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The Venters’ dilemma

Jeffrey Hedberg’s short-lived tenure as chief operating officer of Altech and CEO Craig Venter’s very public reaction to his resignation appear to reflect deep underlying tensions in the Venter family empire. Can Altron founder Bill Venter, now 77, hold the family-run

At $100bn, odds are Facebook’s a bad bet

Last week, Facebook took the first step to becoming a public company by filing its S-1 documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Enormous figures are being bandied about but, as with Google, which listed the year Facebook was founded, the question investors

Irrational behaviour

“You’re being irrational.” No one likes to hear those words. They are the verbal equivalent of a pat on the head. But, like it or not, we are fundamentally irrational beings. And the area in which we should be the most clear-headed, our personal finances, is usually

The $100bn question

Just over a year ago I asked whether Facebook was really worth US$50bn. On Thursday I got my answer: no, it’s worth more like $100bn. After years of flirting with the market, Facebook has finally opened its kimono and started the process of offering its shares for public trading. On 1 February

The problem with 22seven

Christo Davel, former head of now-defunct online bank 20twenty, sparked intense debate and provoked security warnings from local banks last week when he took the wraps off his new venture, personal financial management website 22seven. The start-up got itself noticed. But is the service safe to use?

Democracy the winner in Sopa, Pipa battle

Two related US bills have recently been the topic of much controversy. Public outcries and widespread online protests were followed by an unprecedented Internet blackout on 18 January. The blackout was supported by the likes of Google, Facebook, Reddit and Wikipedia, to name but a few, and was not only

‘Why it’s safe to use 22seven’

Yesterday, a new personal financial management service called 22seven was launched in SA. It allows you to track your personal spending and savings with tools for financial planning. The interface is slick and the intention of the developers, who I have spent some time in conversation with, is to make

Searching for privacy

You could almost feel sorry for Google’s management team lately. Their every move draws stinging criticism from the media, regulators and customers. The latest kerfuffle? Google is changing its privacy policies on 1 March. Now, website privacy policies are generally like Ayn Rand novels and the Government Gazette

Saving the Berry

Looking around SA, it’s hard to believe BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is in trouble. The BlackBerry remains South Africans’ smartphone of choice but in developed markets consumers are shunning it in favour of alternatives. The resignations this week of long-serving

Complacency spells curtains for Kodak

Last week, Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. How did the Rochester-based company that made photography accessible, affordable and ubiquitous go from being unbeatable to broke? It wasn’t hubris or avarice that prompted Kodak’s

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