Category: Business

A Working Paper on Kenya’s E-Commerce Sector

The Kenyan e-commerce sector has been a death bed for many startups – both large and small companies have failed in a bid to launch viable online businesses. Google’s Getting Kenyan Businesses Online failed to gain traction, Mocality (an online business directory)lacked a sustainable revenue stream and had to shutdown, Sahara books didn’t have enough ...

The App Company that Never Was

Working long hours in a startup require a steady supply of cheap carbohydrates. That’s why we honored the single food that kept our tummy full and minds alert in our next startup endevour. After the exit from Doban Africa, our lead programmer at the time Ishuah Kariuki invited me to brainstorm on some app ideas ...

Building a Company

On a quiet evening in December 2010, while walking from Kenyatta University main campus towards Kahawa Wendani (students’ preferred residence), a thought rushed through my mind – I partially remembered a computational trick I read from a recreational mathematics book in High School. A problem, I couldn’t remember the title nor the author – Google ...

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Funding Doesn’t Make Software Big

Funding doesn’t make software “big” — selling software doesn’t work the same way selling mandazis does, primarily because the question “what will I do with the money to make my software successful?” does not have an educated answer. If it did, I would have exercised that option a long time ago; I am not devoid ...

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Funding Doesn't Make Software Big

Funding doesn’t make software “big” — selling software doesn’t work the same way selling mandazis does, primarily because the question “what will I do with the money to make my software successful?” does not have an educated answer. If it did, I would have exercised that option a long time ago; I am not devoid ...

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Discourse on Kenya Rebasing to Middle Income Status

Featuring Leonida Mutuku: Research Manager Patrick Costello: Data Scientist Christine Mahihu: Research Assistant Chris Orwa : Executive Producer 😉 Image Courtesy of Jesse McKee SET (iHub Coffee bar, everyone having a cup of their favourite stimulant) Chris Orwa: Hey guys, check out this article Christine Mahihu: Kenya will become middle-income state by September.  Leonida Mutuku: Patrick, any ...

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How Not to Innovate

You have a novelty idea that would take the world by storm, good! What do you do next? Get a couple of friends and begin to hacking it away. Soon you have a minimum-viable-product and ready to meet the market. Everything at this stage is experimental, the budget low and everyone who has anything to ...

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