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 31: Joram Mwinamo Pt 3 - Life does go on. It does..
When we are planning for the future and you have optimism driving you, you make awesome plans. When things seem to go sideways, yeah, the only thing you really do have is your attitude. Do something with that. Because that is the only thing you can do something with... Life will go on. That's just truth.Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)
Ep 30: Joram Mwinamo Pt 2 - This is the Jungle. This is the Jungle. This is...
The influence the mantra you have, while you are going through something, is often so underrated. You can be outwardly positive all you want, but if inside you do not have that same vibe, you will be in all sorts of trouble. In this CONVIB 19 planet lockdown, especially with our lives literally depending on our ability to successfully social distance from one another, here is something to build you up. YOU have this! You just do. You're a freaking beast! That's the mantra for a time like this.Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)
Ep 29: Joram Mwinamo Pt 1 - My first salary was $9...NINE DOLLARS!
Joram just launched the $500,000 entrepreneur all-in-one stop shop called SNDBX in Kenya. I know, we can't use it right now because we are all working from home with CONVIB 19 doing what it does, but when we leave our houses..in June..we may need a spot to go re-learn collaborative co-working spaces. So being the optimists we are, we talked about his journey to this point. Then we quickly washed our hands with soap...Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)
Ep 28: Erik Hersman Pt 3 - Be all in or don't be at all...
It ends here. Well not really. Erik Hersman on what is now, and what will be the next thing he works on. And the other important conversation that will be had in time...Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)
Ep 27: Erik Hersman Pt 2 - Lesson 1; how to run the world from a coffee shop.
How do you sit with yourself when the product you thought about in the forest, that was coded overnight for starters, has founders that have met once in person and has a "strange name" is deployed in the largest natural disasters in the world? It's like driving in a storm, on the wrong lane, with your car on fire, a bear in the back seat and your tummy having the runs. Well...you get some more tea. And improve the code.Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)
Ep 26: Erik Hersman Pt 1 - Chocolate. Brooms. Bikes. Tech. Same thing really..
A big part of the African tech scene was ignited by stories. Many of these stories were synonymous with ambition, adventure and the grit that led to success, when forcing your way through stereotypes, privilege and a lack of access that was technology a decade ago. For a continent in a world where was never meant to be for us, we have come a very long way. Many voices were part of the choir and few as loud and glaring as Erik Hersman's keyboard. He tells his story with as little pazazz as possible. But he knows, as do many people in the tech space, there's a lot that would not have happened if the renegades he was a big part of did not exist. Music: Sun El Musician: Ntaba Ezikunde (feat. Simmy)