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And the winners of the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition 2012 are…

launchcapetown Moments ago LaunchCapeTown announced the winners of the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition for 2012. Congratulations to the following teams. Track 1 -- Idea Stage 1st place: Zoe-X 2nd place: Ching 3rd place: Home Bug Track 2 -- Growth Stage 1st place: Snapplify 2nd place: Triggerfish 3rd place: Umuntu Media Earlier today all ten finalists received a second round of coaching and delivered their final pitches in front of the judges, mentors and other finalists. The awards ceremony concludes CTEC 2012, but the three Growth stage winners will receive additional coaching ...

Startup news

LaunchCapeTown: Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition — Day 1

launchcapetown Memeburn was in the house for day one of the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition (CTEC), part of LaunchCapeTown, the event that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, and digital tastemakers. The morning started off with an opening address by Belinda Walker from the City of Cape Town. In her spirited talk, ten teams waiting to deliver their opening pitches listened intently as Walker stressed the the importance of entrepreneurship in job creation. She called Cape Town “a city of contrasts” and highlighted the 28% ...

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Meet the ten finalists for the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition

launchcapetown Last night, at LaunchCapeTown's TechBash opening ceremony, the ten finalists for the Cape Town Entrepreneurial Competition (CTEC) were announced. LaunchCapeTown is a five day event that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, and digital tastemakers. Five finalists were announced for two groups. The "idea stage" group -- businesses that are not trading yet -- and the "growth stage" group -- businesses that have been trading for less than two years or that have been trading for more than two years, with a new ...

News

Pinterest rolls out new terms and conditions, actually makes things better

Pinterest has updated its terms and conditions as well as its privacy policy. So what? People change their terms and conditions all the time right? What’s so special about a few more lines of text at the bottom of page? Here’s the thing, Pinterest’s new policies lean a lot more toward Google’s motto of “Do no evil” than the internet giant's own recent privacy policy updates do. The social network says the changes were made to be “easier to understand and ...

Advertising & Marketing, News

The ‘Flying like a bird’ hoax and the trouble with online advertising

floris_kaayk_jarno_smeets “My name is Floris Kaayk I’m actually a filmmaker and animator. I’ve been working on an experiment about online media for 8 months...” Now that the Dutch artist Floris Kaayk, also known as Jarno Smeets, the man behind one of the most elaborate internet hoaxes of recent times has come clean, how do you feel? You’re a dreamer and for a moment Kaayk’s project inspired you, you defended it to the hilt. You’re disappointed. You’re a skeptic and you gasped as ...

Video

17 Movies worth geeking out to in 2012

Prometheus I have learnt a great many things from movies. Every time I read a book, a comic or a graphic novel, I imagine what it would look like as a movie. The action packed sequences, emotional transitions and character development. I love seeing how a director's eye interprets the written word. Sometimes they win... sometimes they lose. I believe 2012 will cater for all geeks movie-wise. Hollywood is bringing its A game and tinseltown clearly has all you geeky movie fanatics ...

Advertising & Marketing

Pay per click advertising: You’re doing it wrong

Tips light bulb "Too many digital agencies are focused wholly on driving traffic to their clients’ sites without providing any insight into what to do with it," says Michèle Macnab, head of the Pay Per Click team at digital marketing agency World Wide Creative. We chatted a bit and she gave me five tips for managers wanting to oversee a profitable PPC campaign. Macnab has widespread experience, both in the United Kingdom and in South Africa, working on a large variety of Pay-per-click (PPC) ...

Infographic

Facebook, Google and the death of online privacy [Infographic]

I’ve come to the conclusion that online privacy is pretty much dead. Remember the early days of the internet, where everyone used fake names or nicknames and didn't enter their real location because there were creepy people out there in cyberspace that you were supposed to hide from? Then along came Facebook, which wasn’t interested in your pseudonym: it wanted your real name and birthdate, please. Twitter defaults to public profiles and Google has now gone and shared pretty much everything ...

News

Heads up, DropGifts is taking social gifting to South Africa

dropgifts DropGifts, the service that lets you send free and paid gift cards to your friends on Facebook, will be launching in South Africa by the end of Q1 2012. Backed by Rocket Internet -- the German web incubator run by the Samwer brothers -- DropGifts is expanding its rollout strategy into emerging markets following good traction in the UK, France and Germany. Rocket is famous for its clone sites and DropGifts is no different. It follows the same recipe as ...

Emerging Markets

China is winning with staggering internet stats

China With a population close to 1.3-billion (yes, that's a 'B'); it's hardly surprising that Chinese internet statistics are staggeringly high. In fact, in 2011 almost half of all mobile subscriptions and two-thirds of the internet users in the six Asia-Pacific countries that were surveyed by Euromonitor International were from China. But how does this compare to the Western world and what impact does this have? While China's population does make it easy to achieve these kinds of internet user and mobile ...

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