Ventureburn

Click n Compare wants to help you compare the price of pretty much of everything online

Click-n-Compare-cover In late 2011 Peter Allestorfer and Manuel Koser launched Zando -- a Rocket Internet-backed platform where South Africans can buy clothes and other fashion accessories online. Today, it’s one of South Africa’s biggest ecommerce outfits, having also raised €20-million (US$26-million at the time) via international growth equity investor Summit Partners as well as an undisclosed amount through JP Morgan. Read more on Ventureburn.

News, Video

5 examples of Hyperlapse turning everyday moments into smooth exciting time lapses

Instagram Hyperlapse Photo-editing company Instagram, has just launched a new app called Hyperlapse. This is the second standalone app released by the Facebook-owned mobile photo company with Snapchat competitor Bolt having launched last month. Unlike Bolt, Hyperlapse has already received great feedback, turning everyday commutes into exciting short films. Essentially, the app enables people to take time lapse videos with their iPhones for as long as 45 seconds. These videos can then be sped up from 1x to 12x to create short, arty ...

Gearburn

From Liquid to Solid: a Metal Gear retrospective

Metal-Gear-Solid-4-2008 Solid Snake is the main character of Hideo Kojima’s well-known Metal Gear series and one of the gaming world’s greatest icons. This silent footed mercenary-spy-agent-man-person has been regularly hailed as one of the best gaming protagonists to ever come to light. Because the upcoming release of the latest Metal Gear installment, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, is drawing closer, we decided to take a look back at the history of the Metal Gear series and its hero, Solid Snake. ...

Motorburn

5 pieces of tech missing in today’s cars, according to Quora

fiat-500l01 Have you ever sat in traffic, had a look around your car and thought there was something missing? Some piece of tech which, if you had it, would make your driving life instantly and immeasurably better? Actually, who are we kidding? Everyone who's ever spent a significant amount of time in a car has probably had that thought, even if it last happened when they were very small children. We shouldn't ignore those thoughts either. After all, inventions like ABS, ...

General Tech

More than just a number: integrating the call centre

Call Centre Omnichannel strategies for integrating all forms of communication for unified and satisfactory customer experience across all channels are prevalent in giant corporations and SMEs across the globe. Yet, in South Africa, even companies that do realise the importance of customer relationship management can stumble when it comes to the basics. It could be something as simple as referring a customer to a call centre agent they’ve previously spoken to. The small things matter to customers as much as the big ...

Social media

Hyperlapse: why Instagram’s third app is totally brilliant

Instagram Hyperlapse Just when we thought Instagram couldn’t get better, it released Bolt. Cue anti-climax. There was so much talk around the app that would compete with Snapchat - and then it disappeared. Now Instagram's released Hyperlapse, an app that captures high quality motion time-lapse videos. So what makes this app so brilliant? Here’s what Instagram had to say on its blog: “Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilisation technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic ...

News

Snapchat’s latest investment round means it’s now worth $10bn

Snapchat Hey, remember when we all thought Snapchat was completely mad for turning down Facebook's US$3-billion buyout offer? Yeah, that's starting to seem a lot less crazy now, with the ethereal messaging app's latest funding round seeing it valued at US$10-billion. According to the Wall Street Journal, VC firm Kleiner Perkins committed to investing in the company at this valuation back in May, while another investor is also taking part in this round, which is reportedly yet to close. What makes ...

General Tech

Could virtual telcos break the network operators’ stranglehold over business?

Tangled network If you’re a South African business there’s every chance that you’re stuck in a dysfunctional relationship with your telco. To begin with you’re probably tied up in a 24-month or 12-month contract. You’re most likely paying unfair and inflexible rates, and you’re reduced to hoping that your provider will always have a good day at the office, because your business depends on it. In short, you don’t have much choice in the quality of service or price you get, and ...

News, Twitter

Thuli Madonsela takes to Twitter, schools ANC on constitutionalism

Thuli South Africa public protector Thuli Madonsela today took to Twitter to rebut accusations made by the African National Congress (ANC) surrounding her investigation into president Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. The ruling party made the accusations at a press conference after a letter sent by Madonsela to Zuma was leaked to the media. The letter, which gives Zuma two weeks to explain why he should not pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on his private residence. Compounding the ANC's ...

Advertising & Marketing

In advertising, great work is not enough to succeed

Success There is an old advertising industry cliché that goes something like this -- you win on creativity, you lose on relationships. To succeed in advertising, it is not enough to do great work. While you cannot succeed without it, the relationship with the client underpins everything, from how the work is created and how it is received. For brands to succeed in the long term, relationships need to evolve into deep partnerships between committed organisations and individuals. Why is this ...

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