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4Di Capital receives investment from E. Oppenheimer & Son Int.

Published by on Nov 16th, 2012, No Comments

Cape Town based independent early-stage technology venture capital firm, 4Di Capital, that recently made headlines with the selling of its Motribe shares to Mxit, will be receiving an investment from E. Oppenheimer & Son International of the wealthy South African Oppenheimer family.

The investment, the amount of which has not yet been disclosed, will double the size of 4Di Capital’s Fund 1 that targets startup investment opportunities.

This will enable the company to expand into other new investment opportunities, that have included several in South Africa, as well as ensure the necessary capital to accelerate its portfolio growth.

Rachel Slack, a Director of E. Oppenheimer & Son, said, “We believe that South Africa has exceptional entrepreneurial talent and are excited to join the 4Di Capital family, where we hope we can assist in leveraging the resources available to us in support of young, high-impact entrepreneurs wishing to develop and launch their new innovations onto the global stage.”

According to founding partner of 4Di Capital and co-founder of the Silicon Cape Initiative, Justin Stanford the company are “pleased” to have received the investment from the Oppenheimers which will assist in providing much needed capital to local technology startups in the mobile, enterprise software and web sectors with the growth potential to make their mark in international markets.

Laurence (Laurie) Olivier, US based Senior Partner of 4Di Capital commented, “Recent shifts in technology and the global venture capital arena have created opportunities for entrepreneurs in emerging markets to take advantage of an increasingly integrated global technology landscape and lower cost of market entry, especially in the software, mobile and internet sectors.”

“Barriers to entry have dropped significantly and now technological talent anywhere in the world has the potential to flourish if provided with the right enabling environment, capital and support.”

2012 South African eCommerce Award Winners

Published by on Nov 15th, 2012, No Comments

The 7th annual South African eCommerce Awards sheds some light on how far eCommerce in South Africa has come. Websites are in tune with the increasing demands of this growing industry and are raising their standards year on year.

The South African eCommerce Awards congratulates the Winners in the 2012 South African eCommerce Awards for their contributions to powering eCommerce in South Africa forward, and would like to give recognition and commend all the participating websites for their contributions to the eCommerce industry.

The Winners in the 2012 South African eCommerce Awards:

  • Yuppiechef winner of the Best eCommerce Store Award
  • Bidorbuy winner of the Best eCommerce Services Website Award
  • Groupon South Africa winner of the Best Group Buying Website Award
  • Property24 winner of the Best Classifieds Website Award
  • TravelGround winner of the Best Design, Standards & Ease of use Award
  • Yuppiechef winner of the Best Shopping Process Award
  • HomeChoice winner of The Public’s Favourite eCommerce Website Award

Silicon Cape Committee 2013

Published by on Nov 15th, 2012, No Comments

Last night saw the inspiring motivations given by candidates during the elections for the 2013 Silicon Cape Committee at Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town.

After tallying up the votes these are the committee members that were voted in:

  • Alex Fraser
  • Cathrine Luckhoff
  • Daniel Guasso
  • Heidi Schneigansz
  • Jess Green
  • Joe Botha
  • Lianne du Toit
  • Nic Haralambous
  • Rob Gilmour
  • Roger Norton
  • Thulani Ngwenya
  • Tim Harris

Congratulations to all committee members!

If anyone is interested in joining a sub committee or supporting the Silicon Cape initiative in some way please email engage@siliconcape.com

HiLo Lens for iPad and iPhone Photography

Published by on Nov 15th, 2012, No Comments

Recently launched as a fundraising project on Kickstarter, the HiLo Lens has already surpassed its goal of $27, 500 to have raised over $30, 000.

Just like the swivel/flip screen found on digital cameras, the 90 degree angled lens for iPad and iPhone extends the devices’ camera to capture photographs from a number of different angles.  With the HiLO Lens the iPad can be held comfortably at waist level while recording video footage or taking photos without having to hold it awkwardly at arm’s length. By laying the iPhone or iPad flat on a surface, the HiLo Lens turns the device into a tripod.


Re-designed Apple iMac release delayed

Published by on Nov 15th, 2012, No Comments

According to a rumour reported by Apple Insider, the new iMacs from Apple, unveiled in October and expected to arrive on 27th November 2012, may be delayed until 2013 with the models not being ready in time for the 2012 holiday season.

The information comes from a source cited by a French language blog MacBidouille.

It has been speculated that the delay may be due to the advanced processes involved in the manufacturing of the re-designed iMacs that include an advanced assembly technique called friction-stir welding and the thinner screen lamination process that involves closing the small gap between the display and front glass.

Facebook launches share button for mobile

Published by on Nov 15th, 2012, No Comments

 After receiving multiple requests Facebook has today launched a “share” button for its mobile news feeds much like that of a retweet button on Twitter for users to easily share content with friends.

With the new feature, that is the mobile equivalent of the share button on Facebook.com, users can click the share button and also add their own comments before reposting.

Whenever a user shares a piece of content, it will credit the source of the information by attaching the original poster’s name to the status update.

The button can be found alongside the already existing “Like” and “Comments” buttons at the bottom of all the posts.

In addition to its mobi site, the new feature will soon be rolling out to Android and iOS apps.

Source: Venture Beat

Mobile Web Africa 2012 in numbers

Published by on Nov 14th, 2012, 1 Comment

It’s just two weeks until the 2012 Mobile Web Africa conference in Johannesburg from the 27th to 29th November and with 84% of the venue already filled, now is the time to register if you’re interested in being a part of this event.

Contributors include:

  • Prins Mhlanga – Managing Executive of Digital Media, Vodacom
  • Ory Okolloh - Manager Policy & Government Relations, Google Africa
  • Zeyad Davids - Managing Director, M&C Saatchi Mobile
  • Marc Herson, 2go
  • Mark Kaigwa - Partner, Afrinnovator
  • Musa Kalenga- Group Head: Digital Marketing, Nedbank 

mapIT Announces Interactive Mapping for Cycle Challenge

Published by on Nov 14th, 2012, No Comments

Digital mapping partner mapIT, with 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Altech Netstar, have announced the launch of the online Interactive Map, Route Maps, Race Profiles and Mobi Site for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge taking place on 18 November 2012 through the streets of Johannesburg.  Altech Netstar will be providing tracking of over 100 route vehicles, as well as riders supporting various charities.

The mapIT Route Maps and Race Profiles, which visually show the gradient of the route, allow for entrants to prepare for the race. The Interactive Map that can be viewed on 947.mapservice.co.za, contains the routes, live tracking of charities, points of interest as well as road closures which will enable race participants to plan their movements and meeting points for the day. The Mobi Site will also assist supporters in navigating to meeting spots and will also provide real time tracking of cyclists.