We tend to have certain paradigms about the “developed world” and the “developing world.” Including, of course, media-fed images of Africa as a place of almost irredeemable poverty, deprivation, and pain.
Guest Post Amr Shady is the CEO of TA Telecom, one of the fastest-growing companies in the Middle East and Africa.
It figures that a music distribution company for modern Africa would skip old-school architecture and go straight to mobile.
Editor’s Pick Apple’s new iPhone 5C is the answer to China, the answer to India, the answer to the entire developing world that might just crave a little more iOS in their lives, and the answer to Android’s 80 percent global smartphone market share.
Or is it?
Santa Clara University is one of the many educational institutions who have developed programs aimed at social entrepreneurs, and last Thursday, 13 social enterprises gave speed pitches to a room of impact investors as part of the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) Accelerator Showcase.
Digital Globe uses satellite imagery and geospatial analytics to track what’s happening in the world and predict the likelihood of extreme events.
Super incubator Rocket Internet entered the hotel business with the launch of Jovago, a hotel booking site based in Nigeria.
Nomanini is a social enterprise company that sells a “business in a box.” The portable orange device is called Lula, and works as a little digital vending machine for selling prepaid vouchers for mobile airtime.
Editor’s Pick Last year Twitter sales exec Amanda Levy quit her job, lived in a hut in Africa with no power and no water, cycled with her father on the Oregon Coast, became certified as a yoga instructor, and travelled the world.
“The Indian tiger and the Chinese dragon have had their days, it’s now the African lion’s turn,” says Thakkar, emphasizing the huge market opportunity and the massive potential that the continent presents.
Check out this 20 minute documentary on Africa’s tech scene. Unlike Silicon Valley, “innovation is born from necessity.”
Adsolut launched today as the “admeld for Africa.” It is an ad network and management platform that helps web publishers more effectively sell and manage their ads online in sub-Saharan Africa.
Worldreader launches a new mobile program that makes thousands of books available to people in the developing world through their low-end feature phones.
The African digital games landscape is still in its infancy. Here’s what local developers and game studios are doing to help it grow.
A South African accelerator receives investment from a South African venture capital fund in an effort to build a robust, flowing, native startup ecosystem.
Scientists have hacked together a microscope out of an iPhone, a piece of glass, double-sided tape, and a cheap flashlight that is good enough to detect intestinal worm infections with 70 percent accuracy.
E-commerce retailer Jumia takes investment to fuel its growth into new African markets.
Guest Post Entrepreneur Payam Zamani explores the similarities between climbing mountains and starting a business from scratch.
From Nomanini’s terminal, South African entrepreneurs can sell mobile prepaid vouchers and earn extra income.
With its latest effort, Microsoft aims to get more people in Africa online (and using Windows phone).
Information may want to be free, but the organization behind Wikipedia wants knowledge to be free too. So Wikimedia has formed a partnership with the world’s sixth-largest telecom, VimpelCom, to deliver Wikipedia mobile sites for free to developing countries.
Will the iPhone 5 be coming to China Mobile’s 700 million subscribers? Apple needs this, sure, but make no mistake: China Mobile needs it just as bad.
Every December 1, the world takes a day to raise awareness about the spread of HIV/AIDS and its prevention. Here’s what Bill Gates and others are doing to help.
Telecommunications giant Ericson has released a massive report on the state of the mobile world. And clearly, unless you live in the almost-fully-penetrated European and North American markets, everything is up and to the right.
LIONS@FRICA brings DEMO to sub-Saharan Africa to unleash the continent’s innovation potential
Editor’s Pick My first question to Ashish Thakkar, CEO of a pan-African conglomerate, one-time genocide refugee, and the continent’s first space tourist: “When do you find time to sleep?”
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xirq70K392s&w=560&h=315] When it comes to thinking big, MedAfrica takes the cake. The founders are aiming to revolutionize how people in developing areas, particularly on the African continent, access and use health information.
Not many tech startups save lives. Sproxil may be one of them.