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  • 7 things startups should look for in their legal services

    In the last few years there has been a fair amount of commentary in business forums on digital disruption, and how technology is changing the way we interact with our service providers, friends and customers. A few well-known examples are Uber (taxi company that owns no taxies), AirBnB (accommodation provider that owns no real estate), Slack, Skype, Wechat (communication providers that own no telecoms infrastructure), Google and Apple (software vendors that don't develop the majority of the apps they sell), Kickstarter (funding provider that provides none of the funding), Twitter and YouTube (media and content providers who don't produce their...

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    Judges announced for the IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017

    The IAB SA has announced the list of judges that will decide which contenders will scoop a coveted Bookmark Award in 2017. The team of judges, led by Jury President John Dixon, features more diverse industry players than ever before. Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA says, "Our mid-year, judges workshop yielded valuable insights from the best in the business for judging the Bookmarks 2017. We have secured the time and talent of some of the brightest minds in digital and have expanded our pool of experts to include gamers, innovators and engineers.” Judges will now fall under the categories of...

  • Gartner is on the hunt for aspiring innovators

    Technology research house Gartner has put out a call for aspiring innovators to take part in its Aspiring Innovators Programme, which will take place at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, the programme will highlight "interesting African startup technology companies who have something unique to offer enterprise organisations". The goal of this programme, Gartner says, is to both support the African startup technology scene, and provide delegates access to innovative local technology providers. Selected by Gartner research analysts, the startup companies will have the opportunity to describe what they are doing in...

  • This Google-backed startup from SA is training thousands of coders

    If South Africa is to really become a knowledge economy, it seriously needs to develop the youth's Computer Science skills. That's a no-brainer. But while government and academia have their hands full, creative minds are putting inspiring initiatives in motion to foster the country's next generation of software developers. Hyperion Development is one of these gems. Since it launched in 2012, the Durban-headquartered company has allegedly helped over 8 500 people from six Southern African countries in software development training. "We are fortunate to have the ability to scale this online platform to the point where I don't know everyone's names...

  • Ecommerce Africa Confex aims to double in size, reflect industry growth

    Ecommerce Africa Confex is aiming to reflect the growth of the global industry and is aiming to be twice as big as it was during its inaugural 2015 event. The event, which kicks off at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 17 February and runs until the 18th, has a speaker lineup which includes Internet Solutions founder Ronnie Apteker, Emilian Popa, Principle of Digital Growth Africa & Middle East, and Joe Falter, CEO and Founder of Hellofoods.com. This year the agenda will focus on four key themes: the e-volution of e-commerce, understanding the customer, the three P’s of...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [01/02/2016]

    Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or...

  • 18 mistakes every startup should seriously avoid [Infographic]

    Many estimate that between 25% and 30% of all startups fail within their first year. The reasons why they are unique to each company, though there are 18 very common causes that we all should avoid. In 2007, founder of the successful Y Combinator incubator in the US, Paul Graham, jotted down a list of notorious things startups tend to do that end up leading to their awful defeat. Now, the folks at Funders and Founders have illustrated this beautiful infographic for all of us to remember. Read more: Fail fast, succeed faster: Lean Startup Machine finally kicks-off in Joburg Graham wrote: In...

  • Consistent visibility is key to better ecommerce experiences

    Online shopping is growing fast in South Africa, with recent research reports suggesting over one in five South Africans currently shop online, and between 48 and 70% expect to do so in the near future, with most of the local spend via local sites. PWC expects the value of online retail sales in South Africa to grow from R5.3 billion in 2014 to R9.5 billion by 2018. But as competition grows in the ecommerce arena, e-tailers must confront the issues that put shoppers off. According to the Mastercard 2015 Online Shopping Behaviour Study, security concerns are a major inhibitor...

  • Is 2016 the best year to start a business in SA?

    As a new year begins, many aspiring entrepreneurs will flirt with the idea of leaving their full time employment and starting their own businesses. However, the current slowdown in economic growth and uncertainty will be enough to discourage even the most determined people from taking a leap of faith. The reality is that times are tough. Therefore, entrepreneurs that are strong-willed to forge ahead with their business ideas will have to tread cautiously and be prepared to deal with the many risks and challenges associated with starting a new business. A question I often get from entrepreneurs is -- when is...

  • Does my startup need a health and safety guy? Yes. Yes, it does

    When first starting out in business, the temptation can be to run headlong into making your product and your brand as popular as possible and just hoping that the "non-business" issues (such as safety) will iron themselves out. As a result, it is far too often the case that some startups forget about workplace safety altogether. This is surprising when you consider that startups don't tend to have many employees so implementing safety protocols should be easier. However, it is not surprising when you consider that a person's motivation for starting a business is rarely "to make the world's...

  • This service wants to bring luxury products to your pets every month

    A Durban-based online subscription store for your pets, Happy Tails, aims to bring a subscription of a variety of awesome pet products straight to your doorstep. The team of pet lovers realised that there is a huge market of pet lovers who want to spoil their pets every now and again. But it is so hard to find an online store that really provides you with the best of pet’s products. Imagine you need to send a gift to someone you know who has almost everything they need? You know they are crazy about their dog or you are in a...