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The World Economic Forum has revealed that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living and operating in urban areas. Considering the resultant congestion and air pollution, which are already challenges requiring mitigation in 2019, mobility and energy should be top of mind for those making the shift towards cities of the future Many cities globally have started to adopt smarter mobility solutions, and it is now more important than ever for South...

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Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) isn’t easy, but it’s crucial for company growth. As a  B2B SEO agency, we spend a lot of time working with clients on their company’s SEO strategy (both in South Africa and the UK) and have seen them reap the benefits of SEO with quality leads. We’ve managed plenty of site launches from an SEO perspective (including our own website TopLine Film earlier this year) which means that we have a blueprint for...

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Intuit QuickBooks has seen stellar growth in its online business, which it says is validation of its philosophy of investing in and servicing the bourgeoning small and medium-sized (SME) business segment. This is vital in South Africa as 98,5% of the country’s economy is made up of SMEs, according to a recent Small Business Institute report. Jolawn Victor, head of emerging markets at Intuit QuickBooks, said that because of this incredibly high concentration of small...

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Cloud CRM is not only a very powerful business tool. It also delivers bespoke CRM services to specific verticals such as insurance or healthcare. $193.6 billion was spent on enterprise applications during 2018, of which nearly a quarter – $48 billion – went to customer relationship management (CRM) software (Gartner). Out of that chunk, nearly three-quarters are being spent on SaaS (Software as a Service) CRM, that being software services that companies use on-demand as...

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AlphaCode, Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI)‘s incubation, acceleration and investment vehicle has awarded R23 million supplier development loans to three fintech startups, Zande Africa, Bright On Capital and Livestock Wealth. Dominique Collett, head of AlphaCode explains, “We have granted Zande and Bright On, with whom we’ve been associated for over four years, around R10 million in supplier development loans each and Livestock Wealth has been granted R2 million. Businesses like these don’t always get the funding they require to grow...

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Embracing technology isn’t just a matter of having the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos at hand whenever we want to use them – it’s something that’s integrated into every part of our everyday lives. And it’s no different for businesses. Technology is part of everything, and if you don’t keep up with it, you run the risk of competitors eating your lunch and taking your customers. Automation is one of the most important technological...

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August 14 2019. Kobo360, the digital technology platform disrupting African third-party logistics, today announced the completion of a $20M Series A equity round led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from Asia Africa Investment and Consulting Pte. and existing investors including TLcom Capital, Y Combinator, the International Finance Corporation. An additional $10M in local currency working capital financing has been secured from Nigerian commercial banks. Launched in 2017 by Nigerian entrepreneurs Obi Ozor and Ife Oyedele...

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Entrepreneurs are renowned for starting businesses addressing challenges faced by local communities, based on their innovation and problem solving abilities. Considering that the transport industry in South Africa is plagued with many issues, such as congestion and access to safe and reliable public transport, entrepreneurs may hold the key to providing solutions geared towards smarter mobility.   This is according to Ben Pullen, CEO at Generation.e who refers to a report by global software company Inrix, which...

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Exactly one year ago, insurance app Granadilla was launched into the South African market. Digital transformation is a business imperative in the insurance industry, and thus a consumer imperative. With this in mind, Granadilla has set the benchmark for insurtech in South Africa. Underwritten by Bryte Insurance, Granadilla has experienced positive growth across various indicators including user numbers, policies sold and gross written premiums (GWP). Jonathan Walker, founder and CEO of Granadilla says, “disrupting the...

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Uzoma Dozie, one of Nigeria’s leaders in the financial sector and the last Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Nigeria, recently announced that he is launching a new financial technology community and ecosystem, Sparkle; a mobile-first platform focused on the country’s retail sector. Sparkle will tackle how retailers can achieve their daily objectives and scale their businesses, providing a suite of innovative lifestyle services, in addition to typical current and savings accounts that exist in the market. In...

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