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Revisiting What I Know About Network Effects And Startups

The recently announced IPO of Alibaba got me thinking last week about network effects1 – what they are, how they develop and evolve, and how network effects can help or hurt a startup.   That is something I think about a lot, practically every ...

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Fixing Africa’s Clusters of Inventions

More than five hundred years ago, the gross world product was flat as global economic growth was stagnant. In other words, generations of people that lived apart did not experience major changes in living standards. Though there were empires and ...

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Five Pillars for Building Africa’s Hi-Tech Sector

The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will take place on November 19 – 21, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco, the first time in an African nation.  The Summit, hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco under the High Patronage of his ...

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Fifth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit Will Take Place In Morocco

The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2014) (http://www.gesmarrakech2014.org) will take place on November 19 – 21, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco, the first time in an African nation.  The Summit, the largest gathering of entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week, will be ...

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Kaspersky Lab: Ebola hook in “Nigerian” spam

In September spammers produced topical new versions of the old “Nigerian Letter” scam, this time based on the Ebola virus. According to company’s experts several mass mailings exploited this theme. A large part of the major theme mailings promoted products ...

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  Startup Weekend Lagos – November 21-23, 2014 UP Global Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM (WAT) Lagos Mainland, Nigeria   Register here.   Startup Weekend About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants […]


This prize, which has enjoyed considerable success since its launch in 2011, aims to support the development of entrepreneurs and start-ups that offer solutions using information and communication technologies (ICT) to meet the needs of people living in Africa.   More than 450 candidates responded to the call for projects, which ran from May to September 2014, clearly demonstrating the underlying entrepreneurial vitality that exists on the African continent. Proposed projects spanned a variety of […]


The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) (http://www.planetearthinstitute.org.uk), an international NGO that works for the scientific independence of Africa, will host the first-ever ‘Africa Data Challenge’, as part of their #ScienceAfrica UnConference, held at Impact HUB, Westminster on November 18. The ‘Africa Data Challenge’ is a groundbreaking competition that invites parties to pitch their ideas for projects that harness data for real, human impact in Africa. While the ‘data revolution’ is a major theme in conversations on technology […]


Last month, I got myself a new computer but instead of the usual Windows PC I went for something new. I bought a Mac made by Apple. But over the years, I have been burnt by losing data, so I decided that I needed to have a Mac data recovery tool installed.  I looked around on the web and at the end I decided to go with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. I have […]


The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (http://www.africaninnovation.org) is calling on all African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org). The IPA is presented annually, enabling and encouraging African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to overcome some of the challenges faced by the continent and support sustainable development. The IPA is becoming integral to facilitating ground-breaking thinking, creativity and driving awareness to the outstanding […]

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Less than one-third of businesses keep their virtualisation servers on-premises and managed entirely by their own internal IT staff, according to a Kaspersky Lab survey of 3,900 IT professionals worldwide. As virtual infrastructure increasingly handles more business-critical services, the reliance on external hosting and management services raises potential security concerns, particularly for smaller businesses.   According to the more than 2,000 survey respondents who use virtual servers, only 29% report that their physical machines were […]


Sandvine, a leading provider of intelligent broadband and network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today revealed the latest African Internet usage trends.   The data was collected as part of Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Program which, together with Sandvine’s Internet Phenomena Blog, is industry-renowned for revealing the latest facts, fads, and future trends about consumer Internet usage from networks around the globe. Sandvine’s solutions are currently being used by more than 30 networks in […]

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