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Monday Moments Ep 11 – The Best 7 of 2010!!

One of my favorite verses from the Christian Bible is one that says, “Be faithful in little things and you will be accorded Bigger things” or something along those lines. I believe in celebrating little success, no matter how small. If you have visited this blog more than 3 times, then this post is dedicated to you. I intend to go on the down low beginning today, as I prepare for what promises to be a great year for Intervangelist EA in 2011. Lots of ideas, too little time to execute them, but one step at a time and we will get there.

So ladies and gentlemen, here are my best Moments of 2010!! Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 11 – The Best 7 of 2010!!’

BUILD FIRST, MONEY AFTER

If you are an ardent reader of my blog then please allow me to apologize for this late entry. The essence of credible blogging is if the author can keep up with the hunger in blog readers for fresh, authentic and informative material. However what I gathered from the Mind Speak event hosted by Aly Khan Satchu at Silverbird cinemas last Saturday is timeless in the least, a rare element in cyber world.
During the aftermath of the Post Election Violence in Kenya, five bloggers and tech developers came up with the idea of a crowd sourcing website that would allow people, who were already prisoners of their own making in a land they considered theirs, to be able to relay information real time on what was happening on the ground. This included information on cases of Violence, infrastructure damage, shortage of food, clothing, shelter and other outcomes of that surge in national insanity.
Out came Ushahidi, an online platform that receives input from the public via sms or email, sorts it, categorizes it, and then displays it in an orderly fashion for AID agencies, Government and well wishers to respond accordingly. Its proliferation has been phenomenal. Acclaimed worldwide (and sadly not locally), and in use in about 5 crisis regions in the world namely Haiti and the Gaza Strip just to mention a few, Ushahidi is a success story that I as a Kenyan developer, web-blogger and self proclaimed techpreneur hugely admire and maybe even envy a little bit.
Sitting in that dark Silverbird Cinema Theatre with other equally curious minds, listening to Erik Hersman – one of the founders – talking about it, I could barely hide my excitement. But enough about my feelings.
Eric took an interesting angle in talking about Ushahidi, not as an entity in itself, but as a lesson for innovation and entrepreneurship, something that all the people present could associate with on a personal level. I will try breaking it down in the way I wrapped my understanding around it. Continue reading ‘BUILD FIRST, MONEY AFTER’

My 5 minutes with Aly Khan Satchu

He is the author of the highly authoritative book ‘Anyone can be Rich’. He once controlled funds for clients to the tune of $2 billion. He then controlled a bank that had a balance sheet worth over $17 billion. He understands Futures, Options, Repos, Bills and Bonds, Basis trading and all other strange investment vocabularies that I’m still trying to fathom. He manages his own stocks in the NSE, USE and other African Stock markets… Continue reading ‘My 5 minutes with Aly Khan Satchu’