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  • TWR #133: Netflix insights, Snapdragon plans & crowdfunding startups

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup where we talk the latest in tech and startup news. This week, Andy Walker hosts Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala. First, Andy talks everything he learned at Netflix's press junket in Berlin -- including its plans for Africa and the dope role of "tagger" that has everyone begging the company for a job. We then talk YouTube's year in review, and which videos had South Africans clicking for more. Over on Ventureburn, Daniel discusses how Startupbootcamp Cape Town is partnering with EasyEquities to crowdfund the 10 startups that last week graduated from the initiative’s inaugural programme. Finally, Andy talks the hard...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #12: Our favourite TV shows of 2017

    Welcome to the last MiniMeme episode of the year! In it, Daniel Mpala and Julia Breakey talk the TV shows that made them happy in 2017. On the list? The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Big Little Lies, Netflix's Dark, and Mr Robot (because Daniel may have missed the brief a little bit). So if you're looking for fun new shows to watch, or simply to pick a fight, have a listen to the full episode below: https://soundcloud.com/burn-media/minimeme-12-rambling-about-our-favourite-tv-of-2017 Let us know if you missed your favourite show, or if it made your blood boil to hear us gush about any of ours. You can reach us in the comments...

  • TWR Podcast: Phones to avoid this Christmas, SA startup taking on Uber & local Black Friday stats

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, where we talk the latest in tech and startup news. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Stephen Timm and Julia Breakey. First on the agenda is Hadlee's list of the 2017 smartphones to avoid this festive season. He talks devices like the BlackBerry KeyOne, which offers niche features for a steep price, and the LG Q6 with its high screen-to-body ratio and... not much else. This week's podcast covers smartphones, GoMetro, and Black Friday stats Stephen then talks GoMetro, the South African startup looking to take on Uber and Taxify, as well as fight congestion. In an exclusive interview,...

  • Surge in black entrepreneurs, Gauteng challenges Silicon Cape as startup capital

    Gauteng is now home to 44% of tech startup founders -- behind the Western Cape's 47%. The percentage of black startups has risen from 26% in 2015, to 50% this year. Just three percent of black tech startups turn a profit, versus 16% of their white counterparts. Over a quarter of startups plan to raise angel or VC funding, but only eight percent receive such funding. Almost a third say they pay market-related salaries, but pay is the top reason for employees leaving. Successful startup founders are most likely to be white males from the Western Cape. The Western...

  • TWR #131: Ventureburn startup survey, Uber’s data breach & iPhone 8 Plus

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, where we talk the biggest in tech and startup news over the past seven days. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker and Stephen Timm in studio. First on the agenda is the Ventureburn startup survey that examined the South Africa's startup scene. The results noted a surge in black entrepreneurs since 2015, as well as a rise in startups finding homes in Gauteng, among others. Over on Memeburn, Andy and Hadlee talk the data breach affecting 57-million users that Uber kept under wraps for over a year. The company allegedly paid a US$100 000 ransom to compensate...

  • MiniMeme Podcast: How a social media detox changed our daily lives

    Last week, Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala challenged themselves to a week-long social media detox. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, no YouTube. They set out to see if it could be done, what it was like, and who exactly they were without the frenzy of social media. The week proved fruitful, and in this week's episode of MiniMeme, they discuss the pros and cons of a life away from news feeds, timelines, likes and retweets. Listen to their experience here. Additional listening: MiniMeme #10: The sombre sides of social media

  • TWR #130: SA Black Friday deals, Silicon Valley, Battlefront 2, and more

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, where we discuss the latest in tech and startup news. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Stephen Timm, Andy Walker, and Julia Breakey. Stephen kicks off the week by discussing the Silvertree founder who criticised the Silicon Valley model of glorifying the pitching of ideas, rather than helping entrepreneurs to better execute on these ideas. We then move on to the lighter topic of Justice League, the latest superhero movie to hit the big screens. While Julia says it should win the hearts of fans, it may not be enough to convince non-believers that superhero films are worth the time. Moving...

  • The Weekly Roundup Podcast: SA Mate 10 prices, Google’s Launchpad Africa accelerator & more

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, where we talk the week in tech and startup news. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Julia Breakey and Stephen Timm. First on the agenda is Google's Launchpad Africa Accelerator, which is now accepting its first cohort of applications. The tech giant will take on 10 startups in the programme’s first cohort, set to start early next year in Lagos, Nigeria — from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The team then moves to Twitter's latest rules update that, while including some welcome new additions like prohibiting child sexual exploitation and unwanted sexual advances, poses some worrying questions about...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #10: The sombre sides of social media

    Welcome to MiniMeme, the biweekly podcast about anything that tickles the Burn Media junior staff's fancy! On today's episode, Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala sit down and talk the sombre sides of social media -- including the psychological manipulation, distraction techniques, and the ways it forces you to stay logged in. But, like, in a chipper way. Recommended reading: 'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia How Facebook rewards polarising political ads Facebook told advertisers it can identify teens feeling 'insecure' and 'worthless'

  • TWR Podcast: SA responds to Henri van Breda, Panayiotou & other stories

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week our editor Andy Walker teams up with Julia Breakey and Stephen Timm in studio. First up on the agenda is the dispiriting story of South Africa's bump down the World Bank's list in terms of ease of business. This drop is in spite of a booming venture capital sector that saw 134% growth of VC investments. The team then moves on to the Facebook-owned platforms that are trouncing competitors in terms of user numbers. Fun fact: Facebook has more duplicate...

  • TWR Podcast: Cape Town’s water rationing, Pixel 2 XL’s screen burn-in & more

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons is joined by Andy Walker and Daniel Mpala in studio. Daniel opens the floor by discussing the 15 South African tech startups that have concluded deals valued at over $137.7-million so far this year -- 12 of which are Cape Town-based. We then move over to Gearburn, where Hadlee discusses the Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone, which has been experiencing screen burn-in after only days of personal use. Could it result in a product recall? Sticking to smartphones, we...

  • TWR Podcast: Netflix SA event, #MeToo, and the latest South African Uber rival

    Welcome to The Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, host Hadlee Simons is joined by Julia Breakey and Stephen Timm. Kicking off the episode, Hadlee talks the Huawei Mate 10 coming to South Africa in November. The Mate 10 packs a Kirin 970 processor with a neural processing unit for AI, but what does that mean for consumers? On the agenda: Huawei Mate 10, Netflix SA, a local startup looking to take on Uber, and #MeToo Over on Ventureburn, Stephen details the local startup Scoop a Cab, set to take on Uber....

  • MiniMeme Podcast: Disaster Shark and other internet hoaxes

    Welcome to MiniMeme, Burn Media's podcast helmed by the junior staff where they talk about any topic that tickles their fancy. This week, it's all about internet hoaxes, big and small, that have shaped the way people use the internet (or just made us laugh, if we're honest). We talk: Disaster Shark, libertarian time traveller John Titor, Cole Sprouse's Tumblr experiment, and how "fake news" has made it all a lot less fun. Catch the full podcast here: Additional reading: GUIDE: How to spot fakes and hoaxes online | Africa Check

  • Enter the 2017 Ventureburn Startup Survey and win an iPhone 8, more!

    Ventureburn, in partnership with Telkom Futuremakers and analytics company Qurio, is proud to announce the launch of the second annual Ventureburn Startup Survey. We are looking again to uncover the nuts and bolts of the startup sector and answer questions like: What are the major challenges facing the country’s entrepreneurs? What do South Africa’s startup founders look like? What sectors are startups more prevalent in? What types of funding are startups securing, and where are they getting their money from? Why are people flocking to startups to work there? Where is the most startup activity happening in South Africa? We will share the findings...

  • TWR #125: The Last Jedi trailer, Harvey Weinstein & RIP Windows 10 Mobile

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons hosts Andy Walker, Julia Breakey, and Daniel Mpala in studio. Kicking off the agenda, the team talk the much-awaited Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Promising another technically beautiful film, the trailer also hints at themes yet to be explored in this generation of the franchise. We then move on to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which saw the powerful Hollywood producer outed for covering up decades of sexual harassment allegations. The story has a offered a dark look into the predatory...