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Springlab: SA venture builder for African startups

Published by on Feb 26th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Springlab’s doors are now officially open. Springlab is a new technology incubator based in Cape Town and setting out to foster entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The founders of Springlab are Eugen Petersen (co-founder of Zando, Africa’s largest online fashion store) and Sheraan Amod (co-founder of Personera, a US-based venture capital backed firm), who bring diverse local and international startup experience to the company. Strategic advisor Randolf Jorberg (founder of Gulli.com, one of Europe’s largest online tech communities) is renowned as one of Germany’s top online marketers and brand builders. (more…)

LG impresses at G-Flex / G Pro Lite Launch

Published by on Feb 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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LG Mobile is taking on the premium smartphone market with a vengeance since launching the G2 last year. The latest edition to their arsenal is the G-Flex curved 6inch monster. We were invited to the LG Mobile SA launch of their flagship G-Flex and cheaper G Pro Lite launch on Thursday (January 30th). LG has been gaining market share slowly but surely in 2013 and it wasn’t a surprise when the G2 was named gadget of the year (2013) in Stuff magazine and other publications. LG Mobile are preparing for a massive public launch of the G-Flex in late March (effective April) this year and I can see why this curved phone is going to turn some heads. (more…)

Kim Dotcom – Life of a Millionaire under house arrest (video)

Published by on Jan 10th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Kim Dotcom, owner of file-sharing website Megaupload.com, saw his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand, raided by antiterrorist police supported by helicopters. It was hard to understand exactly why officials believed such a massive display of force was necessary, but now word comes that FBI told New Zealand police that Dotcom had a “doomsday device” capable of destroying evidence worldwide.

He has since been released on bail and is under house arrest in his New Zealand home. We all know him because of the file sharing site MegaUpload, but he is actually much more interesting than that business would suggest. In the mid 90’s he pioneered Flash animation on the internet. He also invented a way of doing video conferencing over a cell phone in 1999, when most people didn’t have one yet. So what does a millionaire do when he can’t leave his house? He becomes one of the best video gamers in the world, of course. At the time of his house raid in 2011 he was confirmed as the best Call of Duty player in the world.

Check out his interview video with VICE that was recorded in October 2013 below (Warning: it does contain strong language): (more…)

Motorola modular phone prototype is almost ready (video)

Published by on Dec 9th, 2013, No Comments

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This concept has come a very long way in a short space in time. How it all happened behind our backs, we are not sure. But according to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, Project Ara – which only came to light a bit more than a month ago – is nearing completion. Well, at least the prototype is almost ready.

“The idea is you have a skeleton that holds together a set of components and the components slide in and out,” Woodside told YouTuber Brownlee, explaining the modular cell phone project that was revealed in October. The CEO said that a prototype is “pretty close” to being ready. He adds that it will be sold through its Moto Maker platform, which it is currently using for selling the Moto X and the Moto G in the United States and Canada. (more…)

Steve Woz: “Lots wrong” with ‘Jobs’ movie

Published by on Aug 20th, 2013, No Comments

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Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, gave an interview to Bloomberg where he spoke about many a topic. It varied from Larry Ellison and his comments on Apple without Steve Jobs, companies’ roll in innovation for consumers and also the film ‘Jobs’, starring Ashton Kutcher as the eccentric visionary.

“There were a lot of things wrong,” he said in a televised interview Friday. Wozniak says that the film glorifies Steve Jobs, and inaccurately portrayed him; not showing the flaws inevitably lives within any human being. He also added that the film didn’t give the credit due to a lot of people that were involved in the early Apple.  “I didn’t like seeing a lot of people I know not get the respect they deserve,” he said. (more…)

2013 Net Prophet Conference Round-up

Published by on Jul 26th, 2013, No Comments

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The 2013 Net Prophet conference, that recognises the importance and need to build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship took place in Cape Town in May. It saw industry leaders, online professionals and successful entrepreneurs both local and international, take the stage.

Each added value to the event, presenting various relevant and insightful topics where they shed light on where the industry is at, especially in South Africa, shared their own experiences and journeys, highlighted various trends and gave advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and those looking to make their mark.

The event was headlined by TechCrunch editor in chief, Mike Butcher, a leading journalist who serves on the Mayor of London’s Smart London Board. Butcher, named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology, chose the topic The need to replicate Silicon Valley during which he addressed the audience on startup communities, building bridges and his own personal experiences taking on various startups in Europe and Silicon Valley.

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Net Prophet 2013: Interview with Christine Meintjies of The Pretty Blog

Published by on Jul 25th, 2013, No Comments

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Bandwidth Blog interviewed Christine Meintjies, co-founder of the popular women’s lifestyle website, The Pretty Blog at this year’s Net Prophet conference in Cape Town.

In the short interview, which you can watch in the video below, Meintjies shares some information about the site, online trends and how Net Prophet has inspired her.

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Net Prophet 2013: Interview with Jess Green of Perk

Published by on Jul 23rd, 2013, No Comments

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Bandwidth Blog TV was invited to the 2013 Net Prophet conference where we met up with entrepreneur Jess Green, CEO of Perk Mobile and eCommerce as well as a board member of the Silicon Cape Initiative.

Green provided some insight into his own background, Perk , an app that lets retailers engage with their customers while they’re in the store and Walkbase, that is currently in development.

Watch the full interview below:

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