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  • 5 project management methods you can use to get the most out of your startup team

    Many associate startup with spontaneity and a can-do attitude, but not as much with project management. This is not terribly surprising. With the overwhelming burden of starting a business and all of the costs and decisions that go into it, project management can often fall to the bottom of the list. However, entrepreneurs embarking on a new business adventure should take time to explore the benefits of this resource to monitor and maintain their team’s productivity. There are many uncertainties surrounding startups, and the only sure thing is often a lack of time and money. A startup can be a...

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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%...

  • SnapScan rolls out ‘frictionless’ payment feature called SnapBeacons

    South African payments startup SnapScan is today announcing its first major update since its QR code payments feature was popularised in 2013. The new payment channel, called SnapBeacons, is meant to provide users a frictionless alternative solution to pay for stuff. Instead of just being able to pay by scanning a QR code, SnapScan customers can now simply tap a button in the app to initiate the transaction via Bluetooth. A message on the customer’s phone will alert them when the option is available. "The key difference is essentially the ability to provide even more convenience and speed to improve the...

  • Uber continues to adapt, launches rickshaw on-demand feature in India

    Uber has just announced another India-first: UberAuto. Uber app users in Delhi, India’s capital city, can now hail auto rickshaws within the app and pay for the ride in cash. For now, UberAuto is a cash-only-service, and this too is an India-first – in no other country does Uber enable cash payments. Uber has thus come a long way since its arrival in India with luxury sedans, UberBlack. Compact cars followed with UberX, and then hatchbacks with UberGo. Now we have three-wheelers in UberAuto, as the US-based company adapts to India’s value-conscious mass market. Uber’s homegrown rival Ola, which just raised...

  • 5 lessons African startups can learn from Nigeria’s president-elect

    It’s no longer news that Nigeria has a new President-elect, what is however new is the fact that he is actually the first person in the history of the country’s democracy -- and since independence -- to defeat an incumbent president. Even though he is more than 70 years old, his emergence as Nigeria’s new president from 29 May is filled with numerous lessons for startups in Nigeria, other parts of Africa and perhaps globally. 1. Giving up is not an option Abraham Lincoln used to be the poster politician for doggedness and not giving up. With the emergence of President...

  • What can we expect from this year’s Sparkup Live weekend accelerator?

    Last year's Sparkup Live was a blast. Seven saucy startups partook in Net Prophet's live pitching event where we saw some promising ones like 8bit and Ekaya sway prominent investors' wallets, collectively raising R800 000 and a lot of exposure, which is priceless, really. The weekend accelerator -- which will run from 8 May to 10 May -- will host a total of 15 startups which will undergo mentorship to help make them investor ready for the final pitching event 11 May. Organiser of the event Tracy Gander says that the live investment event is a much-needed added bonus to...

  • She Leads Africa, Huawei partner for Chinese fellowship programme

    Female African entrepreneurs involved in tech now have the opportunity to travel to China, where they'll experience some of the country's most innovative technologies and the people building them. This is the second time social enterprise, She Leads Africa, and major Chinese tech company Huawei, have partnered up to help boost female African entrepreneurship. Huawei was one of the flagship sponsors for SLA’s Entrepreneur Showcase held in September 2014. She Leads also partnered with US chip manufacturer Intel earlier this year to introduce workshops on tech and entrepreneurship in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg. Last year, the organisation was responsible for taking...

  • The real state of ecommerce in South Africa: 9 things you need to know today

    Ecommerce in South Africa is still very much in the infant stages by global standards. The rate of growth globally has increased rapidly with large investments being made and new players joining the game constantly. Online retail in the developed world makes up 10-12% of total retail while SA is barely breaking 1% of the total market for consumer goods. In South Africa there are a few common would-be barriers expressed by potential buyers: 1. The costs involved in delivery While the postal service has left much to be desired of late, companies operating in this space are creating their own, more...

  • Designer marketplace Hello Pretty launches nifty embed feature

    On top of having 1 288 design entrepreneurs on its platform, online marketplace Hello Pretty is launching a nifty new offering enabling entrepreneurs to embed their online stores into their websites as well as Facebook brand pages. "Social media has become a vital marketing tool -- you can’t argue against it’s effectiveness," head of strategy and social, Lee Geldenhuys says in a media release. "But it can be difficult to convert Facebook likes into sales. With Pretty Portable, fans don’t have to leave the comfort of the brand's Facebook page to browse their shop." Hello Pretty prides itself in having removed...

  • Forging Enterprise conference to celebrate SA small business this May

    In an effort to celebrate 20 years of small business promotion in South Africa, the Forging Enterprise National Small Business Conference 2015, led by Osiba Management, will be held at the CTICC in Cape Town from 26 to 28 May. Running with the theme Technology and Innovation for Inclusive Growth, the conference will focus on how tech and innovation enhances economic inclusion through fostering successful and growth-oriented Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The conference will be featuring speakers such as the first ever minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu. The conference programme will also allow several entrepreneurs to share their...

  • Jottr is a bold startup trying to create a new window to your web

    The way we consume the web is flawed. Information comes across as noisy and messy. Why? Because we are limited by gatekeepers such as Google, Twitter and Facebook which are all forcing websites to conform to savvy search engine optimisation strategies on the one hand or pay up for ads on the other. This is what Jottr's trying to fix. Stopping off for lunch at the Waterfront in South Africa where the product was partly conceived, founders of the 15-month-old content discovery startup, called Jottr, are meeting each other in real life for the very first time. The trio have...