Startups

DHL grow its logistics business, by acquiring stake in Mall for Africa’s Link Commerce

DHL grow its logistics business, by acquiring stake in Mall for Africa’s Link Commerce

Business, Startups
The logistics firm DHL has acquired an undisclosed minority stake in Mall for Africa’s Link Commerce, in a bid to grow its logistics business in Sub-Saharan Africa and other global emerging e-commerce markets. The acquisition in Link Commerce, the UK-based e-commerce firm helped it launch its DHL Africa eShop platform. DHL went live with the digital retail app in April, bringing more than 200 U.S. and U.K. sellers — from Neiman Marcus to Carters — online to African consumers. The move to offer Africa eShop to 20 of the continent’s 54 countries comes a month after Africa’s most visible (and well-funded) e-tailer, Jumia, went public. Jumia — which operates consumer retail and online service verticals in 14 African countries — raised more than $200 million in an NYSE IPO. Africa eSho
M-KOPA’s New 14″ Solar Powered Digital TV

M-KOPA’s New 14″ Solar Powered Digital TV

Startups
M-KOPA's Solar fortune might be turning around if their new product proves to be successful. The firm yesterday launched their 14" solar powered digital flat screen TV targeted at  people in rural areas that might see it making some serious profits. M-KOPA's existing customers of their solar lighting kits who have completed paying off their outstanding M-KOPA payments will be able to upgrade to the M-KOPA + TV system where after completing the two years of payment, they will own the systems outright. M-KOPA CEO, Jesse Moore said that,“What’s remarkable about the M-KOPA + TV is it enables customers to turn the same KES 50 per day that they used to burn on kerosene into a solar-powered 16 inch TV. We are literally turning dirty fossil fuels into a renewable, digital, modern home.” The dig

Yoza: A Mobile App For Dirty Laundry? Yes, Please

Startups, Uncategorized
It’s the weekend, you are staring at your pile of dirty laundry wishing there was a way you didn’t have to do it. In Kampala, Uganda there is an easy and convenient way: Yoza. Yoza is an application that connects people who need their laundry done to the people offering laundry services in the area. Solomon Kitumba, a 24 year old was inspired to start the company when he was struggling to get laundry done one weekend. He tried to find someone to do it for him and found someone, a single woman who lived right next door. A few weeks later, a working prototype for Yoza was created. Just like Kenya, in Kampala, there are a lot of students and single professionals who need help with laundry. The people offering these cleaning services may be difficult to reach. Yoza which is growing day by

Facebook launches live broadcasting to select non-verified U.S. users

social media, Startups
For nearly the past four months, Facebook has had a live-streaming service that’s sought to rival what Periscope, Ustream, or YouTube offer. But the service has been limited to celebrities and those with verified profiles. Now, the social networking company has revealed that it’s testing its live video offering with more people. Facebook hasn’t given a time frame for releasing this feature to the general public, but it’s not an easy thing to scale, according to a new engineering post. We do know that the company is starting with a “small percentage” of iPhone users within the U.S. If you’re one of the select few, you’ll notice a “Live Video” option in the “Update Status” dialog box within Facebook’s app — you won’t be using Facebook Mentions. “Building live video for Facebook was a challe