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  • Julian Assange: Bitcoin could establish a new global consensus [Net Prophet]

    "Bitcoin is the most intellectually interesting development in the last two years," said Julian Assange via a WeChat Livestream at Net Prophet -- the annual technology and trends conference. According to the Wikileaks founder, the next great innovation that is headed our way will be in the finance sector. He reckons that the technological innovation behind Bitcoin is establishing a new global consensus. Usually, we need laws to establish and enforce the way financial transactions take place, but Bitcoin is changing that. Cryptographically enforced agreements, like the ones coming out of Bitcoin, are different from the norm in as much as...

  • The future of online shopping: customer control and offline [Net Prophet]

    "A new retail is emerging -- it is consumer driven and tech-enabled," says Jody Ford, VP of eBay Marketplaces. As our world keeps evolving technologically, so the way people want to shop is evolving too. According to the eBay VP, we are likely to see more change in the retail business in the next three years than has occurred in the last 10 years. Retail is likely to benefit most from current technology platforms that rely on creation of consumer service and demand. He reckons that consumers are deciding how technology is being used rather than the creators. "Mobile...

  • From Julian Assange to startups: we’re liveblogging Net Prophet 2014

    Are you ready for the latest edition of Africa's largest entrepreneurship, innovation and startup event? We are. This year's Net Prophet conference brings together a mix of entrepreneurs and leading minds in the technology space to discuss all things digital. Oh, and don't forget Julian Assange. The controversial Wikileaks founder will be this year's headline speaker, calling in to the Cape Town-based event via WeChat video stream from his temporary home in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been staying since June 2012 to evade an extradition order. He will be joined by speakers such as eBay's vice...

  • Five minutes with 22seven founder ahead of Net Prophet talk

    Online money management system 22seven blew into our collective consciousness at the beginning of this year under a controversial storm. Most of that controversy centered around the fact that the service allowed third-party applications to access users' banking details. The innovative startup is the brainchild of 20Twenty founder Christo Davel, and is billed as an "intelligent money-saving tool" that plugs directly and securely into users' personal bank accounts and then delivers analysis on spending habits. It’s one of the sexiest startups to launch on the African continent, with funds from multiple unnamed investors. Davel is a serial entrepreneur with a wealth...

  • Stand a chance at receiving expert startup mentoring

    Running a startup is tricky: you have way more work than you would in an office job without any of the safety nets offered by a big corporate. You need all the help you can get. That help couldn’t come in a much better package than seasoned UK-based startup mentor Permjot Valia. Startups attending the Startup Acceleration Workshop at this year’s Net Prophet conference will have the opportunity to spend time...

  • 38 emerging South African tech entrepreneurs to watch [Part I]

    The technology space is particularly notable for the amount of entrepreneurial activity it attracts. The word "startup" has become almost synonymous with the tech and online space and there are thousands of entrepreneurs that run small and large companies that are carving out niches for themselves. The high amount of entrepreneurial activity in the tech sector may be explained by the fact that the costs of starting an online business are low. You don't need a factory or heavy-lifting equipment to start an online business, and the people found in the sector are highly skilled. Also, we all know about the...

  • Coming soon: A homegrown tech entrepreneurship guide

    All rising economies need a helping hand to achieve greatness. Economies that wish to thrive in today's fast-paced world of changing commerce and enterprising initiative need enterprising people. Entrepreneurship is a crucial part of any society on the rise, especially where technological infrastructure is lacking. The Entrepreneurship Guide website will go live on 12 May, in conjunction with the project launch at the Net Prophet conference in Cape Town. The South African entrepreneurial landscape is fast becoming a busy one. A sizeable number of South African entrepreneurs have graced the international stage with their ideas and flourishing success stories, though many...

  • Q&A: John Waibochi on mobile and Nokia’s future in Africa

    Kenyan innovator, John Waibochi, is best known for his Nokia million dollar award at the international Nokia World and Developer Summit in London in 2010. He has won many awards World Summit Award Mobile 2010, Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear and Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund to name a few. Waibochi is the Managing Director of Virtual City Ltd, a mobility solutions company specialising in supply chain automation, knowledge Management and interactive solutions. The company is helping revolutionise Kenya's growing mobile culture. Waibochi, talked to Memeburn about mobility in Africa and Nokia's future on the continent ahead...

  • Net Prophet offers mentorship opportunity to budding tech startups

    Net Prophet, South Africa's technology startup event, is offering promising technology start-up ventures the opportunity to receive three free days of personal hands-on mentoring and coaching at the Startup Acceleration Workshop, which takes place prior to the conference being held on 12 May, in Cape Town. Facilitated by world-renowned senior Seedcamp Mentor and Angel investor, Permjot Valia, and backed by Old Mutual, the mentoring workshop aims to help South African start-ups to fast-track...

  • Startup conference Net Prophet announces dates and lineup

    Africa's premier technology startup conference, Net Prophet, is back and taking place on 12 May at Mutual Park in Cape Town. In just two years, Net Prophet has established itself as the biggest technology startup event on the South African calendar. The stellar line-up of speakers, most of them successful entrepreneurs themselves, will share, inspire and equip other entrepreneurs across Africa to promote a technology rich culture. Net Prophet 2011, hosted by...

  • The Stuart Ntlathi story: A hope-filled prophecy for entrepreneurs in Africa

    High profile speakers, animated presentations, and the occasional F-bomb on stage all characterised the proceedings at what is fast-becoming one of South Africa’s hottest tech conferences. Net Prophet, a free one-day conference established by the RAMP Foundation last year as a means of social investment to debate and grow the local Internet economy, attracted about 800 people from all walks of life. This year’s line-up included Erik Hersman (Ushahidi), Vinny Lingham (Yola), Adriaan Pienaar (WooThemes), Stefan Magdalinski (Mocality), Richard Mulholland (Missing Link), Patrick Kayton (Cognician), Sarah Lacy (TechCrunch), Stephen Newton (ex-Google SA), Stephan Ekbergh (TravelStart), Stuart Ntlathi (SNSET), and Arthur...