Africa Mobile Operators Customer Service Awareness Day: Data & Mobile Money

Last night I saw some interesting tweets about some very important questions around customer services issues with Safaricom Kenya. Salim lead the charge with his post about Mobile Money Statements- he makes excellent points about both the ease of access and the pricing of statements to access a year’s worth of M-PESA records. His claim […]

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5 Tech Ecosystem Cultural Differences: East Africa vs Silicon Valley

I have now been back in East Africa working in the Tech scene for 3 months after 7 years working in silicon valley. I attended one major conference, hang out  at incubators/workspaces in Tanzania and Kenya meeting with the startup community… Spent time in the rural areas of Tanzania on a solar tech pilot and […]

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Savannah Fund: Be the change you want to see in the world…

Global Media react to Savannah Fund announcement at Pivot East Conference in Nairobi, June 6th 2012

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Startup Funding in Africa- Let's take a step back & talk Market Efficiency

Over the last few days… Actually it seems like forever- The web has been full of articles about how Africa needs startup funding. Almost everyday now I see some article about it. As a general rule when you hear the same thing over and over again- you should start to ask why? I have written […]

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Are you a "Growth Masai"?… Key skill gap in Africa Technology Startups

One of the opportunities and challenges of the tech industry is how rapidly it continues to advance and in its wake change not only how we live, disrupt current solutions but also redefine how we work. Jobs can get eliminated overnight whilst new ones can emerge from nowhere. I’ve been looking forward to writing this […]

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Does the "Copy to/Clone…" Strategy work in Africa?

Every so often I hear venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley ask a recurring question regarding Tech Startups in Africa- why not just use the “copy to” strategy? Clone an e-bay, clone a Groupon… After all there are 1,000s of Groupon clones in China! And the Samwer brothers in Germany are notorious for doing […]

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Disrupting SMS Apps Space: Telerivet's Distributed Mobile SMS service using Android Phones

Most web and mobile startups in Africa need to have to some sort of messaging or notification layer that incorporates SMS. Wider businesses, large and small also too to communicate with customers . I have certainly blogged about the importance of SMS platforms for innovation in Africa. It is simply the best way to distribute […]

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The Road Ahead: Blueprint for Building Africa's Tech Ecosystem

I have lived and breathed the modern technology Ecosystem of Silicon Valley for the last 7 years- it’s a well oiled machine that keeps on producing innovations that impact the world. In the last few years we have started to see the culture  start to spread across the world. From my vantage point, I started […]

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Battle of Social Networking and Online Communities in Africa

Last year whilst visiting an aunt in south west area of Tanzania called Kyela, near Lake Malawi- I put my samsung cheap android smartphone on the dinner table . My cousin immediately reached it pulled up the Facebook app and used my profile to friend request me! I remain hidden on Facebook and he wanted […]

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7 steps to raising Seed Investment for Africa focused Tech Startups

I have observed quite a few entrepreneurs trying to raise seed investments for tech startups in Africa over the last few years. I myself raised $150k for Tanzania’s first e-commerce travel portal 2 years ago. I have also seen startups here in Silicon Valley raise money as part of my work at i/o ventures. And […]

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