Out of crisis comes opportunity. Remember that many great companies have risen from the ashes of distressed periods. Google, SalesForce, and Facebook were started just before a period of financial stress. Uber, Venmo, Slack, Airbnb, and Pinterest all emerged from the 2008 financial crisis. There are advantages to building in a less heated economy: hiring great talent gets easier, there is less “dumb” competition purely fuelled by capital, one learns to think smarter to build an edge into the upturn, and more.
How to get into Y Combinator – An African YC alumni perspective
Over the years, countless YC founders, partners, and applicants have written about the YC application process. However, as an African founder who has gone through YC, I thought it would be nice to share a relatable perspective for other fledging African founders.
My top lessons from fundraising for our startup in Africa
After the announcement and news on raising our first external round of capital, several budding African entrepreneurs have reached out to me through various social media channels asking, “Tesh, please could you share some tips on how you did it?” Reflecting upon the same and the numerous congratulatory messages that came streaming in this past week… Continue reading My top lessons from fundraising for our startup in Africa
The struggle is where greatness comes from
The Struggle is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place. The Struggle is when people ask you why you don’t quit and you don’t know the answer. The Struggle is when your employees think you are lying and you think they may be right. The Struggle is when food loses… Continue reading The struggle is where greatness comes from
The obstacle is the way
In 2007, Faraz Ramji co-founded Norda Industries with the mission of creating growth and opportunity in East Africa by providing consumers with quality, innovative and fun products. In the last 10 years the company has been manufacturing snacks and has several well-known brands such as Urban Bites, Urban Stix, Bitez and Tamu Tamu. Fast forward… Continue reading The obstacle is the way
Looking for a winning idea? How I found my inspiration (Standard Newspaper Feature)
Interviewed and Written By Mona Ombogo for the Hustle Magazine – The Standard Newspaper pullout Life can be mundane. We slog and hustle every day, looking for ways to make a living and impacting our immediate surroundings. While all this is going on though, we need some excitement, adventure and recreation to add spice to… Continue reading Looking for a winning idea? How I found my inspiration (Standard Newspaper Feature)
Our Lions Den Experience with Cloud9xp
The KCB Lions’ Den is Kenya’s biggest business reality television show. The series is modeled around a TV production which originated in Japan as Money Tigers or Tigers of Money. The TV format has since been customized and successfully launched in over 20 other countries globally with versions being shown in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel,… Continue reading Our Lions Den Experience with Cloud9xp
Great Leaders Eat Last
In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek does not propose any new leadership theory or core principle. He has a much higher purpose to his writing. His vision is simple: to create a new generation of men and women who understand that an organization’s success, or a nations success for that matter, or failure is based… Continue reading Great Leaders Eat Last
Academic excellence is overrated!
Prof. Micheni from Maasai Mara University has this to say to students. “Academic excellence is overrated! I said it. Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. You could graduate as the best student in Finance but it doesn’t mean you will make more… Continue reading Academic excellence is overrated!
Food, shelter, clothing & the internet
Access to the internet is no longer a luxury. It is fundamental. Beyond connecting people, all sectors of the economy are being digitized so that each of us as individuals can access services faster, and more affordably. The internet is creating opportunities for budding entrepreneurs like myself in to start businesses and create wealth. It creates more… Continue reading Food, shelter, clothing & the internet