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Technology in accounting: humans are here to stay

As technology gets smarter and takes over more and more of the work we typically deem “skilled”, are professionals like accountants at risk of being replaced? The short answer is “No”. The long answer is “It all depends on the professional accountant’s attitude”.

Let’s begin by taking a step back to understand the nature of this trend. The author Martin Ford has written extensively on this subject, and his recent book, The Rise of the Robots, contains a lot of food for thought. The…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 18:06 — No Comments

The power of document filters inside enterprise search

Imagine if the South African Police Service performed a simple enterprise search, looking for material related to a burglary case. The search returns a connection between this active case and an archived case. Case documents and a quick scan of recent internet sales postings confirmed a link between the two burglaries, which helped identify a key suspect. With a bit more investigative work, family heirlooms are returned to their rightful owners.

Just the facts, ma’am

Let’s…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 18:04 — No Comments

Is your contact centre a brand building or grudge centre?

Streamlined systems, self-service options, real-time communication and measured results define the contact centre of the future.

We all know the theory: consumers are changing the way they interact with each other and businesses. But how many contact centres have taken full advantage of this?

If businesses are willing to embrace the ubiquitous technology solutions available, the once-dreaded call centre (typically synonymous with long queues, bad hold music and a rising temper)…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 18:02 — No Comments

Skype for Android tablets see a Material Design update

Skype has released an update that brings a Material Design refresh to its Android tablet app. Android phones have been enjoying their Material Design…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:58 — No Comments

Student Hub to launch new elearning service for students

Educational ecommerce platform for buying, selling, and renting textbooks, Student Hub is launching an elearning component.

According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, this new addition will…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:54 — No Comments

Trading radio for ocean-cleaning drones: Richard Hardiman’s new adventure

If you’re a native Capetonian, you probably know Richard Hardiman as a radio DJ — he was a host on commercial radio station KFM for the best part of 16 years. And if you’re in the South African tech space, you might be familiar with his involvement in online radio station 2OceansVibe. But now…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:53 — No Comments

Book flights from anywhere with relaunched Travelstart app Flapp

Ecommerce travel venture Travelstart has relaunched its flagship flight-booking app Flapp. It has been expanded beyond its initial Cape Town and Johannesburg flight paths.

According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, Flapp now offers…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:51 — No Comments

Peer-to-peer review platform Hi5 shows success outside of SA

“I think the reason it’s doing well, is that it’s helping fast-paced companies take the laborious time intensive administration out of managing staff and replaces it with a solution to help managers focus on staff growth, which ultimately increases efficiency and reduces employee turnover,”…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:47 — No Comments

5 startups that will help you automate SEO-related processes in 2016

Although factors such as keyword distribution, domain age and URL structure still play a critical role in SEO, they are not really enough to get your website to the first positions in Google search. Instead, with the world of SEO shifting towards content and context, intelligent tools that help in gathering information on user behavior, media mentions, industry contacts and competitors have become essential for a successful SEO strategy.

Having in mind all these processes, there are…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:45 — No Comments

4 accounting hacks that’ll keep your startup afloat — and profitable

Many entrepreneurs are not equipped to survive the years of hard work and reach overall success. Lack of finance is one of the biggest reasons for this. For many small and medium business owners, managing finances is one of the most challenging tasks.

Poor accounting practices…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:40 — No Comments

Payroll fraud could be hurting your startup, here’s how to fight it

Payroll fraud is more endemic than many business owners realise, and this problem is not exclusive to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The 2016 ACFE Global Fraud…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:37 — No Comments

5 reasons your startup should consider an online loan

“Banks loan money to businesses that can prove they don’t need to borrow the money.”

This statement is an adage for a reason. Traditional brick-and-mortar bank lending can be inflexible and hard to attain. When you consider that a US$10 000 loan and a…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:35 — No Comments

18 SA gaming startups you should know about [Digital All Stars]

Digital All Stars is a series of 24 articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs,…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:33 — No Comments

Investors are hungrier than ever for African startups

There’s never been a better time to be an African startup looking for investment, with the amount of invested capital in the continent more than doubling from 2015.

At least that’s according to data from the …

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:31 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile - Engena

Once a week Silicon Cape will be featuring a member from the community. If you would like your company profiled please fill out THIS FORM. For more information please contact engage@siliconcape.com

Name:…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:10 — No Comments

Silicon Cape Startup Profile - Engena

Once a week Silicon Cape will be featuring a member from the community. If you would like your company profiled please fill out THIS FORM. For more information please contact engage@siliconcape.com

Name:…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on May 27, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Why startups need to implement risk strategies

We can’t predict what will shape the future of our business. There is risk in all our endeavours and projects. What is relevant and marketable today might be irrelevant tomorrow. Startups especially need to examine what it means to focus on projects, since they often don’t have anything to fall back on. So much of what matters exists in the future, meaning each project must be recognised for the risk it is.

To that end, startups must examine how…

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Added by Terrence Stoker on May 27, 2016 at 12:59 — No Comments

CLOSING SOON: Round 1 of the mLab App Fund

The App Fund is a partnership between mLab Southern Africa and TIA (Technology Innovation Agency). It provides a platform for local app start-ups to refine their concepts, app plans and pitches in order to qualify for funding of up to R500,000.00 (Five-Hundred Thousand Rand) to further develop their apps.…

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Added by LEBOGANG MADISE on May 27, 2016 at 10:37 — No Comments

Full Time Rails Developer

Salary: Market related

Starting Date: 1 July 2016

Level: Intermediate

Our mission:

To impact the 1.2 billion globally who suffer hearing difficulties through affordable access and linkage to hearing health.

We're growing at an incredible pace and are looking for an experienced full stack developer with solid Rails and JavaScript experience to join the team and help build-out an ambitious roadmap.

The ideal candidate has a passion for user experience,…

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Added by Cathrine Bezuidenhout on May 27, 2016 at 9:25 — No Comments

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