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Don’t knock copy-cat innovation, it fuels the real stuff

By Peter Baumgartner

Copycat innovation

Google wanted a more networking-friendly Facebook, so it created Google+.

Apple’s team wanted its own navigation app, so it tried its hand at Google Maps.

Facebook didn’t want to miss out on Snapchat-sized success, so Facebook …


Added by Ventureburn on October 1, 2013 at 11:35 — No Comments

Google the trail-blazer to a new kind of digital journalism?

In a recent interview Richard Gingras, the senior director of news and social products at Google, expounded on the efforts underway at Google to bring its users news, that will be more customized and personalized than it ever has been before thanks to a blend of predictive search techniques and sophisticated personalization.

Google’s idea is to connect all knowledge from the individual’s own level to his/her social group context,…


Added by George Gombay on October 1, 2013 at 10:04 — No Comments

HumanIPO's week in startups

by Richard Cutcher

Africa’s startup scene received another boost this week when the world’s biggest accelerator, the Founder’s Institute, confirmed it was expanding its presence on the continent to Nairobi.

HumanIPO reported in August the four month long programme had launched in Johannesburg, but now the accelerator is targeting the Kenyan capital, with…


Added by HumanIPO on September 30, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

QualityLife’s 3rd Annual Wired Women Conference to feature a Stellar Line-up of Speakers

QualityLife Company is proud to announce its partnerships with Nashua Mobile and Strate for its third Annual Wired Woman’s Conference to be held on 15 October at the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Debby Edelstein, CEO of QualityLife Company says that the tides of tech are changing with the steady rise of dynamic women in prominent roles within the digital economy especially on the African continent.  “At present the technology sector in Africa is still dominated by men, but…


Added by Angela Clark on September 30, 2013 at 11:53 — No Comments

Africa’s age of disruption: where are all the makers?

By Michelle Atagana

africa growth

I like the word disruption. It’s one of a few chaotic words that are trendy right now, and it’s used in a good way. These days if you work in tech you must be disruptive: if you are not trying to disrupt an industry then what good are you?

Disruption. That’s the watchword.

In Africa today it is more important than ever to disrupt industries and change the way things are done. Africa is at the forefront of…


Added by Ventureburn on September 27, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

SA startup nominated for Web Summit competition

by Nanine Steenkamp

South African startup Cliquidity has been nominated for Web Summit’s World’s Hardest Working Startup competition, standing a chance to be rewarded for its committed enthusiasm at an event in Dublin.

Offering personal assessment and online networking, Cliquidity launched its Beta version in May.…


Added by HumanIPO on September 26, 2013 at 16:57 — No Comments

SnappCab: the hail-a-cab startup to catalyze SA’s cab industry

By Jacques Coetzee

SnappCab logo

SnappCab is a multi-platform hail-a-cab app to order, use and pay for metered cabs generally based on the user’s GPS location. The service is available on the web, Android, iOS and will be available on BlackBerry and Windows 8 very soon. Though competition seems rife, what stands out most would most likely be SnappCab’s focus on multi-user functionality and platform friendliness.

You can exchange relevant details digitally while also being…


Added by Ventureburn on September 26, 2013 at 11:27 — No Comments

Only 3 Days remaining to register for PHP South Africa - Cape Town 4th&5th October 2013

The excitement is starting to build and preparations approaching complete. This is all very exciting stuff & quite overwhelming for our 1st PHP Conference in South Africa. Drawing in attendees from all over South Africa, Europe and Africa. The response from the PHP Community internationally has been truly remarkable, inspiring and edging us along all the way. Africa has been calling out for a PHP Conference to combine the…


Added by Theo Sauls on September 26, 2013 at 9:52 — No Comments

ZA-FREE AGM: Time to reflect on South Africa's Free Culture

If you are as committed to free culture as I am, Please RSVP for the upcoming ZA-FREE AGM. We need to take some time to reflect on the contribution of free culture to South Africa's digital commons and to appraise some significant victories over the past months. In Cape Town alone, there are now two major free wifi hubs in the Company Gardens and Green Point. Telkom, our…


Added by David Robert Lewis on September 25, 2013 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

88mph opens applications for 2nd Cape Town accelerator

by Tom Jackson

Accelerator and investment fund 88mph has opened applications for its second Cape Town programme, with applicants having the additional incentive of possible inclusion on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Rise Mzansi show.

Interested startups and entrepreneurs can apply now on the…


Added by HumanIPO on September 25, 2013 at 10:32 — No Comments

Want free tickets to #WIREDWOMEN? Help us create a list of top 50 women in tech!

WiredWomen together with Silicon Cape are putting together a list of the top women in tech in South Africa, we want the movers and shakers, the trailblazers, the brave.  Who are the women breaking new ground?  Nominate your candidate and stand a chance to win a free ticket to the conference.  Please provide the name, company and sentence as to why this leading women should be included and we'll create a list of TOP 50 WiredWomen. Entries should be emailed to…


Added by Angela Clark on September 25, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

SC Startup Profile: YGIT (Pty) Ltd

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

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YGIT (Pty) Ltd

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Added by Ryno Lawson on September 24, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

HumanIPO's week in startups

by Richard Cutcher

VC4Africa demonstrated the continent’s startup scene stretches far beyond the recognised hubs of Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria this week when it announced the ten entrepreneurs that will make up its September cohort.

Companies from Ghana, Cameroon and Rwanda will also benefit…


Added by HumanIPO on September 23, 2013 at 13:54 — No Comments

African Women - Leaders in Technology

On 15 October QualityLife Company is bringing women in Gauteng the third Annual Wired Women’s Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank.  

Debby Edelstein, CEO of QualityLife Company says that the tides of tech are changing with the steady rise of dynamic women in prominent roles within the…


Added by Angela Clark on September 23, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Meet Penny - A coworking story

For the past 10 years or so, working from home has been considered a great luxury in South Africa and yes, there are a few great benefits, not least of which are the lack of time spent in traffic, the ability to set your own hours and being able to set up the workspace of your dreams.  Unfortunately like all good things, the novelty eventually wears off and you're inevitably left working in the coldest, darkest room in the house wearing a cat on your lap to keep warm and working to the sound…


Added by Wayne on September 23, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

KoiTip #17 - De-couple Your Business...

Is your venture bogged down in endless work completing projects?

...perhaps you need to read this week's…


Added by Neil Hinrichsen on September 21, 2013 at 18:15 — No Comments

OPINION: MTN needs to get hands-on with African investment

by Richard Cutcher

When MTN announced earlier this year it was contributing up to US$75 million to an international venture fund, it appeared Africa’s largest indigenous network operator could be manoeuvering itself to give the continent’s tech scene a kickstart.

The stark reality of…


Added by HumanIPO on September 20, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Last call for SA’s tech innovators to compete!

The path to successful commercialization is almost never straightforward or simple. If it was, we would all be wealthy entrepreneurs. The Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition gives individuals, groups and small businesses the opportunity to have their technology innovations evaluated and assisted with access to support programmes.

These include introductions to investors and venture capital funds; consideration for TIA innovation and business support funding and non-financial…


Added by Lani Botha on September 20, 2013 at 6:36 — No Comments

(SIMODISA) Committee calls for IP comment - Deadline 17th October 2013


The Digital Portfolio Committee of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on software companies to submit comment on the recently released intellectual property policy.

(To add comments: Please mail:

In a statement released by the committee today, chairperson Roderick Lim Banda expressed his concern regarding the registration and legislative protection of patents and…


Added by Lianne du Toit on September 20, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

567 Cape Talk and SAGE name Small Business Award winner for 2013



Added by Amber Drake-Brown on September 19, 2013 at 15:02 — No Comments

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