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A podcast covering the African startup ecosystem; the players, dynamics, trends and stories

Chini ya Maji Media Impact Africa Network

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A podcast covering the African startup ecosystem; the players, dynamics, trends and stories

    Founder Series : Idorenyin Obong, Co-Founder & CEO @ Grey

    Founder Series : Idorenyin Obong, Co-Founder & CEO @ Grey

    THE 'FOUNDER-PROBLEM FIT' APPROACH
    The most overlooked aspect by entrepreneurs

    "One of my challenges was realizing I didn't need to have just technical skills... As a founder I need to know how to pitch"Idorenyin Obong or as we'd like to call him 'The Writing Techie' found himself in a situation that a lot of founders find themselves before their light bulb moment: A problem without a solution. The process of accessing payment via foreign currencies was a thorn in his flesh and so many other entrepreneurs. His intuition led him to start a company that grew from it's original mission which was to solve the problem in Nigeria but now looks to scale continentally beginning with Kenya.From its original name Aboki Africa to it's new identity Grey, Grey seeks to provide foreign accounts to people in Africa to ease transacting in foreign currencies. This is a story of the famous founder-problem fit. It takes a founder to deeply understand a problem for them to have groundbreaking answers and learn new trades as they forge ahead.
    Join him and our host, Mark Karake as they take a walk down memory lane through Idorenyin's founding journey.

    • 59 min
    Founder Series : Mark Mwangi, Co-Founder & CEO @ Amitruck

    Founder Series : Mark Mwangi, Co-Founder & CEO @ Amitruck

    Leveraging Tech in the African Logistics Landscape

    "It's going to take some time for us to stop comparing ourselves to each other and other countries... and start asking the question of why we didn't do better"Mark Mwangi was never your average student, he never settled, not from his days in high school to his days as a truck driver making ends meet for his fees in City, University of London. He is living proof that a tenacious heart will certainly get you where you want to be.Join him and Mark Karake as he takes us through a journey of resilience, taking up challenges rather than settling to co-founding Amitruck: A digital logistics marketplace that connects clients directly with transporters cutting out expensive middlemen.Get to know how he was able to make the jump from his career as a Senior Investment Manager at Pictet Asset Management in London to moving back to Nairobi to build something more meaningful.From truck driving to investment management to Amitruck, this is a story of audacious goals made possible!

    • 59 min
    Founder Series : Tracey Turner, Founder & Chairman @ Copia Global

    Founder Series : Tracey Turner, Founder & Chairman @ Copia Global

    A New Era of Businesses with Social Impact

    I think we are entering a new era where businesses can't ignore their social impact ~ Tracey Turner

    Growing up, Tracey just like many young people, did not have a clear path for what career she wanted to pursue. She was ambitious and spontaneous and had a stint of wanting to pursue so much including being an astronaut and even a fighter pilot. However, at that time women could not be fighter pilots.Years down the line, Tracey is now a renowned entrepreneur and seasoned business executive with a knack for social impact!Dive into the podcast and get to hear her back story ranging from her passion for entrepreneurship, how she balances her life as a the Founder and Chairperson of Copia Global while being a mother to her three children; and the journey of building Copia including the lessons she learned along the way.

    This one is a must-listen as it shows why Africa is ground zero for grit for entrepreneurs!

    • 55 min
    Founder Series : Richmond Bassey, CEO & Co-Founder @ Invest Bamboo

    Founder Series : Richmond Bassey, CEO & Co-Founder @ Invest Bamboo

    LET'S TALK INVESTMENT
    "We want to turn out one million African investors and we have the capacity to go for such a goal"

    Meet Richmond Bassey, the Co-founder and CEO of Bamboo, an investment platform that gives people the tools to build wealth from the ground up through real-time access to the global marketsCatch him and our host Mark Karake as they talk about consumerism in our society, teaching and offering investment opportunities to Africans and a special treat on how he as able to acquire venture capital for his company.An important listen for everyone.

    • 55 min
    Founder Series: Timothy Nuy, Co-Founder & CEO @ Finclusion Group

    Founder Series: Timothy Nuy, Co-Founder & CEO @ Finclusion Group

    Scaling Fintech in Africa

    "The reality in Africa is that if you really want to scale today, you need to run a hybrid strategy, meaning digital and part physical."
    ~Timothy Nuy

    Meet Timothy Nuy, a man who was always intrigued and interested in business in the financial services space. Hear how he started as a call centre agent and moved to African Development Bank to My Bucks to now the Co-Founder and CEO of Finclusion Group. Catch a glimpse of how he aims to transform financial services in Africa through the buy and build strategy of Finclusion Group.
    Want to learn more about the skillset necessary for an effective turnaround model and the complexities of lending in Africa, then this is a must-listen! A true eye-opener to the world of financial services. Enjoy!

    • 54 min
    Founder Series: Eerik Oja, Co-Founder & CEO @ Planet42

    Founder Series: Eerik Oja, Co-Founder & CEO @ Planet42

    Embracing the Disruptive Nature of Entrepreneurship
    "Be comfortable with failure. Fail at this, fail at that and keep failing but just make sure that you learn from them"

    Eerik was an adventurous young man growing up in Estonia Northern Europe where he tried his hand at everything from lawn mowing to being an infantry team lead even opening a bar before going on to being the Co-Founder & CEO of Planet42 based in South Africa. Join him and Mark as they delve into his journey of discovery in various fields before settling in Planet42 which offers a social inclusive car subscription service. They offer us their experiences with stereotypes which are proven to pull people back from associating on basic level of being human beings. Eerik shows us that a person cannot be one thing but he/she can embrace the changes along the way to find out what they enjoy doing.
    Truly, you never know until you try!

    • 47 min

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