New Podcast: Gustav Praekelt, Praekelt.com

Gustav Praekelt is a deep thinker about how technology enables small businesses to be successful at surprisingly little cost. His eponymous Johannesburg-based technology consultancy provides “human-centered” UX design and engineering, natural language understanding, and also helps businesses use chatbots and WhatsApp to engage, communicate, and generate revenue. The latter topic, using messaging apps to empower African businesses, dominated…

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New Podcast: Louw Barnardt, OCFO

Louw Barnardt is a chartered accountant by training and an entrepreneur by nature. He is the co-founder and MD of Outsourced CFO, a Cape Town start-up than gives SMEs and fellow start-ups access to financial expertise that they cannot otherwise afford in the early stages of their growth. OCFO also offers a cloud-based accounting solution…

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Check out the BigFive Digital Newsletter

BigFive Digital has launched a new online newsletter, the BigFive Digital Weekly that digests the most interesting, important and impactful articles about the BigFive pillars — search, social, mobile, location and payments — across Africa and the Middle East. The weekly will help members of the BigFive community keep abreast of this rapidly evolving ecosystem.…

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Yoco Co-founder Katlego Maphai to Headline BigFive Summit

Yoco is one of the hottest companies in African fintech, having recently raised R230 million (US$16 million) to fuel its effort to grow its network of small businesses using its point of sale technology. Yoco’s Co-founder and CEO, Katlego Maphai, will share the Yoco story, as well as thoughts on building a successful BigFive business in Africa…

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New McKinsey Book Bullish on Africa Business

A new book by the international consulting firm McKinsey makes the case that Africa is the continent to watch for the next decade an beyond. Africa is poised for economic and population growth that will outpace the rest of the world and business leaders need to move quickly to develop their strategies for doing business in…

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Is Africa the “Silicon Valley of Banking”?

A new book argues that Africa is the center of digital innovation in the banking system. The book, Fintech: The Banks Counter-Attack was written by Yves Eonnet and Hervé Manceron, are co-founders of the French digital banking company TagPay. “Africa is the Silicon Valley of banking,” said the authors. “The bank of the future is being invented in…

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Forget Native Apps, SMBs Should Focus on The Mobile Web

From smartphones to tablets, mobile devices are increasingly dominating the time consumers spend consuming digital media. And it’s really no surprise – we all know it was already in 2015 that mobile search surpassed desktop searches. In certain emerging markets, like Indonesia, they’ve completely skipped desktop adoption and pressed fast forward on mobile-first with 91%…

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Introducing the BigFive Digital Podcast

BigFive Digital has launched a new Podcast featuring interviews with the entrepreneurs, business and thought leaders driving the adoption of digital marketing and commerce tools by small businesses in Africa and the Middle East. The inaugural episode of the podcast features Ezana Raswork, founder and CEO of Africa 118, which is both a directory of business listings…

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