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Silicon Cape is looking for a General Manager

Role: Cape Town, CBD

Education Level: Degree

Job Level: Senior Management

Travel Requirement: Sporadic

Type: Permanent


The managing director is responsible for directing the activities of Silicon Cape. Report to the board and ensures all business goals and objectives are reached.…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 15, 2016 at 23:00 — No Comments

Opportunity for innovators in the City of Long Beach (USA)!

How can Long Beach (USA) catalyze a local ecosystem that supports the technology and innovation economy?

The Cityof Long Beach and Citymart have launched the ‘Sparking a culture of tech innovation in Long Beach’ challenge RFI (Request for Information) to explore proven ways to foster…


Added by Natalia Gozdur on February 15, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

Large and Start up French technology players partner to found Cape Town French Tech Hub

French Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron announced Cape Town, one of the most innovative hub in Africa, as one of the 6 new “French Tech Hubs”

Cape Town, Paris – February 4th, 2015.

In a gathering of over 500 representatives of the French Technology sector in Bercy, Paris French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of 6 new “French Tech Hubs”, adding to…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 12, 2016 at 19:07 — No Comments

AIRBNB & ME . . . through better and through worse!

Listing my Sea Point flat on Airbnb was not a carefully carried out campaign for me.

 A friend, visiting nearby, led me to obnoxiously gate crash their dinner after a few glasses of liquid courage. I found my neighbour’s…


Added by Shona Owen on February 12, 2016 at 16:15 — No Comments

3 tech upgrades your startup probably doesn’t need yet

You deserve to pat yourself on the back — after all, you just launched a brand new startup, and so far the business is thriving. You may even feel tempted to invest in the latest and greatest technology.

Before you spend all of your hard-earned money on that fancy new server, though, consider whether you really need it. Research of startup businesses that don’t work out indicates …


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 12, 2016 at 16:10 — No Comments

Uber as a startup: the ins and outs of slim launches

Ever since emerging from Silicon Valley in 2011, startups around the world have looked to model themselves on Uber‘s success. Aside from being an on-demand transportation service, Uber could be considered the epitome of what a lean startup is.

Ventureburn had a chance to speak to Alon Lits, Regional General Manager of Uber in Sub-Saharan Africa. We picked his brain on the business model, launches, and what it is that exactly makes…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 12, 2016 at 16:06 — No Comments

Women in STEM: On UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, meet five scientists making strides

In December 2015, the United Nations passed a resolution to recognise on February 11 each year women's contributions to the field.

The UN's research showed females "continued to be excluded from participating fully in science", with the number of science graduates significantly lower than males.

That doesn't mean women have not excelled in science — far from it.

The ABC spoke to a number of Australian female scientists and researchers at the top of their…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 12, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Drones and the future of business

The idea of drones is a particularly scary one for many people. They are uncomfortable with flying robots delivering a payload over a great distance, while being driven safely from a home base. However, like most technology, there is often a phase of ignorance fuelling fear. Instead, we need to understand not only what drones are but why we should come to accept them as a new form of technology.

What are drones?…


Added by Terrence Stoker on February 12, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

We wanted to share with you the opportunity to apply to President Obama’s 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

A clear example of this is found in Silicon Valley where thousands of firms have achieved success.  With that in mind, what better place to gather entrepreneurs at all stages of business development for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 12, 2016 at 10:04 — No Comments

US Federal Prosecutor William Frentzen to speak at the Blockchain & Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016

William Frentzen, Federal Prosecutor with the US Attorney’s Office, will be lending his considerable weight to the next Blockchain & Bitcoin Africa Conference to be held on 3-4 March 2016 in Johannesburg.

Frentzen was an integral part of the prosecution team that put former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges safely behind bars. Bridges was found guilty of money laundering and obstruction of justice. He stole thousands of bitcoins while investigating illegal drug and other…


Added by Theo Sauls on February 11, 2016 at 12:58 — No Comments

How to make your business a desirable place to work

Every business wants to find the best people: Being staffed by the best and brightest means the work will be of the highest quality. High quality work not only means clients stay with us, but we get more clients. This gives strength to our business and creates a cycle of success that every business craves. After all, it’s not massive profits business really are concerned with. It’s survival and continued existence.

It’s not enough for a business…


Added by Terrence Stoker on February 11, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Puzzling case of Malaysia's shrinking start-ups

While more Brazilians than ever are starting up new businesses and SA's start-up rate has increased, on the other side of the globe in Malaysia, the number of start-ups has hit rock bottom, shows the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (Gem) survey.

The south-east Asian country's…


Added by Stephen Timm on February 11, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Hackathon winner Unearthed

Unearthed hosted its first international Hackathon this past weekend in Cape Town where 100+ entrepreneurs and innovators came together to prototype solutions to industry challenges from De Beers and Anglo American. 17 teams were formed with each team spending over 54 hours attempting to solve one of five different challenges by developing an innovative solution.

Teams developed…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 11, 2016 at 9:50 — No Comments

Benefits of Commercial Installation of San Diego Solar

Since the 19th century when it was first discovered that the presence of sunlight can generate usable electric energy, solar systems have greatly improved in design and efficiency. Today, solar power systems are installed in various applications from residential solar power to large commercial solar powered systems.

One of the biggest concerns that comes with converting to solar power is the large initial investment necessary to set up the power saving systems. However, the…


Added by Jack Dowson on February 11, 2016 at 9:09 — No Comments

Using Blogger templates to build your startup website

There are several Content Management Systems (CMS) options to use for editing, modifying and publishing content on-line. Blogger by Google (aka Blogspot) is among the major choice for most bloggers, especially for starters. For those who do not know how to use and edit the codes, it can be challenging setting up your first blog. You can opt to use free or premium Blogger templates but when it comes to customization and setting up everything, there is no…


Added by Jack Dowson on February 11, 2016 at 7:46 — No Comments

What small businesses need to stay up to date

The world moves fast. Yet, small businesses still have to exist despite the sudden shifts in whatever climate they operate in. Unfortunately, considering the businesses’ size, there is often not a lot of resources to respond to sudden shifts in priorities. Business should start looking ahead and trying to line up past successes with future expectations.

One of the most important steps small businesses must take is improving their security. This…


Added by Terrence Stoker on February 10, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Massive boost for local tech economy as Cape Town selected to be sixth global French Tech Hub

It’s hard to show up at work in South Africa at the moment and avoid the dark cloud of doom and gloom that seems to have settled over our economy. But there are always rays of sunshine trying to peek through the clouds and our spirits were lifted to hear that Cape Town has been selected as the location of the new French Tech Hub.

Cape Town joins the cities of Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Tel-Aviv and Tokyo as cities handpicked to ‘foster the growth of start-up companies and to…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 9, 2016 at 14:38 — 1 Comment

What3Words revolutionising global addressing system

75% of the worlds population have poor or inconsistent address. What3words has built a uniform global location reference system that gives everyone,…


Added by Andrew Fassnidge on February 9, 2016 at 13:13 — No Comments

High-impact investing portal Malaik calling for startup applications

Global portal for high-impact investing, Malaik, is calling for startup applications. The portal offers opportunities for global equity investment in African startups.

“Africa is brimming with entrepreneurs with growing high-impact businesses that could not only positively impact Africa, but the world,” says founder and CEO of Malaik, Neku Atawodi.

The programme is open to startups with high-impact, innovative, original, and diverse ideas…


Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on February 9, 2016 at 11:46 — No Comments


CITY OF CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE - Entrepreneurship is a key driver of our economy and it is with this in mind that the City of Cape Town and Smart Procurement World are running the first annual Cape Town Smart Supplier Competition. Applications for 2016 are open and will close…


Added by Rone Langenhoven on February 9, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

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