Will Facebook Open an Office in Africa or Nigeria to be Precise?

When the Search Giant Google opened up its Office in Nigeria, It was a welcome idea to the ICT world and professionals, At least we can enjoy more benefits of the Internet Integral Solution to our uptake in IT while Google extends its Ad services within the business of the country, It could be a Win-win situation for the Search Giant as the Nigeria Internet usage keeps exploding and businesses are getting the edge of using the Internet as part of Business even Government.

But along the side i ask, Where is Facebook? Will the Social Giant also consider an office in Nigeria or yet Africa? Maybe its a bad time to ask the Question due to the ever falling stock prices which is at $20 today and our boy Mark falling short of over $423 Million dollars in the past months. However, It might also be a question that can answer the need for expansion and what can better the lot later on.

Okay, Google sells search and business Addons, What does Facebook sell? Advertisement? is that just it, well am still thinking. But with South Africa and Nigeria leading the Usage in Africa with 5,133,620 and 5,022,540 respectively, Isnt it not just fair that there is no Facebook Africa/Nigeria? Check Facebook Country Demographics here

Facebook International offices include: Amsterdam, Auckland, Brussels, Dublin, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Selangor, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto according http://newsroom.fb.com/content/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=22 with no Africa … hmmm

Okay, I know the question on your mind like “What will Facebook gain if it comes down?“, Well, If they don’t come down they wont see what to do more, One thing is sure that we know, They have a saturated market in the US North and South America and with increasing Internet and Mobile Penetration in Africa, they might no get the Auto Usage they may hope for if they don’t get on ground and do some work.

I just feel there is a Win-Win Solution for Facebook and Africa/Nigeria anyway, even in a Global market, Physical presence go a long way to build loyalty and strengthen business.

Its just a thot …. What ya’ll think?

Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship 2012

Are you a high performing African entrepreneur with a track record of business excellence and high social impact? Do you share our core belief that business is development and that entrepreneurship is the key to Africa’s economic resurgence? Do you see yourself as an icon of entrepreneurial success in Africa? If so, then this year’s African Awards for Entrepreneurship may bear your name!

Yeah, That’s the spirit at this years Africa Enterpreneur Awards.

The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE), indubitably ‘the Oscars’ of business and entrepreneurship in Africa, is pleased to announce the 2012 Awards Programme. African Leadership Network (ALN), the premier network of Africa’s new generation of leaders, is pleased to partner with Legatum Group, a leading Private Equity firm and previous hosts, to bring you the Awards this year. As in previous years, the programme will recognize and award exceptional entrepreneurial leaders who serve as role models to Africa’s aspiring entrepreneurs and who demonstrate business excellence, innovation and profitability.

Unlike in past years when the AAE was limited to only enterprises with revenues from US$ 1M to US$ 15M, this year, entrepreneurs with a range of business sizes from as small as US$ 500k to as much as US$ 50M or more in revenue may apply for the Awards. Please download the 2012 application form in either English or French and send in your completed entry to info@africaawards.com. The deadline for entries is 31 August 2012. AAE 2012 especially welcomes women entrepreneurs to apply.

Details on the Award Website

If you would like to nominate an applicant, please download the English or French nomination form and send it to info@africaawards.com with the subject “Nomination for AAE 2012”.

Apply Now

The 2012 Awards will have the following four categories:

Lifetime Achievement Award Lifetime Achievement Award (New!)
Citation and trophy awarded to a senior African business leader who has served as an entrepreneurial icon for several decades and has left an enduring legacy of entrepreneurial success in Africa.
Transformational Business Award Transformational Business Award (New!)
Citation and trophy awarded to notable business leader who has had a major socio-economic impact in Africa by building a business with revenues greater than US$ 50M.
Outstanding Mature Business Award Outstanding Mature Business Award (New!)
First Prize: US$ 100,000 prize to a business leader who has built a company with revenues between US$ 5M to US$ 50M
Runner-up Prize: Additional US$ 50,000 to the first runner up.
Outstanding Small and Growing Business Outstanding Small and Growing Business Award (New!)
US$ 50,000 prize to a young, remarkable African business with revenues between US$ 0.5M and US$ 5M.

Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2bn

Microsoft has bought the four-year-old business social network Yammer for $1.2bn (£770m) as the software giant steps up its battle with Google for the future of technology in the workplace.

The purchase of Yammer, dubbed “Facebook for the workplace”, is the latest instalment in Microsoft’s bid to protect its dominant Office products from a challenge by Google. The service claims to have more than 5 million corporate users at groups including Barclaycard, Ford, Groupon and the BBC.

It comes little more than a year after Microsoft paid $8.5bn for the video-calling firm Skype in the biggest acquisition in the company’s 37-year history.
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Quick Start Guide to Online Business

So you have an idea and then you have decided its time to go online and push the limit of your business and idea, below are some quick action steps to your startup, marketing and business growth.

NaijaGist/Enterpreneur

1. Write the Idea/Business Down and know what exactly you want to sell/give/market to the world.
2. Get a Domain name that will host your business, Unless this is social business, sometimes its better to go with a name that clamps on your existing business name if it is.
3. Get a hosting company to host your website (Talk to Primax) or a host of others out there. For a startup, you fees can be very very less
4. The Design: While you can talk to designers for your site, You can actually design your site yourself with a host of CMS available out there. Most used is WordPress, you also have JoomLa, Drupal, Modx and a host of others to choose from
5. Set up your Social Networks: Setup a facebook Page, A Twitter account and make them active.
6. Advertise/Market your business via Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other engines out there, Email marketing too works wonders also bulk sms helps you connect with your clients
7. Make money from your site using google adsense, adbrite, affiliate marketing and other Local Advertising opportunities

Well, after the above, get busy, track your progress, get better and enjoy your new online world. It takes time but if you are really reaching out, Out there will reach out back to you.

Want more information? olutola.obembe@primaxng.com

2011 Tech Concepts … I like this startups

Yeah, I did stumble on some 2011 startups in the USA and i really loved the concepts that i thot i’ll share them, actually i found some of this websites on businessinsiders 2011 good startups. i Like the techy ones …*wink

Codecademy was created out of the frustrations Zach and Ryan felt with learning how to program. Tired with less effective text and video resources, Ryan and Zach teamed up to create Codecademy, a better, more interactive way to learn programming by actually coding. This is just the beginning. Join us as we make it easy for everyone to love and learn how to code.
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HP’s TouchPad to be returned to factory: Bad sales…Huh

Best Buy  is sitting on more than 200,000 unsold TouchPads, and is threatening to send them back to HP. Arik Hesseldahl at AllThingsD reports that Best Buy ordered 270,000 of the HP tablets, which launched last month to mediocre reviews. So far, it’s sold only 25,000. And even that number may be high, as it doesn’t account for returns.

Earlier, I wrote about the SmartPhone Marketshare where WebOS is not showing too many signs http://www.flukkytom.com/?p=2032. I think i’ll go with Matt that the only hope for WebOS is if HP licenses it to phone makers currently trapped between Google-Motorola and Microsoft-Nokia.
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