurs, we all think of people like Richard Branson, that is the traditional way of thinking," Lund told the Net Prophet tech conference. He declares that he suffers from entrepreneurialism. He figures that there are too many answers to the question of what an entrepreneur is. "Everything from...

  • What can we learn from the coolest examples of commerce innovation?

    Finding creative ways to engage your customers can be the beginning of your stairway to success. However, there are now more and more ways to engage your client base thanks to a variety of platforms and marketing channels. Where once the height of an entrepreneur’s skills might see them getting an advert in the local paper or placing a note in a newsagent’s window, computers and mobile devices now mean that creative types can really go to town. The most creative and innovative examples of mobile and retail commerce are those that prompt the ‘why has no-one thought of...

  • Become an overnight success in 15 years [Net Prophet]

    "The idea will not make you rich", Andre de Wet, GM of PriceCheck, told the Net Prophet 2013 audience. Hearing that might make you think that the opposite - hard work - is the solution to running a successful business. While not refuting the importance of both those ideas, the GM of PriceCheck offered another viewpoint. "The reason why it takes so long to be an overnight success is the journey inside: to want it not because of money, but because you're alive." Money might buy you leisure, but it can't buy wisdom. And wisdom is possibly the most underrated trait an...

  • Googler Ory Okolloh joins Omidyar Network in support of government tech

    Omidyar Network today announced that Ory Okolloh has joined as a director, investments within the philanthropic investment firm's government transparency initiative. Okolloh will help drive the organisation's work that supports innovative tech organisations focused on providing information and tools to citizens, so they can participate in the governing process. Okolloh was formerly a policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa with Google and co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, the open source project which allows users to crowdsource crisis information. "Ory is a well-established leader in the technology and transparency communities," said Omidyar Network Partner Stephen King. "She will help spur Omidyar...

  • Startups are gonna start: meet the Net Prophet 8

    As a startup journalist I am always looking for interesting startups to chat to. I want to write about them and tell you how they are going to save the world, or not. As part this year's Net Prophet event, an annual gathering of 2 000+ geeks and one of the bigger tech conferences on the South African calendar, the Silicon Cape Initiative decided to do give some startups a little press time. It's a pretty nifty idea: get a bunch of startups in a room with the media, let them pitch their ideas and hopefully get some exposure....

  • 3 steps for accelerating your startup’s productivity into high growth

    Our main focus here is entrepreneurial productivity and it can teach you how to be strong and financially powerful, so you can free yourself up to go on to other, more important things in life. With that in mind, I am going to fill you in on 3 important steps to increasing entrepreneurial productivity. These three steps will help you take action to build skills and create an environment that supports consistent focus, business growth and profit. 1. Know what you want to achieve with your business If you haven’t reached your financial goals in life, then I recommend...

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