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How to make your mobile app go global

By Ian Henderson, CTO at Rubric

Putting mobile apps within reach of a global audience is one of the easiest steps companies can take to tap into the market of more than one billion potential online smartphone customers.

According to, as of July 2014, Android users could choose from 1.3 million apps available for download, iPhone users…


Added by Rubric Inc on January 19, 2015 at 10:59 — No Comments

Nomanini takes Africa by storm thanks to Google Cloud Platform

Nomanini, a Cape Town-based mobile point of sale service that specialises in facilitating cash payments in emerging markets, has successfully scaled into six countries across Africa in just four years, using Google’s Cloud Platform. It currently processes over a million transactions per month.

Every element of the device is designed specifically for African environments: the terminal is big and bright, to minimise the risk of it getting lost or stolen; the ink on…


Added by Kim Humby on January 19, 2015 at 8:29 — No Comments

Collaboritive Office Space in Woodstock

This is my office

Il toro collaborative office space started with the struggle of small business owners not finding an affordable office that…


Added by il toro collaborative office on January 18, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Free 2 week bootcamp for young women -- Learn to code and change your future!

Want to learn to code?
codeX is hosting a free 2 week coding bootcamp for young women in South Africa
Mon 26 Jan to Sat 7 Feb.
What will you learn? 
You will learn the technical and business skills required to create basic web pages:
HTML, CSS & Javascript, Human Centred Design and Presentation Skills
They will use these skills to tackle local challenges and build…

Added by Elizabeth Gould on January 17, 2015 at 14:49 — No Comments

Free Short Course for NPO techies: How to Get Your Stories into the Media:

Are you a developer involved in a full, part-time or voluntary basis on a not-for-profit tech-for-good project or start-up? Then this training is aimed at you.

Experienced journalists Sarah Hartley, from the UK, and Raymond Joseph, from Cape Town, will be running a free, two day workshop which will help participants identify…


Added by Bettina Moss on January 16, 2015 at 10:23 — No Comments

Why the iKubu <> Garmin Exit is Extra-Special!

With the news breaking yesterday that Garmin acquired South African radar startup iKubu, the excitement in SiliconCape can almost be touched. It has been a real privilege being part of the deal team, but here are some of my reasons why this deal is extra-special to me:

  • Franz, Nolan and Denho are some of the nicest guys in the…

Added by Keet van Zyl on January 15, 2015 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

First Silicon Cape Exit of 2015! Garmin acquires iKubu

Huge congratulations to the iKubu and Knife Capital teams! Here's to many more Silicon Cape exits this year.

Garmin Acquires Assets of iKubu, Developer of Backtracker Bike Radar

January 14, 2015 08:00 AM Eastern Standard…

Added by Alexandra Fraser on January 14, 2015 at 15:40 — 1 Comment

Fin24: Cape Town recognised for tech growth prospects

Cape Town recognised for tech growth prospects

2015-01-14 11:24 - Gareth van Zyl

Added by Alexandra Fraser on January 14, 2015 at 13:41 — No Comments

Demistifying Income Statements and Balance Sheets

One of the most common responses we encounter during meetings with clients is, “Sorry! I’m not an accountant, so I don’t know a thing about my Income Statement or Balance Sheet!” Well, here is the good news, you DON’T need to be an accountant to understand them.

As you saw from our previous blog there is no mystry around accounting terms like DEBTORS, CREDITORS, CASH FLOW, AGE ANALYSIS, etc. and your INCOME STATEMENT and BALANCE SHEET…


Added by Tyronne Nel on January 14, 2015 at 6:53 — No Comments

A new Silicon Cape YouTube channel

We are excited to launch a Silicon Cape YouTube channel for our community. If you have video content that you want to put out there of an event, or a community programme or you have a promotional video running up to an event please get in touch and we will suggest the best way for it to be featured on the new Silicon Cape YouTube channel, in our newsletter or on the…


Added by Deidre Luzmore on January 13, 2015 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

Top 5 music services in South Africa

Digital music consumption has growth in the world and like wise South Africans are catching on but data cost is still a problem that many are facing thus the slow pickup with regards to streaming services in the country.

The listed platforms are sorted according to the likely hood of a South African consumer using it - the variety of options and tools they offer the customers in different circumstances in music consumption.

1. …


Added by William Thubakgale on January 10, 2015 at 23:00 — No Comments

2015 Top Fashion Brands South Africa

South Africans are seeing a shift in brand preference finding that consumers actually want to support and purchase Proudly South African goods. This list has been compiled considering brands that are producing fashion items for the masses – or better yet, the lower market and accessible consumer. Best of all, these  young brands are using digital tool to express and showcase their brands. 

1. Galxboy

The clothing brand started in…


Added by William Thubakgale on January 10, 2015 at 8:14 — No Comments

60 seconds UX explanation - graphic

Should keep it in my wallet and show clients when i pitch !!

Added by Alan Williams on January 9, 2015 at 15:25 — No Comments

Why 88mph is doing things a little different in 2015

With nearly 4 Million USD deployed into 45 investments, through 5 accelerator programs, on the back of over 1500 startup applications, and 10′s of 1000′s of (wo)man-hours, we took a step back to see whether there was a better way to do this.

There were a few key goals that we had discussed many times, which we weren’t achieving under the current model. Getting investors, who had built businesses before, much more involved in the startups, attracting startups that were already past the…


Added by Sylvia Brune on January 7, 2015 at 18:44 — No Comments

Spread the Word! TechWomen: Professional Mentorship and Exchange Program 2015 Application Now Open!

From October to November 2015, ninety-nine women will participate in the TechWomen program, which includes cultural enrichment activities, professional exchanges at leading companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and concludes with networking events and meetings in Washington, DC.

TechWomen empowers,…


Added by Zimkhita Buwa on January 7, 2015 at 7:12 — No Comments

2014 Technology Trends and Highlights in Africa

2014 has been an exciting year for information technology and innovation in Africa. We saw more innovation hubs, accelerators and co-working spaces spring up across the African continent.

Many more events and competitions were organized towards increasing the capacity of developers and startups and we have heard so many stories of how Africans used frugal…


Added by iAFRIKAN on January 6, 2015 at 14:57 — No Comments

Zulu on the net, some interesting stats on domain names

Recently I've been working on a few interesting startups. And in my search for Domains I saw a pattern after a while. Zulu is a beautiful language, so I've been looking at Zulu domain names that might fit. And found the majority already…


Added by Johann du Toit on December 29, 2014 at 5:00 — 4 Comments

StreetCred Zambia secures exclusive partnership with Nomanini

Zambian airtime distributor StreetCred (Zambia) Ltd. this week secured an exclusive partnership with Nomanini - a South African-based mobile point of sale service that specialises in facilitating cash transactions in informal markets.

Vahid Monadjem, CEO of Nomanini, comments: “We have been working with StreetCred for the past nine months or so, trialing and increasing the number of PoS terminals, and we are very pleased to enter into an exclusive partnership with them in…


Added by Kim Humby on December 23, 2014 at 12:45 — No Comments

One event which needs to be on your 2015 calendar

With little over a month to go, the agenda for the eCommerce Africa Confex is jam-packed with the leaders in the industry. Kinetic has received confirmation from members of the advisory panel, Jaco Jonker and Paul Galatis, that they will be presenting keynotes during the conference sessions.

CEO of BidorBuy, Jaco Jonker, will be sharing the steps to your first online sale during his presentation. He will provide a…


Added by Kirsten Pow Chong on December 18, 2014 at 10:48 — No Comments

When should you translate your brand name?

By Ian Henderson, CTO at Rubric

The brand is the most valuable asset for most companies to secure a high level of future demand (and premium price). According to the latest Best Global Brands report, Apple’s brand is valued at $98.3 billion, Google at $93.3 billion and Coca-Cola’s worth is calculated as $79.2 billion.

Given the potential trade leverage from such brand equity,…


Added by Rubric Inc on December 15, 2014 at 9:15 — No Comments

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