What does Microsoft acquiring Nokia mean for the African Mobile Market?

I remember on university graduation, my father bought me a Nokia 9210i (Communicator) it was a timely upgrade from the Psion 3C I had bought from my friend in England which got me very fascinated with the future of mobile computing. At the time I was in the leading edge of mobile application development (I […]

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IISS: Emerging Africa Geo-Economics, Resources and the role of Technology and Innovation

Earlier this week, a group of African business and political leaders, academics, journalists and researchers met in the Gulf island nation of Bahrain for the first Geo-economics conference focused on Africa organized and hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), “The Geo-Economics of Resource and Conflict in Africa”. Who the heck are IISS? I asked myself […]

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Bitcoin Crypto-currency and the opportunity for a truly Pan-Africa money revolution

NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE: Imagine you are a freelance coder in Zimbabwe during the collapse of the financial banking system in the last decade. Your local currency is going through world record inflation meaning anything you earn locally is worthless. Any foreign currency you earn, say through accepting paypal transactions cannot be withdrawn to a […]

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Africa Spotlight: Global Entrepreneurship Congress Report from Rio, Brazil

Last week over 1,500 delegates from 100+ countries involved in entrepreneurship ecosystem building descended on the lovely city of Rio De Janeiro for the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Congress backed by Kauffman Foundation, supported locally by the city of Rio, Endeavor Brazil and other sponsors including Dell. You would be forgiven for thinking parts of Brazil remind you […]

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As smartphone wars heat up: Africa Techies beware of the App distraction to your business

“Why should I get the intel Yolo vs the Samsung Pocket”- asked a young man at the Safaricom Junction shop. “This phone is just like a computer, it has the intel chip inside!” replied the Safaricom attendant “So this WiDi HD video streaming, I don’t have a compatible TV, it is useless to me”- shot […]

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E-commerce & Mobile Payments in Africa will not scale without Business Process Integration

E-Commerce (or M-Commerce) and Mobile Payments in Africa gets a lot of attention.  I get a number of mobile payments pitches every month, and you can imagine how tough my skin has become over the last 6 months. Especially as I have personally transitioned from a plastic world into a mobile money world- I carry […]

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10 Deadly Mistakes and Pitfalls African Startups should avoid in 2013

We are about to hit 2013, last year I wrote an optimistic post about the 12 trends to watch in Africa tech, there has been some very positive developments indeed and rather than repeat and add to any potential Africa tech hype that may or may not be bubbling I thought I’d take a somewhat […]

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Rocket Internet may be just what is needed to Turbo-charge African E-commerce

It might be an entrepreneur’s worst nightmare. Take co-founder of red hot Silicon Valley payment startup Stripe Patrick Collison’s recent visit to Nairobi, I quickly let him have it, “Hey, did you see that you have been cloned by the Clone Masters, Rocket internet!“. Patrick was quick to shrug off that they can’t copy the […]

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Government efforts, Spillover effect and the Kenya Tech Ecosystem

Just over a week ago, iHub hosted Dalberg, a consulting firm to collect feedback from the iHub community about the Konza city project spearheaded by the Kenyan Government and investors inc. the IFC. In my opinion, I thought the session did not go as planned. The non presence of a Government official of any sort […]

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Tanzania Tech Ecosystem Rising: Kinu Innovation workspace, Competitive mobile money & mCommerce Kicks off

I have now spent a good few weeks (maybe months) in my home country of Tanzania. I begun my efforts to help Tanzania’s tech scene 2 years ago when I directly brought i/o ventures mentor network to Dar es Salaam. At the same time the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), a Govt agency was […]

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