3 very important things you need to know about recruiting for a startup in South Africa

Job Search 2 After a heck of a long time spent in recruiting for large corporates, and then spending an almost equally hectic period in startups and smaller companies, I'm amazed at how people hire staff and look for new employees. Why am I amazed? Well, to be sure, in a small company the recruitment of new skills is fundamentally key to success. Get the wrong programmer on board and your entire product line could come crashing down. Hire a bad salesman and you ...

Africa, Conferences, News

Tech4Africa conference coming to Cape Town 28 August

Tech4Africa Tech4Africa has just announced that it will be running its first ever Cape Town event on 28 August. The popular South African annual tech conference has been running for the last five years in Johannesburg, and this year decided to include the Mother City in the mix. Tech4Africa focuses on deep technical workshops and sessions for practitioners, and then engaging talks which impart knowledge, perspective, African context and inspiration. The unapologetic vision for Tech4Africa is that the best tech ecosystems in the ...

Africa, Infographic, News

Standard Bank highlights US investment opportunities in Africa [Infographic]

plant money growth According to recent research done by Standard Bank in South Africa, the greater continent offers US multinationals a compelling trade and investment opportunity thanks to the rapid economic growth rates across the continent, along with burgeoning population growth and increasing urbanisation. This nifty infographic below gives a comprehensive, colourful overview of US -- Africa's trade and investment opportunities: Click on image for actual size. As also found by an Ernst & Young report earlier this year, Foreign Direct Investment has increased together with ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

5 reasons why social media is actually really fruitful for B2B startups

social-media-garden In the last three to four years, social media marketing has increasingly become popular. Consumer product companies have special budgets for social media, though when it comes to business-to-business companies (especially in India) its marketing benefits are overlooked. Most companies are apprehensive and believe it is not meant for them. “Our customers are not on social media,” is what I often hear. I run a business software discovery and recommendation platform. And as the name suggests, our customers are mostly ...


The Hope Factory business programme seeks Top 50 SA entrepreneurs

The-Hope-Factory-logo South Africa-based incubator, The Hope Factory, has opened applications for small businesses for its fourth mentorship programme intake. Based in Johannesburg, the Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme is currently looking for 50 entrepreneurs to help small businesses become more sustainable. "At The Hope Factory, we place great value on mentorship as part of all our programmes. We believe that if we can help to grow the individual business owner, or entrepreneur, then the business will be more likely to grow and ...

Mobile apps, Startup news

SA mobile creative startup Over launches much-awaited Android app

Over-android Cape Town-based startup Over has just launched its mobile creative app on Android following tremendous success with its iOS version. The company's flagship app encourages smartphone photographers to express their creativity by accessing dozens of fonts, illustrations by renowned artists, and a bunch of other editing tools. While there are both a free and a paid version available, the Over app has enjoyed more than 9-million downloads by its Apple fans. Today, the premium Android version is available at half-price to celebrate ...


How do investments for startups work in Latin America?

The Americas Even though some fixed terms such as seed capital, angel investment and venture investment are similar in many parts in the world, the reality is that in Latin America, with its particular context and implementation practices, these terms have totally different meanings. Each stage in a startup requires investment; however, investors also impose certain critical requirements. These requirements must be met in time and form by each founder of the region mentioned above in order to obtain a successful investment. 1. Initial ...

Africa, Startup news

iROKOtv unveils international content to meet Africa’s growing market needs

iROKOtv_logo_2014_lightbg_large_comp Africa focused video-on-demand service iROKOtv is unveiling a new international content package, targeting its diverse subscribers throughout the continent. Adding to its existing line-up of Nollywood focused series and movies, the new content categories include international content such as movies Hollywood, Bollywood, and Korea as well as Telenovelas. The Netflix of Africa launched in 2011 and is currently the region's 11th largest Pay TV operator, with plans of becoming part of the top 5 in the near future. iROKOtv secured ...

Africa, Startup news

SA mobile PoS Nomanini scores R4.8-million to help scale internationally

nomanini Operating across Southern Africa and other emerging markets, the Cape Town, South Africa based mobile Point-of-Sale (PoS) startup Nomanini has just received an investment of R4.8-million from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Nomanini is popular for its rather uniquely colourful mobile PoS terminal which gives a merchant the ability to sell airtime, electricity, insurance process other cash based transactions. Aimed at emerging markets lacking modern infrastructures and therefore primarily cash reliant, vendors using the company's hardware help provide critical services ...


Qurio is on a quest to change the world, one question at a time

qurio South African based startup, Qurio, was born out of a need to improve the education space. Founded by Paul Kim and Gareth Heuer -- the former has a background in actuarial science and the latter in marketing -- the pair went straight into the entrepreneurial space after completing their studies. The team knew they wanted to build something that would help fix the South African education space. After a bit of research, Kim and Heuer found that there's a ...