Archive for May, 2009

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How to save money running a startup (17 really good tips)

May 7, 2009

by http://calacanis.com

Hey guy here an interesting HOWTO for start-up entrepreneur. I guess it’s written for western counties but you can pick up some ideas and customize them for your own purposes.

  1. Buy Macintosh computers, save money on an IT department
  2. Buy second monitors for everyone, they will save at least 30 minutes a day, which is 100 hours a year… which is at least $2,000 a year…. which is $6,000 over three years. A second monitor cost $300-500 depending on which one you get. That means you’re getting 10-20x return on your investment… and you’ve got a happy team member.
  3. Buy everyone lunch four days a week and establish a no-meetings policy. Going out for food or ording in takes at least 20-60 minutes more than walking up to the buffet and eating. If you do meetings over lunch you also save that time. So, 30 minutes a day across say four days a week is two hours a week… which is 100 hours a year. You get the idea.
  4. Buy cheap tables and expensive chairs. Tables are a complete rip off. We buy stainless steel restaurant tables that are $100 and $600 Areon chairs. Total cost per workstation? $700. Compare that to buying a $500-$1,500 cube/designer workstation. The chair is the only thing that matters… invest in it…More good tips here
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iYam.mobi – Africa’s Mobile Directory

May 7, 2009

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This was the question posed by Fritz Ekwoge, the enterprising coder behind Kerawa.com (interviewed on this blog and profiled here). He noted that there was no mobile phone directory in Cameroon, not to mention for most of the continent. Without an easy way of contacting businesses in his country, Fritz set to work prototyping Africa’s first mobile mobile phone directory. That’s not a tautology, Fritz points out. His new directory service, iYam.mobi, is purely SMS-based, which means that any handset is capable of creating a profile and querying the iYam directory with a simple text message. Thus, it’s the mobile directory that goes everywhere you do…More

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Fibre optique: L’Afrique centrale s’abreuve au Cameroun

May 7, 2009

A petits pas, le Cameroun construit la dorsale nationale devant assurer l’interconnexion entre ses chefs-lieux de régions, ses départements et ses arrondissements

5600 Km. C’est la longueur nécessaire pour le déploiement de la fibre optique à travers le Cameroun. La fibre ainsi déployée devrait permettre la réalisation d’une dorsale nationale de transmission appelée « Backbone ». L’entreprise « Cameroon telecommunications (Camtel) est chargé de réaliser ce Backbone à utiliser par tous les opérateurs des télécommunications », indique le coordinateur du Groupe de travail Camtel (Gtc), Ebongo Aboutou Albert. Ce dernier à la charge de coordonner la construction de la dorsale nationale. La première phase de ce projet prévoit le raccordement des dix capitales régionales du Cameroun…(suite)

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Sembuse: East Africa’s First Mobile Social Network

May 6, 2009

by HASH on April 26, 2009

http://whiteafrican.com

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For 15% of the cost of a normal 160 character SMS message in Kenya you can now send one with 1000 characters in it.Sembuse is a mobile social network. It’s a way for East Africans to connect with each other via short messaging, cheaper than normal SMS messages (much like it’s counterpart Mxit in South Africa). It’s a new release by Symbiotic, a Kenyan firm that specializes in making mobile phone related applications. To get the application on your phone, point your device to to m.sembuse.com (or s.zunguka.com). It’s a free download for anyone with a GPRS or 3G enabled phone, and you can try it out immediately…

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Télécommunication: Le Cameroun veut arrimer sa loi aux nouveaux standards.

May 6, 2009

REGLEMENTATION

Loi obsolète en voie de toilettage

Le ministre des Postes et télécommunications propose la refonte de la loi 98/014 du 14 juillet 1998 régissant les télécommunications au Cameroun.

L’innovation en matière de télécommunications semble avoir une fréquence quotidienne. Surtout depuis l’arrivée des moyens de communications sans fil. La technologie et les techniques sont en constante mutation. De sorte que téléphonie (avec ou sans fil), télévision, Internet, radiodiffusion et autres services semblent ne plus faire qu’un. Il s’en suit une multitude de nouveaux matériels convergents et de nouveaux types opérateurs. Et surtout, une baisse des coûts. Du bon vieux téléphone filaire aux systèmes de 4e génération tels que le WiMax, où en est-on au Cameroun en terme de législation et de pratiques ? suite…

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Top Ranking Cameroonian Blogs on Afrigator

May 5, 2009

Afrigator, the leading African blog aggregator, has a listing which ranks the top Cameroonian blogs. Although the Cameroonian blogosphere has grown in leaps and bounds in the past couple of years, only 48 Cameroon-related blogs are listed on Afrigator (compared to 5387 South African blogs and 935 from Nigeria) – a fact which highlights the insularity of the Cameroonian blogosphere whose members do not  generally seem interested in reaching out to readers beyond the Cameroonian community.

And the winner is…….Dibussi!

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Let’s go on!!!

May 5, 2009

Since a couple of months i’m thinking about my return in my homeland Cameroon. Aware of the African’s problems I’m looking for ideas that i could bring and implement to make my workpiece for the development of my country.

By looking in the internet i found African bloggers(nino, Dibussi, etc..) and websites(camerounvoice, cameroon-info, etc..) which with an amazing imaginativeness and ingenuity have begun this way long time ago before me. They are doing it so great!.

The goal by creating this blog is to put at the same place what the African web community is thinking, doing about the new technologies (as development factor). Even though the  most post would be about the New technologies.

Knowing that’s I’m not a good writer, this blog would be at first a summarization of the news from the afro-bloggers community.

so that the way we’re going…

(Wow my first post…not easy to write so much i should ask to the others bloggers how they do that)