BigFive Summit

How Digital Ready Are Your Small Business Clients?

In the run-up to our inaugural BigFive Summit, which begins next week in Cape Town, the BigFive Digital team has conducted an exclusive “executive survey” to gain a sense of how leaders across the big five pillars assess the state of small business in the region. The survey asked more than 40 leaders across traditional…

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New Podcast: Trevor Nadeau, Local Knowledge

Trevor Nadeau is on a mission to make every business in the region discoverable on Google. And he describes the opportunity for making African and Middle Eastern small businesses fully discoverable online in very human terms. “if we have the ability to help a business owner get discovered properly, with a proper address and category, that…

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Five Reasons to Attend the BigFive Summit

In one month an international group of leaders from digital marketing and commerce firms will gather in Cape Town for the inaugural BigFive Summit, the first-ever event focused on digitally enabling small business in Africa and the Middle East. The summit’s agenda is focused on how companies are building and selling software and services to…

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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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