16 episodes

The Not So Secret Sauce Podcast and Newsletter feature insightful insider exchanges between investment specialists, venture builders and innovation architects at the Founders Factory Africa 'Mothership' and early-stage startup ecosystem innovators of all stripes. The show, brought to you by Founders Factory Africa, is where we "open source the secret sauce".

The Not So Secret Sauce Podcast & Newsletter Founders Factory Africa

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The Not So Secret Sauce Podcast and Newsletter feature insightful insider exchanges between investment specialists, venture builders and innovation architects at the Founders Factory Africa 'Mothership' and early-stage startup ecosystem innovators of all stripes. The show, brought to you by Founders Factory Africa, is where we "open source the secret sauce".

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP8: Exploring the Intersection of Events with Tech Ecosystem Momentum

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP8: Exploring the Intersection of Events with Tech Ecosystem Momentum

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP8: Exploring the Intersection of Events with Tech Ecosystem Momentum
    In this episode, Kadi Diallo, Portfolio Manager for the Africa Tech Festival, talks to our Head of Community, Andile Masuku, about the importance of events as a driver of tech ecosystem momentum. Kadi unveils the secrets to organising communities through conferences and events that make a tangible difference to the ecosystem’s growth. 
    What to look forward to in this episode:
    Defining community and fellowship [08:52]Addressing the critical needs of your community through gatherings [10:48]The big opportunity for community building in Africa [13:26]Tracking conversions and assessing key results from an event [14:21]Leveraging the power of collaborations and strategic partnerships [15:49]Transactional mutual benefit community building [18:17]Managing stakeholders in a complex web of interconnections [19:56]Curating Pan-Africa-relevant gatherings for diverse audiences [21:21]Most surprising observations about curating tech-focused events within Africa [23:39]Using AI technology to optimise event management and hack unique experiences [24:34]Community database creation and management [31:44]Sign up for the Not So Secret Sauce Newsletter: ✅ http://eepurl.com/iwW_hw ⬅️ 
    CONNECT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
    Connect with Founders Factory Africa on Linkedin:   / foundersfactoryafrica Connect with Founders Factory Africa on Twitter:   / foundersffa Connect with Kadi Diallo on LinkedIn

    • 34 min
    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP7: Hacking Africa's Startup Ecosytem

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP7: Hacking Africa's Startup Ecosytem

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP7: Hacking Africa's Startup Ecosystem
    Abderrahmane Chaoui, Chief Exploration Officer at Sendemo, lets us into his world of journalism, network building, and reporting on the African tech ecosystem. Sendemo is a research-based consultancy for African startup ecosystems, offering services like ecosystem assessment, market research, and industry forecasts. Chaoui talks through the behind-the-scenes and his approach to gaining a deeper understanding of the contexts shaping the future of innovation in Africa.
    What to look forward to in this episode:
    When it all began [06:50]Forming relationships with ecosystem players remotely [12:55]Challenging startup ecosystem reporter perceptions [19:06]Important skills to leverage networking opportunities [23:29]Lessons learned while reporting on the African startup ecosystem [28:00]Writing to shape a reader's view [29:14]Forecasting the African startup tech ecosystem? [33:36]Sign up for the Not So Secret Sauce Newsletter: ✅ http://eepurl.com/iwW_hw ⬅️ 
    CONNECT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
    Connect with Founders Factory Africa on Linkedin:   / foundersfactoryafrica  Connect with Founders Factory Africa on Twitter:   / foundersffa  Connect with Abderrahmane Chaoui on LinkedIn:   / abderrahmane-chaoui  

    • 38 min
    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP6: Navigating Technical Debt In Early-Stage Startups - Product Validation

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP6: Navigating Technical Debt In Early-Stage Startups - Product Validation

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP6: Navigating Technical Debt in Early Startups: Product Validation
    In this final episode of a two-part series on the Not So Secret Sauce Podcast, Kevin Odongo, Senior Software Architect at Founders Factory Africa, and Fabian Elliot, Africa Startup and Venture Capital Business Development Manager at Google Cloud for Startups, get into the detail of product validation once a product is in market, and the tools available to founders once there.
    What to look forward to in this episode:
    Defining product validation in the ecosystem context [04:39]Product validation tools [08:08]Design, develop, test, release, feedback, and plan [12:54]Details about the Google Cloud for Startups program [13:51]Leveraging Google Cloud support [18:52]Going back to the drawing board [20:33]Knowing when to iterate and when to stop [24:11]The role of the Product Manager [26:19]CONNECT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
    Connect with Fabian Elliot on Linkedin.Sign up for the Not So Secret Sauce Newsletter: ✅ http://eepurl.com/iwW_hw ⬅️ 

    • 29 min
    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP5: Navigating Technical Debt In Early-Stage Startups - Speed vs. Quality

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP5: Navigating Technical Debt In Early-Stage Startups - Speed vs. Quality

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP5: Navigating Technical Debt in Early Startups: Speed vs. Quality
    In this first episode of a two-part series on the Not So Secret Sauce Podcast, Kevin Odongo, Senior Software Architect at Founders Factory Africa, and Fabian Elliot, Africa Startup and Venture Capital Business Development Manager at Google Cloud for Startups, guide aspiring entrepreneurs through the critical journey of bringing their product to market.
    What to look forward to in this episode:
    Core pieces of technical infrastructure founders should have in place [04:15]Evaluating market readiness [08:55]Leveraging Google Cloud tools [13:01]Red flags to look out for in preparation for market entry [17:10]Prototyping and getting direct market feedback [21:46]Going to market as an early-stage venture [26:07]When to consider technical debt for your startup [33:47]CONNECT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
    Connect with Fabian Elliot on Linkedin.Sign up for the Not So Secret Sauce Newsletter: ✅ http://eepurl.com/iwW_hw ⬅️ 

    • 43 min
    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP4: Curating Network Effects To Mobilise Communities

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP4: Curating Network Effects To Mobilise Communities

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP4: Curating network effects to mobilise communities  This episode features Tayo Akinyemi, host and producer of The Trajectory Africa, a “pop-up” podcast that explores the pathways of venture capital and how startups form in Africa, and Ammin Youssouf, co-founder of The Colors and, critically, Afrobytes, a connection point between the African tech sector and other global tech ecosystems.
    They discuss how communities can be better equipped to solve big problems than any one individual or organization and how collaboration is a consequence of community.
    What to look forward to in this episode:
    The ice-breaker! [02:37]The role community has played in their journey [13:00]Collaboration as a consequence of community [17:50]Communities are better equipped to solve big problems [26:02]Curating network effects to  [30:54]Driving human connection in a digitized world [40:19]CONNECT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
    Connect with Tayo Akinyemi Connect with Ammin Youssouf
    😉 #FFACommunity Perk: Africa Tech Festival Visitors passes in Cape Town, South Africa are on us: ✅  https://bit.ly/45K6I24 ⬅️

    • 59 min
    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP3: Unlocking The Power of Community Building Practice

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP3: Unlocking The Power of Community Building Practice

    Not So Secret Sauce S2 EP3: Unlocking The Power of Community Building Practice
    Andile Masuku, Head of Community at Founders Factory Africa hosts this episode of the community practice focused episode featuring Karl Nchite, Co-founder and CEO at CatalyzU, a fellowship created to ignite collaboration between Africa's next generation of venture capital leaders. Karl is also formerly ESG and Impact Manager at early-stage impact investor Goodwell Investments.
    Nchite defines community as "a group of people who are connected by a shared purpose or interest, and who support and encourage each other to achieve their goals." He believes that community is essential for founders, as it provides them with a network of support, mentorship, and resources.
    What to look forward to in this episode:
    Defining 'Community' [09:18]Packaging community practice at CatalyzU [10:13]CatalyzU's value add to the VC and startup community [17:33]The business case for leveraging community practice [19:16]The business model fundamentals of community practice [26:55]Growing a community vs. Competition for commercial success [29:35]Creating opportunities for mutual stakeholder benefits [36:46]Turning community practice into a profitable business [40:53]CONNECT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
    Connect with Karl Nchite on Linkedin
    Sign up for the Not So Secret Sauce Newsletter: ✅ http://eepurl.com/iwW_hw ⬅️ 

    • 47 min

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