South Africa

Breaking down France’s new $76M Africa startup fund

Weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a $76 million African startup fund at VivaTech 2018, TechCrunch paid a visit to the French Development Agency to get more details on how le n

Naspers is in talks to invest in Southeast Asia’s Carousell

Naspers, the South Africa-based firm that famously backed Chinese giant Tencent in its infancy, is in talks to invest in Singapore-based startup Carousell, according to two sources with knowledge of d

Navigating the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning in low-income countries

On a recent work trip, I found myself in a swanky-but-still-hip office of a private tech firm. I was drinking a freshly frothed cappuccino, eyeing a mini-fridge stocked with local beer and standing am

African VC TLcom Capital invests $5M in Nigerian data analytics firm Terragon Group

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Africa Roundup: Uber says it’s staying, Konga could be epic startup fail

Despite exit rumors and quitting Morocco, Uber is staying in Africa, according to its General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits. Speculation Uber could leave the continent surfaced late last

Geeks on a Plane Africa kicks off as 500 Startups eyes tech for the continent and beyond

500 Startups’ frontier and emerging markets travel series ― Geeks on a Plane ― kicks off its first Africa tour this week. The 12-day trip will make stops in Nigeria (Lagos), Ghana (Accra) and So

PromisePay rebrands to Assembly Payments and nets partnership with Gumtree

Australia-based payment firm PromisePay, which raised $10 million last year, has a double shot of news this week: it has rebranded to Assembly Payments and inked a major partnership deal with Gumtree.

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 Africa

Google Launches TV White Spaces Trial In South Africa

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Vodafone and Canonical Release a Webbook in South Africa

Vodaphone and Canonical today announced the Vodacom "Webbook", the fruit of a joint effort to develop a low-cost mobile computing solution for South Africa. Most of the specs are about what you'd expe

Nike's giant LED screen in Johanesburg has people Tweeting support for their favorite World Cup stars

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MXit: The South African Mobile Company You Should Know

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Cell-Lock Keeps Cellphones Safe During Class

Cellphones really must be a problem in South Africa if they have to confiscate them and lock ’em up during class hours. Lots of classrooms are now using the Security Cell-Lock safe to hold iPods