15 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

    • Entrepreneurship

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 15: Mugambi Nthiga Pt 2 - Gatekeepers, Guardians, Disruption and the beginning of the end..

    Ep 15: Mugambi Nthiga Pt 2 - Gatekeepers, Guardians, Disruption and the beginning of the end..

    If you become a success, you will fall into one of two groups; make yourself responsible for looking out for the next success story and grow it, or try to defend yourself from disruption. The second group is way bigger than the first.. and the beginning of their end is always an ever-present reality.Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 32 min
    Ep 14: Mugambi Nthiga Pt 1 - From "copy-paste" to an I.T. degree that I never needed..and other stories.

    Ep 14: Mugambi Nthiga Pt 1 - From "copy-paste" to an I.T. degree that I never needed..and other stories.

    "Anarchy of the soul is a passion or dream, buried in a life of meaning." From an I.T. degree to finding a home on stages and in front of cameras, there is something about not following your childhood passion that is life-numbing. He had migraines that took him to hospital, adventures with *those* bosses (you know them to, don't you) and a stint at a club, then church, then club, then church.. with a crew 15 people deep! His African startup... was himself.Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 35 min
    Ep 13: Nivi Sharma Pt 2 - We should really get this right. We've been at this so long..

    Ep 13: Nivi Sharma Pt 2 - We should really get this right. We've been at this so long..

    In the second part of Nivi's interview, we look at BRCK, what she does now, the opportunity education is missing in Kenya and Africa in general and why nothing is built better for Africa to help leapfrog the world of yesterday like the internet. Are we doing what we should with it or are we just being bums?Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 33 min
    Ep 12: Nivi Sharma Pt 1- Somali Passports, Economics and Philosophy. The makings of a legend...

    Ep 12: Nivi Sharma Pt 1- Somali Passports, Economics and Philosophy. The makings of a legend...

    From taking 20 kids from an urban poor community ice-skating, to the impact an iPhone can have on a determined mind, Nivi's entrepreneurial path has to be the best coming-together of luck, serendipity, madness and some kind of mystic magic. There is everything Netflix could want in a movie, but that would also make an excellent Sunday afternoon read. Education technology is her thing and she is most vocal through her deeds and her grit. This is one for the ages.Music: Sun El Musician - Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 44 min
    Ep 11: Mikul Shah Pt 2- Death. Mind. Money. Kids. Freemasons. Joy. Life.

    Ep 11: Mikul Shah Pt 2- Death. Mind. Money. Kids. Freemasons. Joy. Life.

    Trying to put together a story of someone's entrepreneurship journey is crazy. So just listen. This is Mikul on tragedy, his mental health, just where money should fall in the grand scheme of things, what family is to him,  the investment scene in an African country that welcomes ex-pats warmly, the elements of a complete life and if he is really happy. Let's go eat out for this one! Music: Sun El Musician - Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 39 min
    Ep 10: Mikul Shah Pt 1 - The "Kiondo" business basics and saying no to the folks.

    Ep 10: Mikul Shah Pt 1 - The "Kiondo" business basics and saying no to the folks.

    The norm, almost to a point of being a stereotype, is that the Indian business ethos is to keep it in the family. So what happens when you come back from a decade abroad and the factory floor doesn't appeal to you? Especially when the alternative is building your tech business from scratch in the post-dot-com bubble burst and the 2008 financial crash? You go back to basics and remember what it was like selling "Kiondos" (traditional African baskets) in London...Sun El Musician - Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)

    • 32 min

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