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All posts by Garreth Bloor: Staff reporter

Garreth is an international journalist based in Cape Town. He has an Honours degree from the UCT Department of Film and Media Studies and served as a researcher in the department. After an active role in student media, he began at British Sky Broadcasting writing for Sky News and locally has served Avusa Media and a range of local and international publications. In 2007 he worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and has to date conducted work on three continents, receiving a Culture of Enterprise Award from former US Attorney General Edwin Meese III for his work on “enterprise and a humane economy”. He has contributed to over a dozen South African publications, including exclusive interviews with political and business leaders and regularly addresses conferences at home and abroad. Garreth is passionate about the development of future journalists. In 2008 founded Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) at UCT, which currently runs an online platform for budding journalists, amongst the other initiatives.
  • 4 steps to ‘acquirability’ in an age of tech optimism

    In the midst of a financial crisis earlier this year, news circulated that Apple held more cash than the US government. Analysts took what they wanted from the situation, but one thing is clear: Technology is driving wealth creation despite uncertainty in many sectors. Some have called it the Second Gilded age of massive wealth creation -- the original Gilded Age being the Roaring Twenties in the railroad era. Startup geeks and entrepreneurs are keen to take advantage, but so are investors. In his book, Richistan, the Wall Street Journal’s Robert Frank profiles the world’s new moneyed rich and...

  • Technology, a language not an industry: Discovery Invest Leadership Summit

    "We have technology that not even the wildest science fiction writers could have believed," said Adrian Gore, opening the Discovery Invest Leadership in South Africa yesterday. Al Gore's comment that the iPhone version is due for release next month generated headlines across the web, but the context of the summit contained some far bigger themes: notably the rise of technology and emerging markets. The environmental crusader and former US Vice-President (who is also...

  • Four emerging market considerations for raising funds

    Backing your case for investment often rests on making a strong case for why you will make money and beat others to opportunities. But managing your company also requires an understanding of ways to comply with legislation easily and grasp shifts in the world economy. At this point in the ongoing conversation on raising venture capital, Memeburn recommends four tips for emerging market entrepreneurs. 1. Demonstrate understanding of the law In emerging markets, studies like the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report demonstrates inflexibility in many counties. Hiring and firing is a rigorous process and being stuck with a...

  • Is Brazil the next ‘startup nation’?

    Startup Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle is a must read for entrepreneurs and policy markers alike. This incredible book details how the country's 5 000 startups have driven the once emerging market to a leading position in a number of fields. In the emerging markets context, though, Brazil is rising as a growing market where startups and SMEs are making their mark. As one of the top ten countries globally for entrepreneurship, Brazil is growing its share of startups in the technology space. According to data gathered by Endeavor Brazil, groups working to promote high-growth entrepreneurship, young enterprises play...

  • Idea Bounty: Turning crowdsourcing into cash

    How could you get paid to add to the crowdsourcing debate? It's simple, according to Daniel Neville, Brand Co-ordinator at Idea Bounty. Just do it. Idea Bounty is a global crowdsourcing platform connecting clients with thousands of creatives around the world in order to help "solve marketing and communications briefs and challenges", says the company. Clients pay for only the ideas they use and creatives receive a "bounty" for winning submissions. It's an idea clearly seeking to cash in on the crowdsourcing phenomenon, one that until now has been associated with profit in the popular imagination. Nic Ray and Rob...

  • Ex Naspers exec talks emerging markets and entrepreneurship

    Former Naspers executive Kim Reid is the man behind Takealot. This South African online retail site is looking to gain significant market share in a sector where Naspers-backed Kalahari.net is the country's predominant force. Memeburn sat down for an exclusive interview with Reid, tackling his views on emerging markets, entrepreneurship and the shift from corporate -- alongside his perspective on the future of eCommerce and what his latest venture seeks to achieve. Emerging Markets to Watch When it comes to BRICS (Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa), Reid feels that Brazil is flying: "There are many fantastic entrepreneurs in...

  • What really makes a social media campaign successful?

    Corporations and small to medium companies are pouring money into social media. For many of these companies social media also entails a lot of time and energy. The challenge lies in measuring success. Do we look at the number of Likes and retweets or perhaps just the bottom line on sales? Memeburn takes a look at some of the key ideas in the media industry around just what success is. The Classic Graph – anyone can create it Clay McDaniel, managing director and co-founder of Spring Creek Group is a leading social media marketing agency based in Seattle, Washington....

  • Cracking the crowded telecoms market: SME clients ‘key to success’ claims ARC

    Telecommunication in emerging markets is massive and remains a key growth area the in light of recent shrinking values in other industries. Matthew Guest of accounting firm Deloitte says there is "plenty of opportunity," while warning that are "too many competitors" in some African markets. So how does one stand out in such an environment? Startup ARC Telecoms is an IP telecommunications service provider company specifically dedicated to the small and medium sized business sector in South Africa. The company reckons its focus on small business puts it in the best position to differentiate from the competition and take...

  • Mobicanvas hitting the bottom line with free mobile sites

    Creating mobile websites which can be viewed on any feature phone or smartphone has gained traction globally. One South African startup is capitalising by offering the service at no cost, while laying claim to a simple drag and drop interface. Mobicanvas is a web tool that helps any business or individual to easily and cheaply build, promote and monetise its own mobile websites, claims Stephen Ballot, one of the company's co-founders. The company promotes an easy-to-use drag and drop interface amongst its key features. "Building a mobile site, or any site for that matter, has never been easier",...

  • LinkedIn revenue doubles amidst uncertain global trading

    Jittery global markets and the worst round of US trading since 2008 could not stop the surge of professional network LinkedIn. According to the New York Times, in its first earnings report since shares in the company were opened to everyday investors, LinkedIn's revenue has more than doubled in the second quarter to US$121-million, from US$54.9-million a year earlier. "In the second quarter, we saw record levels of members, unique visitors and...

  • Startup Weekends hit South Africa

    In what could be a potential boon for tech entrepreneurs in the region, Startup Weekends have arrived in South Africa. Startup Weekends are established in Silicon Valley, but until recently, South Africa had missed out on the benefits of this exciting 54-hour weekend phenomenon. The initiative involves teams gathering from Friday evening to Sunday night to set up a business, ultimately vying for the top position as judges assess the best business...

  • Blink Tower: Making money by explaining ideas

    If a picture says a thousand words then, some may argue, a video packs in a million. In the internet age, concentration spans are increasingly shrinking. An effective message makes a point and keeps attention. The fact that there are arguments that social media may be causing attention deficit disorder is perhaps enough to underlie the issue. Enter Blink Tower, which believes it has a solution. Its founders, including Skyrove's Henk Kleynhans say they turn ideas into simple videos which "even your grandmother can understand". The company simply titles its videos "explainers", a term which came up frequently during an...

  • 5 steps to show you’re a safe investment, even in an ‘unsafe’ market

    The US Chamber of Commerce have lamented the fact that American investors were losing out opportunities in emerging markets during a time when the recession was killing profits seemingly everywhere. Part of the fear is a lack of stability and concern over just how safe it is to put money in areas where returns have been massive. If your country’s investment profile doesn’t seem that great, it may not be so...

  • Silicon Valley: Will it ever be replicated?

    Silicon Valley is the world’s success story in an unprecedented age of technological advancement – not to mention the rapid wealth that has come with it. But is Silicon Valley a success that can be replicated, even partially? Memeburn has checked out the state of similar concepts around emerging markets. This is what we found across four of them. India Bangalore enjoys the nickname "Silicon Valley of India”. Besides some who miss the point and criticise the city for not being truly a valley, the defining aspects of the area when it comes to technology are present. Business...

  • Hummba: Virtual guides anywhere, anytime

    An online audio and text guide shop may not be the most innovative idea, but having content easily available on mobile application anywhere in the world may just beat having a tour guide. If anything, according to its founder, it eliminates the need for one. This seems to be the thinking behind Hummba.com, a company planning to afford the resources of a personal tour guide to any user anywhere in the world....