Mining the developer pool: inside SA’s tech recruitment woes

Surprised nerd hides behind a computer keyboard over white background "There is very little loyalty in the developer community," says Alex Martin, CEO of Recruit Digital, a recruitment agency that specialises in tech/digital jobs. In the burgeoning tech ecosystem that South Africa is building, this doesn't inspire confidence. In the last couple of years the world has cottoned on to the fact that Africa has something special and worth looking into, and investing in, especially within the tech industry. Africa is very software and app focussed when it comes to the ...


Dell’s e-waste recycling project: helping East African small businesses grow

ewaste This week Dell announced East Africa’s first large-scale e-waste recycling hub. This initiative will help create the capacity to regulate, curb, and ultimately create jobs for Kenyans and the general East African region. A UN report released in October suggests that e-waste has significant value, especially in developing countries. As such Dell, together with the newly-formed East Africa Compliant Recycling initiative in Nairobi, is running an e-waste recycling programme to further help independent small businesses grow. According to Forbes, more than ...

Emerging Markets, Mobile

Interested in the Thai mobile market? Here’s all you need to know today

Mobile cellular phone over the study book Thailand has 90 million mobile subscriptions among its 66 million people. The smartphone penetration rate is 36 percent, up 17 percent from last year. With the ongoing discussions surrounding the expansion of nationwide 3G and the rollout of a new 4G network, let’s take a closer look at the market. Telenor Group, an international provider of call, data, and media communication services has released a report by TNS’s annual global mobile life study that studied mobile phone consumers in Thailand. Here ...


Turns out digital agency Cerebra’s logo isn’t exactly original

Cerebra logo black Getting bought out by an advertising giant like WPP is bound to get you some serious exposure but, as digital agency Cerebra recently found out, that exposure isn't always for the best. According to the website Logo Thief, it was contacted by designer Rolando Murillo of Murillo Design, who noticed that Cerebra's logo bore a striking resemblance to a design he knocked up for Creative Club of San Antonio in 2001. In all likelihood, the logo was picked up after ...

Africa, Emerging Markets, Innovation

Rise of Africa’s makers: Q&A with HacKidemia founder Stefania Druga

Stefania Afrimakers is the brainchild of ex-Google engineer and founder of HacKidemia, Stefania Druga. The initiative has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with the aim to inspire and encourage young participants in Africa to help solve greater social problems. By focusing more on hands-on learning, it encourages and inspires experimentation by giving tech hubs across Africa Maker boxes containing things such as an Arduino, a Raspberry Pi, a Makey-Makey and other exciting tools. Ventureburn spoke to Stefania Druga about ...

Ecommerce, Emerging Markets, News

Ticketland scores $10-million through iTech Capital VC fund

Ticketland iTech Capital, a Russia-based Private Equity and Venture Capital fund, recently announced investing US$10-million in Ticketland which is said to become the largest event ticketing company in Eastern Europe. Company sales channels include 130 retail box offices (owned and partners), web site (booking), call center and e-ticket. Ticketland revenue model includes service charge 10% from customers purchasing tickets. E-ticketing currently provides 15% of the company's overall revenue. For those of you not too familiar with the ticketing landscape in Russia, Ticketland ...


Beyond crowdfunding: be an angel investor with this startup stock exchange

Bigcolors After the rise in popularity of crowdfunding startup products, it was inevitable that the concept would morph into something a bit different. Into this. Bigcolors lets regular people invest in startups and even trade shares in them as if they’re listed companies like Apple or Google. Hong Kong-based Bigcolors, which launched last week to users in its home city, describes itself as a startup stock exchange. Co-founder James Giancotti tells us that startups can raise a maximum of US$100 000 for ...

Africa, Entrepreneurship

Female entrepreneurs in Africa are on the rise

top women Being an entrepreneur anywhere in the world is daunting but the technology sector in Africa presents its own distinct challenges. Yet, despite the limited reliability of the network or the lack of available funding and training, men and women across the continent are risking their own money to grow Africa’s economies. I have worked in eight countries across Africa, and everywhere I go, I meet young people, like myself, posing difficult questions and working on innovative solutions. However, I also encountered another, ...

Competition, Innovation

Aerial photography SteadiDrone wins Step-Up Technology ICT category

step up competition logo Aimed at South African inventors and innovators, the Step Up Technology Innovation Competition has finished with aerial vehicle design company SteadiDrone winning the ICT category, and a trip to the U-Start #Bloom showcase 2014 in Milan, Italy. The business idea competition, sponsored by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), and Sasol's enterprise development vehicle, Sasol ChemChity, focused on the development of, and support activities for, SMEs and entrepreneurs to help commercialise tech-based businesses that have the potential to stimulate South Africa's social ...

Ecommerce, Emerging Markets, Startups

Rocket Internet-backed Zalora Group secures massive $112-million fund

Zalora logo Rocket Internet's Zalora Group which is considered one of Southeast Asia's fastest-growing fashion & beauty online stores, has today announced it secured US$112-million of funding. This means that Zalora Group has broken its own record set in May this year when it scooped up a massive US$100-million. The company further notes that the capital from Access Industries and managed by US-based asset management firm Scopia Capital Management LLC is thus the largest ever made into a Southeast Asian online fashion ...