The Global Startup Movement podcast delivers independent emerging market focused technology, digital and innovation insights and analysis.
We produce podcasts, live events, and bespoke market insight content with a deep understanding of the complex dynamics of the stakeholders within startup ecosystems around the world.
The show is executive produced and presented by podcaster and entrepreneur, Andrew Berkowitz (www.thegsm.co).
The State of eSports in Africa
Douglas Ogeto is the Co-Founder and CEO at LudiqueWorks and has built the largest community of game developers on the continent. He is an entrepreneur with 8+ years of experience in Technology, Branding & Community Building. He has co-founded 4 startups in Game Development, Education, Advisory & Branding and has played a key role in designing, planning and execution of entrepreneurship & impact related projects in Sub-Saharan & West Africa, having worked both in the private and NGO sector. What is the biggest hindrance to African Esports taking a broader spot in the global industry? [6:32]What companies and games are investing in Africa to support a league? [7:40] What are the most played consoles across Africa? [12:15]
Unpacking the emerging DeFi vertical within cryptocurrency with Akin Sawyerr
Akin Sawyerr is the Strategy lead for Decred, where he leads strategy and governance functions, and supports the proliferation of Decred across Africa. Decred is an open and progressive cryptocurrency with a system of community-based governance integrated into its blockchain. He's also an early investor and director of Splash Mobile Money, the largest mobile payments company in Sierra Leone. Akin is a long time executive and entrepreneur operating in mobile money, remittances, and payments in sub Saharan Africa.On this episode you'll learn: What use cases within Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is Akin most excited for and why? [3:20]What aspect of DeFi does Akin think will have the biggest impact across Africa? [10:48]What are the best assets to peg a stablecoin's value to? [14:05]
Global Tech Pulse Check: Investor Perspective on Seed & Growth Stages in Global Tech Environment - Part 2
In part 2 of our podcast mini-series we look at the investor perspective of the current state of the global seed and growth stage investing environment. Our 2 guests today include Sean O'Sullivan the Managing General Partner at SOSV, a global venture capital firm providing multi-stage investment and investing in 150 companies, and Tien Wong CEO at Opus 8, where he provides strategy and fundraising advice to technology companies and investors. Opus8 organizes tech networking events as well as fundraising missions for private equity and VC firms to meet overseas LPs.On this episode you'll learn:How Sean has adapted his global vc and accelerator programs and how to think about approaching the post COVID-19 era - [6:01]The difference between navigating market down turns as an entrepreneurs with a company of 15 vs as an executive with a company of 2300 employees - [13:26]How this is affecting startup valuations and deal flow in the United States - [16:05]
Global Tech Pulse Check: Who's Growing & Who's Successfully Raising - Part 1
In part 1 of our 2 part mini-series we dive into 3 different sectors ranging from delivery startups to CRISPR-based diagnostics as well as 3 geographies including Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Argentina. Our 3 guests today include Syed Sair Ali, Cofounder and CEO at Pakistan based 'Eat Mubarak', Jurgen Descamps, the General Manager for 'Securiport' based in Sierra Leone, as well as Franco Goytia, cofounder at 'CASPR Biotech' based in Buenos Aires, Argentina & Silicon Valley.In this episode you'll learn:How delivery startups in emerging economies are being affected by COVID-19 - [6:38]How Sierra Leone's experience with Ebola helped shape it's response to COVID-19 - [8:45]How has COVID-19 affected the Buenos Aires Startup Ecosystem - [20:05]
Insights Into Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and the Gulf Regions Tech and Innovation Ecosystems
For this podcast, Andrew Berkowitz sat down with Omar Christidis, the Founder and CEO at ArabNet, a digital media venture with the goal of spearheading the Arab Web and Mobile movement, and encouraging its expansion worldwide. Having played an essential role in driving the growth of multiple young companies throughout the middle east, ArabNet enjoys a loyal network of fans in the region.This episode features insight into the development of the startup ecosystem in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, UAE, and the rest of the gulf region. Listen in to learn the following:1) How Omar expanded his tech conference business across the middle east through Tweetups, [9:18]2) What nearing peak oil means for the gulf coast’s sovereign wealth funds, [15:01]3) A deep dive on the Saudi Arabia tech and innovation landscape, [20:09]4) Smart cities and special economic zones being utilized in the gulf region, [24:30]
Constructive Development Finance Frameworks With Jean Bosco Iyacu
In this conversation with Andile Masuku, Jean Bosco Iyacu thoughtfully interrogates the sustainable impact of progressive development finance versus the sketchy outcomes of foreign aid.Jean Bosco is a former banker and fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the director of programmes at Access to Finance Rwanda, an organisation which promotes financial inclusion for low-income clients. Listen to hear why he's not a fan of foreign aid and explain why a robust development funding market is key to disrupting the systematic issues with the global finance status quo.Editorial Disclaimer: This podcast is part of a seven-part podcast miniseries interrogating the progress being made in advancing entrepreneurship and job creation in some of the world’s most fragile regions. The series was taped at the fringes of SPARK’s 7th Annual IGNITE Conference in Amsterdam— a premier gathering of refugees, entrepreneurs, educators, private sector actors, government leaders, academics and NGOs.While SPARK is the presenting sponsor of the series, African Tech Roundup maintains complete editorial oversight. Opinions expressed by the host, Andile Masuku, and his guests, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the presenting sponsor, SPARK.Image credit: Riccardo Annadale