June 2011 Blog Posts (16)

Investing In Renewable Energy



Renewable energy is energy derived from natural resources. This method of energy production is an alternative to the burning of coal, which up to now has been the mostpopular source of electricity production in Africa.Renewable energy sources include: Solar, wind, wave, bio-fuel & geo-thermal.


Sustainability is a word implying a practice or method of producing energy that isenvironmentally friendly and that…


Added by Christian d'EIMAR de JABRUN on June 29, 2011 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Competition between Microsoft & Google intensifies with the release of cloud-based Office 365.

At an event yesterday in New York city, Steve Balmer of Microsoft hosted the global launch of Office 365.

Analysts have noted that in recent years Microsoft has been making big bets on the cloud with products like Azure, but Office 365 is by far the company’s biggest push into cloud software.

With this bundling of its Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync…


Added by George Gombay on June 29, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

What are the needs of the mobile community? SURVEY

mLab Southern Africa (SA) is a mobile applications laboratory, which incubates innovation and entrepreneurship in mobile apps and content services in the region. 

Our aim is to support the mobile developer and entrepreneur community in Southern Africa through a range of services, including training, handset testing, business incubation, mentoring, and holding networking events.

We would like to understand your needs as…


Added by Steve Vosloo on June 29, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

“Checkin” - defining ourselves through someone else’s location and brand


I am constantly surprised at the continuing popularity of  ‘checkin’ and the fact that so many startups and even established social networks like FaceBook strive to imitate and promote this location model.  More surprising is that so many users blindly follow. 

Defining and sharing one’s location by constantly associating yourself with someone else’s location or business is like answering the question. “Where do you live ?”  by saying  “Next to Mr Lewis of Smallville” instead…


Added by Peter McFall on June 26, 2011 at 17:12 — No Comments

Bridging digital divides

In our nation we are facing a new ‘struggle’. It is a struggle for survival in a globalized world where connectedness is the requirement for competitiveness. We need our nation to compete in the world in order to sustain the jobs it has. That world has given us a whole realm of new digital opportunities to take…


Added by Neil Pursey on June 23, 2011 at 14:52 — 2 Comments

The Glastonbury Festival and it's location context


Seeing a tweet that the Glastonbury Festival opened today, I was interested to know where it happens and how the organizers and advertisers went about the business of indicating the venue location and means of navigating to it. I was also interested in how I could verbally describe the location of the festival to my wannabe hippy friends if I had to from the location information provided. At this point, I must declare that my interest in location is fueled by the fact that I am one…


Added by Peter McFall on June 23, 2011 at 2:30 — 2 Comments

Factoring: An alternative source of quick funding for the cash-starved small business.

An alternative to obtaining quick financing that is often overlooked by struggling small businesses is the factoring of invoices.

If you are a start-up which is already generating some revenue but still experiencing a cash crunch, this may be a viable option for a quick form of cash or short-term working capital.

Accounts receivable or invoice factoring will not require a business plan or tax statements. It's  also often used by businesses  who have a pressing need for money… Continue

Added by George Gombay on June 22, 2011 at 10:29 — 3 Comments

Visa's acquisition of Fundamo speeds up the race to provide financial service via mobiles.

The race is on to provide electronic financial services using cellphones in emerging markets, as shown by last week’s purchase of Cape Town-based mobile payments company Fundamo by Visa in a R750m all-cash deal, which has ensured a big payday for Fundamo’s backers in return for their early risk-taking.

The big picture here is how mobile phones are promising to take electronic transactions to the world’s estimated 3bn people who do not have access to formal financial services — bringing…


Added by George Gombay on June 21, 2011 at 10:31 — 1 Comment

Four tips for pitching your mobile app

Four tips for pitching your mobile app is a blog post that I wrote for Memeburn, after attending the Pivot25 conference and mobile developer competition in Nairobi, and listening to twenty-five pitches by mobile entrepreneurs.

Added by Steve Vosloo on June 20, 2011 at 22:39 — No Comments

Umbono: official notifications have been sent

Hi Umbono Applicants, 

If you applied before May 22nd, your application has now been reviewed. You have either received an email requesting additional materials for submittal and further review or you have received an email notifying you that your application is no longer being considered.  

Over the next month, some applicants may be requested to join us for interviews.  

If you have not received an email from UmbonoZA@gmail.com, please check your spam filters and make…


Added by Johanna Kollar on June 19, 2011 at 17:53 — 1 Comment

Pivot25 mobile apps and developer conference kicks off in Nairobi

Today the Pivot25 mobile conference kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya, to much fanfare and excitement. Pivot25 is a mobile apps and developer conference and competition for the east Africa region. Earlier this year m:lab East Africa, the organisation behind Pivot 25, put out a call for entrepreneurs in mobile apps and content services to pitch their ventures at the event. The winner gets to present its venture at…


Added by Steve Vosloo on June 14, 2011 at 14:17 — No Comments

Microsoft Equity Equivalent Investment Request for Proposal is now Open!!!

Could you business do with a share of R500 million? Microsoft is looking for additional majority black owned software development companies to invest in, through its programme. Last year, we selected 4 South African companies through the RFP process and we are now looking to find additional software companies that meet the criteria. This programme's aim is to help develop small software development companies through a combination of funding, technical, operational and sales/marketign expertise,… Continue

Added by Kethan Parbhoo on June 12, 2011 at 21:13 — 2 Comments

Startups' IPO market booming in the States at present

Its a hot market at the moment for start-ups and their IPOs in America, with potentially great rewards for early investors;

"LinkedIn Corp.'s smash debut on May 19 whetted investors' appetites for IPOs to a degree unseen since the 1990s—and encouraged others to follow suit. Online-coupon outfit Groupon Inc. and telecommunications company Avaya Inc. have…


Added by George Gombay on June 11, 2011 at 10:11 — No Comments

Frame Photo Sharing Service Transfers Server to the UK Successfully

Heya Framers! We have managed to move our servers from South Africa to the UK safely without any hiccups. We are so excited for you to share your stories through photos taken with your mobile cameras on Frame. We have… Continue

Added by Louis-Junior Tshakoane on June 8, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Participate in a survey on attracting talent to start-ups

Attention Silicon Capers:

I'm in the process of collecting data for my thesis which investigates what attracts and motivates highly skilled workers to join technology start-ups and I'm looking for people who don't currently own their own business (i.e employees) to complete an interactive survey.

The survey is completely anonymous and should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey you'll be shown which job attributes are most attractive…


Added by Colin Daniels on June 8, 2011 at 10:57 — 2 Comments

Online Video Help Guide Specialists Wanted

I am looking for a decent multimedia companies that specailise in online video help guides for applications? Does anyone know of any?

Added by Johan Steyn on June 4, 2011 at 21:12 — 3 Comments

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