Conferences, Ecommerce

Connected consumers and ecommerce: turning obstacles into opportunities [T4A]

Online buying There's no denying that being a retailer in 2013 is a whole different chapter in the how-to-run-a-successful-store handbook. Your customers used to wander through the aisles of your nicely plotted and polished shop, now they're asking questions on Facebook, expecting your site to give them all the information they need on whatever device they choose and taking to Twitter to complain when their order takes an extra day to arrive. They know what they want, how they want it and ...

Africa, Startups

Investors need to rethink funding in Africa [T4A]

t4a ibm "In Africa if someone gives you US$100 000, you have to succeed," says Angel Africa co-founder Eric Osiakwan. Startup funding in Africa is a much talked about issue and the way tech financing is done is becoming a constant point of conversation due to Africa's tech boom. Osiakwan, who was speaking at the IBMSmartCamp workshop at this year's Tech4Africa conference, argues that the way Africa does startup financing needs to be rethought. "Africa has moved from the consumption of technology to the ...


Tuluntulu: streaming video for Africa’s broadband-starved masses

tuluntulu logo While developed markets around the world are racing to saturate their territories with high-speed broadband connections, African nations are lagging behind. In South Africa, a consortium funded by the TIA (Technology Innovation Agency) consisting of the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), UCT (University of Cape Town) and ECA (East Coast Access) has emerged with a mobile streaming platform called Tuluntulu (meaning "stream" in Zulu), that allows for video streaming on GSM/EDGE networks that operate at speeds below 50kbps. As ...


Meet the six startups battling it out at IBM’s SmartCamp [Tech4Africa]

ibm smartcamp Every year IBM puts together SmartCamp sessions that showcase some of the world's most promising startups. This year, the pitching sessions for the Africa leg of SmartCamp took place at the Tech4Africa conference. "IBM SmartCamps judge the best startup companies in different cities around the globe, rewarding the winners with mentoring, services, access to industry experts and deeper partnership opportunities from IBM, venture capital firms and industry partners, says Paul Brunet, Vice President of ISVs, Startups and Academic Programmes for ...


Starting a company is like dating: assumptions kill your chances [T4A]

startup dating t4a "Starting a company is like dating, sometimes you just don't fit," says Gavin Symanowitz of Feedback Rocket. Speaking at the Tech4Africa conference, Symanowitz argues that a lot of the time starting a company is more about wanting to disrupt an industry rather than strategically thinking about implementation. "Startup entrepreneurs like to think they’ll launch their new idea to the world and it will be a resounding success," says Symanowitz. "In reality, however, 'no battle plan survives contact with the enemy'. Inevitably, ...

Africa, Conferences

Africa is rising, but will we rise together? Africa Summit 2013 at a glance

Africa Summit 2013_lead image The 2013 Africa Summit (#AfricaSummit), hosted by the Omidyar Network in Mauritius, took place last week on 2 October where delegates from around Africa assembled to discuss the Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa report compiled by the philanthropic foundation established by Pierre Omidyar, in partnership with global strategy consulting firm, Monitor Group, and published in April this year. The in-depth report, arguably the most comprehensive entrepreneurship study done in Africa, was discussed at last year's Africa Summit held in Accra, Ghana, where ...


Luck, timing and user acquisition: how do you build a winning app?

Mobile icons iPhone Should you invest in advertising your app or digital content? Did they know that they might be the next Internet hit in Japan? At B Dash Camp 2013 in Osaka, Japan, four panelists, Hiroki Teshima (United Inc and maker of COCOPPA), Shin Murakami (Yahoo Japan), Eiji Takahashi (Alim) and Shinji Kimura (Gunosy Inc) took to a hearty discussion about the elements that go behind a successful hit app moderated by Katsuaki Sato (Metaps). Luck or strategy? Alim, a young mobile gaming startup ...

Emerging Markets, News

Rocket Internet’s Lamudi launches real estate site for emerging markets

Lamudi logo Looking to rent, buy or sell property? Lamudi is officially launching its operations in 12 counties across Asia, Africa and Latin America with more to follow. The property marketplace allows real estate for emerging markets and plans further global expansion in the coming months. The Rocket Internet-backed venture grouped several real estate services under different names in various markets over the past five months. Amido (Africa), Ubilista (Latin America), Zamudi and House (Asia) are all now set under one brand namely ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship, News

Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship: the 2013 winners

Africa Awards for Entrepreneurs The winners of the 2013 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) has been announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony held in Mauritius by the African Leadership Network (ALN) on Thursday, 3 October. The award show is sponsored by the philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network that hopes to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. There's a total number of five winners (from 12 nominees) all ranging from different industries such as technology, manufacturing, social development and agriculture. Quoted by Bizcommunity ...


10 Asian travel startups rocking the crowdsourcing trend

Seoul Flickr The sharing economy is growing like crazy. For cars alone, Uber has led the charge for other apps like Lyft, GetAround, and SideCar. In terms of hotels, Airbnb heads the pack. And now, in the travel industry, crowdsourcing for local tour guides is becoming a serious trend. The concept that all of these startups have is simple. Coordinate with local tour guides to develop tours for travellers – some conventional, some very adventurous – and serve them up in a ...