africa

  • Nigeria’s Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga Crunch Network

    Nigeria’s Black Friday sales test the e-commerce models of startups Jumia and Konga

    Africa’s two leading e-commerce startups, Jumia and Konga, topped their 2015 Black Friday merchandise sales in Nigeria—even as the country weathers currency volatility and recession. The shopping spree of the continent’s most populous nation has become a de facto test event for each venture’s business model. Collectively backed by over $400 million in VC funding, both… Read More

  • Kenyan startup Ushahidi launches a crowdsourced campaign to monitor the U.S. election Crunch Network

    Kenyan startup Ushahidi launches a crowdsourced campaign to monitor the U.S. election

    The Kenyan software company Ushahidi has launched a campaign to observe the upcoming U.S. elections. The operation, called USA Election Monitor, will track voting irregularities reported via website, email, Twitter and SMS and post accounts to an online interactive map. “It’s a citizen-inspired, citizen-led election deployment,” Ushahidi’s Executive Director Daudi… Read More

  • It takes more than a village Crunch Network

    It takes more than a village

    Where there is wireless connectivity, there is a way to improve lives. That’s why countless mobile-for-development programs designed to address health, education and economic issues have been flooding Africa. Hailed as the “mobile continent,” Africa has generated $150 billion through the mobile ecosystem. But not every tech-for-good initiative can be M-PESA, the mobile… Read More

  • Africa Roundup: Zuckerberg’s visit, IBM’s new research center Crunch Network

    Africa Roundup: Zuckerberg’s visit, IBM’s new research center

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise August/September trip to Nigeria and Kenya put the global spotlight on Africa’s emerging IT ecosystem. Unsurprisingly, when one of the world’s most recognized tech entrepreneurs pops up at startups and tech hubs few have heard of it draws attention. News of Zuckerberg’s unannounced visit broke with social media photos of him… Read More

  • The OX is a flat-pack truck for the developing world

    The OX is a flat-pack truck for the developing world

    The Global Vehicle Trust has revealed its OX prototype, a truck that can be flat-packed into itself for transportation anywhere in the world. When it arrives at its destination, the OX can be unpacked and assembled by a trained team of three professionals in about 12 hours. (Insert your own favorite IKEA joke here.) The GVT was founded five years ago by British businessman and… Read More

  • Iroko launches IrokoX online network to showcase Africa’s creative talent Crunch Network

    Iroko launches IrokoX online network to showcase Africa’s creative talent

    Africa’s artists have a new online stage to showcase their talent. Nigeria based digital entertainment startup Iroko has launched IrokoX, a multi-platform Pan-African network for filmmakers, musicians, and other creative aspirants to produce, distribute, and monetize short-form content. The new medium will provide select artists production assistance, studio resources, and the opportunity… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Africa tour tracks tech’s growing interests on the continent Crunch Network

    Mark Zuckerberg’s Africa tour tracks tech’s growing interests on the continent

    After a surprise Nigeria visit to meet with techies in Lagos, Mark Zuckerberg took his Africa tour to Kenya this Thursday. There, the Facebook CEO visited the iHub innovation space, reviewed the BRCK mobile Wi-Fi device, had lunch with Kenyan ICT Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru and met with tech leaders Juliana Rotich and Erik Hersman. Like the Lagos expedition, the trip was unannounced. Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg meets with African tech leaders on Nigerian tour Crunch Network

    Mark Zuckerberg meets with African tech leaders on Nigerian tour

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria. News of his unannounced trip broke Tuesday with social media photos of him visiting the Co-Creation Hub (Cchub) innovation center in Lagos. Zuckerberg then dropped in at Andela, a software developer accelerator, in which he and his wife’s foundation invested $24million earlier this year. It seems Zuckerberg travels a bit like the… Read More

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