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Monday Moments Ep 10 – A Content Hungry People!

How have you been? Well I hope.

The majority of East Africans are middle to lower class income earners. I know; that’s an obvious fact. The greater part of their year is spent at their jobs, working hard for that pay increase, or just until they get that job that they actually want. The occasional day off is either spent with family, on a drinking spree or for the majority, cooped up on their sofa, tugging on a pillow so hard you’d think it has been trying to escape, watching re-runs of the same TV show since they have exhausted all the DVDs in the house, and are either too broke or too lazy to go out and get more.

Thank God for the likes of Tusker Project Fame and Churchill Live which provide that 45 minute reprieve from the usual routine, hence forming the highlight of many a people’s weeks! Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 10 – A Content Hungry People!’

Monday Moments Ep 9 – Mobile, Mobile, Mobile!

I Love my job!! That’s not something I hear many people saying about their jobs (probably the reason why most of us revere Entrepreneurs like little gods). I believe that for someone to Love what they do, be it in employment or even if they own a business, three things must be; Challenge, Fulfillment, Growth. Without challenges to overcome, you will never get to experience the joy of fulfillment. With no fulfillment, growth eludes you like a shadow.

Last week I came into close contact with some very important people in the local mobile industry. Kiran from Interactive Marketing Services (one of the pioneers of mobile content and TV Game shows in Kenya), Susan from Cellulant (No. 1 in the 2008 Top 100 mid sized company awards), Mwaniki from Mocality.com (the mobile directory company that’s taking the local scene by storm) and of course Hon. Eng James Rege, the e-Mheshimiwa who I blogged about last week. Today’s Monday Moments is 95% Mobile just to warn you in advance 🙂 Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 9 – Mobile, Mobile, Mobile!’

Monday Moments Ep 8 – The Zero BS Edition!

It’s a rule of thumb in the world of writing that you NEVER ever start off an article by discrediting yourself! The reader loses confidence in you, and your opinions end up being ‘moo’ points at best. I don’t care much for that rule, so here is a little disclaimer before we proceed; I’m no business guru. I’m no branding guru either. Like a little child, I observe the world around me with a lot of curiosity, and form opinions based on what I see. I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons through this.

So when I read the story of a youthful Music student who created ‘the fastest growing tech company ever’ from the ground up, a lot of the things I have read in business books almost stopped making sense! Welcome to Monday Moments Ep 8. Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 8 – The Zero BS Edition!’

6 Stupidly Simple online tools for any Start-up

We have start-ups sprouting from every corner of this region. This is a good thing, and I applaud all the entrepreneurs and entrepreneur wannabes in East Africa! However, if Donald Trump’s opinions are anything to go by, only one out of every 10 start-ups will survive the first year.

One of the differentiating factors is the tools you use to manage your business. Most people launch into a business idea with no planning, no strategy, no business management and somehow hope some venture funding will drop on them from the skies! I took some time to compile these stupidly simple tools that can help you keep your start-up on point. Continue reading ‘6 Stupidly Simple online tools for any Start-up’

Monday Moments Ep 7 – Of Viral Strategies and Legs…

I have almost recovered from the Girls Rule moments last week. The fact that over half the Creatives I met last week were ladies did not help matters at all. So Finally I have had to accept what the Fluid Tees sheriff  says on his blog, “WOMEN are stronger and must be respected no matter what!!”. No more need be said.

Now, my dear Friends. Does your Viral strategy have legs? And what do you do when your first month in office comes with major network failures and a sleeping customer service department? Oh, and have you figured out where that Venture Capital is coming from? You might also be wondering, what’s new at Intervangelist EA. Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 7 – Of Viral Strategies and Legs…’

Lessons from a Venture Capitalist

“Hello Sir, would you be kind enough to give me some Ten Million Shillings?”

“What for?”

“Well, I have this business idea which I think is really lucrative.”

“I see. I have 30 seconds before I get out the lift. Convince me.”

“Uhm…well…a few years back the President pointed out a potential source of employment…”

“You have 15 seconds.”

“Oh…ok…so, basically, uhm with 10 Million I can be able to market this product, and given the potential, I think I can…”

“Time up. Here’s my card, call my office and see if my PA can schedule a meeting.”

“Yes Sir. Thanks for your time!!” Continue reading ‘Lessons from a Venture Capitalist’