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  • 8 ways to keep your startup’s employees happy

    Keeping employees can be difficult for any startup, but that’s especially true in emerging markets like China, where young people often expect to work jobs for a short time before moving on to the next one. So how can a startup keep its employees happy enough that they stick around? Sun Qingxin, the founder of travel website Daoyou Tianxi, recently wrote a blog post sharing his advice on how to keep startup employees. The full post is worth reading if you can read Chinese, but for those who can’t, here’s a summary of his eight main points: 1. Values are important....

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    Colosseum Luxury Hotel and MzansiStore Announce Joint Venture

    Hotel and e-Commerce store announce the opening of a pop-up store Cape Town, South Africa – The renowned Colosseum Luxury Hotel and MzansiStore have announced their plans to enter into a joint venture through the opening of a pop-up store. MzansiStore is an e-Commerce platform that supports local producers of handcrafted products. A selection of the store’s goods, which are usually only available online, will be showcased and made available for purchase at the Colosseum hotel as of 16 July 2014. Deidre Luzmore started MzansiStore in September 2012 after noticing that there was a substantial amount of small-scale South African...

  • Xtreme Data Premium: uncapped data for high-end Lumia phones

    Following the launch of its flat-rate Xtreme Data service, Nashua Mobile will roll out the service to more Nokia devices and launch a premium version of the service for smartphone users with higher-end data needs. The premium version, called Xtreme Data Premium will support the mid-range Lumia 710 and 610, as well as the high-end Lumia 900 and 800. At R139 per month, Xtreme Data Premium offers up to 400MB of high-speed data before the Average Use Policy (AUP) kicks in and the data service is throttled or shaped. This compares to the 100MB users on the standard Xtreme Data package...

  • Food ordering service Delivery Hero expands to China

    Food ordering startup Delivery Hero is moving into China. China becomes the 12th market for the Berlin-based startup and will operate its service from Shanghai under the name Waimai Chaoren. Delivery Hero launched in 2010 with Lieferheld.de which became the second largest online food ordering and delivery service in Germany. Visitors to Delivery Hero sites can find their favorite dish through thousands of online menu cards from various restaurants. Orders as well as payments are placed online and restaurants are peer-reviewed. Delivery Hero's international expansion strategy has largely been through acquisitions. According to TNW, Delivery Hero is expanding into China through...

  • How meeting Dropbox’s founder helped an SA tech startup pivot

    Getting your startup off the ground can be intimidating as all hell. Sometimes you can get so obsessed with your vision that you don't realise it has deeply ingrained flaws. At one point, South African-based startup evly was stuck in precisely that position. That is, until its boss Eric Edelstein met the founder of cloud-storage phenomenon Dropbox. Here's how one lunch made the company pivot so successfully that it now has a global footprint. After three months of living in San Francisco & Silicon Valley and speaking to hundreds (if not thousands) of tech entrepreneurs, tech service providers,...

  • How high-speed internet access is changing Tanzania

    The installation of underwater telecommunications cables beginning in 2009 and a US$200-million government backed rollout of 10 000km of national backbone, has seen the cost of Internet connectivity in Tanzania drop to as little as 15 US cents a day on a prepaid service. SEACOM Tanzania's managing director, Anna Kahama-Rupia, says that the reduced rate represents a drop of thousands of percent in the cost of Internet bandwidth in the country over the past three to four years. Before 2009 only larger businesses could afford access to broadband connectivity in the form of dedicated fixed lines costing between US$5...

  • Prezence Digital set to launch student mentoring initiative

    South African digital agency, Prezence Digital has announced that it will soon be launching a project it calls the 10Teams/10Brands/10Grand initiative. Established in the UK in 1998, Prezence Digital expanded into South Africa in 2002. The agency, which originally focused on the South African music and movie industries, evolved into the digital sphere with services such as mobi, web, digital campaign management, social media and, more recently, apps. Recently, Prezence Digital made headlines for its wildly successful MandelaStory campaign, with the endorsement of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday. The campaign featured on CNN, ITN and leading...

  • Pashash: the online social network for offline shopping

    Pashash is a location-aware mobile app that lets you share the things you buy or like in brick-and-mortar retail stores. You can think of it as an online social network for offline shopping that allows you and your friends to express your tastes and discover great deals on items you fancy. Born out of Umbono, Google’s Cape Town based tech incubator, Pashash is shaping up to be a welcome weapon against showrooming. Showrooming Showrooming is a term used to describe the trend which sees people visiting a physical store to check out a product, only to purchase the product online. Brands are...

  • Google nestles in with Kenya’s 88mph, SA expansion planned

    Looks like Google's African startup footprint is about grow a little more. Kenyan startup accelerator 88mph has signed a partnership with the tech giant in a bid to ramp up its African expansion. The company says it hopes the partnership will "fill the gaps of the nascent startup ecosystem" on the continent. According to The Next Web, the new partnership will allow 88mph to provide a number of extra services, including legal and IP advice, mentoring, and technical workshops. The first stop in Accelerator's expansion will see it heading to Cape Town later this year. Google already has a...

  • Marketing opt-out list TrustFabric rockets to 305 000 users

    In the fight against spam, TrustFabric, South Africa's first independently run direct marketing opt-out list is getting traction, having now grown to 305 000 users. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) gives South Africans the right to block direct marketing by adding their contact details to an opt-out list, but an official national opt-out list is yet to be appointed. The free TrustFabric service, launched in 2011, hopes to become the official national opt-out list, which would see direct marketing companies become legally bound to check if a number is on the list before they are allowed to phone or SMS...

  • Who are South Africa’s top business women and entrepreneurs?

    The influence of women on business is increasing -- they're making a mark on the tech world and women account for a larger percentage of the influential people on TIME Magazine's global list than ever before. From Yahoo!'s new CEO Marissa Mayer to the first female chairperson of the African Union, women are showing why they're a force to be reckoned with. So who are some of South Africa's top female entrepreneurs and business women? If the list of finalists for this year's Top Women in Business and Government Awards is anything to go by, they're working in industries...