Expertise: Information Technology and Services, Telecommunications, Computer Software
Tefo Mohapi to FollowersTechnology in Africa – 2013 Digest [Free eBook with insightful analysis of Technology in Africa]
In the book, Erik Hersman (Kenya) observes what differentiates the various technology communities across the continent but also offers insights into what makes for a competitive tech community. On a similar topic, Victor Asemota (Ghana) talks about building technology ecosystems as he further narrates how technology ecosystems are similar to natural ecosystems.
With his fund management experience, Mbwana Alliy (Tanzania) goes on to explain on an efficient method that technology start-ups should adopt to raise funding. I go on to elaborate on the various options that technology start-ups have for funding with emphasis that they explore bootstrapping.
Tim Katlic (United States of America) goes on and argues that collecting accurate internet user data is very critical to government policy making. Whilst on the same subject of governments, Will Mutua (Kenya) ” makes the point that technology, led by the Internet, is giving “power to the people” and assisting with governance by helping the citizens hold the politicians accountable given the amount of information they have at their fingertips.
To conclude the book, Jonathan MacDonald (United Kingdom) in the penultimate chapter contributes his perspective on Mobile Advertising and Marketing as he curiously points out how advertisers up to this day value “reach” over “specificity” despite the fact that mobile phone increase the chances of “specificity” and reaching the right potential customers with a very low margin of error.
Jon Hoehler (South Africa) then concludes by offering his advice on how to set off in mobile advertising in Africa. He starts with SMS based examples right up to mobile internet and app based advertising.
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Tefo Mohapi to FollowersBootstraps, Seeds, Angels, Adventurous Capitalists and Sharks
The past couple of years have seen what can be said to be a boom in technology startups, technology startup competitions and funding activity related to technology startups.
Amidst all this activity, the bottom line is that these are businesses and they should be run as such irrespective of the hype around technology startups. So let’s look at the various ways technology startup entrepreneurs can fund their businesses and the possible consequences of each method.
Technology Startup Entrepreneurs need to be aware of the options they have and choose one that is suitable to their business and future plans.
Tefo Mohapi to FollowersFuture of Technology in South Africa is Pale and Male, blame the government
In the foreword of the recent 2012 report, South Africa’s Basic Education Minister, Mrs. Angie Motshekga says “It is my proud privilege to announce the performance of learners who wrote the Annual National Assessment (ANA) during the week of 18–21 September 2012.” There is nothing to be proud of, especially as far as the Mathematics…