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South African start-up jobs soar

South African start-ups are currently looking to fill almost 500 open positions, with Cape Town named the top hiring city in the country, according to new research.

A study conducted in November 2013 by job search engine Adzuna.co.za, analysed over 65,000 jobs on its database, and found that local start-ups across South Africa are currently recruiting for over 451 open positions, representing an increase of 28% in the last s...

Despite bubble talk VCs are still bullish

Venture capitalists in Silicon Valley are feeling increasingly bullish despite all the bubble talk, according to a new survey from industry analysts at Fenwick & West. Meanwhile, angel investors continue to make their way up the food chain as internet and software companies become ever cheaper and easier to invest in. The current wave of Internet IPOs should soon swell their ranks as well as lock-up periods expire and the newly liquid t...

Angel Investor Tells Us 4 Questions That Founders Need To Ask Themselves Before Fundraisin...

Before you schedule a meeting with investors, Jim Estill says you should ask yourself a couple of questions: 1. Do you need it? 2. Is it the best use of your time? 3. Are you truly an R&D company and doing real R&D? 4. Do you need to scale quickly so that no one else steals the market? Estill says that R&D companies should raise money because they have to hire engineers and designers. For example, it makes sense for a compan...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Eight Ingredients Every App and Software Business Plan Needs

When you're putting together a business plan for a mobile app or web-based software service, there are certain key elements you should work into your business plan.

Beyond the basics of a sales forecast, profits and losses, cash flow and a balance sheet, here are eight key factors to consider adding to your business plan:

1. Projected traffic. The most useful and standard projections estimate future unique visito...

Your Business Plan: Include these 7 Sections

If you want to start a business, it is important that you have a good plan to help you along. A business plan is especially important if you plan to seek funding from an outside source. Before a bank — or almost anyone else — is likely to take a risk on funding your business, someone will want to see that you have a plan for success. As you create your business plan, it is important to cover the essential points of your idea, and...

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Elevator Pitch

You’re at a networking event or party. Someone asks you a simple question: “So, what do you do?” Here’s where you’d typically start in with your elevator pitch. You know, the one you’ve been perfecting over the past few months that goes into the details about your business and how wonderful it is and why you’re so successful… STOP! Don’t be THAT guy (or girl). You know. The one who blabs on and on about their co...

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Fund Raising

Are Super Angel Investors Right for You?

Super angels raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000.

So if typical angel funding isn’t quite enough for your startup, and venture capital seems eons away, super angels might be a good in-between option.

What to Expect

In a world where VC money is the holy grail (and equally as hard to find as the holy grail), super angels are...

Business Angels: The Solution On Where to Find Funding

Where can you find business angels and what do they offer? In answering this question we must know what a business angel is. They are simply people who provide businesses, usually those starting,enough money to move up to the next level.

Their professions range from retirees and doctors to business owners and executives, one may just even be your neighbor. There are over a million such investors annually in the US pumping capit...

It Took Only 13 Days For Former Salesforce Execs To Raise $3 Million For Their Startup, No...

The moment you open Amazon.com, your entire retail experience is personalized, down to the promotions you see and the products you are pushed. That's because e-commerce is a data-driven industry, and websites know a lot about customers who stumble on to their websites. Physical stores however, where 90% of all retail purchases still occur, know nothing about the customers who walk in their doors. Nomi (pronounced Know Me) is a new s...

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Marketing & Social Media

5 Tips for Hiring an All-Star Marketing Team

Whether you're in startup mode or a more mature organization, the challenges of hiring the right people to take your marketing to the next level can be a challenge. There's a lot of contradicting advice out there. Some recommend only hiring people with lots of experience, while others swear you should hire only those who are green and willing to learn. Some suggest you hire a team of generalists who can do a little of everything, whi...

Small Business Social Media: 3 Tips to Get Started

You can just as easily fail as excel in social media. Setting yourself up for success will make all the difference. That, coupled with realistic expectations, is the pathway to a successful social media campaign. There are three things a small business needs to think about when venturing into social media for the first time: Your personnel. Targeting the right audience. Your website. Approach these in the right order for maximu...

5 Reasons You Should Measure Social Media Return on Investment

Are you wondering if measuring social media return on investment (ROI) is important? Do you cringe when you think about putting together another report? You aren’t alone. But times are changing for social media and these reasons will show you why it’s time to get serious about measuring your results. Do I Really Need to Measure ROI? Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. Is ROI the right measure of success f...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From the Early Years of Facebook

On January 4, 2011, Mark Zuckerberg woke up to some good news. TIME magazine named him the "Person of the Year" and had his photo on the cover. The same day's Wall Street Journal featured a story on MySpace, Facebook's once formidable competitor, and its dramatic downsizing. Entrepreneurs dream of such fame, not to mention the total decimation of competition. Here are five lessons from Facebook's early years for every entrepreneur. T...

5 Ways to Know Bootstrapping Will Work for You

"I'm bootstrapping a new venture." Ah, the romance. What panache, what bravery, what spirit. Bravo! There's a devil-may-care, us-against-the-world, Steve-Jobs-in-a-garage aura surrounding the concept of bootstrapping that masks a dour reality: In most cases, bootstrapping a new venture (essentially, launching it on a shoestring, using whatever crumbs of "funding" you can scrape together from your credit cards, personal savings, ot...

7 Rules all Young Entrepreneurs Should Follow

Young entrepreneurs have never had it so tough. Reduced funding and investment opportunities combined with a lack of government assistance in a number of legislative areas mean young entrepreneurs have Olympic hurdles to jump before they even get off the starting block. Thus, it goes without saying that good advice is invaluable to young entrepreneurs, which is why we have put together this list of top tips from industry insiders that i...

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