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Naspers announces Innovation and Founder Award Winners at annual Global Summit

Naspers announces Innovation and Founder Award Winners at annual Global Summit 8 September 2016: Naspers CEO, Bob van Dijk, yesterday announced the winners of 2016 Naspers Innovation and Founder Awards during the company’s annual Global Summit in New York.

The awards recognise the technology innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that benefits customers and drives Naspers’ growth. The Innovation Awards reward the best-in-class engineers across the group, while the Founder Award recognises the outstanding contribution a founder has made to the success of the Naspers Group.

2016 Innovation Award Winners
Deepesh Naini from goibibo
  • Deepesh was recognised for his leading role in developing and launching differentiated, user-generated, content value propositions for goibibo. These include photo reviews ratings and ‘question and answer’ platforms.
  • The question-and-answer feature has helped goibibo to generate over 45,000 questions and 115,000 answers in less than six months. This has had a profound impact on the business, strengthening its network effects while driving the feedback loop into sellers which, in turn, has supported higher fulfilment.
Manoj Kumar from redBus
  • Manoj received his award in recognition of his innovative approach to help redBus reach record conversion rates.
  • By developing a new inventory and data platform, he has helped provide a scalable way for redBus to provide trustworthy and reliable services to buyers and sellers. Manoj built the platform to work at scale, delivering high booking success rates and enabling redBus to record real-time inventory data. This data supports bus operators and redBus to make real-time decisions. It also allows redBus to identify and seize opportunities to grow market share and has been developed into an analytics application for bus operators.
Pranay Deb Jha and his team from OLX India
  • Pranay and his team, including Prikshit Gupta, Mayank Agarwal, Raman Soni, Amit Pathak, Jatin Juneja, Vinay Airan and Jayesh Nair, were awarded for their dedication to improving customer engagement and retention for OLX.
  • The team built a flexible interface for the OLX app, enabling personalised content and an interface that provides a far better customer experience.
2016 Founder Award Winner
Fabricio Bloisi from Movile
  • Fabricio received this award in recognition of his efforts to transform his business from a mobile value-added, service driven, legacy business to a smartphone app-focused B2B and B2C operation.
  • Movile is a leading global company in the development of mobile content and commerce platforms. Millions of people use Movile apps across the world every day. Movile’s products for mobile phones, smartphones and tablets are designed to make people’s lives better and a lot more fun. In the B2B space, Movile delivers products, integrates transactions in M-Commerce, M-Payments and content distribution, quickly and with quality.

For more information, please contact:
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About Naspers
Founded in 1915, Naspers is a global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating in more than 130 countries and markets with long-term growth potential, Naspers builds leading companies that empower people and enrich communities. It runs some of the world’s leading platforms in internet, video entertainment, and media.

Naspers companies connect people to each other and the wider world, help people live their daily lives, and entertain audiences with the best of local and global content. Every day, hundreds of millions of people use the products and services of companies that Naspers has invested in, acquired and built, including Allegro, Avito, eMAG, Flipkart, letgo, Mail.Ru (LSE: MAIL), Movile, MultiChoice, OLX, PayU, ShowMax, SimilarWeb, and Tencent (SEHK 00700).

Naspers is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN).


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