Leveraging the omni-channel is critical for etailers this festive season

shop cart Customers often get confused and overwhelmed by choice when walking down a grocery store's aisle – and browsing online for products is not much different. Retailers need to use the technology at their disposal to guide customers more efficiently. As shopping heats up in the build up to the festive season, retailers in particular need to communicate more intuitively and intelligently to connected consumers. It would seem that investing in mobile-driven solutions such as apps would be a no-brainer. Yet, worldwide ...

Emerging Markets, News

BitX launches stylish bitcoin app to drive adoption in emerging markets

bitx South Africa and Singapore-based bitcoin exchange and tech startup BitX just launched a virtual currency app which hopes to unlock the growing potential presented by emerging markets, as well as the rest of the globe. One of the key differentials BitX Bitcoin Wallet has is that it's mobile-first, built with your average consumer in mind. Essentially, this means the app is easy-to-use as well as smooth and practical. "The current apps available are good enough for bitcoin early adopters, though they can ...

Startup news

Wayn introduces global hotel search with partnership

Wayn Wayn (Where Are You Now), the social network for jet-setters, is partnering with -- one of the world's main booking accommodations sites and member of Priceline Group. The deal will enable the social network to offer an accommodation search service to more than 22.7 million of its members. According to Jerome Touze, the co-founder of Wayn, “Providing a hotel search option to Wayn members is a logical step for us. We focus on the top of the travel funnel by providing ...


Breaking Even: 5 business lessons to take from a crystal meth startup

Walter White If you haven't heard of it yet, AMC's popular Breaking Bad TV series stars an over-qualified science teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with lung cancer at 50. As a result of his diagnosis he decides to produce crystal meth (crystallized methamphetamine) – illegally of course – with an old student, Jesse Pinkman. He does this to provide financial security for his family before he dies. Breaking Bad's main characters' business was selling the meth they manufactured to other business sectors in ...

Africa, Ecommerce

Microsoft 4Afrika, Skrill team up for new ecommerce portal

ecommerce computer card Growing economies, an emerging middle class and increased connectivity. These are three things that a number of African countries have experienced over the past few years. They also however represent a massive ecommerce opportunity. Microsoft 4Afrika, together with online payments company Skrill and a number of mobile operators, are looking to tap into it with the launch of a new portal. Launched today at communications conference AfricaCom, the portal will enable Africans to use their mobile wallets to buy from ...

Advertising & Marketing

Want to give your startup a tactical edge? Go paperless from the start

Paperwork In an age dominated by technology, why are we still seeing businesses – and startups especially –  printing, copying, faxing, scanning and then filing trillions of pieces of paper? Did you know that globally businesses continues to use paper printouts to archive 62% of all their important documents? So why is it so difficult for businesses to make the switch from printed paper to digital archiving and storage? Three simple words - fear, uncertainty and doubt (or FUD for short) I have spent ...

Startup news

SA Small Business Minister launches Startup Nations South Africa intiative

Minister Lindiwe Zulu at SUNSA launch South Africa's Small Business Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, today launched the Startup Nations South Africa initiative, a collaborative effort by founding partners, The Innovation Hub, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Wits Business School, aimed at contributing towards building a robust entrepreneurship ecosystem and vibrant sustainable entrepreneurship culture. With the launch of the initiative, South Africa joins a global network of Startup Nations such as Startup Britain, Startup Chile, Startup Malaysia, Startup China, Startup Norway, Startup Australia and more recently Startup ...


Nigerian game startup launches illustrator competition

Abiola2 Nigerian mobile games company, Gamsole, has launched a new competition offering US$4,000 in prizes and career opportunities for five talented illustrators. Founded by Abiola Olaniran, Nigeria’s highest paid Windows game developer, Gamsole creates games for the Windows phone platform, taking advantage of its fast growth and unsaturated gaming market. The competition will be running until 23 November and entrants must submit a graphical concept for a game, including character design in different moods and positions. Gamsole will be offering a US$3 ...

Startup news

Student resource app by Tiger Bytes takes the reins at Startup Knight 2014

Startup-Knight Byte Orbit's Startup Knight 2014 pitch competition recently concluded with Cape Town, South African-based Tiger Bytes being awarded first place for its learning slash student resource app Vula. The third annual event, which seeks to empower aspiring tech entrepreneurs and visionaries in South Africa, ran with the theme "Technology that enables" and saw over 150 entries this year, making it the biggest competition thus far. There was no jousting involved, however. Tiger Bytes won a total bounty worth R250 000 with runner-up MediaBox ...

Africa, News

Voice education app HaltEbola wins Ampion Venture Bus competition in West Africa

ampion Ampion Bus Africa is driving through the continent on a mission to inspire and promote local startups. And so, with the recent conclusion of Ampion West Africa's startup competition, health app HaltEbola got dubbed the winner out of seven startups. With backing from some of the continent's biggest tech leaders, the initiative seeks to develop innovative solutions on the continent, using both international and local skills and talent. Read more: Leading tech companies MTN, SAP, Microsoft provide support for Ampion Africa And with ...