Basheera Khan

Basheera Khan
Basheera Khan is a South African technology journalist and blogger based in London. She is a Contributing Editor to TechCrunch Europe and blogs about social media and other geeky things for The Daily Telegraph. Basheera began her career in technology publishing as a staff reporter for ITWeb and Brainstorm in Johannesburg. She moved to the UK in 2001, somehow ending up in Swansea. After a stint editing itwales.com for Swansea University's computer science department, she launched Wales' first and only technology news publication, Ping Wales (2004-2007, RIP). She has appeared on ITV Wales 6pm news commenting on new media, and has in the past blogged for Social Media Influence. Basheera has been a frequent contributor to the Welsh business press, and has lectured in online journalism at Cardiff University's School of Journalism and Glamorgan University's School of Creative & Cultural Industries. She is a regular speaker at events organised by the non-profit company bloc, which focus on creative technology in Wales. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Basheera Khan

  • #XmasCrunch – Speakers and Pitches in video

    #XmasCrunch – Speakers and Pitches in video

    I’m not sure what the best part of the second annual TechCrunch Europe ChristmasCrunch was. Between the numerous cool startup pitches, the collected wisdom of our terrifically qualified panels and individual speakers, the auction of signed copies of the LDN Nude Tech Calendar that raised £2,000 for Take Heart India and of course, the annual air guitar competition, it was a pretty… Read More

  • LeWeb: Shutl launches near-instant gratification for online shoppers

    LeWeb: Shutl launches near-instant gratification for online shoppers

    Online shopping has come along in leaps and bounds since 1994 when the first e-commerce transaction actually occurred — but as dotcom bombs UrbanFetch and Kozmo proved, delivery can be the most painful point in the ecommerce chain. Enter Shutl, which today launches an on-demand delivery platform that aggregates transportation carriers. Think of it as cloud computing for the logistics… Read More

  • LeWeb: Storific riffs on hyperlocal, real-time conversation through social media

    LeWeb: Storific riffs on hyperlocal, real-time conversation through social media

    [FRANCE] Another startup pitching on their home turf is Storific, which is all about getting companies and customers talking to each other using the de facto social media avenues we know as Twitter and Facebook. It’s your classic ‘opt-in for great rewards’ model that drives the plethora of email newsletter services which most companies still rely on as their mainstay of… Read More

  • LeWeb: Sokoz turns real-time auctions into web entertainment

    LeWeb: Sokoz turns real-time auctions into web entertainment

    [FRANCE] Sokoz is a quick-fire real-time, reverse auction platform in beta that makes bidding for online goods dangerously fun for the shopping-addicted. The site is available in French and English. Each auction starts with a top price which begins to fall until either the reserve price is reached or all units of the product are passed. Like a shopping channel TV show, live sales begin at… Read More

  • LeWeb: Cost-control for cloud computing from CloudSplit

    LeWeb: Cost-control for cloud computing from CloudSplit

    [IRELAND] CloudSplit, a real-time analytics tool working towards private beta, helps businesses understand where their cloud computing costs are going and hopefully saves them from the shock of a massive bill when the PUT and GET requests come thick and fast. This is pretty exciting stuff, when you consider that Amazon itself doesn’t have a solution like this for its own customers. You… Read More

  • LeWeb: Task.ly promises to-do management with added sexy

    LeWeb: Task.ly promises to-do management with added sexy

    [RUSSIA] Here’s something that ought to get personal productivity geeks a little bit hot under the collar. Task.ly, not yet launched, approaches to-do management with the same re-engineering focus that Google Wave’s creators took to email. The prototyped product looks very exciting. It incorporates some fairly obvious features that make a task management app kick butt, like having… Read More

  • LeWeb: Tigerlily targets community management with Facebook Page tools

    LeWeb: Tigerlily targets community management with Facebook Page tools

    [FRANCE] French startup Tigerlily offers a white label Facebook Page management system that makes community management a heck of a lot easier than Facebook intended. In essence, the tool set encompasses flexible contest and quiz widgets to customize a Facebook Page, and is targeted at media groups, large brands and their agencies and marketers. The FPMS uses ‘Share’ buttons on… Read More

  • LeWeb: Stribe's plug and play social networks – with a difference?

    LeWeb: Stribe's plug and play social networks – with a difference?

    [FRANCE/US] Stribe is a plug and play service to instantly create a social network on any website — not unlike competitors Ning, socialthing and meebo. It was founded in March 2008 by Kamel Zeroual, Gaël Delalleau and Demba Diallo, who launched Stribe at TechCrunch50 in September this year. The B2B offer is simple — site administrators can copy and paste a bit of javascript, and… Read More

  • LeWeb: FriendBinder controls social network noise

    LeWeb: FriendBinder controls social network noise

    [UK] With the mass of social networking sites and tools out there comes the dire need for aggregators to unite the threads and bring order to the chaos. One of the latest such offerings is FriendBinder, an aggregator launched in beta in September that combines all your friends activity across multiple social networks including Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, Delicious, YouTube, Last.fm… Read More

  • Say it isn't so – WhoSampled reveals the rip-offs in music

    Say it isn't so – WhoSampled reveals the rip-offs in music

    [UK] As the saying goes, there are no original ideas – only original people. It’s this concept that drives the latest music-related startup to come out of London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout‘, that concentration of tech startups around the Old Street area. WhoSampled.com has been in public beta for a year, and officially launches today. Founded by Nadav Poraz, the… Read More

  • Texas Instruments targets 3D gaming with Softkinetic-Optrima gesture recognition SDK

    Texas Instruments targets 3D gaming with Softkinetic-Optrima gesture recognition SDK

    [Belgium] Earlier this week, 3D gesture recognition software developer Softkinetic and VUB university spin-off company Optrima, inventor of patented 3D sensing technology announced a joint venture offering what they say is the most complete 3D depth-sensing imaging and gesture recognition interface solution on the market. It’s available now, and is being offered to OEMs as an… Read More

  • Swedish startup RunAlong wants to make you sweat. With your friends. In the dark.

    Swedish startup RunAlong wants to make you sweat. With your friends. In the dark.

    FOWA’s known for being a launching platform for startups. The joy of being surrounded by 600-odd web people though is that there are bound to be a few other startups in the house apart from the ones that make it to the stage. One that caught my eye yesterday is RunAlong.se, which as the domain suggests is a Swedish venture, founded by former user interaction designer Heidi… Read More

  • FOWA 2009: Simon Wardley on what cloud computing standards mean for tech startups

    Looking at the Twitter stream of Day 2 at FOWA 2009, it’s clear that Canonical’s Simon Wardley hit all the right buttons with his levelheaded and wryly humourous take on the ongoing evolution of cloud computing, and what it means for the future of innovation in the tech space. He gave a tip of the hat to Ubuntu’s Enterprise Cloud, which supports the emerging EC2 standard… Read More

  • How many iPhone apps has O2 banned from the App Store?

    How many iPhone apps has O2 banned from the App Store?

    Today, 0870, a fantastic free iPhone app from freelance mobile developer Simon Maddox is at last available in the UK App Store, after a whopping 429 days in the approval process. And it appears that O2 was largely to blame for the hold up. Read More

  • 4iP makes £350k equity investment in MyBuilder.com

    4iP makes £350k equity investment in MyBuilder.com

    Channel 4’s 4iP fund has acquired a minority equity stake in former Seedcamp winner, MyBuilder.com for £350,000. As part of the deal, MyBuilder.com’s services will be integrated into Channel 4’s 4Homes website, with the company getting a proportion of CPA revenue generated through the site. The deal is significantly 4iP’s first investment into a later stage company with… Read More

  • Exclusive: Mixcloud launches 'the YouTube of radio' on Monday

    Exclusive: Mixcloud launches 'the YouTube of radio' on Monday

    Listen up, music lovers. Mixcloud, the on-demand radio startup that’s re-thinking radio for the digital age, opens its doors to the public at noon on Monday. The site launched in private beta at SXSW earlier this year, and has had some positive reviews. Which is probably why it was shortlisted for a TechCrunch Europas award a few months back. After the jump, we’ve got 500 passes… Read More

  • PayPal debuts new APIs at Charity Hack Weekend

    PayPal debuts new APIs at Charity Hack Weekend

    Okay, so I know events are not news, but this is one worth talking about. On 19-20 September, PayPal is hosting a Charity Hack Weekend, where the goal is for developers to build new ways to take donations across social media, mobile and web platforms. The idea is to help charities that don’t have the resources or know-how to make better use of technology to promote their cause, with… Read More

  • Teenagers show UK Govt how web/mobile services should be done

    Teenagers show UK Govt how web/mobile services should be done

    If we assume that the secret to successful tech startups is an elegant solution to a common problem, easily monetized and marketed to a receptive audience, then Young Rewired State probably saw the birth of five or more successful startups of the future, hacked together by a group of very motivated teenagers over 24 hours. The hack day, organised by Rewired State, was held at Google’s… Read More

  • Flirtomatic gets people paying to flirt Down Under

    Flirtomatic gets people paying to flirt Down Under

    Flirtomatic, the freemium mobile and online flirting service from UK startup Handmade Mobile Ltd, has launched in Australia through ninemsn, one of the most popular websites in that country. The agreement will see Flirtomatic initially launched with major carriers using existing ninemsn content relationships. Ninemsn’s digital sales team, the largest in Australia, will handle all… Read More

  • Nokia's Ovi Store offers free trial of Shazam to drive Nokia Music Store sales

    Nokia's Ovi Store offers free trial of Shazam to drive Nokia Music Store sales

    Forget Spotify – here comes another attempt to make money out of digital music borrowed directly from the shareware world. Nokia’s Ovi Store has hooked up with mobile music discovery app Shazam to offer a try-before-you-buy version for its handsets running Symbian OS, S60 5.0 and Symbian OS S60 3.1 and 3.2. These include the new N97, the 5800 XpressMusic, the E71 and the N95 range. Read More