2. kombochapfika:

    From conversations I’ve had it seems the knee-jerk perception among many professionals about mobile app development is that it falls into ‘marketing and advertising.’ While this is sometimes true, it isn’t essentially. Business apps are best conceived for their own merits rather than merely as a…

  3. Silicon Valley, African tech hubs, and the opportunity of the internet

    Technology hubs are emerging in Africa. In Zimbabwe where I stay there have been at least 3 emerge in the last 6 months alone. I’m an advisor for one. By the way, hub so far here has meant an actual place and building, and there’s a lot of overlap in definitions of what a hub, accelerator, incubator  and other such terms, is. 

    Anyway, as a seemingly new thing in these parts, there’s a lot of confusion about what a hub should be and what it takes to have a successful hub or more broadly, a healthy tech ecosystem. Unfortunately there’s been a lot of talk about us needing to build some kind of Silicon Valley. The Kenyans are building Silicon Savannah, the South Africans, Silicon Cape, and in Zimbabwe I have heard suggestions of a Zilicon Savannah.

    My latest treat to Silicon Valley comparison drawing was this article here in which the writer explores why the valley succeeded and why the world is failing at replicating the valley’s successes.

    It’s as if Silicon Valley is the model & benchmark of success of in building tech companies. My response is always that this is a blinkered look at the opportunity that is the internet:

    So today, reading Vivek Whadwa article titled “Anyone, Anywhere Can Now Build The Next WhatsApp or Oculus" resonated. Especially this: 

    …an ocean of knowledge is now available on the Internet for free. In fact, more knowledge is available today on the Internet than was available to leading scientists and researchers as recently as 15 years ago, and now includes lectures by Stanford, Harvard and MIT faculty.

    Science and technology blogs provide more-timely and more-relevant information than scientific journals did because the journals were restricted to those who could afford subscriptions or who had access to libraries that did.

    A lack of mentorship and networking holds back entrepreneurs in distant parts of the world. But they can learn from the experiences of CEOs, venture capitalists and domain experts on hundreds of specialized discussion boards that are open to all—sites such as StackOverflow, Slashdot, Hacker News, PoetsandQuants and Quora. Additionally, anyone can follow global thought leaders on social media and learn from them. They can email or tweet to people they read about.

    This is why Strive Masiyiwa’s blogging about how he started and built his business empire is of such significance today.

  4. K60 for 1TB of Storage on Google Drive


    K60 for 1TB of Storage on Google Drive


    It’s hard to tell what the equivalent of US$9.99 is with our ever dwindling Kwacha currency. A rough estimate puts it just under K60 though. That’s surely less than what the average Zambian spends for their weekend entertainment. Anyway, that is what Google is charging for its Cloud Storage service, Google Drive.

    The price has drastically dropped in comparison to Google’s competitors in the…

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  5. wearetechzim:

A bit of coffee before heading to eTech Africa expo! See you there


    A bit of coffee before heading to eTech Africa expo! See you there

  6. Our latest techzim podcast We discussed Econet Zero, Startup investment in Zimbabwe, DStv price increase, a DStv workaround and the warning from multichoice, and finally the eTech Africa expo

  7. tech-zim:

    An open source car you can build yourself in an hour! Now how about that!

    Price: $4,000 while still in the UK so Zim price would be around $6 or $7. We love, we love! Anybody wanna donate an Open source car to Techzim?

    More pictures and story here.

    Looks a bit like a golf cart but why not!!

  8. @mtn #MobileMoney booth in #Lusaka #Zambia.

#mobile payment platforms like this one (and #AirtelMoney @EcoCash #Mpesa have narrowed the financial I clusion 

    @mtn #MobileMoney booth in #Lusaka #Zambia.

    #mobile payment platforms like this one (and #AirtelMoney @EcoCash #Mpesa have narrowed the financial I clusion

  9. So full of colour. Shops along #Cairo road in Lusaka Zambia

    So full of colour. Shops along #Cairo road in Lusaka Zambia

  10. I’m uninstalling. I don’t use this thing.

    I’m uninstalling. I don’t use this thing.

  11. Nomatter how smart your regular phone is, in Africa you also need the otherphone. dumbphone but battery very faithful

    Nomatter how smart your regular phone is, in Africa you also need the otherphone. dumbphone but battery very faithful

  12. parislemon:

    More on Microsoft’s Chromebook nightmare, Miguel Helft:

    But a story close to home gave me reason to think that Chromebooks are the latest headache for Microsoft, which has struggled to gain traction in phones and tablets at a time when growth in the PC market has stalled. At the public elementary school that my two sons attend in Oakland, the parent teacher association, on whose board I serve, recently decided to purchase 36 Chromebooks for students in the fourth grade. A few weeks later, we received news that the school district would purchase an additional 70 or so Chromebooks — and would upgrade the Wi-Fi in the school so all the new machines could work simultaneously. This allows half of fourth and fifth graders to work on computers at any one time, if their teachers decide it’s appropriate.

    What was striking was not so much that a school in an urban district would purchase 100 Chromebooks, but that there was never any discussion of purchasing Windows machines. When an alternative to the Chromebooks was discussed, the conversation was about Macs — of which there are several in the school library, media lab, and some classrooms — or iPads.

    While only anecdotal, this sure sounds like the ultimately disaster scenario for Microsoft.


  13. I haven’t yet watched the Crocodile in the Yangtze documentary, but there’s this part in the trailer that caught my attention. What looks like the early days of the founding of their eCommerce site, a journalist on a New York business news channel asks the founder, “How are you going to grow in the face of an established company like eBay, coming up with its Chinese language site?” The trailer then shows Jack Ma on stage saying:

    We will win. We will make it. Because we are young and we never never give up.

    They did win!

  14. Indian consumers are much more cautious about shopping online as compared to the West. They are reluctant to divulge credit card details. The cash on delivery service has helped a lot of traditional consumers turn to online shopping

    And one school teacher adds:

    I’ve never understood how to pay by card online. The best I can do is use an ATM. I wish more websites had the cash on delivery option

    This is the case of countries even in Africa. In Zimbabwe we all mourn and complain that eCommerce can not happen before usable internet payment gateways are in place. The truth is not only can it happen in spite of it, but, like Flipkart, startups that focus on COD will probably succeed because of it.

  15. Wow… great writing. great story indeed. And yup, some of them still in them caves!



    This AP pic appeared in the Canberra Times, Jan 10, 1987


    Let me tell you a story about Cde Disaster.

    It’s a funny story, but tragically true.

    Here is what happened:

    His name was William Jimu Bonga.

    In 1977, he left his home in Chikombedzi, in Chiredzi, in…