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Beta mode is a podcast focused on stories of entrepreneurship from different parts of Africa and Africans in the diaspora. We what it takes to build products and services by discussing strategy and the creative processes involved. Inspiration abounds through the stories of breaking through personal hardships to great successes and all the nonglamorous behind-the-scenes part of building and growing a business.

Beta Mode Ukeme D.

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Beta mode is a podcast focused on stories of entrepreneurship from different parts of Africa and Africans in the diaspora. We what it takes to build products and services by discussing strategy and the creative processes involved. Inspiration abounds through the stories of breaking through personal hardships to great successes and all the nonglamorous behind-the-scenes part of building and growing a business.

    Episode 3 – Survive & Collaborate

    Episode 3 – Survive & Collaborate

    “The way through this is via collaboration and staying lean” – Yewande



     



    I had the very great pleasure of interviewing Yewande, the founder of Startup Plug on this episode. She is a startup advisor and runs a company that helps founders find the tools to efficiently build companies and simultaneously learn how to run a business.



    We discuss why this recession different and why people feel so helpless.



    I get the opportunity to hear her speak about how her company is identifying new growth opportunities despite the pandemic.



    We learn about the Nigerian investment market, how the industry has been impacted by COVID from the devaluation of the naira to further fragmentation of the market. And how the pandemic will forever change the remote work culture in city hubs in Nigeria.



    We also discuss useful ways founders and companies can keep pushing through all of this. A key part of it is to partner up and collaborate with other companies.



    And finally she tells us Some of her key tips for staying sane through all of this:



    limit news intakeuse time blocking – and prioritize prioritize proritize!going out on regular walksmusicreading books via audible



    Enjoy!

    • 36 min
    Episode 2 : Tech as the great equalizer

    Episode 2 : Tech as the great equalizer

    In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Nichole Yembra, founding and managing director of The Chrysalis Company which runs a 15M fund focused on Tech companies in Africa.



    We discuss everything from the continent’s most successful mobile money M-Pesa, to why North Africa is the next terrain to conquer. And why a product may succeed in one part of Africa but have an abysmal outcome in a different country. 



    We also discuss why technology is a great tool and how her portfolio companies are democratizing wealth for millennial Africans. And why companies struggling through the pandemic shouldn’t just strive for survival but instead use the opportunity to re-build a thriving company.  Enjoy!

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    Episode 1 : The Covid Effect – A Lagos Story

    Episode 1 : The Covid Effect – A Lagos Story

    In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Glory Edozien, the founder of InspiredbyGlory, A coaching platform that offers career women tools and resources to excel.



    My second guest was Damola co-founder of Unotech a design agency and MyMusic a platform that provides an affordable way for the average Nigerian to download music.



    Both guests tell me about what the economy feels like in Lagos, and how people are coping amidst a pandemic. They also tell us about things they have done to keep their businesses alive and what they hope to accomplish in the future.



    Enjoy Friends!

    • 43 min
    Episode 0.00 – Podcast Introduction

    Episode 0.00 – Podcast Introduction

    Beta mode is a podcast focused on stories of entrepreneurship from different parts of Africa and Africans in the diaspora. We learn what it takes to build products and services by discussing strategy and the creative processes involved.

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