Simon Kapenda: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Meetup Series

My next Meetup Series on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership is on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Protea Turinger Hof on Independence Avenue in Windhoek from 16h00 – 19h00. This is something you don’t wanna miss if you’re inspired to do bigger and greater things in your life. Search Facebook for this event to RSVP now. It’s free and is open to the public.

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Welated, a Social App for Social Networks

Welated for iPhonesIn July, I launched Wrisen, a social app for social networks on Facebook, which has so far received great, rave review, and it’s growing faster than I’ve expected.

We’re currently working to launch a full version of the Welated site at the end of August, but the exciting news is about our new social app version of Welated for social networks and iPhone which we are also launching towards the end of August.

We will first launch the Welated app for social networks, specifically for Facebook, and then follow up with the iPhone version.

Welated is a service that alerts users instantly any time their mates cheat on them with anyone, anyplace, anywhere.

Check out Wrisen at http://www.wrisen.com and Welated at http://www.welated.com.

Wrisen.com, a Social App to Help You Remember, Honor, and Cherish Your Loved Ones

Wrisen LogoWrisen (www.wrisen.com) was launched on July 27, 2009, and it’s live now exclusively on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/wrisenbook. Wrisen, a social app for social networks lets you easily create profiles for all your loved ones, post and share eulogies and condolences, upload their pictures, videos, and memorial gifts.

Wrisen enables you to share sympathy about your loved ones with your all friends and family members on Facebook.

The application is a Facebook-like by itself within Facebook, it’s free, easy and simple to use, and each eulogy, condolence or comment posted on any profile and on the profile wall is instantly distributed and shared among all your Facebook friends.

You can basically create and post a profile for any person or pet that you may have admired and adored. It could be anyone from the past, such as Princess Diana, Gandhi or anyone you want to eulogize.

Wrisen is a cool social application that I created to help make social network users feel better and forever remember their passed loved ones.

Try it out and please let me know what you think about it.

A Very Sad Day for John Travolta: Actors’ Son Jett Travolta Dies at 16

Children anywhere, are not supposed to die at this young age, specifically from a disease, an epileptic seizure, especially in some of the countries with the best medical facilities. It’s very sad, very, very very sad, for any parent to lose a child, anywhere.

I was traveling yesterday and wasn’t able to keep up or check the news, and today Saturday, I woke up late, at 7:00 am EST, and as usual, I logged onto CNN.com and BBC News, for my daily breakfast news and current events, and my eyes suddenly have gotten wet, my heart feels sad, as I read the headline news that John Travolta’s 16 year old son, Jett Travolta, died of seizure while vacationing in the Bahamas.

No parent anywhere should go through that, especially that its cause is a disease. It’s already the worst feelings for any one to lose his or her loved one by any cause, but when it’s a teenage child, it’s devastating. As a parent, you hope and expect that your children will be grow up happy, healthy, and grow older, but when a child dies, it’s very sad.

Just imagine the parents and childrent in Darfur, where death has become a common daily thing; and the cause is man made.

My heart and prayers go out to the Travolta’s family.

Read more at CNN.com.

Oprah Winfrey Duped, Again: Holocaust ‘greatest’ love story is Fake

Does Oprah Winfrey need discontinue the Oprah’s Book Club or has to start vetting all the authors of the books she features in the Oprah’s Book Club?

As it turned out, the ‘greatest’ holocaust love story as has been told by Herman and Roma Rosenblat isn’t true. Herman now says that he made it all up. CNN.com reports that; “when the couple appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show more than a decade ago, the famed host called it the single greatest love story in 22 years of doing this show.” Read more at CNN.com.

James Frey the author of “A Million Little Pieces” also duped Oprah, with his faked memoir which became an instant best-selling non-fiction book, after Oprah selected it as one of her top books for her Book Club. Read more at The Smoking Gun.

It will serve best for Oprah to start vetting all the authors of all the books she may consider selecting for her Book Club in order to help eliminate any further embarrassment. This might be a lengthy and costly process, but this is the only best way to not fall under the same spell of con-artists trying to profit from her global branding power.

Another solution is to completely discontinue and close down the entire Oprah’s Book Club.

Ramamia – the Simplest New Way to Privately Share Photos, Web sites, and Events with Families

In my LinkedIn network of connections, there’s a 16-year old Mark Bao, an incredible talented serial entrepreneur but still a high school junior student, whom I met about two years ago on YoungEntrepreneur.com, and ever since, I have come to admire him for his ingenuity and ambition.

He’s the real definition of entrepreneur. He has started several Internet and web application companies and now serves as President and CEO of Avecora.

Recently, Mark Bao and his partner, Jason L. Baptiste, launched a new site, Ramamia, which makes it seamlessly simple for anyone to privately share photos, events, messages, and videos with every family member and friends. I tried it out today, and I found the site to be one of the most eye-appeasing, user-friendly, the site color is great, the user-interface and navigational tools are well positioned; so easy even your grandma can use the site and find her way around.

A gazillion number of new sites is launched every day, most of them are useless and doomed to fail on their first launch, including some of mine, but Ramamia is a unique site that offers a cool breath of fresh air for online social networking, geared for families and friends.

But, don’t just take my word for it, go and try it out for yourself. The site’s sign up process is very simple; all you need to sign up as a new member is to simply enter your last name. No long process of entering tons of mumbo jumbo personal details to register and start using the site. Also, adding your family members to your Ramamia Family Profile is as simple as ABC, and uploading your photos and videos, or creating your events and sharing them among your family and friends are tirelessly simple.

It was recently reported around the web that most social networking sites including Facebook are trying to simplify their signup process for new members. Even last week, Facebook attempted to quietly launch their new sign-up form, which they temporarily flashed on their homepage, with a new user is only required to enter his or her full name to sign up. Ramamia has beaten Facebook to the punch in implementing their easy sign-up process, and this is the same method I am going to implement on my new site, Welated, due to launch by March 2009.

Ramamia is currently angel-funded, but I am not sure yet what is their primary revenue model, perhaps is solely based on paid ads, but the site states that they will soon launch their premium version. The entire Ramamia site is unique, great, I like the site color, and its user-interface is phenomenal.

The only fault I found with the site, is that they don’t use Usernames and Passwords for registered users to login, but at the time of registering with the site, it sends you a nasty long and tedious link to your email, which you have to remember or bookmark in order to login. However, if they can fix their login process, Ramamia is definitely deemed to exponentially grow, as families around the world try to find the easiest and simplest way to share events, photos, and videos online. Ramamia is the new Facebook of families.

Notice: I have no affiliation with Ramamia nor do I have investment interest in Ramamia.

Is Webware Walking in the Shadow of TechCrunch?

Every hour of each day, other than CNN.com, BBC News, Yahoo News, and the New York Times, I have to peek at TechCrunch and then Webware to get my hourly up-to-the-minute news on any new and upcoming technology and web companies.

However, for the longest now, TechCrunch and Webware have been more like, following each other on what each one reports, with TechCrunch always leading the way, while Webware seems to only peek at what TechCrunch has to report and then they come up with the same news reporting on the same subject.

I am not saying that Webware plagiarizes TechCrunch, but it gets really boring to have the two tech news venues that I have come to like and admire always reporting on the same subject, different written style but on the same topic. TechCrunch will have a story on a certain subject and then an hour or a day later, Webware will have a story on the same subject that TechCrunch has just previously reported.

Have the tech news stories suddenly become so rare that Webware always seems to be walking under the shadow of TechCrunch?