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Africa Roundup: African startup investments turn to fintech this winter season

Forty-seven and a half million dollars is a big commitment to African technology companies -- even with the recent uptick in VC investment on the continent.

Safaricom rolls out Bonga social networking platform to augment M-Pesa

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor African tech leaders Fope Adelowo, Ken Njoroge, Tayo Ovi

Safaricom launches innovation center to move beyond M-Pesa

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor African tech leaders Fope Adelowo, Ken Njoroge, Tayo Ovi

Developing a global financial architecture

The movement of capital around the globe is of paramount importance to an increasingly globalized society. As companies, workers and jobs become more fluid across permeable borders, it will become inc

The fintech world beyond Silicon Valley and Europe: Emerging market contenders

According to a recent study by Accenture, investments in fintech hit $5.3 billion in the first quarter of this year (having grown 75 percent in 2015, exceeding $22 billion). These are staggering figur

Solar startup M-KOPA leapfrogs Africa’s electricity grid

Across East Africa more than 300,000 households previously without electricity are powering homes and devices with solar panels and using mobile money to pay for it.

When Your Carrier Becomes Your Bank

I write to you from my vacation, meaning, this time, the dusty port town of Kaolack in sunny Senegal. (What, your vacations don't involve long hours spent riding in--or, sometimes, on--overcrowded Wes

Let’s Kill The Aid Industry

Long have I nursed a healthy contempt for the aid industry. As I spent much of a decade <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rezendi.com/tales.htm">wandering around the planet</a>, taking local public

TxtEagle Raises $8.5 Million To Give 2.1 Billion A Voice

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/txteagle.png" />Never mind tablets, smartphones, and mobile-social-location-photo-sharing apps. Heck, never mind <em>computers</em>. The singl

The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/africaperspective.jpg" /> My advice for the new year: go East and South, young man and woman ... and investor. America, Europe, and Japan a