Uber [enter African city here] is happening sooner than you think

SAMSUNG CSC Like it or not, Uber's path to world domination cannot be stopped. The San Francisco-based car ordering technology company is making its play for every market there is with hunger and urgency. A few months ago, Uber's International Launcher, Patrick Studener, took a trip to Nigeria to explore the possibilities for Uber there. An entry in Africa's most populous nation would mean the company was serious about the continent it seems things have tunred exactly that way. Some weeks ago, ...


Dream about running a startup? Here are 7 lessons to get you going

startup Amazing ideas can spring from the most mundane events. A few months ago, my lawn mower broke. I decided it was time to hire a landscaper to help me whip my yard into shape. As many people do, I grabbed my laptop and began searching the usual review sites for recommendations. The problem was, I kept running into the same issue -- many of the entries seemed phony, as if the business owners themselves had written them. I kept wondering, ...

Africa, Startup news

Address discovery startup OkHi dubbed Seedstars Nairobi winner

OkHi Seedstars World startup competition recently concluded OkHi as the regional winner in Nairobi, Kenya. OkHi has developed an app that aims to solve emerging markets' concern by lack of physical addresses, both professionally and personally. Explaining how the OkHi app works (iOS and Android), the site says that you create a free OkHi address on your phone in 30 seconds, then share it securely via WhatsApp, SMS or email, and finally, relax as OkHi does the hard work getting people ...

Africa, Startups

11 crafty fintech startups changing the way South Africans spend money

SnapScan For startups, the fintech space is a good industry to be in. People are always looking for ways they can make the most out of their money -- no one's ever happy with their account balance. In South Africa, especially, we see a lot of support from the local banks. We decided it's time to give them some credit recognition, so take a look. Ever since the MPesa story grabbed the attention of the world’s tech fans, a lot more confidence ...

Startup news

Meet SpaceWays, Rocket Internet’s latest startup for all your on-demand storage needs

ShapeWays The massively popular international tech startup incubator, Rocket Internet, has just dropped a new name onto its list of world-hungry startups, called ShapeWays. SpaceWays is an on-demand storage service that recently launched in London, UK. Rocket Internet says that SpaceWays is perfect for anyone in need of more space -- cheaply and conveniently. For instance, students wanting to store their belongings while on exchange abroad, or people keen to store there winter wardrobe. Moreover, it's looking to get into the ...

Entrepreneurship, Featured

Are we beginning to over-indulge, over-romanticise and over-glamorise failure?

Failure Celebrated This week, I read a very insightful piece in the Guardian about failure and the culture of failure that currently exists in Silicon Valley. In the startup community, the concept of failure has both positive and negative connotations depending on what continent or country you are in. The Guardian's piece talks about Silicon Valley's need to not just invoke failure but celebrate it as well. The oft repeated phrase most entrepreneurs have begun to live by is: "Fail fast, fail ...

Africa, Startup news

Ampion Venture Bus Africa to go big in emerging markets

ampion StartupBus Africa last year saw a bus packed full of engineers, designers, media and creatives tour through the Southern part of the continent, from Harare, Zimbabwe to Cape Town, South Africa. Out of the 40 people who joined the trip, eight startups were born. This year, the bus is back under a new brand which will focus more on emerging markets -- Ampion Venture Bus Africa, and has decided to go big! The basic principle of StartupBus remains, it's just on ...

Africa, Mobile apps

Hellofood unveils tasty app, gears up to become mobile-first

hellofood-new-app The popular food delivery startup, Hellofood, operates in ten countries across the African continent and goes by the name Foodpanda abroad. By keeping up with the trends, it's recently launched a new app which highlights the Africa Internet Holding (AIH) backed venture's commitment to becoming a mobile-first company. Based on recommendations of restaurants and dishes, the startup allows you to quickly order food in your city. Based on your location, the mobile app (iOS and Android) is able to narrow ...

Mobile apps, News

Got apps? Apply for the MTN Business App of the Year Awards before it’s too late

tablets The popular mobile payment startup, SnapScan, was the overall winner of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards 2013 and was soon acquired by Standard Bank. Entries for this year's Awards will close on Monday 7 July so get your app signed up so you can get free recognition and possible success for your hard work. The core ideas behind the Awards is to promote and celebrate locally developed apps that innovate and solve real world problems. In this ...

Mobile apps, Startups

Ideas to reality: 5 free tools to build your own prototype (and potential startup)

pop-demo Ideas to Reality is an article series where I take look at easy tools to help entrepreneurs get their projects up-and-running. We all have these ideas that we think could change our world but never do. Ideas that lie dormant and ultimately die. It’s sad, isn’t it? So why not change that and turn them into something tangible, a prototype and see if it's worth anything. The excuses used for closet entrepreneurs not unleashing their ultimate remedy of all remedies are ...