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  • How to value your startup? This podcast by StartUp tells you all about it

    The five-year-old ride-sharing app, Uber, is valued at US$40-billion while the three-year-old photo messaging app, SnapChat, is worth an estimated US$10-billion. The latter only recently started introducing some revenue-making features and was worth billions to Facebook last year. How do startups determine their value? Especially when they don't have a regular income. In this insightful podcast, simply called StartUp, renowned radio journalist Alex Blumberg and business partner Matt Leiber share their first-hand experiences on how to value a startup. Each episode of the "podcast startup documenting the launch of a startup" Gimlet Media takes listeners through the company's growth pains and...

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    The comparison website Click n Compare is taking Africa by storm

    Cape Town, South Africa - Click n Compare, a South African focused comparison website is expanding their outreach after a very succesful year with a strong month on month growth of 40%. Alongside the South African success of the brand comes now their expansion into both Nigeria and Kenya.    Established in 2013, Click n Compare is a one-stop portal for African consumers who are looking to source services and be educated in hard-to-navigate verticals, such as insurance, mobile, broadband, and banking. The Internet has empowered consumers to access more information than ever before, but it has also made it that...

  • Digital communications startup Everlytic finds impressive 600% growth

    Knighted Deloitte's third fastest growing company in Africa, digital communications company Everlytic recently announced it grew 606% in the last five years, claiming the spot as the fastest growing company in South Africa. What initially started out as communications agency Prefix Technologies in 2004, Everlytic launched as a general email marketing platform in 2010 and continuous improvements to the offering ensured steady progress, resulting in Everlytic’s ranking on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2014, which was design to recognise tech innovation across the continent. “Making the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Africa ranking is a testament to a company’s commitment to technology,”...

  • Euphoria Telecom: the startup that’s bringing cloud calling to SMEs in style

    With the popular David and Goliath theme of a hungry tech startup looking to disrupt, Cape Town, South Africa-based VoIP (voice over internet protocol) service provider Euphoria Telecom hopes to change the way business owners think about and run their communications. Business telephone systems are outdated, especially in South Africa. Making a conference call or setting up a digital receptionist can be strangely complicated and unintuitive; so much so that most people end up opting for Skype or just sticking with email. For business owners keen on cutting-down unnecessary costs and gaining insight into their daily operations in real-time, a...

  • Airtel launches the ‘Catapult-a-startup’ initiative in Nigeria

    Airtel Nigeria has revealed an entrepreneurial initiative named "Catapult-a-Startup". The initiative aims to inspire innovation and assist startup mobile app developers towards actualising their business goals and dreams. The startups will receive advanced mentoring from industry veterans, funding, and marketing to help improve their skills to become successful using their creativity. Startups can submit their ideas and presentations to the Catapult-a-Startup website. Selected startups will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and then a thorough evaluation and selection process will take place and the best startup proposal will be chosen. Read more: $100m pan-African initiative to...

  • These 3 SA startups are among the world’s most inspiring

    Three South African tech startups have been listed as being among the world's most inspiring by Nominet Trust, a leading social venture funder. The 100-strong list, chosen by a steering committee which includes angel investor Sherry Coutu, Google Ventures Tom Hulme and Director of Wayra Europe, Simon Devonshire, aims to showcase how technology's transformative power is driving change around the world. The South African startups featured in the list are: MAMA: A service which texts antenatal and health information to mobile devices. Although the project is based in South Africa, it was its success in Bangladesh which allowed...

  • Ventureburn goes behind the scenes on SA Florist’s Dragons’ Den deal

    When it was announced that the international phenomenon that is Dragons' Den was coming to South Africa, I for one was sceptical about how much value it could really add to the country's entrepreneurial landscape. It is, after all, an entertainment show and its success depends on its ability to keep people watching. That said, it was always clear that there was intrinsic value for the entrepreneurs who did actually manage to get funding, if only because of the cash injection it would provide. Meeting SA Florist founders Nicholas Wallander and Fraser Black, however, it's obvious that the power of...

  • Dragons’ Den SA episode 11: stop and smell the flowers

    As an entrepreneurial show, Dragons' Den SA is mostly there for the entertainment value. You only have to look at the similarities between the worst entrepreneurs who enter the den and the worst singers on other reality TV shows to realise that some people will never learn that they're not destined to be entrepreneurs, or singers for that matter. Once you get past that though, it is possible to take some value out of the show and learn important lessons from it. In this, the eleventh episode of the series, for instance there are lessons about focusing your product...

  • 8 factors to consider before you advertise your SME [SPONSORED]

    Advertising your small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) is not something you should just jump into. You work hard for your money and you need your advertising budget to work as hard for you as it can. So before you go ahead and start spending money, here are eight things to consider before you start advertising your SME. 1. What type of advertising is right for me? With so many platforms and channels at your disposal it is crucially important for you to firstly decide where you are going to put your advertising budget. Is it going to be an online banner...

  • 3 ways to go about hiring foreign skills for your SA startup

    Even before I was involved in the tech entrepreneur scene in SA and before I ran an immigration and visa services firm, I noticed during my tech recruitment days that companies simply didn't understand how the work visa system in South Africa functioned. And because they didn't understand it, they were afraid of it. The plain truth is that it's very simple. Either you can hire that foreign skill, or you can't. But if you can, then there is no reason (unless perhaps financially) why you shouldn't. In fact, the most recent visa regulations, which came out in May 2014,...

  • Opera Mediaworks acquires South Africa-based AdVine Mobile

    Browser and mobile software company Opera Mediaworks (OMW) -- which is part of Opera Group -- is getting its foot into Africa's mobile ad space with the recent acquisition of Cape Town-based AdVine Mobile. The deal doesn't come entirely out of the blue as OMW and AdVine have a long-standing relationship, with the mobile ad company being responsible for monetising the Norwegian-based company's mobile-ads in the region. Other clients include mobile social network Mxit and the BBC. AdVine is now wholly owned by OMW. "We will continue to trade as AdVine in the short-term but we now have access to a global...