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Study finds PR aids Startups’ Funding Efforts November 24, 2008

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“Startup companies that engage in PR campaigns are 30% more successful in getting funding within one to three months than those that don’t, according to results from a survey conducted by BIGfrontier Communications Group in Chicago.” – Tonya Garcia

Published by PRWEEKUS – Study finds PR aids startups’ funding efforts

PR is one of the many critical factors in the success of business.



Bandwidth for Africa November 21, 2008

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“Brian Herlihy cannot contain his excitement. He’s the man behind the Seacom consortium, which is building the new US600m undersea telecommunications cable that will connect SA with East Africa, India and Europe.

“Bandwidth uptake could be higher than our original forecasts, which would mean an even earlier return on investment,” Herlihy says. “It’s difficult to forecast as demand is incredibly elastic.”

Telkom’s new rival, Neotel, will land the Seacom cable in SA. In Kenya and Tanzania, where Seacom doesn’t have to partner a licensed operator, it is landing the cable itself. In Mozambique, CapiTel is its partner. “…


US BailOut – Executive Bonuses November 21, 2008

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“Outrage at what the government is doing to bail out floundering companies, financial and otherwise, is at such a high level that people can’t even take a joke about it.” – ClusterStock Save the Economy – Raise Economy Bonuses

WallStreetfighter has run a paradoy on it, and must read the comments by users in there..

By investing a large portion of the government bailout in executive bonuses we are, in turn, investing in the infrastructure of the American economy. Suppose you are CEO of a major financial institution like me and you’ve just been given a multi-million dollar check for your loyal service over the last year. Now, what will you do with that money? You’ll buy Manhattan real estate, that’s what. So now you own a very nice 3BR, 3 1/2 Bath condo in TriBeCa with a private terrace and brand new Viking range and you’ve paid top dollar for it. The surrounding property values will rise as a result of your purchase and attract new buyers to the neighborhood. The mortgages issued to pay for these condos will help support needy banks and the stores in the neighborhood will have a new customer base. Maybe one of those stores does so well that the owners open a second location uptown or in Boston? I suppose they’ll need to hire a staff to run the place, don’t you? Job creation. And maybe one of those employees in that store in Boston eventually saves up enough money to make a small investment. What then? Then he can come talk to my friends and I, the ones whose selfless actions led directly to his prosperous position.

Friday – thought would add something on a lighter note…


Africa Investor: A Closer Look November 21, 2008

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Here’s an Interesting Article on

Over the past decade, Africa’s gross domestic product has grown by more than 5 percent….”

Africa Investor : A Closer Look

“Who knows how long Africa’s current bull run will last? But one thing is certain: Africa’s the last big investment frontier. If you missed China and India, don’t miss this one.”

These are the articles which need to collected over here in this forum. On our LinkedIn Forum, earlier Kulin Shah was asking for similar information.

I believe this would be first step in this process of collecting such articles.

The article above was written by Carol Pineau, who for some years now has been trumpeting Africa’s many investment opportunities. Here’s her website and the video which she produced on business and entrepreneurship in Africa (highly recommended)



Food for Entrepreneurs – Pitching November 21, 2008

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For the budding Entrepreneurs,

I would start this series with few interesting content and articles I have read.

First in line would be “Art of the Start” by Guy Kawasaki. A front line speaker and venture capitalist.

“Art of the Start” deals with key elements an entrepreneur needs to know and learn while approaching and managing his/her startups.

Here’s his video while he is really jacked up doing this presentation. Really inspiring for budding ones.

Guy Kawasaki – Art of the Start

I would welcome others to write few in these lines, if possible.