Video: Forefront Africa at Startup Grind Cape Town

In this video, Nic Haralambous discusses Startup tips.

Nic Haralambous has had some amazing successes (and some less successful startups) and is an expert on the startup process. Nic managed to land VC funding for Motribe and then went through the process of a successful exit to MXIT. He Bootstrapped Nic Socks with a VERY small budget, and he is now founder & general manager of ForeFrontAfrica.

Chicago Startup Bringing Big Data to the Restaurant Business

food genius logoOver at Business Insider, Max Nisan writes that Chicago-based Startup FoodGenius is bringing Big Data to the food industry. The company sells a dashboard that runs analytics on what 330,000 restaurants are serving, allowing customers to see nationwide trends.

The food world has really been split down the middle,” said FoodGenius co-founder Justin Massa. You’ve got grocery [on the one side], and restaurants or food service on the other. On the grocery side of the world, they’ve had data for a long time. Companies like Nielsen and IRI, although they don’t describe themselves this way, were some of the first ‘big data’ companies. They were taking large sets of data that were really messy across lots of different areas and stores, normalizing them, and providing insights about the industry. On the restaurant side of the world, I think there’s never been a robust data industry largely because the data just didn’t exist.

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QuantCell Research Goes Beta with Java-Aware Big-Data Spreadsheet

Over at InfoQ, Vikram Gupta writes that analytics Startup QuantCell Research has released their first public beta of what they are positioning as their “Big Data” spreadsheet.

At first blush one might presume that QuantCell is some Java Swing version of yet another spreadsheet program. In actuality it is the latest taxon in the phylogenetic tree of the computer spreadsheet evolution that started with VisiCalc in the late 1970′s, and is now dominated by Microsoft Excel, certainly one of the most popular computer programs of all time. Where prior incarnations of the spreadsheet category were restricted by the rows, columns and functions that were vested into it by the programmer, QuantCell is consummately extensible thanks to its knowledge of Java and JVM languages. Most recently QuantCell has found a niche in big data, providing templates for quickly entering Map and Reduce formulae into its latticework. At its most basic level QuantCell cells can accept not only the traditional functions generally associated with a spreadsheet; they can also contain instantiations of Java (or Scala or Jython or R) objects.

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Five Startups that Came from Blogs

Startups often fail because they don’t solve a real problem. Over at Fast Company, Ryan Hoover from Playhaven writes that while there is no best method for gathering feedback and validating Startup ideas, you should consider writing a blog post before writing code.

The beauty of the Blog-First Startup is that it allows the
entrepreneur to:

  • Validate ideas with minimal effort

  • Identify their customer

  • Build a following

  • Gather early user feedback

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Video: Digital Strategy – Punching Above One’s Weight Class

In this video, Bhaskar Thakur from Buzzquotient presents: Digital Strategey – Punching Above One’s Weight Class.

Big Brand spend Millions of $ online to get their message across, connect with their target audience, generate leads and build brand. How can startups and SMEs win the game with their shoestring budgets? This digital strategy is designed for Startups and SMEs to take on Marketing Goliaths.

Crossbar Startup Develops RRAM High Density Memory Device

Over at MIT Technology Review, Tom Simonite writes that a new technology called crossbar RRAM memory can store 40x more data as the most compact memory available today with the added benefit of being significantly more energy efficient than both flash and DRAM.

It will be much denser and faster than flash because it is not based on moving electrons around or on transistors,” says Wei Lu, a professor at the University of Michigan whose research led to the development of crossbar memory.

According to the Crossbar Startup, their RRAM-based memory technology can scale up to 1 terabyte and can be incorporated into the back-end-of-line of any standard CMOS manufacturing fab.

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Video: How Self-Driving Cars will Change Everything

robocarIn this presentation from the Fujitsu Labs America Technology Day 2013, Brad Templeton from Singularity University presents: IPP Robocars – Where They Will Drive Us.

I have to say I was not very intrigued by the idea of self-driving cars before I saw this talk, but Templeton totally changed my mind. I’m now convinced that this technology will not only change the way we get around in the future, but it will also be a prime mover for a whole new world of Startup innovation in the future.

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