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Why not all Wi-Fi is created equal

Although Wi-Fi technology has become part and parcel of the average office’s connectivity, only a select few are able to distinguish a good router from the bad. Plugging a standard, off-shelf router into your office connection might provide access – but not security or reliable quality. Surveys have shown that 32% of employees globally rely on more than one device during the average working day, which means that Wi-Fi connectivity could either hinder or enable employee…

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Added by Shane Chorley on October 17, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Why Entrepreneurs Should Establish Their Own Non-Profit

There are a number of compelling reasons why tech-entrepreneurs in the SiliconCape should start their own non-profit. Firstly, most tech start-ups don’t register as a company until they have developed their product. They typically grind away for at least six months to a year. One generally avoids the bureaucracy of having an entity until the foundations are in place. So why would starting a non-profit make any sense for someone trying to avoid the cumbersome nature of any enterprise other…

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Added by Roderick Lim Banda on October 17, 2013 at 5:30 — No Comments

How did Elan give up a corporate job to follow a dream?

Elan Lohmann’s mission: To inspire 100,000 South Africans achieve a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

He founded SleekGeek, a health focused movement in 2012, in order to achieve this goal. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he enjoyed 13 rewarding years in corporate Digital Media, heading up many SA brands such as News24.com, TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE.

He was appointed Group Head of Digital…

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Added by Guillaume De Smedt on October 16, 2013 at 17:19 — No Comments

Apply Now: Chamber Trade of Sweden wants to meet Startups - November 2013

The Cape Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Chamber Trade Sweden, is hosting a Nordic Southern African Business Forum on 14 and 15 November.

This two-day conference in Cape Town will be focussing on the ICT, greentech and agribusiness sectors, with the objective of facilitating trade between attending companies.

Organisations from across Southern Africa and the Nordic region have been selected to join in and we are now looking for local companies which could benefit from…

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Added by Lianne du Toit on October 16, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Man versus machine: virtual real estate agent Property Switch bets on tech

By Martin Carstens

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Selling your house in the 21st Century has come a long way. Days where your only options were to go with an agency or fly solo are long gone, and yet entrepreneurs are still finding room for innovation.Property Switch, is the latest in a new breed of startups locked on disrupting markets with the…

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Added by Ventureburn on October 16, 2013 at 13:50 — 1 Comment

Is Self-Service doing the Call Center a disservice? The role of voice in the digital age

By Jed Hewson, 1Stream

The effects of the global recession was keenly felt in call centres, with managers and IT under increasing pressure to lower costs, but some of the tactics may be doing more harm than good.

Staff costs are, of course, the most significant expenditure in any call centre and in an effort to reduce these costs, the market has seen an uptake in companies that choose to use low-cost, self-service channels to complete simple transactions and queries. These…

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Added by Jed Hewson on October 16, 2013 at 10:31 — No Comments

Why Wi-Fi will be the next corporate must-have

This week, Vox Telecom will launch Vox Aura. Wi-Fi is not new. Although it’s hard to track its origins, it’s safe to say Wi-Fi was being used on a large scale for the first time in the late 1990s – which probably qualifies it as being prehistoric in tech terms. But there has been renewed interest in the technology of late, and with good reason.

For one, analysts have predicted that in the next few years, the average people will go from owning two to three Wi-Fi enabled devices (such…

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Added by Shane Chorley on October 16, 2013 at 10:28 — No Comments

Onesimus Programme: WHO and WHAT exactly are we looking for?

WHO and WHAT exactly are we looking for?

Well...you! The employee, the college student or graduate (even the talented drop out), the startup entrepreneur or established businessman. However, we are also looking for something more: you're that guy - or girl- who feels slightly out of place where you are right now. You're discontented, you want more and you KNOW you can have more because you have this crazy idea for a business or an app!…

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Added by Onesimus Programme on October 15, 2013 at 13:10 — No Comments

SC Coworking Profile: Growth Space

SC Coworking Profile: Growth Space

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

Company Name

Growth Space

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Added by Ryno Lawson on October 15, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

How the HoneyBee has changed a big business’s fortune

South Africa’s biggest wine distributor, Namaqua Wines, has increased its sales calls by over 25% per month.  And it’s all because they have started using a very clever sales app called HoneyBee.  Not…

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Added by Elize Delia Engle on October 14, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

AfricaCom Awards 2013 – Official Shortlist

We are delighted to announce the AfricaCom Awards 2013 shortlist following a really exciting campaign this year. With entries received from all across Africa – the…

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Added by Elize Delia Engle on October 14, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

HumanIPO's week in startups

by Richard Cutcher

Every week HumanIPO touches base with Africa’s tech hubs – from Cape Town to Cairo, Nairobi to Lagos. This week’s whistle-stop roundup features startup and incubator news from, among other places, Tanzania, Cameroon and Rwanda.

East Africa

M-Farm, which already aids 8,000 Kenyan farmers by providing…

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Added by HumanIPO on October 14, 2013 at 12:51 — No Comments

MySmartFarm to compete in IBM Global Entrepreneur SmartCamp

MySmartFarm grabs the opportunity to compete in IBM’s Global Entrepreneur SmartCamp Competition

Tech Startup steps up with a cloud based analytics solution

 

Johannesburg, South Africa. 11 October 2013.  IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the winner of its second South Africa SmartCamp at …

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Added by Ryno Lawson on October 14, 2013 at 7:19 — No Comments

KoiTip #18 - Think about your Ecosystem...

Ever wondered if you're focusing on the wrong thing?



In this week's KoiTip I look at shifting your focus from your product or services to the role you play in the overall…

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Added by Neil Hinrichsen on October 12, 2013 at 18:39 — No Comments

Internship in the Entrepreneurship scene, Cape Town

Hi everyone,

'The next google or facebook will come from somewhere other than Silicon Valley'

-Niklas Zennstrom

For those of you who don't know Niklas Zennstrom, he is a software developer and co-founder of Skype.

For me Silicon Valley is equivalent to boundless creativity, technological progress and change.Changing the way you talk to people via Skype, changing the way you keep in touch via Facebook or changing the way you find information via…

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Added by Per Braig on October 12, 2013 at 13:26 — 1 Comment

Small town, many startups: 6 ventures Stellenbosch should be very proud of

By Jacques Coetzee

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Mountains, wine and more wine. These are the three things the small Western Cape student townStellenbosch is probably most well-known for. Those, and the university of course, are responsible for creating an environment that inspires and stimulates innovation. Needles to say, the town has seen its share of startups. Below is a list of some interesting…

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Added by Ventureburn on October 11, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

MySmartFarm grabs the opportunity to compete in IBM’s Global Entrepreneur SmartCamp Competition

Johannesburg, South Africa. 11 October 2013.  IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the winner of its second South Africa SmartCamp at Tech4Africa Conference yesterday. MySmartFarm, a Cape Town based company took the honours for their high tech innovative cloud based analytics solution to empower the agricultural…

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Added by Tumi Mkhondo on October 11, 2013 at 10:37 — No Comments

BIG Data

Big Data is potentially worth millions of dollars in profit for companies that know how to use it. It takes someone with a special talent and knowledge to navigate these murky waters. Hence, the growing need for data scientists. They are able to formulate the right types of questions that will produce information from huge amounts of data. They are pros at data mining and analysis. What they learn from these data sets can be used to help businesses gain a competitive edge.

Added by Dion Retief on October 10, 2013 at 11:53 — No Comments

The Mechanics of the Internet

The internet is “a giant machine designed to give people what they want.” It’s not a utopia. It’s not magical. It’s simply an engine of convenience. Those who can tune that engine well — who solve basic human problems with greater speed and simplicity than those who came before — will profit immensely. Those who lose sight of basic human needs — who want to give people the next great idea — will have problems. The real trick is to find something that’s tried and true — and to do it…

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Added by Dion Retief on October 10, 2013 at 11:52 — No Comments

Digital Alert - POPI Compliant Consumer eCRM Solution Launched

Brandtribe eCRM officially launched in South Africa last month and has appointed Techsys Digital as its Cape Town reseller.

Brandtribe is a cutting edge eCRM platform which allows brands to execute and measure digital marketing campaigns across multiple channels. It caters specifically for POPI and is fully compliant with South African legislation.

In the short time since its launch, it has already signed up a world class portfolio of clients which include…

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Added by Megan Hollis on October 10, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

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