Billionaire of Bitcoin Wallet Xapo wants to Invest in Kenyan Tech Company

Billionaire of Bitcoin Wallet Xapo wants to Invest in Kenyan Tech Company

44-year old Argentian born tech-preneur, Mr Wences Casares is in Nairobi to celebrate the Sh4.8 billion joint investment in Kenyan-owned digital payments firm Cellulant earlier this month by US firms Endeavor Catalyst and Rise Fundhas. The founder and CEO of Hong Kong-based Xapo, a four-year old firm that also enables investors to spend their digital cash (bitcoins) via a debit card. “My biggest regret is that I have sold startups for billions of dollars. Yes,…

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10 Top Tweets from the Edelman, Gina Din, 2018 Trust Barometer Study

10 Top Tweets from the Edelman, Gina Din, 2018 Trust Barometer Study

The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed that trust in the U.S. has suffered the largest-ever-recorded drop in the survey’s history among the general population. Trust among the general population fell nine points to 43, placing it in the lower quarter of the 28-country Trust Index. Trust among the informed public in the U.S. imploded, plunging 23 points to 45, making it now the lowest of the 28 countries surveyed, below Russia and South Africa. The…

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TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is Coming Back to Africa

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is Coming Back to Africa

TechCrunch is headed back to Africa to find the next wave of early stage startups tackling big ideas! Last October, TechCrunch held Startup Battlefield in Nairobi, Kenya and featured 15 early stage startups from across the continent. We’re impressed by the Sub-Saharan Africa startup scene and can’t wait to meet the next crop of innovators in the coming weeks. You can meet Startup Battlefield Director, Samantha Stein, and learn more about TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield program…

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Facebook is about to warn you if personal data got to Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is about to warn you if personal data got to Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has been embroiled in a bug scandal with irresponsible data  sharing with Cambridge Analytica. This has resulted is suspensions of companies such as  AggregateIQ and Cubeyou. Facebook began on Monday alerting the 87 million users whose data may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica. The company will to post a link at the top of users’ news feeds that will let them to see which apps are connected to their Facebook accounts and what…

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Jamii Telecom becomes 5th Telco to launch 4G mobile network in Kenya

Jamii Telecom becomes 5th Telco to launch 4G mobile network in Kenya

Kenyan Internet service provider Jamii Telecom has launched its mobile service named Faiba 4G Mobile, becoming the 5th telecom operator to be licensed in the country. Jamii Telecom has reportedly invested US$25m into its infrastructure and its service includes mobile internet bundles that compete directly with current market heavyweights Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya. The telecom company’s bundles are priced at Kshs 50 for 1GB, Kshs 300 for 8GB up to 210 GB for…

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Juniper’s Top 10 Disruptive Technologies in Fintech

Juniper’s Top 10 Disruptive Technologies in Fintech

Juniper has released the Top 10 Disruptive Technologies in Fintech. The research assesses the emerging technologies that, individually and collectively, are taking digital commerce in fresh and exciting new directions. The new research also investigates these disruptive technologies and ranks them according to the scale of their anticipated impact. It examines how these digital commerce technologies will affect the consumer and B2B (Business to Business) experience, alongside an in-depth analysis of critical barriers and ecosystem…

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Africa IoT Summit set for Sep 13 2017 at Radisson Blu Nairobi

Africa IoT Summit set for Sep 13 2017 at Radisson Blu Nairobi

There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that IoT will be a seismic shift in how we interact with technology. Massive change will sweep through all industries, again, and just as mobile communications and the Internet did before, business models will evolve rapidly, with new services and offerings already rapidly becoming available. Though there has been a slow uptake and we haven’t seen major deployments of IoT in the region, the internet of things is…

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Speaker lineup for TEDGlobal 2017 Arusha announced

Speaker lineup for TEDGlobal 2017 Arusha announced

The Global Event’s themed: TEDGlobal 2017: Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts,will take place in August 27–30, 2017, in Arusha, Tanzania and the applications window to attend is open now. Ten years after the last TEDGlobal in Arusha, the community from across the continent and around the world to explore ideas that may propel Africa’s next leap — in business, politics and justice, creativity and entrepreneurship, science and tech. The organizers have announced the speaker lineup for TEDGlobal 2017! It’s a…

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90% of Kenyans have consumed fake news about 2017 general election

90% of Kenyans have consumed fake news about 2017 general election

Fake news gained viral prominence during the recent US presidential campaign. For the first time, deliberately false news stories, or fake news, appeared to influence the outcome of an election. Research showed that fake news stories were more widely shared on Facebook than mainstream news items. A research and strategic communications consultancy Portland in collaboration with, a mobile surveying platform GeoPoll has released findings on Fake news in Kenya. According to the research that 90percent…

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma to visit Nairobi in his first trip to Africa

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to visit Nairobi in his first trip to Africa

The founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Jack Ma, is visiting Nairobi on a two-day trip to Kenya beginning Monday next week. This will be the Jack Ma’s first visit to Africa according to an announcement from from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The multi-billionaire tech-preneur of the internet-driven group, who is also UNCTAD special adviser on youth entrepreneurship and small business, will be also be enroute to a…

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