Angaza Design plans to revolutionize energy access with Solite mobile money pay as you go

Globally, over 1.5B people lack access to grid electricity for lighting and battery charging (600M in Africa). Lack of access to clean, reliable energy also makes it impossible to break the cycle of poverty. There is no denying that one of the biggest challenges for Africa is to solve this energy crisis. Relying on the […]

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Which African country is best to do a tech startup? A Decision Framework

In recent conversation that have spanned the last 6 months, I’ve been getting the same style of questions from foreigners who recognize the growing opportunities in Africa and want to jump in. “Which is the best country in Africa to do a tech startup?” Sometimes the question is underlying in the comments I have seen […]

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Thoughts on OLPC-XO 3.0- Is it the right tablet for Schools in Africa?

In my last post, I predicted tablets would start surfacing into the mainstream in Africa this year, especially within education. When I wrote that post I had not even given a second thought that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) would be a factor to consider. And I still don’t think they will be at […]

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Agricultural Innovation and other sectors in Africa require a Systems Thinking Approach

I remember starting my first job after University working in military and commercial flight testing at QinetiQ (formerly the British’s Defense Evaluation Research Agency), I spent 10 weeks in an introductory program and almost a year in a rotational program in 3 different roles before I became a systems engineer, a multidisciplinary job. The first […]

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12 predictions for Africa Tech Scene in 2012

It has been a banner year for the Africa technology scene as the world begins to turn to the continent – the Economist Africa rising cover story article was for many, a big validation in the future opportunities as well as challenges for Africa. The best follow up post worth reading is by Professor Juma […]

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Willstream taps migrants and diaspora to disrupt remittance

Merry Christmas Africa! I thought this post is well timed for those abroad sending their best wishes home. Remittance payments to Africa are among the highest anywhere, over $40 Billion a year- infact the payment flows sometimes exceed foreign assistance African countries get in aid, often with a heavy commission cost to Governments, NGO and […]

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Mobile Health in Africa: The Entrepreneur’s Guide – Part 3

This is a guest post by Amy G. Lehman, Executive Director of Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC). This is the final post of a 3 part series on mhealth in Africa. Click Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up on previous posts. I want to thank my colleagues, Mbwana Alliy and Karen Cheng for […]

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Let's put a smartphone into a feature phone and beat Moore's Law

What percentage of mobile phone users in Africa are smartphones?- A common question that comes up here in Silicon Valley to try belittle the growth of Africa’s mobile sector. My typical response has always been- “It’s low now, but Android phones are selling like hotcakes and it’s only a matter of time till the price […]

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Kenya Julisha ICT report: Invest in new skills. It's called Human Capital

Earlier this week, the Kenya ICT board released some interesting statistics in the Julisha Report on the Kenya ICT ecosystem. I love these sorts of reports and I believe they are crucial for both domestic and foreigners to understand where to focus to improving the ICT industry and where investments need to be made. From […]

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Visa gets serious: Let the Africa Mobile Payment Wars Begin

A student at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania was asked by a former lead engineer at paypal during a mentoring session almost a year ago “Why are you not using Amazon web services for cloud computing?”, he replied “I don’t have a credit card to set up the service”…. The student could […]

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