Sami Inkinen: 5 things ordinary people can do to do extraordinary things

Sami-Inkinen_boat Sami Inkinen is known for a couple of things. Not only did he sell a company he co-founded for US$2.5-billion in February this year, he's also a master triathlete and holds the record for rowing across the Pacific from San Francisco to Hawaii (4345km) together with his wife. Recently during his trip to South Africa's popular Cape Epic cycling race, the co-founder of online real estate company Trulia joined a group of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts for a sharing session at New ...

Competition, News

You can now apply for the World Cup Tech Challenge 2015 to pitch in Silicon Valley

World Cup Tech Challenge The World Cup Tech Challenge is inviting the global tech and entrepreneur community to apply and stand a chance to attend the global pitch event in Silicon Valley. Welcoming entries from startups from across the globe, the event will conclude at Microsoft’s Campus in Mountain View, Silicon Valley. Country representatives are limited to one per group in each of the six groups. These startups will be selected in a gruelling qualification process in which their applications will be scrutinised by 35 ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media, Startup news

Webfluential, Retromedia join forces to accelerate global expansion

influencers_icon Digital marketing outfits Webfluential and Retromedia are merging in a mission to help drive online brand awareness while furthering global expansion. Webfluential -- which will be housing staff members from both organisations in its South African offices -- links people who have strong social media presences with brands in order to boost online campaigns. Retromedia, on the other hand, shares its skills through its online research and analytics offering together with a focus on paid media. “This merger is in response to the ...

Africa, Mobile apps

Phonebook replacer Truecaller says mobile-first Africa shows great potential for growth

Trueecaller-798x310 The phonebook is a critical tool for billions of people who use it on a daily basis -- but despite all of today’s advanced technology, little has been done to make the mobile experience more intelligent, relevant and personal. Truecaller is a service that transforms the phonebook with a set of smart features to make it all of these three things. Co-founded by Nami Zarringhalam, Truecaller lets users identify unknown incoming calls -- they can block calls they don’t want to receive. Zarringhalam, ...

Entrepreneurship, News

CiTi to support more UCT entrepreneurs via Campus Barn Hub

The Barn CiTi has been very active in the last few months. Since new CEO Ian Merrington came on board, the tech and innovation initiative has opened up a hub for entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha, while some of its alumni made names for themselves at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. More recently, it's joined forces with ABSIP and UCT in an effort to support more student entrepreneurs. Known for its incubation spaces and mentorship programmes, the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in ...

Africa, Mobile apps, Startup news

Kenya’s Easy Taxi finally introduces cashless payment method

easytaxi Since Uber made inroads into Africa's market two years ago, alternative taxi startups have been trying to find new ways to compete with the major multinational company. In addition to cash and M-pesa, Easy Taxi passengers in Kenya can now use credit and debit cards as payment methods. "Easy Taxi is excited to provide customers with the option of paying for their rides using their credit/debit cards. With this new mode of payment, we hope to further enhance our customer’s convenience ...

Advertising & Marketing

5 lessons you can learn from the omni-channel masters

Knowledge Try as you might to entice customers to download your app or visit you on the web, people don’t self-identify as online shoppers or mobile users. People shop in the way that’s most convenient for them at the time, whether that’s on their smartphone, tablet, or in a physical store. To get new customers and satisfy existing ones, you need to adopt smart omni-channel practices. An analysis by MasterCard found that omni-channel drives higher spending at retailers than online or in-store ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

Africa’s top business schools to accelerate entrepreneurship through collaborative AAAE initiative

GSB Some of Africa's top business schools have formed a partnership to accelerate entrepreneurship, job creation and economic development on the continent. The African Academic Association on Entrepreneurship (AAAE) will specifically promote and develop academic cooperation through research, case study development, student and faculty exchanges, as well as academic materials and publications. “AAAE will play a key role in leading the continent towards stronger linkages among African business schools focusing on teaching and research in the areas of entrepreneurship and family business, as ...


Boom or bust: which direction is the South African ecommerce space headed in?

shopping-cart-318769_1280 Speak to some people and they'll tell you South Africa is on the verge of an ecommerce revolution. Talk to others and they'll tell you not to put too much hope on the space. So who's right? Well, the numbers are fairly encouraging, but there's plenty to be said for tempering that optimism with a little caution and placing it in the right context. For instance, a recent study conducted in South Africa by research company Ipsos, on behalf of PayPal and FNB, ...


Crowdfunding site for social causes Ripple launches, hopes to ride success of Thundafund

Ripples Yiza Ekhaya is a soup kitchen trying to build a hemp house in Khayelitsha. In order to continue and improve feeding the young and elderly, the initiative is looking to South Africa's online community for funds, time and resources. Yiza Ekhaya is also one of the many social projects on Ripple. The new crowdfunding site for non-profits and social activism Ripple officially launched today and is on a mission to ride the waves of success made by its sister site Thundafund ...