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Are you protected from ransomware?

In light of the WannaCry and Petya Cyber-attacks that have rocked the internet, CERTASSURE has offered further insight on the matter and provided tips on how to avoid losing precious data from your business or home server. The Petya ransomware outbreak occurred on Tuesday, 27 June and has affected over 200 000 people in 150 countries. In South Africa, the Department of Basic Education’s website was hacked late on Wednesday night, although not a Petya attack, it was a vicious act of public defacement to a government website. The worming ransomware is the largest ransomware infection in history. A computer worm has the ability to spread by itself. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of cyber-attack that locks all digital files and demands payment in order for them to be returned. If your computer is compromised, it will look like this: If your computer is infected with a ransomware virus it will become unusable and will remain on the above image until the ransom is paid. This malicious software can lock any device such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. Where does ransomware originate from? The software originates within an attachment in an email and disguises itself as something harmless. Once it is opened the ransomware encrypts the hard drive and makes it impossible to access or retrieve anything that is stored, i.e. photographs, documents, music or other files. The first documented case of ransomware occurred in 2005 in the United States and quickly spread to the rest of the world. […]

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CERTASSURE Now Available To UK and South African Market

CERTASSURE launched in the United Kingdom and South Africa in June, 2017. The SSL provider has enjoyed much success in the United States and the move to the UK and South Africa has been a long awaited move. CERTASSURE’s digital certificates are a quick and cost-effective way for any business to assure trust for their downloadable software and protect customer transactions via mobile applications and websites. The internet security company has disrupted the internet security market by offering Always-On Subscription SSL, a flexible monthly subscription SSL solution that provides businesses with cost-effective and easy-to-deploy website security. We spoke to Managing Director, Quintin Philander, on what prompted the launch into the United Kingdom and South Africa and the current state of internet security. What prompted the launch into the UK and RSA? “At CERTASSURE, our business has been designed around the customer experience. That includes how customers learn about our digital certificates, use our portals and interact with our teams. With this in mind, we decided to expand our internet footprint and create a dedicated team to better serve our customers across Europe and Africa.” What, in your opinion, are some of the security issues internet users face today? “In the last decade, the world of computing has changed significantly as more and more businesses rely increasingly on the World Wide Web and networked systems/services in order to conduct business. As more and more people, devices, machines become connected over the internet, so do the number of possible targets and the […]

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SSL Technology and How to Identify an Insecure Website

If you think that simply because a website indicates ‘a secure pop up’ that you are safe from hacking, think again. Users without proper Secure Sockets Layering (SSL) technology are at a high risk of privacy concerns such as phishing, cyber stalking and identity theft, to name a few. Last year, Google announced that it would start ‘shaming’ websites that were insecure and did not use web encryption. This was the start of Google’s war on the unencrypted web and as of January 2017, Chrome users are now notified whether an HTTP site is secured or not. As an internet user, it is vital that you know exactly what to look out for when browsing the internet in order to avoid falling victim to internet scams. How to identify an insecure website With Google Chrome, you will be alerted whether or not you can visit the site safely or privately. This is usually shown with three security symbols: The green lock that indicates ‘Secure’ The white info icon that indicates ‘Info or Not Secure’ The red hazard sign that indicates ‘Not Secure or Dangerous’ Secure means the information you send through to the site is private. This, however, is not fool proof. It is always a good idea to check the location bar of the website and see whether it is displaying the website’s proper name. Info or Not Secure means the site you are visiting does not have a private connection and someone may be able to access the […]

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Creative Awards 2016 Sees Local Design Talent Gunning for Top Prizes

Voting for the Creative Awards 2016 is fully underway as SA’s top design schools go head-to-head for cash prizes valued at R35,000 and an iMac computer for their school. October marked the launch of South Africa’s most highly anticipated design competition: the Creative Awards 2016 proudly sponsored by WEBPRINTER, a national printing company that has invested in providing a visible platform for up and coming design talent. Voting is now fully underway as friends, families, members of the general public and fellow design students cast their votes for their favourite artworks online. “The Creative Awards 2016 has received a great response from South Africa’s top design students at various prestigious design schools, and has given them a platform to showcase their unique interpretations of this year’s theme: Save Water,” says WEBPRINTER’S CEO Peter Kohnert. Students from City Varsity in Cape Town, Friends of Design Academy and Inscape Education are currently heading the leader board, with an average of 1,500 votes each. Prizes The winners of this year’s competition will walk away with fantastic prizes for themselves and the colleges they represent. The winning designer will walk away with a R20, 000 cash prize and their winning designed poster, fitting this year’s Save Water theme, will be distributed to national organisations and municipalities around the country. What’s more, the visual arts or design college that the winning designer represents will also receive a top-of-the-range Apple iMac computer valued at R27, 000. Second and third runners-up will win R10, 000 and R5, […]

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Three Tech Valentines to Swoon Over Right Now

Don’t you just love it when someone invents something great that makes our lives a whole lot easier? From personal robots that make you coffee to the ergonomically designed computer mouse, there are so many toys to choose from that make our lives better. Whether they’ve been out a week or a decade, gadgets (or gadgies, as the Aussies say) and apps that help us hack life and business are worth a mention in our little black book. Here are our three favourites. What’s Wooing Us in Tech Right Now?   1 – Beaver Builder for WordPress While it’s not exactly hot out of the tech oven, WP Beaver Builder has made the jobs of so many web developers and amateur designers a whole lot easier. Essentially a drag-and-drop framework for website design, Beaver Builder sets itself apart from the usual visual editors in use today in several ways: Firstly, you build with a front-end interface, so you can see your changes happening in real-time, as opposed to the usual edit/preview/publish routine we’ve all become accustomed to. Secondly, Beaver Builder has developed its own theme specifically designed for use with the builder plug-in. It’s lightweight and simple, meaning quicker site speeds; yet it delivers a look and feel that is exceptionally pleasing. In addition, there are several pre-built templates available that can be inserted into the page to speed up the design process. These are unique in themselves in that you can drop them in while you build without importing […]

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5 Digital Trends that Will Change Your Life in 2016

The digital space is always shifting, expanding, creating room for more. Our newsfeeds are inundated daily with fresh influxes of ICT-related information, and every week brings new advances in tech, big and small. With the constant buzz around innovation, we’re not always sure what’s really disrupting the industry, and what’s just fluff. How Digital Will Change Your Life this Year 1 – Virtual Reality (VR) for Everyday Life While the concept of VR has been around since the ‘70s, the technology never seemed to catch up, and there was no way to distribute the service to the public, who generally couldn’t afford the gadgetry required. Until now. Smartphones have changed everything. With HD cameras, GPS and screen rotation functionality, as well as enhanced processing power, the Smartphone is fully capable of running VR software. This not only makes for a seamless VR experience, but also makes it accessible to anyone with a mobile smart device. This year, HTC, Sony and the Facebook-owned Oculus will each release their own VR headsets, VIVE, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift, respectively. The much anticipated Oculus Rift is set to hit shelves from April 2016. Robust user experience (UX) testing paired with a dose of healthy competition means that we’re in for a life-changing VR experience. At home, consumers will be able to play exhilarating online games, as well as be able to learn practical skills in real time instead of in theory – great for kids learning sports. Training simulators will not only be […]

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Telkom InnoTech Programme Announces Phase Two Finalists

In July 2015, the Bandwidth Barn, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative’s (CiTi) incubator and hub for innovators and entrepreneurs, announced the launch of the Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech programme. The InnoTech programme supports emerging ICT entrepreneurs and black-owned SMME’s at their early prototype stages. Fifteen black-owned businesses were selected to join the programme and went through an intensive eight-week pitch deck journey of assessing the commercial viability of their ideas. They were provided with support, coaching, networking opportunities, and office space and services at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock. This prepared them for their final pitches that took place in late October. The entrepreneurs developed a wide variety of concepts that ranged from online tutoring programs to printing solutions and education through gaming. The pitches were presented to a panel of expert judges including Litha Kutta, who heads up Preferential Procurement at Telkom Enterprise and Supplier Development. Seven of the fifteen businesses were selected to continue to the second phase of the program, which will see them receiving business and technical support to launch their product into the market. In addition to a structured programme of seminars and one-on-one mentorship, each participating organisation will also receive customised business development support to the value of R20 000. “The InnoTech Fellows have really impressed us by turning their interesting ideas into strong, exciting business proposals in just eight weeks,” said Michelle Matthews, Innovation Programme Manager at CiTi. “They have been equipped with concepts and tools that will serve them well throughout their entrepreneurial journey.” The […]

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From Jobless to Employed: CapaCiTi’s Top Tech Talent Pipeline Launches over 500 Tech Professionals into Top Jobs

From Jobless to Employed: CapaCiTi’s Top Tech Talent Pipeline Launches over 500 Tech Professionals into Top Jobs   CapaCiTi, Africa’s most successful tech talent pipeline, recently celebrated over 500 tech graduates matched to top tech positions over the last five years. The CapaCiTi programme has made significant progress in equipping South Africa’s youth with skills demanded by rapidly growing tech-enabled sectors. The programme takes unemployed youth and reskills them with highly marketable tech skills- including business analysis, software development and IT networking skills; equips them with job readiness training and other life skills and finds them internships and full time jobs thereafter, all at no charge to the student. Ninety-eight percent of all graduates between 2011 and 2015 are still in employment at over 150 South African companies. CapaCiTi celebrated their students’ success at the annual Top Tech Talent Graduation Event held at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday, 24th of November. This celebration was attended by key political dignitaries, students, alumni from past programmes, partner companies, funders and educators. Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Government MEC for Education, highlighted the importance of recognising that not only digital literacy but also tech skills are essential to adequately preparing youth for the post-school world. “We are very excited about CapaCiTi’s initiative in ensuring that they up-skill ICT learners and enable them to find and secure employment,” says Schäfer. “Ensuring that our young people are digitally literate in this day and age is vitally important for when they leave school and graduate from […]

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Telkom InnoTech Programme Announces Phase Two Finalists

In July 2015, the Bandwidth Barn, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative’s (CiTi) incubator and hub for innovators and entrepreneurs, announced the launch of the Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech programme. The InnoTech programme supports emerging ICT entrepreneurs and black-owned SMME’s at their early prototype stages. Fifteen black-owned businesses were selected to join the programme and went through an intensive eight-week pitch deck journey of assessing the commercial viability of their ideas. They were provided with support, coaching, networking opportunities, and office space and services at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock. This prepared them for their final pitches that took place in late October. The entrepreneurs developed a wide variety of concepts that ranged from online tutoring programs to printing solutions and education through gaming. The pitches were presented to a panel of expert judges including Litha Kutta, who heads up Preferential Procurement at Telkom Enterprise and Supplier Development. Seven of the fifteen businesses were selected to continue to the second phase of the program, which will see them receiving business and technical support to launch their product into the market. In addition to a structured programme of seminars and one-on-one mentorship, each participating organisation will also receive customised business development support to the value of R20 000. “The InnoTech Fellows have really impressed us by turning their interesting ideas into strong, exciting business proposals in just eight weeks,” said Michelle Matthews, Innovation Programme Manager at CiTi. “They have been equipped with concepts and tools that will serve them well throughout their entrepreneurial journey.” The […]

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3 Benefits of Upskilling Your Team

by Shift ONE Digital In today’s economic climate, with all the pressures of running a business to boot, upskilling your team is probably the last thing on your mind. Parting with an already scant budget to use it for staff training seems like a tall order; however a study conducted by the New Zealand Department of Labour indicates that investing in corporate training can have enormous long-term benefits for your organisation. We’ve taken the time to sift through the data and give you three reasons why investing in your workforce is worth the consideration. It increases productivity. One of the most obvious benefits of upskilling your employees is that they are able do more in skilled spaces without you needing to hire an expert to do it. They will also spend less time “figuring” things out and more time actually executing tasks. Upskilling reduces the error rate in production as well as the time per task, and thus yields a faster turnaround time and increase performance. This essentially creates room for more work. And more work means more money. It’s a no-brainer, really. Additionally, once a team member receives training and understands what they need to do, they can spend more time being creative and developing ideas and strategies in that space, because they have a better understanding of what that space is capable of. Your business grows. If you’ve been in business for longer than a year, you will know that things don’t always go the way you thought […]

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8 Tips for Choosing the Right Freight Forwarder for your Company

By Janine Hammond Choosing the right freight forwarding partner, whether you are new to the logistics game or thinking of changing your current freight forwarder, can be a daunting task. In South Africa’s cash strapped economy the temptation is there to base your selection on price alone. Unfortunately, as enticing as it may seem at first, basing your selection solely on rates could be a decision you might regret down the road. The last thing you need is to manage your under-performing freight forwarder rather than focusing on managing and growing your own business. Every industry has its own expectations when it comes to freight forwarding. For some the need is simply to move cargo from point A to point B. For others it could be a complex project needing robust value adds. So how do you know which freight forwarder is the best fit for your business? Here are 8 tips that should help you navigate your way through the myriad of freight forwarding companies out there: Research: In this digital age we have access to so much information it is relatively easy to find out what your options are before lining up prospective logistic partners. Understanding the logistics industry’s jargon, terminology, limitations and responsibilities will also help you make a more informed decision, and not be overwhelmed by terminology you don’t understand or unrealistic expectations. Communicate: In order for the freight forwarder to do their job effectively, you need to have a clear understanding of your specific freighting needs. A logistics partner […]

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Markit Opportunity crowned Barclays Africa Supply Chain Challenge champion

Markit Opportunity crowned Barclays Africa Supply Chain Challenge champion

Barclays Africa Group Limited (Barclays Africa) crowned Markit Opportunity the Barclays Africa Supply Chain Challenge champion at a panel submission judging event held at The Bandwidth Barn Accelerator in Cape Town last night. The pan-African challenge, under the Rise in Africa umbrella, which launched in July, invited teams of innovators to submit ideas to redefine the supply chain process and enable economic growth across Africa. Represented by their CEO and Founder Ashley King-Bischof, Markit Opportunity, from Kenya, triumphed over four other innovative finalists, by demonstrating a scalable solution to improve incomes of smallholder farmers. Markit Opportunity incentivises regional trade by leveraging mobile technology and logistics to create trusted, transparent and efficient supply chains. The company provides a mobile platform that connects traders in urban markets to farmers with real-time supply and demand statistics, as well as market related pricing. The judging panel of industry experts including Erik Hersman, CEO of BRCK, Teju Ajani, regional content partnerships lead for YouTube and Ian Merrington, CEO of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative vigorously engaged the five finalists as they presented their concepts. “When it came to selection process, the very high calibre of submissions provided some testing conversations for the judging panel. Today’s finalists are a great reflection of the rich vein of innovation emanating from the African continent,” says Ashley Veasey, CIO, Barclays Africa and judging panel member. Markit Opportunity will receive $10 000 in support of their venture. In addition the judges were also so impressed by the Nigerian entrepreneur […]

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SnapScan Sparks Inspiration For InnoTech Fellows

On Wednesday, InnoTech Fellows took a trip down to the hip and trendy offices of SnapScan in Cape Town. They were greeted and welcomed by SnapScan co-founder, Kobus Ehlers.  The fellows spent more than two hours with Ehlers who unpacked the growth of SnapScan from its roots as a cashless transaction tool for market traders to one of the largest mobile payment systems in South Africa. Related: Free Seminar: 6 Steps To Building A Great Business The purpose of the visit was for the fellows to engage and receive experiential learning from a success of a Cape Town start-up. Ehlers had a strong connection with the fellows and advised them on marketing their products, setting up the right systems for success, and other challenges that come with starting a business. “The best advice I can give the Fellows is that you shouldn’t imitate Silicon Valley – solve the problems you find here”, he said. InnoTech is a Telkom-funded incubator programme that gives robust support to ICT entrepreneurs and developers as they take their innovative concepts to market. Housed at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, InnoTech forms part of the telecom’s FutureMakers programme. Related: InnoTech Starts With A Bang Over the past six weeks, the fellows have been validating their business models and preparing for their final elevator pitches and pitch deck leading them to the next phase of the programme. InnoTech fellow, Lee Van der Vindt said, “I learnt a lot from Kobus, everything that he said made sense in terms […]

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13 THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN BEFORE STARTING A START-UP

By Westleigh Wilkinson I have been blessed to own several businesses in my time, working across industries and sectors, from sports to hospitality and property development. I have a family of entrepreneurs. My mother has a financial planning business, my dad had a recruitment business, my uncle owns a large logistics company and family in Australia own retail stores and supermarkets. So the path to becoming an entrepreneur was a relatively easy decision and was met with loads of support and encouragement. Here are 13 things I’ve learnt along the way that will hopefully save you some time and a lot of heartache: 1.      EQUIP YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS. Running your own start-up involves more than just developing a winning solution to a problem or bringing a viable product to market. A business owner touches every aspect of that business; financial planning and management, staff management, business operations and legal. You may need support and training in mastering some basic business skills, so it’s a good idea to make use of the many business courses, incubator programmes and start-up accelerators available to entrepreneurs in South Africa. 2.      TEST IT. Even though your mom, aunty and BFF think you are the bee’s knees, the general public might not be as effusive. When it comes to starting a business that is hopefully profitable and sustainable, it’s not just about your talent and passion. Ask the hard questions, do customer surveys and market research. Test your product or service first and find out if […]

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The 1st Coworking Africa Conference a Great Success

About 75 people showed up at the 1st Coworking Africa conference ever organized. One third of the audience made the trip from outside South Africa, with delegates originating from more than 15 countries and 4 continents. Facts & figures: More than 250 spaces in operation in Africa! Find out more here about the Coworking in Africa Research produced by Global Enterprise on  the growth of Coworking in Africa. More than 250 spaces are in operation, which is on track with the situation as it was in Europe or in the US, 5 years ago. Other presentations might be found here.     Great testimonials from the coworking community Some of the best in class Coworking operators from all over Africa sent us a video recorded tour of their space, such as Jon Stever, from The Office Kigali (click here for the full video). Besides, check out the interviews of Jessica Colaco (iHub, Nairobi), Filip Kabeya (MTechHub, Kinshasa) or Mazen Helmy (Cairo, Egypt). Do not hesitate to send us your video. Conversations will keep going This event was a kick off. The conversation will keep going. We will share more content disclosed during the conference in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, you can follow Coworking Africa on the Facebook page, the Twitter account or the LinkedIn group. Thank you to our sponsors: Nexudus Spaces is a white-label platform to help coworking spaces operators with their day-to-day tasks. Today, hundreds of spaces around the world, use Nexudus to spend less time typing and chasing […]

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Collaborate and Innovate at Workshop 17 at the Waterfront

Taken from Cape Town Travel: www.capetown.travel The Waterfront has truly grown into a place for everyone. On top all its current offerings – shopping, eating, nightlife, water sports, boat trips, helicopter rides, accommodation, creative designer spaces and so much more – the V&A continues to expand. The latest space set to make waves is Workshop 17. This is an innovative space where those involved in entrepreneurship and creating a positive social and economic impact can meet, work and network. Workshop 17, housed in the Watershed, is essentially a co-working space. It’s a place where innovative like-minded people and small businesses can get together to collaborate towards a better country and continent through various projects. Those interested in being part of the Workshop 17 community, whether as an individual or a community, can apply online. Aside from working side-by-side with people who share similar goals and interests, there are other great benefits to being a member of Workshop 17. These include: A large co-working area with hot desks, meeting areas and dedicated work areas for teams Eight rooms that can host meetings, teaching, presentations and catering for groups of different sizes Two creative spaces that are conducive to coming up with great and innovative ideas and plans A 330m2 event and function room that offers an amazing view of Table Mountain and the dock, and can hold up to 200 participants Super-fast internet connection There are various membership rates at Workshop 17 with drop-in rates and hourly rates also available. There is a […]

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Five Reasons Why Innovation in Africa Works Best in Community

By Westleigh Wilkinson With more and more South African entrepreneurs starting businesses in response to the country’s unique challenges, it’s no wonder that, out of the 30 entrepreneurs on Forbes’s recent ‘Africa’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs’ list, seven come from South Africa. If Innovation is the Key to Unlocking Solutions for South Africa, What are we doing to Nurture it? The business of small businesses in South Africa is booming. Start-ups are popping up everywhere with innovative, outside-of-the-box business ideas that answer the ever-growing need for practical, viable solutions in energy, tech, education, payments and more. Start-ups need all the support they can get in order to give them a fighting chance to make it to market and become sustainable, and, along with governmental support, independent business incubators and shared workspaces are offering this much-needed support all over South Africa. So, what is it about start-ups operating out of a community, such as an incubator or shared workspace, that helps separate them from the rest? Here are Five Reasons Why Innovation in Africa Works Best in Community: Collaboration: Not one single person has all the answers. South African entrepreneurs often play their cards close to their chests out of fear that someone might steal their great idea and take it to market before they do. In Silicon Valley however, the trend is that everyone collaborates – when two individuals meet who might be working towards the same goal or product, but with different approaches or skill sets, instead of seeing each […]

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Why Shared Workspace is More than Just Desks and Chairs

Shared workspace is fast becoming the trend for entrepreneurs and early adopters in South Africa, with more and more start-ups moving out of their garages and into spacious, trendy buildings that have been renovated and dedicated to the concept that is co-working, like Workshop17 in the Watershed at the V & A Waterfront. Workshop17 is a V&A initiative, designed, and operated by OPEN. “Technology has changed how we behave as a society and community,” says Westleigh Wilkinson, director of OPEN, “so it follows that how we work must change as well. Businesses cannot afford to lock their people away in closed offices anymore, or be stuffed into shoe-box cubicles.  At least, not if they want to keep on innovating.” Entrepreneurs and start-ups, attracted by the idea of a shared burden of expense and the opportunity to mingle with like-minded people, are thriving under the added benefit of community and collaboration often associated with a shared workspace. “The next generation of shared workspace is moving beyond simply providing a large room with desks and chairs in it,” says Westleigh, “and is now evolving into a more deliberate manipulation of the environment and moveable elements to better provoke spontaneous and natural collaboration, innovation and networking.” “That’s what we moved to Workshop17, after looking for a year for a place that was right for us,” says Vincent Raffray, founding partner and creative director of Future Collective. “Future Collective’s mandate is to create a forever brand for our clients, and to do so effectively, […]

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Innovation: Why is it so Hard for Big Corporates to Innovate?

A lot of big companies run low on innovation despite the fact that it’s talked about at every staff meeting and CEO presentation. Why is innovation so difficult to foster in large corporations and how can that benefit you as an entrepreneur? Innovation Leads to Sales So why innovate? Well without innovation companies are not able to bring about a step-change and dramatically increase sales and open new markets. Innovation is the difference between life and death in today’s technologically driven society. Innovate or Be Eaten The fact of the matter is that most big companies battle to innovate, despite having massive departments full of capable staff and seemingly limitless resources to throw at problems and ideas. A few examples of companies that missed the innovation curve and nearly got left on the way: Palm Pilot. Remember them? I had one and loved it. The only frustration was I had to squeeze my Palm and my phone into my (then) tiny handbag…if only they would incorporate the two…! Enter Apple a few years later and they haven’t been heard of since. IBM famously believed that PC’s would never be in every household. BlackBerry (RIM) we all know this story. How did they miss this very visible boat? The same goes for Motorola and Nokia who have managed to reposition themselves through strategic partnerships late in the game. Famously Steve Jobs ‘borrowed’ the idea of the Apple desktop from Xerox’s innovation they weren’t optimising. Kodak who invented the digital camera in […]

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Don’t Move to the Valley Before Reading This

The pinnacle of success for a tech startup has long been to ‘make it in Silicon Valley’, but is that really the be-all-and-end-all it’s made out to be? Silicon Valley is, with due cause, the global centre for innovation. Its world renowned startup-centred ecosystem is the envy of nations, and the model is continually being replicated in other countries, or at least an attempt is made. So what are your options as an entrepreneur? How can you make it from garage to global without moving to the Valley? What are the options out there for a budding entrepreneur? Get Incubated If you are able to attend a business acceleration programme or incubation programme then by all means, do so. These programmes are geared to teach you essential skills and ways of thinking that will open your mind to bigger thinking, and global success.There are a number of local incubation programmes run out of Cape Town, (The Bandwidth Barn, 88 MPH) that will set you up with mentors who have made it out there as well as provide a networking environment for you to collaborate with inspiring, like-minded peers and fellow entrepreneurs.First prize of course is to attend a Y Combinator or Blackbox.VC immersion programmes that will put you on the map to investors from the get go, but being accepted onto those programmes is a challenge, but certainly worth a try. Get a Mentor Find people who have made it to sit on your board as advisors, or less formally […]

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eCommerce Africa Confex: Special offer to TheCiTi and TheBarn community

We would like to offer you a complimentary pass to the expo at the eCommerce Africa Confex and 20% off the full conference access delegate pass. Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre Date: 3-4 February 2015 Time: 8:00 – 18:00 Register for your complimentary expo pass: 1. Follow this link: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/6654-ecommerce-africa-confex-exhibition/ 2. Quote the discount code: TheCiTi *NOTE: This complimentary pass will only give you access to the exhibition floor. It does not include access to the conference sessions and networking events. About the Confex: The eCommerce Africa Confex brings together the very best that Africa has to offer in the world of eCommerce all under one roof. We are focusing on all aspects of the online buying process, from website creation and security to payment solutions, delivery and logistics as well as customer service. Leading experts will be on hand to deliver specialist advice and thought leadership while showcasing their solutions in exciting tech demonstrations on the expo floor. Full conference access with discount: Receive 20% off the delegate pass which will give you full access to the 2-day expo (as above) and conference. Leaders in the eCommerce industry will share their knowledge and experience during insightful keynote presentations and interactive panel discussions in the conference sessions. Be prepared to soak up the knowledge and take away valuable information that can assist you in building your eCommerce business. Make sure you bring your networking skills with you as you meet with industry leaders to discuss all things eCommerce. These networking sessions include coffee breaks, luncheons and a cocktail function. To register […]

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Cape Town Start-up Reveals Africa’s First Travel App to Integrate All Forms of Transport

Innovate South Africa presents a showcase of young innovators who are shaping our country. Leveraging the WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) platform, commuters and tourists to the city can now plan routes incorporating all of the city’s forms of transport with just a click on their mobile phones. The new TCT app will also allow commuters to locate places of interest, local businesses, and sightseeing destinations, as well as make it easy for them to communicate with the city about concerns over service and travel conditions and receive travel alerts. On the eve of its second birthday, TCT is the first city-wide integrated transport authority on the continent, and it is fitting that their new app is multimodal: passengers can easily navigate across rail, Cape Town’s historic passenger bus system, the city’s new state-of-the-art Bus Rapid Transport system, and all other forms of transportation. The WIMT platform allows the city to provide efficient, time- and cost-effective routes for users to and from any point, including points of interest, historical sites, and local businesses. The app is available for free download on mobile devices using Apple, Blackberry, Windows, and Android platforms. “For the first time, it’s possible to plan a whole route with a single question: ‘How do I get to X on time?’ No more switching between modes or checking timetables. TCT: a single answer to a single question,” says Devin de Vries, the co-Founder and CEO of WhereIsMyTransport. Devin participated in the Cape IT Initiative Enterprise Development’s VeloCiTi programme at the Bandwidth […]

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Get-Up, Start-Up * Pitch Stage

Simodisa Start-Up is offering 10 startups (affiliated accelerators or tech hubs) an opportunity to be showcased. As a part of its start-up South Africa Conference. SiMODiSA.com is offering an African-based start-up the chance to win an all expenses paid 2 months road-show in Silicon Valley and/or seed funding for the winning early stage start-up acknowledged by our esteemed panel of international judges.  Start-ups If you are a start-up that is affiliated to an accelerator, Incubator or Hub, you have the rare opportunity to showcase and pitch your start-up in the SiMODiSA conference on the 10thOctober 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Click here to enter or email start-upsa@simodisa.com Conditions of Entry: If you are a start-up and would like to showcase your start-up in the SiMODiSA conference, you need to have been affiliated to an accelerator, incubator or hub within the last 5 years. Accelerators, hubs & Incubators If you are an accelerator, incubator or hub, here is your opportunity to showcase your own program and recommend start-ups that have gone onto become successful businesses through your program. Click here to enter or email start-upsa@simodisa.com Conditions of Entry: If you are an accelerator, incubator or hub, here is your opportunity to showcase your own program and recommend start-ups that have gone onto become successful businesses through your program.

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Meet New People and Rediscover Cape Town Through Food

Lisa Huang Lisa moved from Chicago (USA) to Cape Town in late 2010, narrowly missing the FIFA World Cup. She had never traveled to the African continent and was ready for a new adventure! Born in Tainan, the gourmet capital of the tropical island of Taiwan, Lisa has fond memories of family gatherings over endless feasts. She believes food is the common language to unite people, and loves to make new friends over shared meals. After attending programmes at the Bandwidth Barn, Lisa founded Food and Chatter in 2012 out of her dream to connect people through food.  After all, no matter which city you choose to live in, it is the people that make a place truly memorable! Food&Chatter At Food&Chatter,  you will meet new people and rediscover Cape Town through food at our novel dining events!  From tastings with restaurant hosts, cooking in locals’ homes, to picking your own produce at a farm, join us for adventures around the Mother City, Cape Town. For information please visit www.foodandchatter.co.za  

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Is perfectionism killing your Idea? 6 things to watch for when designing a new product.

Everybody wants the perfect product.   Your new product- whether it’s a website or a widget- is going to take the world by storm. It’s the new Facebook! It’s the silver bullet that will solve all your problems, grow the bottom line, cement your promotion and save the company. Or at least that’s what you thought! How could such a brilliant idea go so wrong?   The answer might be in your need for perfection. So before you sell your house and throw everything you have into the project, consider these 6 important things.  1. Imperfect is good enough There’s a constant battle between having the product in a presentable state, and having it in a state of perfection. The best products are started in someone’s garage and perfected over time, or dropped without too much investment if they prove unpopular or unfeasible.  A product that is 60% completed but is on the shelves making sales is better than a product that is almost ready, but not open for business because it’s still being refined…and refined…and refined. The Strategy: Ask yourself at every milestone, ‘is this good enough to go live?’.  If yes, then make it live and get to work on Phase 2.  2. Go small and stay home Watch out for including everything and the kitchen sink into your first release. Each department will tell you that they want it to be perfect before it goes live: Marketing will ask for it in 30 languages, the SEO team […]

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