Justin Stanford's Blog (12)

PoweredbyVC exits CSense to GE – Interview with Keet van Zyl

Reposted from http://www.justinstanford.com/2011/04/poweredbyvc-exits-csense-to-ge-interview-with-keet-van-zyl/

Yesterday my friends at PoweredbyVC (the new independent VC fund manager spun-off from the old HBD, and now managing its investment portfolio) …


Added by Justin Stanford on April 19, 2011 at 13:22 — 3 Comments

Landmark judgement on the export of IP for the Silicon Cape?

Reposted from http://www.justinstanford.com/2011/03/landmark-judgement-on-the-export-of-ip-for-the-silicon-cape/

On the 18th of March, the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) delivered judgement on Case 295/10, in what appears to be a landmark ruling with a direct impact on the Silicon Cape community and the local tech industry.

A point of debate over the years…


Added by Justin Stanford on March 24, 2011 at 15:11 — 1 Comment

Voting complete: Announcing the new Silicon Cape Initiative Steering Committee

After a week of voting, with 526 of 1927 ballots cast, here are the results.

In random order:

Matthew Buckland

Justin Spratt

Arthur Goldstuck

Vinny Lingham

Dave Duarte

Justin Hartman

Laurie Olivier

Andrea Boehmert

Justin Stanford

Rob Stokes

Henk Kleynhans

There was a tie for 10th place, so there are 11 names.

Thanks to all for participating and voting! The steering committee will meet soon with the old… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on December 8, 2009 at 12:00 — 13 Comments

The Silicon Cape Initiative steering committee community voting process begins - Please VOTE!

As the interim steering committee and founders of the Silicon Cape Initiative, it has always been our intention to hand this initiative over to the community which makes it up. Without the community, there is nothing, and it is impossible to act and engage on a community's behalf without a firm mandate.

Thus, we are pleased to announce the commencement of the community voting process for the new official steering committee, whose mandate will be to carry the vision and work of the… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on November 30, 2009 at 20:00 — 6 Comments

First Silicon Cape networking function

While the nominations and voting process for the new community steering committee is underway, the founders, as the (tiny) interim steering committee, have gotten together with some volunteers to keep the momentum going by arranging the first Silicon Cape networking event.

The idea is to aim for a monthly regular meet-up to facilitate interaction across all sectors within the community, and to hear short keynote addresses from people involved in living the Silicon Cape… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on November 11, 2009 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Update on the nominations and voting process for the Silicon Cape Initiative steering committee

Thanks to you all who entered your nominations for the 10-seat steering committee, which will be charged with taking the Silicon Cape Initiative's vision forward and forming the non-profit foundation.

The nominations have now been collated, and 109 unique names have been submitted. We will be contacting each person in due course, and asking them if they are prepared to stand, and if so, to submit a short bio. The voting process will then be setup and opened up to the… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on November 4, 2009 at 9:02 — 1 Comment

Silicon Cape team meets with the Minister of Science & Technology

Partial cross-post from: http://www.justinstanford.com/2009/10/more-silicon-cape/

Yesterday, myself and the team at 4Di Capital SA, Andrew and Erik, who together with Vinny and Laurie, are basically the entire interim steering committee for the Silicon Cape Initiative, met with the Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor. She wanted to see us to hear all about it, and find out what government could do to… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on October 30, 2009 at 10:50 — 4 Comments

UCT expo showcases student developed technologies to the public and investors

UCT students aim to revolutionise public transport

The 2010 Soccer World Cup has accelerated South Africa’s need to improve its public transport system which has led a team of students from the University of Cape Town to design a computer system to revolutionise the lives of commuters.

Every year the Department of Information Systems (IS) at the University of Cape Town hosts an Expo to showcase computer applications developed by senior students and also give angel… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on October 27, 2009 at 13:04 — 1 Comment

The Silicon Cape Initiative launch event a huge success!

Thank you to all who volunteered, sponsored, organised, spoke, blogged, tweeted, and attended. Your support was invaluable and overwhelming. I think there is no one present who didn't walk away feeling inspired, motivated, and uplifted by what proved to be a momentous occasion, which was bursting at the seams with well over 500 people in attendance.

We were all a part of "an historic, landmark day in SA history" according to several speakers yesterday. Here's hoping that the momentum… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on October 9, 2009 at 10:00 — 8 Comments

The Silicon Cape launch event - follow it online!

Tomorrow's event is bursting at the seams, with nearly 500 people expected to arrive at the Rotunda in Camps Bay, and an incredible array of speakers and participants. Due to the heavy oversubscription for the event, we have had to close the guest list and waiting list.

To those of you who can't make it, Juliet Pitman and Ivo Vegter will be live blogging the event right here on this site. You can also follow Pam Sykes' live tweets on the day on Twitter via… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on October 7, 2009 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

Nominate your committee for The Silicon Cape Foundation

Just a reminder to please submit your nominations to nominations@siliconcape.com for the 10 steering committee positions. As we've said before, this is a community movement, for the community, and by the community. To that end, we, the interim steering committee, must now hand this initiative over.

After the launch event next week on October the 8th, a community vote will take place to decide the steering committee based on the people you nominate, and the interim steering committee… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on October 1, 2009 at 16:08 — 3 Comments

Welcome to the Silicon Cape Initiative!

I hope that you will join us in being a part of the conversations that ultimately turn the vision into reality.

When my good friend Vinny Lingham and I spent a few weeks together in Silicon Valley in early 2009, we quickly realised that we shared a passion for the idea that the Cape in South Africa had the potential to become the Silicon Valley of Africa. This led to many a late night discussion filled with… Continue

Added by Justin Stanford on September 9, 2009 at 8:30 — 40 Comments

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