5 great movies entrepreneurs should watch for ‘reel’ inspiration

Movie reel We all know that Hollywood tends to dramatize things. It isn't any different when it comes to portraying the plight of the entrepreneur. Though many of these characters listed below are based on the stories of real people, what better place to find inspiration than in the movies? Catch me if you can: Christopher Walken with “There were two mice” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51lFmdChOA0 Though not an entrepreneur, Walken’s character definitely stirred a little something in little Frank Abagnale Jr. Frank might have gone about ...

BurnMedia TV

Startup Blitz: Prep-Hub is a Q&A website for academics

prep hub blitz Startup Blitz on Burn Media TV showcases the best tech startups coming out of Cape Town and the Western Cape. It's quick, fun and informative with startups pitching in 30 seconds or less followed by a short Q&A with Burn Media Managing Editor Michelle Atagana. Learn about local tech startups right here, in just a few minutes. This latest edition features Chanda Pwapwa, the co-founder of Prep-Hub, an "academic question and answer website" that allows users to post questions to the ...


Banks are ‘stuck in the past’ — Yiba defiantly enters African credit market

yiba The peer-to-peer (P2P) lending space in South Africa is heating up. A Johannesburg-based startup called Yiba, an acronym for "You’re Invited Banks Aren’t", is about to join the fray. South Africa's unsecured credit pie is estimated to be worth north of R25-billion. Yiba co-founder Alastair Curtis believes it's high time that traditional lenders part ways with their large profits. The old-fashioned way of saving and lending involves banks. Yiba, like its closest local competitor, RainFin, is betting that lending and borrowing ...

Startup news

Zomato raises 37-mil, now caters to Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey

Zomato-Logo small Indian-based online restaurant guide Zomato is not slowing down in its expansion plans. After launching in South Africa earlier this year it has now extended its reach to Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey, hot off the back of a new round of funding to the value of US$37-million. The new round of funds sees global VC firm Sequoia Capital come on board as a new investor, joining existing investor Info Edge which previously injected US$16.5-million into the dining guide service. The new ...

News, Startup news

Less mob, more design niche: Citymob re-launches as ‘Superbalist’

Superbalist Citymob recently re-launched or, in company words, underwent a "natural evolution with a bit of revolution" and now goes by the name Superbalist. The site went live 4 November with a cleaner feel (hence the logo) and a greater focus on its permanent offerings as well as international brand distribution. "We've cleaned things up. Decluttered, upgraded to a more sophisticated look and made it a little simpler. We've changed our whole set-up to tailor it more to the individual with ...

Emerging Markets, Startup news

Rocket Internet’s Mexican ecommerce site Linio receives new 50M investment

linio logo small Linio, a Mexico City-based ecommerce startup that is currently one of the leading and fastest growing in Latin America, has announced new investment from Latin Idea -- a prominent Mexico-based private equity fund. This round saw Latin Idea join existing investors (namely: JP Morgan Asset Management, Investment AB Kinnevik, the Tengelmann Group, Summit Partners, and Rocket Internet) in injecting a total of US$50-million in fresh capital for Linio. CEO of Linio, Andreas Mjelde, had this to say on the new investment: "We are ...

Advertising & Marketing, Startups

Design and vision: why your startup needs an online marketing strategy

marketing Any startup that has not embraced the digital revolution will find it increasingly harder to captivate and retain their target audience. In fact, the startups that show the greatest increase in footprint, market share and sales figures are all those that have invested in a carefully conceived online marketing strategy. It is important to emphasise the need for startups to have a suitable and sustained business branding. If you aren't good at design, employ the services of design specialists who can ...


Microsoft’s COO launches ‘game changing hub’ for SMEs in Africa

Biz4Afrika If you are a startup, well good news for you because Microsoft has unveiled what it is calling a "game-changer" for small businesses in South Africa. Meet Biz4Afrika, an online hub that will give South African small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to a range of free products and services from Microsoft and other partners. The company has made some aggressive pushes into Africa in the last year, first with its 4Afrika initiative, then its technology centre as well as its ...

Emerging Markets

Rocket Internet quietly launches online marketplace Lamido in Indonesia

Rocket Internet Lamido Rocket Internet loves e-commerce businesses and now the team has quietly rolled out a customer to customer (C2C) marketplace for Southeast Asia by the name of Lamido. Just like C2C marketplace rivals Tokopedia and BukaLapak, Lamido also facilitates transactions by offering escrow payments to users. But Lamido will be the first C2C marketplace to offer cash-on-delivery (COD) and an auction feature in Indonesia. Lazada recently rolled out its own marketplace feature, but what differentiates that from Lamido is the scale of these ...

Africa, Interviews

The future of schooling in South Africa: practical ideas and technology

elearning Technology's role in education is not disputed -- it is an effective means to enable both student and teacher in creating a more engaging learning environment. For many educational institutions though, the question remains how to efficiently use the technology resources available to them. In South Africa, where improving education is a nationwide concern, the role of technology is not just a luxury, but perhaps a much-needed solution. ICT distributor Mustek's elearning and education head, Kobus van Wyk, answered some ...