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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Announcing the ebook: Innovative Africa – the new face of Africa

“‘Tech in Africa’ has come a long way in a very short time. It took less than five years for a small and fragmented group of pioneers to evolve into a sizeable pan-African community. It includes IT start-up centres, experienced computer literates, profitable start-ups, established businesses serving African and global clients and, most recently, a […]

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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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The Founder Files – Michael Pedersen & Uhasibu [Part One]

The Founder Files is a series sharing the life stories of founders of emerging startups in Kenya and across Africa. This is the first in a five part series on Afrinnovator. For the opportunity to sponsor such a series, email [email protected] I’m welcomed into the Uhasibu office by the lingering scent of pastry and a […]

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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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Innovating for the People: How Africa is using Technology for Better Governance.

This post is the forth and last article in a four-part series on Africa: The Present Frontier. Follow this special series by interacting with parts one, two and three . On his first day in office, US President Barrack Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government start the process that led to the Data.gov we […]

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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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What It Takes To Create Successful Business IT Solutions

When I wrote this post, I braced myself for  flak from the tech community as I was sure techies would go out of their way to demonstrate how off base my assumptions were. I checked  the posts comments every 2 days for 2 weeks then I gave up. I was right. All techies are developing are m-apps, […]

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The Innovation Ecosystem in East Africa

This post is the third in a four-part series on Africa: The Present Frontier “Many investors see East Africa’s strong growth potential as a driver of better investment performance than in South Africa: This is a huge shift in private equity attitudes toward Africa, which have been historically focused on South Africa. East African investment […]

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