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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’

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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’

Monday Moments Ep 6 – Girls Rule!!

As unnatural as that title might sound coming from a male, it has never felt more appropriate to scream from the top of my voice; Girls Rule!! From my encounters with the Nokia ladies at one end of the city, to watching the iHub ladies on the other end trouncing 17 other male dominated teams in the quest for Kshs 1 Million venture funding, I was humbled by how well our tech sisters are doing in this field.

The Tech field is so dominated by three legged creatures that for a long time it has been almost terrifying for any lady trying to venture into it. The hostile stares, the ridicule, the hate speech; I have seen (and sometimes even took part in) it. I will tell you this my friends; the Tech ladies who I had the pleasure of meeting last week were not just intelligent; they were BEAUTIFUL!! Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 6 – Girls Rule!!’

LET’S GET SOCIAL SAVVY!

I love beer conversations. No need to break the ice since the ice is already broken once that first ice cold drink lands on the table. No need to seek topics of conversation because they miraculously pop up with every sip. Strangers are almost instantaneously bonded in a drunken camaraderie. God bless beer!

I’m not a drunk though; just an ardent proponent of the exchange of life improvement teachings amid merriment. Incidentally, this is the kind I have been having of late with strangers turned acquaintances turned friends. Imagine if one day we all woke up drunk, all across the world! Oh, how social we would all be. Continue reading ‘LET’S GET SOCIAL SAVVY!’

Monday Moments Ep 5 – The rise of the Creatives

I would probably have to be drunk to tell you more about this, but over the course of my Short life, I have tried my hand at various creative exploits including poetry (at a very tender age), singing (to the chagrin of all my listeners), dancing (despite my lanky frame), acting (oh, the memories) and a few other embarrassing ones. I never quite made it in any of these avenues, but I have been fortunate enough to meet many amazing Creatives, my latest encounter being with one Wamathai.

You see, I gave up my dream of being artistic when I realized that I would soon have to relocate to a shack somewhere in the sprawling slums of Nairobi if I kept on along that path. The pay just wasn’t good. So I moved into IT. Somehow, years later, my career path has led me back into crossing that of Creatives. You can imagine my joy.

Why am I rambling about Creatives? Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 5 – The rise of the Creatives’

Can the world survive without Google?

I thought I heard you hesitating a little with that answer. Is this one of those questions that causes a slight chill to shoot up your spine? Or maybe your heart skipped a beat for a second there?

If you think about it, the pre-google era was still rich in intellectual exploits, innovations and inventions. People used to research and find information albeit not necessarily at the click of a button. I belong to a generation whose internet life has been quite synonymous with google life, so yes, that question sends a chill up my spine. Continue reading ‘Can the world survive without Google?’