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  • Gyft founder Vinny Lingham scores $2.75m for identity protection startup

    South African serial entrepreneur Vinny Lingham has just revealed that his latest startup, called Civic, has raised US$2.75-million in seed funding. Based in Palto Alto, Civic is described as an identity protection service that relies on bitcoin blockchain technology to secure consumer data. "The key thing is that we are offering prevention of identity theft and fraud. The current solutions in the market only clean it up after the fact, with much hassle and losses," Lingham told Ventureburn. Banks and other financial institutions that require Social Security numbers could ping Civic when there is an attempt to open an account....

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    An Exclusive Sneak Peak At Compare Guru – Coming Soon!

    Cape Town, South Africa - The time is getting close to the relaunch of Click n Compare as Compare Guru. The rebrand – planned for mid February - comes as a strategic move to join the brand’s counterparts in Nigeria and Kenya, as well as to incorporate an animated character, The Guru, as their mascot. Compare Guru will fall under the umbrella brand Compare Africa (previously known as CNC Group), now also inclusive of PriceCheck. According to recent research, 31% of South Africans use the the internet to compare products / prices / features online, while insurance accounts for 7%...

  • Meet the SA-born chaps who built a Slack for developers

    Chat rooms used to be popular hangouts for cyber dating, gaming and a whole bunch of things. Today, they've undergone a professional makeover. They've become billion dollar communication tools catered for the modern workplace, which is fast-paced, knows no borders and encourages collaboration. "It’s weird that you end up taking a conference call at home and do Amazon shopping at work. Tech today enables you to do anything from anywhere," says Mike Bartlett (pictured top right), one of the founders of a chat collaboration tool, called Gitter. He's talking to me over Skype from his flat in London. I'm sitting...

  • Konga founder Sim Shagaya steps down as CEO

    Nigerian tech entrepreneur Sim Shagaya has announced he is stepping down as the CEO of Konga, which is one of Africa’s leading ecommerce companies. In an email sent to the company's staff, Shagaya said he is stepping down to assume the role of the chairman of the company’s board of directors. Former Konga COO Shola Adekoya has been appointed acting CEO, who will be in charge until in interim until the board has made a new appointment. Shagaya launched Konga in 2012 and has been in charge of the company since its inception. Under him, Konga grew to become one of...

  • Vault is the SaaS for all your investor relations needs

    The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) encourages listed companies to keep accurate records of all discussions with journalists and investment analysts for future reference. Though, the way most JSE-listed companies communicate with their shareholders and other stakeholders is outdated, costly and inefficient. "Updating information about any given entity to shareholders would typically take a few hours," says Simon Hammerton, co-founder of Johannesburg-based startup Vault. After 10 years of being involved with investor relations (IR), entrepreneurs James and Simon Hammerton realised that there has to be a better way of doing things. This is why they launched Vault, which has shown impressive growth...

  • A Day in the Life of: LulaLend startup CEO Trevor Gosling [Native Article]

    A Day in the Life of... Being an entrepreneur is as tough as it is rewarding. Your career is filled with risks, but also an incredible amount of opportunities. For the second edition of our A Day in the Life of... series, we're following Trevor Gosling, the co-founder and CEO of South African fintech outfit LulaLend. After a good few years in the investment banking space, working for the likes of Rand Merchant Bank and Goldman Sachs, Gosling built his own premium wine and gourmet food venture. The company, 5ounces, as it was called, then got acquired by South Africa's media...

  • African mobile VoD platform Tuluntulu boasts user growth [update]

    New African Video on Demand (VoD) platform Tuluntulu is turning heads with its services. The company offers African-focusses content to a global audience and has received international recognition in the process. Since launching in 2014, the startup was not only a finalist in the MTN App of the Year Awards 2015, but also won the Frost & Sullivan 2015 South African Video-on-Demand Customer Value Leadership Award, Technology Top 100 Innovation award, and the Best African App AppsAfrica award. It was also selected by Unilever Foundry 50 as one of the top 50 startups in the world for 2015. "While our key focus...

  • Want to increase sales in 2016? Here are 5 mCommerce strategies you can’t ignore

    If you are planning to deploy mobile commerce in 2016, there are certain key elements that you will need to get right in order for this solution to work for you. The most important thing is that you must have an m-commerce strategy to guide your mobile commerce deployment. Without that, even the most basic kind of it, you are going to find it extremely difficult to compete in this fast growing ecommerce market segment. You just have to look at the stat in order to realise why m-commerce is too big to be ignored. For example, 80% of consumers...

  • Two SA startups to battle it out in international pitch competition

    South African companies Newtech Rail and Adfire Creative M3dia’s iMORPH3D app will compete in the international Get In The Ring finals in Colombia later this year. This comes after the two startups battled it out against seven other African startups in a pitching session in Johannesburg recently. The Get In The Ring competition made its debut last year in South Africa and is part of the Dutch House of the Future programme. Today it has participants from 64 countries, connecting more than 3 000 entrepreneurs to thousands of funders and millions of fans. The competition is brought to Africa by The...

  • Rand Merchant Insurance opens Jozi-based Fintech hub

    South African financial services company Rand Merchant Insurance (RMI) on Tuesday announced the launch of AlphaCode, a new fintech hub operating out of Sandton, Johannesburg. Described as a collaborative club for next generation financial services entrepreneurs, the hub is meant to provide a platform for members to engage and work alongside experienced entrepreneurs, technology investors and industry experts, resulting in accelerated growth and access to market. As well as an office space, AlphaCode features a clubhouse for entrepreneurs, an active online community and regular networking opportunities. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the concept is modelled...

  • Crazy about startups and all things tech? Ventureburn might have the job for you!

    Ventureburn is looking for an experienced journalist to further help cement the site in becoming South Africa, and Africa's, go-to publication for all things startups. If you're well-grounded in the local ecosystem and can argue the pros and cons between angels, VCs and bootstrapping, you're probably the person we're looking for. If you love networking with some of the industry's brightest minds and tell the stories of those up-and-coming, this should be your dream job. Ventureburn offers insightful and original thought leader pieces, ‘how to’ and resource articles, and the latest news for startups and entrepreneurs specifically aimed at Africa and...