kenya

  • Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding Crunch Network

    Responding to the demand for reliable data collection in Africa, mSurvey raises seed funding

    mSurvey, a Kenya based startup specializing in mobile data collection, has raised seed capital as it looks to expand its survey business in partnership with retailers in sub-Saharan Africa. Safaricom, Cross Culture Ventures, and the Virgin Group’s Alpha Angels joined an investment round in the four year old business. “It’s a seed round. I can’t disclose the amount… Read More

  • In Kenya, Safaricom’s Little Cab app goes head to head with Uber Crunch Network

    In Kenya, Safaricom’s Little Cab app goes head to head with Uber

    Even as a deal is imminent between Uber and its closest competitor Didi Chuxing in the immense Chinese market, competition in ride-sharing continues to intensify around the globe. Africa is one region where entrants continue to pile in. In Kenya’s tech transit market, which already includes Uber and several other startups, Safaricom, the country’s largest telecom and fintech firm… Read More

  • The opportunities Silicon Valley doesn’t see Crunch Network

    The opportunities Silicon Valley doesn’t see

    Silicon Valley is justifiably seen as the geographical center of digital innovation. From Google and Facebook to Uber and Netflix, the Valley is home to many global technology leaders. However, when searching for the next big startup, the time has come to look beyond Silicon Valley. Read More

  • As it expands in Africa, Uber adapts to local markets and adopts cash payments Crunch Network

    As it expands in Africa, Uber adapts to local markets and adopts cash payments

    While Uber continues its push into Africa the company is making allowances to local markets and testing unique service models users wouldn’t see in other parts of the globe. Anyone can now use the mobile app to hail a car in 12 cities across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt…. And in all of those countries users can pay drivers in hard cash. Read More

  • In Africa, Watson’s sister Lucy is growing up with the help of IBM’s Research team Crunch Network

    In Africa, Watson’s sister Lucy is growing up with the help of IBM’s Research team

    Three years after launching a $100 million initiative to create a Watson-inspired tech platform that finds “commercially viable solutions to the continent’s grand challenges,” Watson’s African equivalent—Lucy—is shaping up and IBM’s Africa research facility is more defined in structure, team, and projects. Read More

  • 3 industries being disrupted in developing countries Crunch Network

    3 industries being disrupted in developing countries

    Entrepreneurs in developing nations have redefined the words “bootstrapping” and “disruptive,” creating all kinds of businesses that solve major societal problems. These solutions affect hundreds, thousands and sometimes millions of people, and are often developed with few resources and scarce funding. For me, it’s impossible to think about these two… Read More

  • Tech Infrastructure In The Developing World Crunch Network

    Tech Infrastructure In The Developing World

    More than a billion people do not have access to cellular networks, three billion people live without phones and five billion people do without Internet access. While billions became connected to phone and Internet networks over the past decade, huge numbers of people are still underserved by these networks. The existing telecom and Internet infrastructure faces a tremendous challenge in… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally Crunch Network

    Silicon Valley Can Accelerate Social Impact Globally

    Silicon Valley’s influence is undeniable but its global impact has always been a passive byproduct of success at home. To make a lasting, material difference, there needs to be a concerted effort to expand its reach in a substantial and sustainable way. For the better part of the last century, the Valley has been a bedrock for technological progress and era-defining industry. From… Read More

  • Keepod Unite Wants To Bring PCs to Nairobi’s Poorest Residents

    Keepod Unite Wants To Bring PCs to Nairobi’s Poorest Residents

    Israeli startup Keepod and LiveInSlums, an NGO, have united to launch an important project, Keepod Unite, that seeks to bring personal computers to the slums of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. The team is currently seeking $38,000 on Indiegogo and will use the funds to distribute 1,500 Keepod devices, a secure operating system that runs from a USB drive, and a total of 50 recycled… Read More

  • Twpple Hack, Built By Kenyan Duo, Connects Small Businesses With Social Media “Big Wigs”

    Twpple Hack, Built By Kenyan Duo, Connects Small Businesses With Social Media “Big Wigs”

    Here at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Hackathon, Sam Gichuru (left) and Billy Odero spent the night working on a neat hack to help small businesses promote themselves by tapping into social network influencers. The hack, called Twpple, is designed to give smaller outlets, such as kebab shops, market stalls, hair salons and so on — basically any small businesses that hasn’t built up… Read More

  • WITN?: Can India Succeed in Exporting Mobile Services Like It Did with Bollywood? (TCTV)

    We’re not going to lie to you—this video may feature the world’s worst Skype connection. And that was after 45 minutes of trouble-shooting. While we have no problems connecting to entrepreneurs in Russia or Kenya, apparently London is the land that Skype forgot, which is pretty ironic given it was funded there. But such old-world telecom connections are the new reality for… Read More

  • Bicycle-mounted mobile phone chargers actually improve Kenyan lives

    Two dollars is a princely sum in Kenya. But that’s what people there have to pay to charge their mobile phone at a charging station—sometimes just an old car battery on the side of the road. So, in yet another example of technology actually improving people’s lives (rather than just giving hipsters an opportunity to bump into other hipsters), two students have developed a… Read More

  • Now there's a Barack Obama-branded cellphone (in Kenya)

    Hah! A Kenyan cellphone company has released a Barack Obama-branded cellphone. It’s decked out in red and blue, with fun phrases like “Yes We Can” all over it. The company, Mi Phone, has named the phone the Mi-Obama. (Obama’s father was born in Kenya.) It’ll cost around $30 there. In other Obama-branded news, there’s a guy on 14 Street in New York who sells… Read More