39 episodes

These are the first-hand stories of Startup founders in Africa, both from Africa and other nationalities, and the unromanticized madness that goes into this amazing but demanding continent. You will hear everything from advice to warnings, successes to failures, myths that are facts to facts that are mythical and the romance and heartbreak, then romance that can all exist in a 24-hour cycle. This is not Silicon Valley, and Silicon Savannah is even a stretch. But for everyone that speaks, there are stories of battles most people didn't know they would face and achievements that mean more than finance, recognition and valuations. These are founders, funders, pace setters, leaders and learners that are tussling to find a place in the soul of a continent. Make no mistake, failure is as much a part of their DNA as their successes are. Welcome to an African’s story of Africa.

My African Startup Story Tonee Ndungu

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 23 Ratings

These are the first-hand stories of Startup founders in Africa, both from Africa and other nationalities, and the unromanticized madness that goes into this amazing but demanding continent. You will hear everything from advice to warnings, successes to failures, myths that are facts to facts that are mythical and the romance and heartbreak, then romance that can all exist in a 24-hour cycle. This is not Silicon Valley, and Silicon Savannah is even a stretch. But for everyone that speaks, there are stories of battles most people didn't know they would face and achievements that mean more than finance, recognition and valuations. These are founders, funders, pace setters, leaders and learners that are tussling to find a place in the soul of a continent. Make no mistake, failure is as much a part of their DNA as their successes are. Welcome to an African’s story of Africa.

    Ep 39: Mark Mwangi Pt 2 - Shiny coins and the god of regret: Time.

    Ep 39: Mark Mwangi Pt 2 - Shiny coins and the god of regret: Time.

    Talking about a business with a founder is like talking about life with an old drunk.. so much wisdom and zero chills. Here is Mark high as a kite, as only a former investment banker-to-truck logistics startup founder could be. The shiny coins battle the god of regret: Time. 
     
    Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 28 min
    Ep 38: Mark Mwangi Pt 1 - Amitruck and my 85 yr old friend.

    Ep 38: Mark Mwangi Pt 1 - Amitruck and my 85 yr old friend.

    A  5 billion Euro portfolio wasn't enough, said his 85 yr old self. So he dropped it all and started from scratch. And trucks became his new thing. Trucks. If nothing else, this man is that black monk that sold his Ferrari...
     
    Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 29 min
    Ep 37: Audrey Cheng Pt 2 -Be human. Be human.

    Ep 37: Audrey Cheng Pt 2 -Be human. Be human.

    Audrey's entire story is just a mix of happenstance and purpose mashed up with randomness and focus. The juxtaposition is incredible. The grit, unbelievable. See how far she's come, then understand that she is just 27. Then sit back and appreciate how little age has anything to do with success. Getting things done is everything.
    Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 24 min
    Ep 36: Audrey Cheng Pt 1 - I had one friend... and other fun stories.

    Ep 36: Audrey Cheng Pt 1 - I had one friend... and other fun stories.

    Audrey's entire story is just a mix of happenstance and purpose mashed up with randomness and focus. The juxtaposition is incredible. The grit, unbelievable. See how far she's come, then understand that she is just 27. Then sit back and appreciate how little age has anything to do with success. Getting things done is everything.
     
    Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 31 min
    Ep 35: Patricia Kihoro Pt 4 - Do it for you. Only for you.

    Ep 35: Patricia Kihoro Pt 4 - Do it for you. Only for you.

    Do it for you. Only you.
    Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 30 min
    Ep 34: Patricia Kihoro Pt 3 - The life that chose me.

    Ep 34: Patricia Kihoro Pt 3 - The life that chose me.

    Sometimes it's not what we want to do, it's what has been laid up for us that we find ourselves having to do. You can call it a calling. Fate. Life. The universe. God. Call it what you will, but do it, you must. How does that sit with you?
    Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

miyane_1za ,

Fantastic show

Amazing! It’s like listening to war stories where the battlefield is the marketplace. Love it!

XS_Ivy ,

Appreciation

Great show, Tonee. Absolutely enjoyed MDQ’s episodes! Very raw and real. Her journey is very insightful for start-up entrepreneurs. Joram’s is also so legit! Please post more consistently. You don’t know how much life you’re giving us African entrepreneurs with these war stories!

Nyambok_II ,

Thank You!

An entrepreneur here, and I can honestly say that it’s very informative.

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