Mark Shuttleworth

Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu smartphone is a leap ahead

Nearly 30 000 people contributed to the crowdfunding drive to develop the Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone running the Ubuntu Unity OS. It showed people were hungry for something new. That phone is still in development phase, but until it comes to market, say hallo to the Ubuntu phone.

Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu smartphone is a leap ahead

Nearly 30 000 people contributed to the crowdfunding drive to develop the Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone running the Ubuntu Unity OS. It showed people were hungry for something new. That phone is still in development phase, but until it comes to market, say hallo to the Ubuntu phone.

The sky is not the limit for African astronaut Mandla Maseko

Nelson Mandela taught us not to let our circumstances stop us from achieving greatness. Mandla Maseko is doing just that. A part-time DJ from Mabopane who had to put his studies on hold because of financial constraints, is to become the first black astronaut.

The sky is not the limit for African astronaut Mandla Maseko

Nelson Mandela taught the world plenty of things; notably, don't let your circumstances stop you from achieving greatness. Mandla Maseko is doing just that. A part-time DJ from Mabopane who had to put his studies on hold because of financial constraints, he is to be the first black astronaut.

From township to space, the world’s first black African astronaut

It's a long way from Mabopane to outer space, but Mandla Maseko has strapped on his boots and is on the way there. The young DJ will be the first black African astronaut, after beating a million or so contestants to win the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition.

Visa buys SA mobile payments company

Global payments company Visa is to acquire Cape Town-based Fundamo, a leading platform provider for mobile financial services in developing countries, for $110-million.

Visa buys South Africa’s Fundamo for $110m

Fundamo, a South African-based company specialising in mobile phone-based financial services, has been bought by Visa for US$110-million (R741-million) – a deal which could draw other multinationals to invest in locally developed technology.
Mobile money grows in Africa

SA web marketer hits the target

South African company IncuBeta wasted little time in taking the gap offered by keyword-sensitive advertising on the internet's biggest search engine. Founded in 2003, the firm already has 50 staff, offices in SA and London, turnover of over R50-million a year - and, now, venture capital backing for highly ambitious growth plans.

Shuttleworth start-up fund II

HBD, the venture capital firm created by internet billionaire Mark Shuttleworth, has launched its second fund, worth R150-million, to finance young South African businesses that develop products with global potential.

SA firm bridges smartphone divide

South African start-up company Red Five Labs has developed pioneering technology that overcomes the incompatibility between the two major smartphone programming languages, allowing Microsoft .NET applications to run unchanged on Symbian OS powered mobile phones.