GoPro CEO gives $229 million to his college roommate

Published by on May 14th, 2015, No Comments

Nick Woodman

Neil Dana basically won the lottery when he ended up being college roomies with Nick Woodman.

Woodman, as some of you may know, is the founder and CEO of the world’s largest action camera company, GoPro.

However, 10 years ago, Woodman wasn’t a camera wielding, billionaire CEO when he attended the University of California in San Diego with his friend, Neil Dana. He was simply a young man with a vision.

Before GoPro was known around the world, and when the company was merely in its development phase, Woodman had made a promise to his roommate. A very lucrative promise, that is.  (more…)

Android For Work arrives on Google Play

Published by on Apr 17th, 2015, 1 Comment


Earlier in February this year, Google officially revealed Android for Work – a profile (for Lollipop users) or app (for Ice Cream Sandwich to KitKat users) designed to integrate enterprise and business functions into an employee’s private Android phone.

Yesterday saw Google release the official Android for Work app on the Play Store, which allows Android users to keep two copies of the same app – one for work, and the other for personal use.


Introducing IFIII: SA’s Simple Free Online Fund Comparison Tool

Published by on Mar 25th, 2015, 1 Comment


Short for ‘If I Invested In…’, IFIII offers an easy to use tool for investors of all levels to calculate and compare funds, while also benefiting from a historical review of fund performance across a range of South African funds, in order to determine how much could have been made from choosing the right fund. (more…)

Google debuts Android for Work

Published by on Feb 26th, 2015, No Comments


In December last year, Apple announced a new partnership with IBM to supplement the iPhone and iPad’s role in Enterprise. Now, in February 2015, Google has released its own reply in the form of Android for Work.

The move, not only in response to Apple’s interest in enterprise, will pit Google against titans of industry such as Microsoft and BlackBerry.


Proudly South African: LifeQ launches at CES 2015 (video)

Published by on Jan 7th, 2015, 1 Comment


While wearables are talked about as the next big thing in the tech industry, they all do pretty much the same thing in slightly different ways. No one has come up with something that can change the way you live your life.

Industrialised by the South African-based health tech startup HealthQ in Stellenbosch, global technology LifeQ think they may be onto something, with a technology that has been years in the making. Using various fields of expertise, LifeQ uses real time and predictive data to create digital simulations of human physiology. They intend to translate this into information which they believe has the potential to fundamentally improve your health, as well as human health in general.

This week, LifeQ launched globally at CES 2015. LifeQ has tapped into the human sensor by combining two technologies to give people the ability to optimize and improve the condition of the human body and live intelligently. These two technologies: continuous physiological monitoring and bio-mathematical modeling provide insights about personal and population-wide health—making it possible to significantly improve decision making for anyone’s health and well-being. Check out what its all about in the video below: (more…)

This is how Amazon is handling the Christmas rush

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2014, No Comments

Amazon Xmas Rush

You can just imagine the chaos that is an Amazon warehouse at this time of the year. Thousands upon thousands of Christmas gifts, just waiting to be sent off to their respective recipients.

This ‘Christmas rush’ has prompted Amazon to enlist some external help to help them cope with the intense and constant influx of product. And just how did they do this, you may ask? Well, considering we’re nearing the end of 2014, they enlisted the help of robots, of course.

The company showed off their nifty new robots yesterday that will help them through the snowball that is December and beyond. They are like santa’s little (futuristic) helpers, with Amazon being Santa. (more…)

appLOUD – an app that will help musicians make money

Published by on Dec 2nd, 2014, No Comments


As a musician, solo artist or band, you  essentially only have two ways of making money; album or single sales and of course, through ticket sales from live performances. Unless you’re a mega popstar or legendary rock band, these two ways of making money is your only bread and butter.

Indie or underground artists and bands that have not signed with a big label rely solely on gig money to survive. Sure, they can perhaps make money on album sales or downloads, but more often than not they choose to release these albums or singles for free in an effort to attract more people to their shows. Thus, you can imagine that these artists are constantly looking for other ways to showcase their music – and make money in the process.

And there might just be some light at the end of the tunnel thanks to a clever new startup with a clever new app.  (more…)

Startup Knight 2014 – Winners announced

Published by on Nov 19th, 2014, No Comments


This year’s Startup Knight competition was truly fierce with various wonderful startups that once again proved the immense talent we have in South Africa.

However, as competitions go, there can only be one winner and on Saturday, November 8th, the winners of this year’s competition were announced.

The final leg of the competition was split over two days. All finalists (8 Startups and 8 Concepts) were required to attend an intensive mentoring session on Friday, 7 November. The mentors comprised of successful tech entrepreneurs who generously committed their energy to coach the finalists. The results of the mentoring were realised on the Saturday when the finalists had to give their all as they delivered their final pitches to the judging panel.

After two adrenalin filled days it was time for the results and prize giving at a cocktail function held at the Radisson Blu in Granger Bay that Saturday evening. The finalists, judges, and mentors were joined by an audience of their partners and well known industry personalities.

Tiger Bytes won in the startup phase category with their Vula Application. Vula is an online learning tool used by staff and students at the University of Cape Town. Tiger Bytes won a prize to the value of R250,000 (R150,000 for software development and R100,000 for public relations and go-to-market efforts.)

1st Runner-up, MediaBox, boasts a hardware device that is similar to the Apple TV, but runs on Android and introduces 3G integration along with more input sources. Their R50,000 prize is dedicated to public relations and software development. (more…)