[Africa] Nominations For Top35-Under35CEO Awards Now Open.

YoungUpstarts

Africa may be home to mostly developing countries, but that doesn’t mean there’s little or no entrepreneurship on the continent. The applicant must be an African citizen who lives and school in Africa. • Applicants must be an African citizen who lives in Africa.

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FinTech Accelerating Digital Transformation of Banking in Africa

The Startup Magazine

Across Africa huge game‐changing leaps are currently taking place which are transforming economies on the continent ‐ and helping to drive forward key strategic priorities such as financial inclusion.

How Andela Finds and Trains World-Class Engineers in Africa [Traction #41: Christina Sass]

View from Seed

Christina Sass is co-founder and COO of Andela, a company that locates, trains, and staffs world-class engineers in Africa for hire by tech companies in the US and elsewhere. The post How Andela Finds and Trains World-Class Engineers in Africa [Traction #41: Christina Sass] appeared first on NextView Ventures. They’ve sparked a movement, cracked the code on finding great coders, and have attracted investors like Mark Zuckerberg.

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SXSW Startups: Pawame Powers Africa

Austin Startup

A finalist in Payment and FinTech Technology category, Pawame is lighting up rural communities in Africa with clean, affordable and reliable solar home systems. Nairobi is the undisputed startup hub of East Africa, and perhaps all of Africa. fintech sxsw africa startup nairobi

Middle East and North Africa aren’t the next big hotspot for tech… yet

The Next Web

In the past, people didn’t give much thought to the startup climate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Africa Business Contributors Entrepreneur Middle East

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Africa Online: Check out “The Shift”

David Cohen

Technology is changing lives — even saving lives — in Africa, the world’s second most populous continent. A production of BloombergTVAfrica , this will be an ongoing series about technology and entrepreneurship across Africa.

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January tech news from Africa: Summed up by a single word

The Next Web

It is also available across Africa. Netflix’s Africa launch, speculated on for so long, took the continent by surprise, but in reality it is the latest escalation of the VoD battle in Africa that has also seen the likes of Naspers and Ericsson roll out services.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

ReadWriteStart

Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation. Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

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Andela Connects Austin Tech Companies with Tech Talent in Africa

SiliconHills

To […] The post Andela Connects Austin Tech Companies with Tech Talent in Africa appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News The shortage of tech talent is acute in Austin and every U.S. The U.S. faces a shortage of as many as 21 million skilled workers by 2020 in manufacturing, energy, health care, technology, education and other fields, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

ReadWriteStart

Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation. Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

There’s Something Abuzz With GoodBuzz

YoungUpstarts

Africa is not known to generate many technology talents – the country is far more prolific in its music, sport and art – but here’s one young African who intends to buck the trend. Mawuna Koutonin was born in a small village in Togo, West Africa to a father of 36 children.

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Purple Cows and Charity Water

VC Cafe

In this case the creation of water wells in Africa. I’m assuming that there were quite a few water charities in Africa, but you haven’t heard of any before charity water. Charity Charity Water Africa Differentiation marketing purple cow scott harrison Seth godin

From email scams to e-commerce wins: How online shopping is helping Nigeria fix its Internet reputation

The Next Web

The Third Mainland Bridge is one of three bridges that connect Lagos’ Victoria Island with the ‘mainland’ and is the longest bridge in Africa. With a population estimated at between 21 and 23 million people, every month another 50,000 people converge from across Africa to live in the city.

Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

thebarefootvc

Last week, I spoke at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering in NYC about how emerging markets (and Africa in particular) are leapfrogging innovation in the financial services sector.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s year of books: The essential points from Why Nations Fail

The Next Web

Riddle me this: Why has Botswana, a landlocked country in the south of Africa, become one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, while other African nations — Zimbabwe, the Congo and Sierra Leone among them — remain caught in a miasma of violence and poverty?

Forget apps and useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator

The Next Web

All over Africa, young men and women have missioned across the country and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria. Africa Entrepreneur Shareables NewsWhat have you built lately?

When Third is First

thebarefootvc

The ingenuity of a rural farmer in Africa is on par with some of the greatest innovation I’ve seen in the heart of Silicon Valley, particularly in light of the lack of “formal” training and mentorship many of us experience in the developed world.

SXSW Startups: GoTech Puts Out Fires

Austin Startup

The product has been implemented successfully in South Africa and the name Lumkani was chosen because it has meaning in both countries. That is something we don’t find in Africa, especially in my country, ever. I am not saying that all AI are useless, but Africa is not there yet.

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Heads up, EMEA startups: Check out the Webit Congress StartUp Challenge

The Next Web

While the organizers are putting together an impressive speaker list with more than 180 people on it so far, we’d like to direct the attention of startup founders from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the event’s startup competition.

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Blockstream

thebarefootvc

Bitcoin Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Technology Venture Capital Women africa blockchain Blockstream emerging markets globalization social impact We’ve come together because we believe in the potential of this technology to have a significant, positive social impact. – Austin Hill , co-founder Blockstream (FPV’s newest portfolio company).

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Google-backed Pashash wins Startup World: Cape Town

The Next Web

Over 100 startups applied for Africa and eleven were chosen to compete in the Cape Town final held at Frieda’s on Bree. Africa Entrepreneur african startups cape town cape town startups google incubator News ogilvy pashash silicon cape startup world

Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

thebarefootvc

Last week, I spoke at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering in NYC about how emerging markets (and Africa in particular) are leapfrogging innovation in the financial services sector.

Its a small world after all

deal architect

Africa Innovation is GREAT. Innovation from around the globe Wagenstandanzeiger – a beauty of data visualization - Germany Daring New Buildings – Azerbaijan Microsoft and the Sochi Olympics – Russia Video Analytics Capital – Macau World Design Capital – S. Globalization and Technology

Happy Valentine’s Day

Feld Thoughts

Amy arrived home from Africa yesterday evening around 6pm. She had been gone for 12 days and, while she had an awesome trip, we missed each other terribly. She arrived home to a bunch of early Valentine’s Day stuff like a hot bath.

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: CAfrica Sports

crowdSPRING Blog

CAfrica Sports (pronounced see-Africa-sports) was in need of a logo and stationary design for their company that will be the first private broadcaster to deliver content to over 40 countries in sub-Sahara Africa.

When Third is First

thebarefootvc

The ingenuity of a rural farmer in Africa is on par with some of the greatest innovation I’ve seen in the heart of Silicon Valley, particularly in light of the lack of “formal” training and mentorship many of us experience in the developed world.

10+ Trends: Recap of 2011 and What’s Next…

thebarefootvc

As Western growth stalls, and emerging and frontier markets (such as Africa) grow, we will collaborate in ways not imagined before. As a venture capitalist, I am privy to innovations long before they become mainstream, one of the things I love about my job. But even more exciting is when I see inflection points of adoption — which is why 2011 was a particularly exhilirating year for me.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Afritee.org

crowdSPRING Blog

Once 1000 t-shirts are sold all of that money is used to build a school in Africa and all of its startup costs. Tags: Awesomeness Interviews business community crowdsourcing design marketing Africa afritee.org crowdspring education non profit

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Afritee.org

crowdSPRING Blog

Once 1000 t-shirts are sold all of that money is used to build a school in Africa and all of its startup costs. Tags: Awesomeness Interviews business community crowdsourcing design marketing Africa afritee.org crowdspring education non profit

Blockstream

thebarefootvc

Bitcoin Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Technology Venture Capital Women africa blockchain Blockstream emerging markets globalization social impactWe’ve come together because we believe in the potential of this technology to have a significant, positive social impact. – Austin Hill , co-founder Blockstream (FPV’s newest portfolio company).

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A Glimpse: My American Dream

thebarefootvc

The essays were a breeze…I wrote about how I had seen the positive impact of communication technologies (at the time, radio and television) in remote villages throughout my trips back to Africa and India, and how I wanted to be a part of bringing that connectivity to everyone in the world, as a means of creating better education opportunities, livelihoods and understanding amongst each other.

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TrendKite Expands to London

SiliconHills

TrendKite hired Gerard McNamara as its vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. […] The post TrendKite Expands to London appeared first on SiliconHills. TrendKite, a public relations analytics company for agencies and corporate brands, has opened a new office in London. The Austin-based startup, founded in 2012, closed on $16.6 million in funding last year and to date has raised $37 million.

3 basic rules for entrepreneurs who want to expand internationally

The Next Web

I’m often asked how the company I work for managed to successfully expand from Sub-Saharan Africa to Poland, a very different type of market, to say the least.

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Wonga Launches Fraud Hotline To Combat Phishing Scam

YoungUpstarts

The scam has been targeting consumers in South Africa, a country where online consumers face a high risk of internet fraud , for the past year. The scam starts with an email or SMS being sent to customers, purported by Wonga South Africa, to a diverse range of recipients.

goTransverse Lands Major Customer and Plans Expansion

SiliconHills

The Austin-based company is providing STARZ Play with a billing system that allows the media company to provide service to up to 385 million media consumers in 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

Medici’s Founder Clinton Phillips Talks About Disrupting the Healthcare Industry on Ideas to Invoices

SiliconHills

A Native of South Africa, Clinton Phillips, a serial entrepreneur, recently founded Medici, a HIPAA-complaint telemedicine app, in Austin and raised more than $24 million in venture capital funding. Previously, Phillips founded and ran Aspen-based Aspen Back & Body, physical rehab clinic, that he sold to Laser Spine Institute.

[Infographic] The Gender Gap Is Also A Virtual One

YoungUpstarts

While much of the gender inequality where online access is concerned is unsurprisingly concentrated in the Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, in truth there’s significant inequality in other parts of Asia, and even in Europe.

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Indeed to Add 500 Jobs in Ireland

SiliconHills

Austin-based Indeed plans to hire 500 employees in Ireland during the next two years as part of an expansion plan for its Dublin-based headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Indeed is hiring sales, client services, human resource, business development, marketing, finance, strategy and operations employees, according to a news release from Ireland IDA. […] The post Indeed to Add 500 Jobs in Ireland appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

International Tourism Grew 4% In 2012: UNWTO

YoungUpstarts

By region, Asia and the Pacific (+7-percent) was the best performer in 2012, while by sub-region South-East Asia, North Africa (both at +9-percent) and Central and Eastern Europe (+8-percent) topped the ranking. People are traveling more.

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Victoria City: Morocco’s Greatest Economic Opportunity?

YoungUpstarts

It is not only of great importance to Morocco, but it is also one of the most important cities in Africa. As mentioned earlier Casablanca is of great importance to both Morocco and Africa.

Q118 Vacation

Feld Thoughts

We were apart for ten days because of a trip she took to Africa, so we went to San Diego for a week. Amy and I have learned that I need a Q1 vacation earlier in Q1 (vs. waiting until the end of March).

Startup founders in Southeast Asia, it’s time to step up

The Next Web

Less than two years later, it became the first startup from Africa to receive funding from 500 Startups. Dropifi is looking to streamline customer feedback.

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5 Fashion Brands That Are Killing It On Facebook

Brandanew

As it was happening in Africa, where many struggle with the challenge of the HIV epidemic, they took up a charity campaign themed it around the issue. Although a well-known British brand, it had minimal awareness in Africa and it chose the 2010 soccer world cup.