Entrepreneurship, Venture capital

The hows and the whats — 5 tough questions VCs ask

questions Over the past six months I have spoken with a wide variety of people who have shown, in varying degrees, interest in investing in my company. Many of these VCs have specific ways that they conduct a call, interview or meeting. Many of them have lead me down long and wasteful due diligence processes, many have been kind, some have been blunt and harsh but all have been pedantic and specific about the types of questions they ask. I have found ...

Africa, Mobile

How M-Pesa disrupts entire economies

m-pesa-1-0910 Back in 2011, I was asked to give my thoughts on what I thought would trend in mobile within between then and 2020. One of my predictions was that: “Mobile money will shift economies on a large-scale and across borders.” It came as an interesting discovery to learn therefore that according to recent Africa Development Bank (AfDB) research, increased uptake of M-Pesa, which is the literal mother of mobile money, is said to be contributing to inflation in Kenya. Inflation was ...

Social media

How do 11 of the most popular athletes on Twitter rank on Klout?

athlete It makes sense for athletes to be social media-savvy. After all, they’re constantly in the public eye and can go from being treated like deities to dirt in an instant. Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow them to interact with the public on a more human level. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that sports people are among the most followed on Twitter and most well-liked on Facebook. It’s well and good having loads of fans, but how well does that translate ...

News

Facebook Messenger for Windows goes live

The Facebook Messenger app is now available for your Windows desktop. The social network claims that the app allows people “stay in touch anytime, no matter what you’re doing” and without clicking away from anything else they might have open. The app includes a window that moves all your chats to your desktop, provides you with instant notifications, and “an active stream of posts and activity from your friends”. “Millions of people log into Facebook every day to keep up ...

Humour

Driving with Siri [Comic]

Driving with Siri I was browsing through The Joy of Tech, a popular webcomic site, earlier when I came across this hilarious comic. Siri's abilities have amazed us since Apple introduced her to us last year. She can do almost anything and if she is unable to do it, she will find a way to get it done. She's a dream, she doesn't argue too much and you don't really feel the need to argue with her because Siri knows best. She could ...

Infographic

How your desk job is killing you [Infographic]

“Each hour you spend watching TV increases your risk of death by 11%.” The average person has a 100% chance of dying, so if you watch an hour of TV after work today, you’ll increase that to a 111% chance. Watch out, your flatscreen is deadly! This is just one of the shocking statistics in a recently released infographic. It’s pink, it’s an infographic, it has meat cleavers scattered throughout... what’s not to like? It also contains some pretty scary statistics ...

News

Is China really set for an online advertising boom?

China’s has the largest online population on the planet, over 500-million people by most estimates. Add in 300-million people with accounts on its various microblogging sites (called weibos) and you can see why advertisers might be clamouring to go online. That drive for online advertising is only being fuelled by the fact that authorities are placing restrictions on broadcast advertising. According to online research company eMarketer, the Chinese government is making it increasingly difficult for companies to buy prime time ...

News

TV watching on tablets to hit three hours a month by 2014

So you have a tablet. It’s great right? You can do all sorts of cool stuff on it. But could it ever hope to replace your TV when it comes to viewing video content. I mean sure, it’s great for the odd YouTube clip, and it’ll just about do for series when nothing else is available, but serious viewing needs a serious screen. Right? Think again. Tech research company Juniper Research reckons we’re increasingly falling in love with mobile TV. ...

Competition

Win tickets to Social Media Bootcamp 2012

This competition is now closed and the winners are... cohensarah, CopyWriterCPT and calvyndutoit. Congrats! Social media is one of the primary reasons people spend time on the web. Even in an emerging market country like South Africa, 80% of all people have an active Facebook account which is visited twice daily. Social media is a form of instant communication, so would it not make sense that you understood it better? The Social Media Bootcamp is your answer. This course, which will run in ...

Social media

How your company’s attitude to social media is changing

Social Networks There was a time, not so long ago, when social media was viewed as a productivity killer. Companies banned their employees from visiting the likes of Facebook and Twitter, fearing that they would spend hours on these social media sites instead of working. But that attitude is rapidly changing. More companies are starting to see the value in giving their staff access to social networks. In fact, tech research company Gartner reckons that only 30% of large organisations will ...

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